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Survey: The most expensive hotels in the UK

June 29, 2012

The 45 Park Lane in London has just earned the distinction of being the UK’s most expensive hotel this summer, according to a new survey compiled by The average rates for a standard double room at all luxury hotels within the UK were used as the basis for survey’s rankings. The GBP figures utilized for comparative purposes represent the minimum amount a guest can expect to pay to stay overnight at each hotel.

The prices were determined for the time period of June to August 2012, irrespective of the Olympics since rates during the games (July 27– August 12) would have distorted the results. Nevertheless, eight of the 10 most expensive hotels on the list are located in London, according to the survey.

An overnight stay at the wealthy Mayfair district’s 45 Park Lane will set visitors back, on average, £545 for a standard double room. This nightly cost renders the establishment the UK’s most expensive hotel. The survey’s runner-up was the Lanbesborough, situated near central London’s Hyde Park Corner. This luxury accommodation came in at number two with an average overnight rate of £524.

The most expensive non-London hotel is the Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. Situated in the village of Great Milton near Oxford, its average nightly rate of £465 positions it fourth in the rankings. Rounding out the top five is the Glenapp Castle, located in Ballantrae, Scotland. Its average list price is £415 per night.

Following are the 20 most expensive hotels in the UK for the period spanning June through August 2012. The rates listed are based on the average price for a standard double room.

Rank   Name of Hotel   Location Avg. rate/ night
1.   45 Park Lane   London £545
2.   The Lanesborough   London £524
3.   Bulgari Hotel & Residences   London £499
4.   Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons   Oxford £465
5.   Glenapp Castle & Spa   Ballantrae, Scotland £415
6.   Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park   London £407
7.   The Connaught   London £403
8.   The Berkeley   London £379
9.   The Dorchester   London £368
10.   Claridge’s   London £359
11.   The Soho Hotel   London £349
12.   Covent Garden Hotel   London £345
13.   Coworth Park   Ascot £334
14.   Gidleigh Park   Chagford £325
14.   The Gleneagles Hotel   Auchterarder, Scotland £325
16.   Babington House   Babington £323
17.   Chewton Glen   Hampshire £310
17.   Seaham Hall Hotel   Seaham £310
19.   Whatley Manor   Wiltshire £305
20.   Lucknam Park   Wiltshire £302

About the Methodology:
The survey was conducted from May to June 2012. For all luxury hotels in the UK, the average rate for a standard double room was calculated for the period spanning June to August 2012, with the Olympics timeframe (July 27–August 12) excluded. The rates were taken from the respective hotels’ websites or drawn from the leading hotel-booking sites. In all cases, the lowest available price was used in tabulating the results.