Renting an apartment is proving a popular alternative to staying in a hotel or hostel for those people who fancy taking a UK city break. So, we’ve scoured the flats available to hire from City Base Apartments to bring you five of the best.
51 Buckingham Gate, London
Apartments don’t come much more luxurious than the ones situated right in the heart of Westminster, just a few streets away from Buckingham Palace. Indeed, Queen Elizabeth herself would arguably be more than at home in these plush surroundings. There’s a Michelin-starred restaurant on site as well as a two other eateries, three bars, a spa and a state-of-the-art outdoor barbeque cooking up all sorted of delicacies from the Middle East day or night. The spacious flats themselves aren’t too shabby, either. The décor is smart and sophisticated with limestone floors. Spacious bathrooms with his and hers separate sinks means there’ll be no squabbling in the morning when you’re getting ready for another day of exploration. The only downside is the lack of parking, but who wants the hassle of driving in London anyway when catching the Tube is far more convenient?
Liverpool One, Liverpool
If you’ve visited Liverpool in the last two years or so, you’ll have noticed just how much the city centre has been transformed. Central to the stunning regeneration is Liverpool One, a leisure complex with over 140 shops and 20 bars, as well as some well-priced apartments of a high quality. It may not be in the same league as Buckingham Gate, but, in truth, few flats can compete with the London pad. What the Liverpool One development does offer, though, are modern, clean-cut living spaces. They are also smack bang in the middle of the city’s main attractions, like the Albert Dock, Tate Liverpool and, of course, the Cavern Club and Mathew Street, which were both made famous by Liverpool’s favourite sons, the Beatles.
Glasgow Lofts, Glasgow
With uber-cool floor-to-ceiling windows, Glasgow Lofts offer unique views of the city centre. Sauchiehall Street, one of Glasgow’s main shopping areas, is also virtually on the door step, while the city’s galleries are a short walk away. With light streaming in through the windows at all times of the day, it gives the illusion that the living area, complete with black leather sofas and a compact kitchen, is bigger than it actually is. The award-winning deluxe apartments here also have a Jacuzzi master bathroom to unwind in after a hard day of retail therapy.
The Place Apartment Hotel, Manchester
Like Liverpool, Manchester is another of England’s northern cities to have benefited from a remarkable face lift in recent years and the results are impressive. Just 100 metres or so from Piccadilly Station you’ll find the grade-II listed Place Hotel, which offers four-star apartments with bags of character and personality. With the original brickwork and steelwork forming a key part of the interior design, the loft-style flats are stylish and sophisticated, mixing the old with the new (flat screen TVs and DVD players etc) and pulling it off. It’s proper smart, our kid.
SACO Apartments, Cardiff
The Welsh capital is an ideal destination for a long weekend as most of the city’s attractions are easily reachable on foot in the centre. A five or 10-minute walk from Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium and the vast array of bars, shops and restaurants are several Victorian town houses that have been converted into one or two-bedroom apartments. The emphasis with SACO Apartments is firmly on providing expansive flats and no expense has been spared on the king-sized beds or on the rest of the furniture in general. Any cricket fans may also like to know that the developments overlook Sophia Gardens, the home of Glamorgan that also regularly stages international games.