Where to put friends and family up for Christmas

Christmas is very nice and all that, but what about the nightmare prospect of family coming to stay? Time Out selects the lifesaving locations where auntie Jane, uncle Fred and mum and dad can all be safely stashed

  • For those on a budget

    base2stay is a newish budget hotel with smart modern rooms, all featuring kitchenette, flat-screen TV and free internet services without any costly added extras. Those who book in to stay between December 19 and January 2 will also be provided with complimentary bottles of Laurent-Perrier champagne.
    base2stay, 25 Courtfield
    Gardens, SW5 (020 7244 2255/www.base2stay.com) Earl’s Court tube. Rooms from £89 per night.

    For homely charms

    Hampstead Village Guesthouse

    is a warm and welcoming guesthouse lined with book shelves and full of homely comforts. Each room features unique antiques and handmade furniture ensuring that no two are the same. Guests are welcome to invite friends round for breakfast. For larger groups, there’s a garden cottage that sleeps five.Hampstead Village Guest House, 2 Kemplay Rd, NW3 (020 7435 8679/www.hampsteadguesthouse.com) Hampstead tube. Doubles from £75 per night.

    For understated elegance

    The Mayflower Hotel

    is a stylish townhouse not far from the city centre. The 47 Eastern-inspired rooms each feature crisp white bed linen, handcrafted furniture and high ceilings. Look out for elegant design features like the teak arch from Jaipur that sits in the lobby and the lovely chilled-out juice bar. The Mayflower Hotel, 26-28 Trebovir Rd, SW5 (020 7370 0991/www.mayflowerhotel.co.uk) Earl’s Court tube. The ‘Festive Special’ package includes Christmas lunch and is valid December 24-26 with a double at £79 per night.

    For urban cool

    The Hoxton Hotel

    is the ideal choice to impress younger vistors from out of town. This chic budget hotel injects a little country style into the heart of Hoxton. Mixing roaring fires and plush leather armchairs in the lobby with luxurious Frette linen and flat-screen TVs, the needs of the most demanding urbanite are covered.The hotel also houses a modern brasserie and grill serving a range of classic dishes and bistro favourites.The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern St, EC2 (020 7550 1000/www.hoxtonhotels.com) Old St tube/rail. The ‘Christmas Time’ package from December 22-26 offers doubles from £59 per night.

    Serene and intimate

    Arlington Avenue

    is a private house in residential Islington and a peaceful retreat, ideal for those who want to avoid the hubbub of the city. Surrounded by a lush garden, the house is within walking distance of Upper Street, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch. The interior is full of period features and the decor includes a soothing pale pastel colour scheme.Arlington Avenue, N1 (07711 265183) Angel/Old Street tube. Christmas booking from December 23-27 with doubles from £50 per night.

    Five-star indulgence

    The Hyatt Regency – The Churchill

    is just a minute’s walk from Oxford Street but peacefully set back on leafy Portman Square. Its large, plush white rooms feature super-comfy beds, enormous desks and all the technology you’ll need including flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet access. There’s also a health club and tennis courts for fitness fanatics, and a dedicated theatre desk. A real treat.The Churchill Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, W1 (020 7486 5800) Marble Arch tube. The ‘Festive Nights’ package includes breakfast and afternoon tea and is valid Fri-Sun, Dec 14-Jan 13, with a King/Twin room from £165 per night.

    For the eco-conscious


    Recently taken over by the Hyatt group, the new Andaz (formerly The Great Eastern Hotel) is promoting itself as a luxury eco-conscious hotel. Blending environmentally friendly features like the energy saving baths, showers and heated towel rails with sleek design such as Eames chairs and up-to-the-minute technology (you can get get iPods on loan), this luxury spot strives to be a new type of hotel. Guests have access to its four restaurants and three bars. Andaz, 40 Liverpool St, EC2 (020 7961 1234) Liverpool St tube/rail. King from £160 per night.

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