Sometimes you want to stay somewhere a little different from the norm, a little weirder than usual. The United Kingdom has plenty of options if you're that way inclined.
From Beatles suites and converted fortresses to Alice in Wonderland dens and cat-only accommodation, these might be the quirkiest themed hotels in the UK.
Wonderland House, Brighton
Expect a Madhatter's-tea-party-themed dining room with teacup stools. The fun extends to the bedrooms — looking glasses adorn the walls in Alice’s Room; a playing card bunk-bed with steps made from hat boxes in the Queen of Hearts Room.
The Lodge, Bristol Zoo
Jungle murals and tasteful animal-themed furnishings bring the luxury rooms to life at this unique hotel. The Lodge specialises in experience packages that include breakfast with the gorillas and behind-the-scenes twilight tours of the zoo.
30 James Street, Liverpool
It’s all about recreating the experience of a first-class passenger at this Titanic-themed hotel. Think opulent interiors and a bar named after RMS Carpathia, the rescue ship credited with saving 705 passengers.
Hotel Gotham, Manchester
This place plays with several themes using rather deft subtlety. There are nods to the building’s history as a branch of the Midland Bank by way of swag-style money bags for laundry baskets. There are also allusions to Gotham City’s resident superhero, Batman, with touches like bat-shaped do not disturb signs.
Enchanted Villages Treehouses, Alton Towers
These fantastical hobbit-style huts are tucked down cul-de-sacs with names like Snapdragon Ridge. At night, it’s even more theatrical: fairy lights everywhere and artificial smoke.
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The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel, Windsor
Everything you would expect: a dragon-guarded entrance, a pirate splash pool and loudly-decorated LEGO-themed rooms.
No Man’s Fort, Isle Of Wight
This converted island fortress features a LaZer Battle Arena, nautical-inspired rooms, and a ‘mess hall’ dining room. Toasting marshmallows on the rooftop fire pit can be arranged.
The Old Railway Station, West Sussex
This used to be Petworth Railway Station, constructed in 1892. You can stay in the old station house or one of four restored Pullman Carriages.
Hard Day’s Night Hotel, Liverpool
Tributes to The Beatles include a Yellow Submarine jukebox in the lobby and paintings by Shannon, a doyen in the field of Beatles art, lining the walls. The Lennon Suite has its own lustrous white grand piano.
Hotel Football, Manchester
Five former United players own this high-end hotel dedicated to the beautiful game. The rooftop football pitch and bar with views of Old Trafford is a highlight, as are the gents — styled like stadium changing rooms.
Longcraft Luxury Cat Hotel, Southern England
Humans need not apply to this chain of luxury hotels exclusively for felines. The rooms have designer wrought-iron cat beds, and interconnecting suites are available for larger ‘families’.
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