Much of Hampshire’s charm lies in its natural variety; from its rolling hills and unspoilt coastline to its bustling market towns and pretty villages, the county offers some of southern England’s loveliest views and its proximity to London makes it an increasingly popular destination for weekends away.
The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Hampshire endeavours to find something for everyone from rural pubs in the New Forest like the East End Arms; popular with both locals and visitors and owned by the former bassist from Dire Straits, to the glamorous and luxurious Lime Wood offering plenty of activities if you can be bothered and fabulous spa facilities if you can't!
Not surprising, then, that the standard of the best places to stay in Hampshire is sharply on the rise, with a wide choice for discerning guests.
If traditional inns are your thing, then a couple which have received a recent update are The Anchor at Froyle and the Peat Spade on the River Test. A good alternative would be the Woolpack Inn, just north of Winchester.
For foodies there is a huge choices of places to stay in Hampshire.
We particularly like TerraVina in Netley March - owned and run by master sommelier Gerard Bassett and his wife Nina and The Montagu Arms which offers Michelin starred dining in its Terrace Restaurant.
If locally sourced food is one of your bugbears, then stay at The Pig - most of the produce comes from their own kitchen garden, if not they guarantee it will not come from further than 25miles!
Contemporary hotels may seem like a bit of an oddity in Hampshire, but if you're wanting something a little bit different go for the Aviator - a designer hotel on Farnborough Airfield - very sleek, with a definite urban vibe!
With the recent proliferation of places to stay in the increasingly popular New Forest National Park, Hampshire is becoming a very busy destination for weekenders. One of our favourites is the Master Builders with a stunning location in Buckler's Hard, great brasserie style food and quirky interiors.
Don't miss out on your top choice. Browse our list of the best places to stay in Hampshire and start to plan your visit. Pick up the phone and call our friendly gurus now!
A delightful fishing inn and refuge for country sports enthusiasts in the beautiful Test Valley, full of locals for Sunday lunches, with charming rooms. Full of character.
Classic, traditional inn with interior designed rooms in deepest rural hamlet location to the north of Winchester. Roaring fires and packed Sunday lunches set the tone. Good value.
East End, Hampshire
Genuine village pub that works well both for locals and overnight guests alike owned by the bassist from Dire Straits. Good local sourced food, stylish bedrooms, a great coastal base.
Good value, family friendly country house hotel just outside Basingstoke. Great location for exploring the Winchester area. Traditional bedrooms equipped with all mod cons. Good venue for business activities and weddings.
Lower Froyle, Hampshire
Updated traditional inn in pretty Hampshire village in prime shooting and fishing country, full of character with books, pictures, nostalgic bric a brac and WW1 poet themed rooms.
Traditional English boutique hotel in central Southampton. Vintage style rooms with luxurious bathrooms and fantastic breakfasts. Ideal for a city break filled with shopping and history in the city where Titanic set sail.
Stunningly situated, historic and character hotel overlooking the river at Buckler’s Hard, with good brasserie food, popular with locals, and perfect for sailing or New Forest exploring.
Laid back restaurant with rooms in the heart of the New Forest. Delicious, ever changing menus, with food that comes no further than twenty five miles to reach your plate. Rustic but chic bedrooms and spa treatments in The Potting Shed.
Gothic/tudor style country house hotel set in the depths of the New Forest. Beautiful gardens and traditionally done bedrooms. Dining to suit all tastes and leisure facilities including outdoor swimming pool and gym.
Situated in the stunning New Forest, and once Charles II's hunting residence, this hotel prides itself on its family-friendly facilities. The spa, swimming pool and games rooms mean that no members of the family will be bored. The hotel has its own traditional English restaurant.
Designer hotel at Farnborough airfield, booked full during the Air Show. Sleek and opulent, it's an unusual luxury getaway for urbanites, as well as an impressive conference location.
Boutique townhouse hotel in the centre of delightful Lymington, good for families, sailors and local exploring. New Forest and the sea close by. Bistro food, comfortable rooms.
Hordle near Lymington, Hampshire
Rural restaurant with rooms in an idyllic riverside location with "secret garden" and wildlife galore including kingfishers and heron. Pretty rooms, quiet and charming.
Netley Marsh, Hampshire
Informal restaurant with rooms run by a master of wine, with wine list to match. Comfortable, contemporary rooms and a pool make for a gourmet break in great countryside.
The original Hotel du Vin, well located in a fine Georgian building in the town centre, with elegant rooms, a buzzy bar and bistro cooking. An excellent base for local exploring.
A modernised country house estate with extensive additional modern wings attached. Its many facilities include an excellent pool and spa, fishing lake, riding, croquet and more. Ideal for conferences and active breaks.
17th century country house hotel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Michelin-starred restaurant, library bar, terrace, sumptuous rooms.
Scintillating luxury hotel in a superbly redesigned and extended Georgian house in the heart of the New Forest. Family friendly with spa and pool, and plenty of activities if you want them.
Modernised 17th century country house set in lovely parkland, just north of Winchester. Excellent food. Well set up for corporate shindigs, with plenty of activities, or romantic luxury breaks.
New Milton, Hampshire
Classic and superbly run country house hotel with great attention to detail and a wonderful spa close to the New Forest. 5 star luxury, inimitable service, gourmet dining.