Bold and bright Nhow in Shoreditch, east London, doesn’t shy away from a photo opp with multiple murals, neon script signs, Beetlejuice-esque furniture and a Big Ben rocket statue taking off in reception. The family-friendly hotel’s Frills Without Bills package (doubles from £99 B&B) includes free room upgrades where available, breakfast, late check out and free cancellation up to 48 hours before arrival (until 10 October).
Late summer lingers amid the pastel decor, wicker furniture and leafy light-filled rooms of Eden Locke aparthotel (doubles from £79 room-only). It’s one of several recently opened UK properties from design-led Locke Living. The Georgian terrace restoration project, in Edinburgh’s New Town, is close to the castle and the historic quarter. There are 72 en suite studios with kitchenettes, a ground floor cafe-bar and free yoga sessions for guests.