The UK has hundreds of hotels with electric car charging points, but these properties are a cut above the rest. With sumptuous interiors, excellent amenities, and some of the country’s top coastlines, cities and countryside nearby, they’re ideal for an indulgent weekend away.
With charging taken care of (and often free), you can focus on the finer things in life: like spa treatments, indulgent breakfasts, and stargazing from your own private hot tub. Simply arrive, plug in, and put your feet up – or if you’re in the mood for exploring, make the most of that convenient battery boost.
Langdale Estate, Lake District
Combining the wild pleasures of the Lake District with some seriously luxurious perks, the Brimstone is located in the Great Langdale valley, surrounded by many of the region’s loftiest summits. The rooms feature deep-soak bathtubs, log-burning stoves and private balconies – and the countryside views are glorious. There are hiking trails that lead right from the door, and you can borrow top-quality walking boots, bags and jackets from the hotel’s gear store. The estate has ten charging points, of multiple types.
Doubles from £310 per night (incl breakfast; complimentary beer, wine and treats in the Reading Room; and Brimstone Spa access); brimstonehotel.co.uk.
Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
Belfast, Northern Ireland
The five-star Fitzwilliam has all the flashy fixtures you’d expect from a hotel of its standing: the dapper bellboys, the kingsize beds, the sweeping city views. And while your Lexus tops up in the private parking, you can enjoy a recharge of your own, with dinner at the AA Rosette restaurant or afternoon tea in the lounge. Even the ‘standard’ room is excellent, but booking a suite unlocks a host of swish extras – including a stylish lounge, corner views, and a complimentary minibar.
Doubles from £200 per night (incl breakfast); fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com.
Maryculter House Hotel
On the banks of the River Dee, Maryculter House has been a paragon of hospitality since it was founded by the Knights Templar in the 1200s. It makes much of its heritage, adorned with antique furniture and rich tweeds, but it’s no museum piece: the rooms are elegant, the grounds are wedding-worthy, and the dining is fanastic (stand-out dishes include smoked local salmon and Highland beef). There are three electric car charging points available – plus hiking, fishing and golf on the doorstep.
Doubles from £90 per night (room only); maryculterhouse.com.
Castle Hotel Windsor
Just opposite the Queen’s favourite residence, the Castle Hotel boasts a front-row view of the Changing of the Guard ceremony – a grand start to a day’s royal sightseeing. All of Windsor’s highlights are within walking distance: you can stroll along the famous Long Walk, tour the Castle’s opulent interiors, or take a horse-drawn carriage through lush Deer Park. The hotel is renowned for its Castle-facing rooms and suites, and has fast electric car charging points available in the car park. It’s not unusual to spot celebrity guests here – so keep your eyes peeled…
Doubles from £144 per night (incl breakfast); castlehotelwindsor.com.
Electric car charging points – Royal Lancaster London
Hyde Park, London
Overlooking the Italian Gardens of Hyde Park, the Royal Lancaster London is an impressive base for exploring the capital: a short walk from Knightsbridge, the boutiques of Mayfair, and Kensington’s museums and galleries. After a recent £85 million renovation, its rooms and residences have never looked better – and for the ultimate treat, the Park Suite combines the finest décor with breathtaking city views. The facilities include in-room spa treatments, three restaurants (including the award-winning Nipa Thai), and two EV charging points in the car park.
Doubles from £229 per night (room only); royallancaster.com.
Palé Hall Hotel
Palé Hall is leading the way for sustainable hotels in the UK – with a zero single-use plastic ethos, pesticide-free gardens and woodlands, and even its own carbon-neutral electricity source (which powers the fast chargers in the carpark). But it doesn’t compromise on luxury, either: this grand Victorian mansion features just 22 rooms and suites, as well as a fine-dining restaurant. Dogs are welcome in most parts of the hotel, with treats, food, beds and bowls provided.
Doubles from £245 per night (incl breakfast); palehall.co.uk.
Electric car charging points – Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, IN
Windermere, Lake District
The Gilpin feels wonderfully far-flung, with its handful of rooms, suites and lodges tucked away in the Cumbrian countryside – many featuring their own hot tub, spa treatment area, and garden-view kingsize bed. They’re so private, it’s possible to avoid seeing another soul all weekend – though the Champagne Bar and Michelin-starred HRiSHi restaurant might tempt you out of your hideaway. Guests can top up their cars at the hotel’s fast chargers.
Doubles from £295 per night (incl breakfast); thegilpin.co.uk
An iconic five-star hotel and spa, the Headland sits on its own rocky outcrop above Fistral beach – an edge-of-the-world location within walking distance of some of Cornwall’s loveliest sands. The sunsets here are always incredible: best enjoyed over cocktails at The Terrace, one of the hotel’s three restaurants. There’s also a swimming pool, spa treatments, and watersports rentals and lessons available – including surfing, paddleboarding and coasteering. In the car park, you’ll find a choice of charging points for guests.
Doubles from £135 per night (incl breakfast); headlandhotel.co.uk.
Electric car charging points – University Arms
Regent St, Cambridge
In the heart of Cambridge, University Arms is a quietly sumptuous townhouse – not showy or glitzy, but full of classic character and top-quality design. Think velvet ottomans, leather-topped writing desks, and an eclectic art collection. It’s also home to one of the city’s best-loved brasseries, Parker’s Tavern, which is renowned for its seasonal menu and sommelier pairings. All of Cambridge’s sights are close by, and the hotel’s electric charging points put the countryside and coast in easy reach too.
Doubles from £159 per room (room only); universityarms.com
Francis Hotel Bath
Queen Square, Bath
Created in the same style as Bath’s famous Royal Crescent, the Francis is one of the city’s many Grade I listed treasures – occupying seven Georgian townhouses beside Queen Square. It may be a historic address, but the hotel is elegant and modern inside, with plush bedrooms (all four-poster beds and Egyptian cotton sheets), a Moroccan-inspired restaurant, and a stylish lounge that serves cocktails, coffee and afternoon tea. The car park offers a fast charger for guests.
Doubles from £135 per night (incl breakfast); francishotel.com.
Electric car charging points – Queens Hotel Cheltenham
The Promenade, Cheltenham
Everything in this beautiful Cotswolds hotel has a story behind it: from the original wallpaper by Augustus Pugin, who designed the interior of the Palace of Westminster; to the Gold Cup bar, named after Cheltenham’s famous horse race. For exploring the Cotswolds countryside, there’s a fast charger in the car park – just one of the hotel’s many perks, which also include fabulous breakfasts at Victoria’s restaurant, and views of the town’s Imperial Square and Gardens. Dogs are welcome throughout.
Doubles from £138 per night (incl breakfast); queenshotelcheltenham.com.