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Nottingham isn't the prettiest of English cities, but it's always danced to the beat of its own drum. Its history — including the legend of Robin Hood — is a thrilling ride, and there are numerous Hood relics, both real and imagined, to discover in Nottingham, and the surrounding forests of Nottinghamshire. Today’s Nottingham is a lively town, thanks in part to its large student population, and all the familiar hotel brands can be found here. But if you're looking for something a bit more unique, our Gurus tend to think the best places to stay in Nottingham are to be found either in its historic heart, or else the green hills surrounding the city.
Nottingham’s castle is one of its highlights. These days it’s more of a grand manor house, built atop a warren of tunnels nobles needed to escape the revolting peasants. It has been converted to an art gallery and museum, and the tunnels now lead to one of the pubs claiming to be England's oldest: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn, off Maid Marian Way in Brewhouse Yard — it’s definitely 800+ years old!
Just outside Nottingham is the region's most famous spot: Sherwood Forest. This lush, green expanse is home to Major Oak — which according to local folklore is where Robin Hood hid-out — and surrounds the pretty village of Edwinstowe. Whether you're a fan of Robin Hood or not, the oak is an incredible sight — it's between 800 and a thousand years old with a vast network of branches, some of which are now held up by scaffolding.
Due to its popularity both with business and leisure visitors, the best places to stay in Nottingham can get very busy. So do your homework and book ahead to avoid disappointment.
The Best Places to Stay in Nottingham
For a City Break
- Hart's Hotel is just outside of the centre of Nottingham, in the quieter Parks area, close to the castle and the university, but you’re just a short walk from the busier part of town. There are 32 rooms, all smartly decorated in a rather masculine style, with great prints on the walls; our favourites have private terraces. The hotel has a leafy garden and courtyard for all to use too. The restaurant serves a daily changing menu to a strong local following.
- The Lace Market Hotel is a sophisticated, romantic choice, with a range of 42 rooms and suites, all uniquely decorated and designed, and offering colour and space. The hotel restaurant is an award winner, but there’s also a more relaxed pub, and a chic cocktail bar.
- Centrally located, the Mercure Nottingham is a boutique-style hotel with a friendly, eclectic atmosphere, and a good range of rooms and suites, 76 in all. Expect statement wallpaper and furniture, and a retro-style that includes banker’s lamps and metal boxes. There’s a hip bar, and two restaurants, and you’re close to many more.
- Birchover Bridgford Hall is a collection of serviced apartments converted from a charming red-brick building in Bridgford Park, which is just outside the city centre. There are seven apartments in all, with one, two or three bedrooms — all have fully equipped kitchens and dining space. The decor has a French rustic feel, which is in keeping with the historic building.
- Birchover Juniper Court offers families a bit more space in its comfortable collection of three two-bedroom apartments. All of which also have two bathrooms. The location is central and safe, and each of the apartments is comfortably set up with quite stylish homely decor. Self-catering, with full kitchens and dining spaces.
- Heritage Mews is another stylishly comfortable self-catering option, this one a collection of 12 studios and one bedroom apartments in the Lace Market district. Even the smallest studios have their own kitchenettes, and luxurious touches, and some of the one bedroom apartments would work for families. Some apartments even have outdoor space.
- The Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms is a two Michelin-starred restaurant, with just seven, rather moodily decorated rooms and suites. The restaurant serves a seven, or ten course menu, with a focus on organic, local produce, some produced as locally as the hotel garden. The decor riffs on local stone and natural materials.
For Great Value
- The Mour Hotel is a sleek, city-style option in the Sherwood Business Park, which is in Newstead Village, between Nottingham and Mansfield. This looks and feels very ‘business hotel’, but in the best possible sense of that phrase, with chic, but simple detail, interesting contemporary art and fantastic facilities.
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- If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com
- The closest airport to Nottingham is East Midlands Airport, which is only about 20 minutes away by car or taxi, or 45 minutes by public transport. The closest major international airport to Nottingham is Birmingham Airport, about an hour away by car or taxi, or an hour and 45 minutes by bus. Manchester Airport is around an hour and a half from Nottingham by car or taxi, or around three hours by train and London Luton Airport is an hour and 45 minutes by car or taxi, or two and a half hours away by train. If you’re travelling from London, or there abouts, you’re two and a half hours away by car or taxi, or and hour and 45 minutes by train from St. Pancras Station.
- If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
- If you’re trying to plan your visit to Nottingham to correspond with nice weather, the best time to visit will be between April and August, when you’re likely to get the most sunshine and the warmest days. There are also some great summer festivals held in Nottinghamshire, the headliners being those in Sherwood Forest. As with most of the UK, Nottingham can get rain at any moment, so pack your waterproofs whenever you’re planning to visit.
Still not sure where to stay?
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Best Hotels in Nottingham
Mercure Nottingham Nottingham 76 rooms from $88Local exploring - Well positioned in the heart of the city centre with shops, theatres, eateries, and attractions within walking distanceBoutique - The epitome of a boutique with its unique and playful design and personalised serviceRestaurant - The Curious Tavern serves the likes of dressed oysters in an atmospheric setting while The Brasserie serves modern European fareFull of character
A characterful boutique hotel located in the heart of the city centre. Individually designed rooms and suites have studded headboards, statement wallpaper, and retro-style furniture. Downstairs are a choice of two atmospheric bars and restaurants. A hip stay in a convenient location. See More
Mour Hotel Nottingham 92 rooms from $120Business meetings - With its location in Sherwood Business Park and its three well-equipped meeting and event suites — this is ideal for businessCity Style - A sleek modern hotel with moody rooms, a stylish bar, and elegant restaurant — this is chic city padSights nearby - Wollaton Hall, an impressive 16th-century Elizabethan house, and Nottingham Castle are a must visitGreat walks - Take a stroll around Highfields Park — a 121-acre green space
Sleek both inside and out, this four-star hotel is well located in Sherwood Business Park. Stylish rooms are very modern with clean lines, dark hues, and large works of contemporary art. With great facilities including a gym, a bar, and a restaurant — this is ideal for business or leisure. See More
Hart's Hotel Nottingham (Park Row) 32 rooms from $160Sights nearby - The impressive Elizabethan mansion, Wollaton Hall and Park is certainly worth visiting.Great walks - The Arboretum is a peaceful oasis in the midst of a city.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Located in the quieter 'Parks' area of town, Hart's is walking distance from the city centre. Rooms are small but unique with fur throws and some with private terraces. The restaurant serves a daily changing menu and there is an extensive beverage list. Make use of the leafy garden and courtyard. See More
Birchover Juniper Court Nottingham 3 rooms from $184Groups - Two-bedroom apartments all come with two bathrooms, making this ideal for those looking to share while maintaining privacyCity Style - Sleek contemporary living in one of Nottingham's most exclusive neighbourhoodsMinimum Stay - For the long-term residential 'flexi-let' arrangements, a 30 night minimum stay is requiredSights nearby - Fab locations means you can walk to Nottingham Cathedral & Castle
Luxurious self-catered apartments in central Nottingham. The beautifully restored historic building offers spacious & contemporary multi-bedroom residences ideal for longer stays. On-trend furnishings & decor, plus all modern home comforts ensure a great set-up for families, friends or colleagues. See More
Heritage Mews Nottingham 12 rooms from $201Families - All suites are one bedroom but can comfortably sleep between 3 - 5 people, making this a great value optionCity Style - Trendy & well-located base boasting all modern conveniences; ideal for both short visits or longer staysLocal exploring - Formerly Nottingham's industrial centre, Lace Market has been transformed into a chic heritage districtSights nearby - Walk to Nottingham Castle & the city's famous Robin Hood statue
Upmarket self-catered boutique hotel in Nottingham's happening Lace Market area. An all-suite property, plush & well-designed units come with small kitchenettes, spoiling relaxation areas & outdoor space. On-trend decor & deluxe amenities make this a luxurious yet very affordable city-centre pad. See More
Lace Market Hotel Nottingham 42 rooms from $202City Style - A sleek and sophisticated bolthole in Nottingham’s vibrant Lace Market district.Sights nearby - Just a two minute walk from the City of Caves.TraditionalRestaurant - Recommended.
A hip hotel right in the centre of Nottingham. The urbane chic rooms are fronted by large floor-to-ceiling windows and boast excellent views. With an awarding winning restaurant, a trendy cocktail bar and more down-to-earth pub, the hotel has all the components for a great weekend in Nottingham. See More
Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms Nottingham 7 rooms from $231Romantic Break - With atmospheric rooms and fine dining, this is the ideal option for a romantic weekend getawayFoodies - This hotel is all about the food — and it shows — having been awarded two Michelin starsSights nearby - Visit Wollaton Hall a grand Tudor house dating back to 1580 or Nottingham CastleRestrictions on children - Children over eight are welcomed but it is really more of an adult stay
What may seem unassuming at first glance is in fact a stylish boutique with a two-star Michelin restaurant. A handful of moody rooms have a dark colour palette, carved wood beds, & sleek bathrooms with Aesop products. The restaurant serves seven & ten-course dinners and is well worth the trip alone. See More
Birchover Bridgford Hall Nottingham 7 rooms from $359Families - With apartments ranging in size from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms and well equipped kitchens, this is ideal for families of all sizesSights nearby - Visit the impressive Wollaton Hall and the Nottingham Natural History Museum that lies inside
A collection of serviced apartments set within grand Bridgford Park. Apartments range from one-bedroom to three-bedrooms and each has a well-equipped kitchen. The design keeps the building's original features but it feels fresh and luxurious. Ideal for independent travellers. See More