- Style Versace in verdant surrounds
- Setting In a quiet country town
Housed in a Palladian mansion in the picture-perfect village of Painswick, Cotswolds88 Hotel is a shrine to fantastically over-the-top Italian design. Opened by Marchella De Angelis, the co-founder of the ever-popular, kitschy cocktail bar, Loungelover in Shoreditch, this eccentric and slick hotel is awash in funky patterns, unusual upholsteries, eclectic art, and eye-popping colour schemes. It's comfortable and luxurious with a cheeky sense of fun.
Need to know
- Rooms 17, including three suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $150.11 (£92), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout, laundry service, king-size beds with Frette bed linen, LCD flatscreen TVs, DVD players on request, DVD library, iPod docks and Molton Brown bath products. Some rooms have Jacuzzi baths.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Kids are welcome, though the hotel isn't particularly geared towards them. Cots are available on request.
- Also Leave the hamsters at home. Pets are not allowed. The hotel has a treatment room for all kinds of facials, manicures and men's grooming. The set Valentine's menu served on 14 February costs £65 each and is the only option available.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We love the six Detmar rooms – named after the famous 20th-century architect – with their vivid red accent colours and playful atmosphere. We particularly liked the giant lip prints on the wall.
- Packing tips Bring some sharp Italian tailoring to fit in with the Versace-esque vibe; and don't forget your GPS – you'll need it to find the hotel amid Painswick’s winding lanes.
- Also It might be worth hiring a small car for this trip. The Georgian streets that surround Cotswolds88 Hotel are no friend to larger vehicles.
Food and drink at Cotswolds88 Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Chef Lee Scott – who previously shared a kitchen with Gordon Ramsay – heads up the Juniper Restaurant & Bar, serving up delicious Cotswolds produce with French flair. Food is available all day, from kippers, French toast and dippy eggs at breakfast to ham-hock tortelloni or lemon sole in brown shrimp beurre noisette for dinner. Save room for the cheese tray. The decor is as bold as in the rest of the hotel, and a camera in the kitchen transmits to the restaurant so you can see what the chefs are up to.
- Dress code You may be in the country, but this is no place for tweeds. Dress to impress.
- Top table For an intimate meal, pick the window table facing the courtyard. Nab a spot on the terrace for cocktails in summer.
- Last orders The restaurant closes at 9.30pm most nights, but 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The bar will stay open for as long as residents require.
- Room service Breakfast can be in bed each morning, and there's an in-room menu to pick from at certain times of the day.
- Hotel bar The Juniper bar is a stylish intimate space in which you can sip drinks to an eclectic and well-chosen soundtrack of chill-out tunes. It gets busy on Saturdays, but there's always space on the terrace or out on the lawns. Try a Purple Forest: an homage to the black forest gâteaux in liquid form.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details