Including the cities of Portsmouth, Southampton, and Winchester, the English county of Hampshire is a popular travel destination for its historic cities and shipping docks. Since there’s much to do and see in this area, having a comfortable and stand-out hotel to come back to is a must. We visited the top hotels in the region to see how they stack up against the competition — from the guest rooms, to the restaurants, to the location — and find the best of the best. So if you’re looking for a posh stay, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at the best luxury hotels in Hampshire and get inspired!
Lime Wood Hotel is easily the top luxury option in New Forest National Park, and those who can afford it will almost certainly enjoy its gorgeous common areas, plush rooms with large bathtubs, verdant grounds crisscrossed with walking trails, and three-story spa with three pools. The restaurant serving Italian-influenced English food with local ingredients is marketed as a foodie destination, but some past guests complain that the food isn't worth the price; there are no other options within walking distance. Still, almost everything else about the hotel oozes grandeur and it is a good choice for anyone looking to be pampered.
Spitbank Fort, a 19th-century naval defense base transformed into a eight-room luxury hotel, sits on a private island in the strait of Solent, a mile off England's south coast. Reached only by a private boat from Royal Clarence Marina near Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire -- getting there is like being part of a James Bond getaway -- the hotel has a large rooftop hot tub, a fire pit, and sauna, and free Wi-Fi throughout. Rooms are large and luxurious, with high-riveted ceilings and the original brickwork that pervades the hotel. A restored red lighthouse with an observation deck offers views that stretch to the Isle of Wight.
The eight-room Clarence Hotel is an upscale, adult-only boutique occupying a beautifully renovated Edwardian townhouse in south Portsmouth. While it is a short walk to Southsea's beachfront, there's not a lot of interest in the immediate area. The luxurious rooms, however, are designed for spending plenty of time in -- especially those with jetted bathtubs big enough for two. Don't expect too much in the way of facilities, and rates are high, but for a ritzy romantic hideaway, the Clarence Hotel makes a particularly fine choice.
The "G" in G! Boutique Hotel stands for gorgeous, glamorous, guest-centered, and global. This four-pearl, 14-room boutique property is on the coast of Bournemouth, and is one of the most popular bed-and-breakfasts in the area. With its striking black-and-white floors and bubble chairs hanging in the public spaces -- among other jazzy furnishings -- it's a design-centric delight, although the quirky decor might not be to everyone's taste. The owners, self-proclaimed "world travelers," have stayed at hotels around the globe, and it shows in the way they look after guests. There's a whole array of freebies, including prosecco upon arrival, free cakes and coffee in the lounge, cupcakes and gift bags filled with treats in the room, breakfast in bed if guests want that, and a bottle of water and a snack to take away when checking out.
The 22-room Montagu Arms is a charming upscale hotel located in a 17th-century country house in the New Forest National Park. Though it's probably a bit too stuffy for children, adult guests will enjoy the quaint English decor, the gardens, and the two on-site restaurants, one of which is Michelin-starred. Features include free Wi-Fi and a couple of meeting rooms. Guest rooms are swanky, but small, and have thin mattresses and get traffic noise.
The 10-room Number Four Boutique Hotel treads that fine line between sophisticated boutique and high-end guesthouse. While there's very little in the way of hotel facilities, interiors are beautifully finished throughout. Rooms are individually styled and inviting with modern bathrooms. The location feels a little out of the way and the immediate area is not particularly interesting, though Southsea beach is a short walk away.