Passport? Check. Guide book? Check. The chance to recharge your batteries, unwind and relax? Triple check. A trip away provides a great opportunity to explore new and exciting surroundings, whilst also giving you some time to take some much needed time off.
If you’re planning a trip away and are looking to save a night of it to relax and recharge by staying in for some pampering, we’re here to help. Here are the top 10 must-haves for a luxurious night in while you’re away.
Make sure you book early too, to take advantage of luxury London hotels special offers, so you can relax in style.
A room with a view
A quiet, relaxing or romantic night in will always be instantly made better if you’ve got an amazing view to look out on. Luckily, London has some incredible views to enjoy, regardless of where you end up staying in the city, with some offers meaning that some of the city’s best hotels in the most sought after spots are affordable. There are lots of London Paddington hotel deals to check out, for example, with beautiful views of the London skyline.
Bubbles and fresh fruit
After you’ve hit a few bars near Paddington, or wherever in London you may be, coming back to your room to find ice cold bubbles and fresh fruit is a little slice of luxury best reserved for a true pamper-filled night in. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, let the hotel know when booking to see what they can do for you – for best results, put your request in as early as possible. It helps the hotel to know in advance that you’re hoping for birthday Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, or that you’d prefer a room away from the elevators, for example.
A binge-worthy box set
Spending some time alone or with a loved one in a hotel room means you can finally get around to watching that show you’ve been putting off for ages, because the night is totally yours! Make sure that your hotel has great Wi-Fi so you don’t end up spending half of your time watching it buffer, which won’t be the relaxing experience you’d wanted. Some great hotels offer a good range of TV channels to enjoy too, so if nothing is taking your fancy on Netflix, you can watch something on there for free or for a small fee. A much more relaxing (and cheaper) way to enjoy a film than the cinema.
A stylish hotel bar and restaurant
It’s so important to be able to unwind in a relaxed, comfortable environment, so make sure you choose a hotel with a great bar and restaurant, where your night in can begin. There are great restaurants near Paddington and other top London spots so you won’t have to leave the comfort and luxury of your room for too long. Most good hotels across the city accommodate for a wide range of dietary requirements too, so just let them know what you need whilst booking or when you get there. To go that little bit extra, if you’re planning a super romantic night away, and if you and your partner have a restaurant you both love, have the meal delivered or pick it up on your way to the hotel.
No stay in a luxury hotel is worth it if the bed is uncomfortable. Most hotels have thankfully worked this out now, but what really separates a good hotel from a great, luxury hotel is the linen and pillows. You’ll also know you’re in a great hotel if the staff are able to offer you a different range of pillows (hypoallergenic, memory foam, etc.) which is perfect for helping you get a sound night’s sleep.
A fabulous location
You don’t want to start your relaxing retreat with a hassle to find your hotel. Opt for accommodation in stylish, central surroundings, close to attractions and amenities that you know you’ll want to enjoy the next day. That way, you won’t have to worry about waking up early following your pamper evening, for a long journey to London’s best sights as you’ll be right in the middle of the action.
Everything you need for a nice, relaxing bath
When it comes to relaxing, nothing is better than spending some ‘me’ time in the bathroom, so good hot water and a range of free toiletries and nice, big, soft fluffy towels are an absolute must in your hotel room. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve got a big, cosy dressing gown to slip into afterwards, to keep that lavish and luxurious feeling going. Make sure the air conditioner in your room works right when you arrive—not when you’re about to go to sleep too so that you can stay at your preferred temperature all night long.
Top notch room service
Why not opt for maximum relaxation and luxury, by ordering room service so you don’t even have to leave your room?! With some great hotels offering 24/7 room service, who said you have to go out to eat? Order away and dine in bed in your pyjamas for the ultimate opulent feeling.
A delicious breakfast to wake up to
After all that relaxing, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got something tasty and convenient to wake up to. Book a hotel with a world class breakfast buffet option and with a time that suits you, so you can see how long you’ve got to sleep in, too!
The ‘off’ switch on your devices
There’s nothing more disruptive than being woken up by non-urgent calls or texts in the middle of the night when you’re trying to relax and escape for the evening. Take the time to truly switch off, by literally switching off your devices that are generally joined to your hip all day long. You can give the hotel details of your loved ones, and other important contacts, should anyone need to contact you in an emergency.