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The official top nine
Art Lover's Hotels

Although hotels have always been associated with the finer things in life, in recent years a focus on art has become central to many luxury hotels; and nowhere more so than in the UK & Ireland. In London, Brown’s, 45 Park Lane and The Connaught have wonderful modern works by a range of British artists such as Bridget Riley and Damien Hirst and in Ireland, two of our favourite properties, Ballyfin and The Merrion, boast superb collections of Irish art, both of which rival that of many museums!

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Aldourie Castle

Straight out of a fairy tale, the beautiful Grade A listed Aldourie Castle is located directly on the scenic banks of Loch Ness. A major social hub for house parties...

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Ballyfin

Frequently toasted as the grandest hotel in Ireland, and a firm Ampersand favourite, Ballyfin is just 80 minutes’ drive from Dublin airport, making it perfect to extend on to trips...

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The Hari

Bohemian Brooklyn meets slick Sloane Square, The Hari, is one of London's best boutique hotels. Located just minutes from Sloane Street, The Hari is perfect for those looking for shopping sightseeing...

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Brown's Hotel, A Rocco Forte Hotel

As London's longest running hotel, Brown's is an institution. It has been a mainstay on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street since 1837 and over the years has hosted legendary guests such as...

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The Connaught

Still buzzing from its £70 million 2007 refurbishment, The Connaught is a firm Ampersand favourite. Opened in 1815 as The Prince of Saxe-Coburg Hotel, nearly a century on The Connaught...

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Corinthia Hotel

So discreet that you can almost miss it, but magnificent once you enter, the Corinthia Hotel is one of the finest hotels in London. Previously the belle-epoque era Hotel Metropole,...

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The Merrion Hotel

One of the finest hotels in Dublin, The Merrion is a timeless hotel that attracts Ireland's smartest crowd.  Made up of four Georgian townhouses which are over 200 years old,...

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The Old Bank Hotel

The more centrally located sister hotel to The Old Parsonage, the Old Bank Hotel is situated at the end of Oxford's High Street. As the name suggests, this buzzing and...

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The Old Parsonage

Situated between St Anne's and Somerville Colleges, The Old Parsonage is a beautiful 17th century stone property shrouded in wisteria. While being walking distance from the centre of Oxford and...

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