Anniversary breaks

Whether it's your first wedding anniversary or your 40th, staying somewhere special is one of the most popular ways to celebrate. If you are planning an anniversary break, keep in mind the following:


Cost


The cost of anniversary breaks can vary widely, depending on the length of stay, the location and of course the hotel's quality rating. It's easy to compare room rates online, although it sometimes pays to ring the hotel to ask about rates, especially if it's for a special occasion. Ring the hotel, rather than the chain's central reservations number. It always pays to ask for any other applicable discounts too, such as for seniors, AA members or airline frequent flyer club members. Hotels in London and other major business centres are often less expensive at the weekend, or during the low season, away from summer and Christmas. Make a point of letting the hotel know it is your anniversary; it can sometimes get you an upgraded room, a free meal or at the very least, a free bottle of wine.

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Amenities


Of course, you are probably looking for certain amenities and a touch of luxury if you are looking for hotels that offer anniversary breaks. Room service may be on your list of essentials, and you may want to book a room in a property that has a swimming pool, gym or spa on the site. Many couples consider a good meal is an important part of the anniversary package, and there is no shortage of hotels all over the UK, with award winning restaurants, especially in London, the Cotswolds and the lake District. Some of the best hotel restaurants in the UK include those in the Samling in Windermere, the Peacock in Rowsley, Derbyshire, and the Pig in Brockenhurst, Hampshire. For popular restaurants, it's highly recommended to book your table as far ahead as you can.


Size and Location


Hotels offering anniversary breaks can be found all over the UK, and you may want to decide what you are looking for on a short break. A smaller family run hotel in the country offers a cosier atmosphere, as well as a personal touch when it comes to looking after guests, and much of the appeal is simply being able to relax in the lounge or bar. Larger hotels may lack the personal service, but can provide more on site amenities and the rooms are sometimes larger and better equipped. You may also want to ask yourself how you want to spend your time; a country hotel offers the chance to relax and do nothing much, although you may need a car to do any exploring. Staying in a hotel in London, Edinburgh and other tourist cities offer the chance to sight see for a couple of days, and most of what you want to see is accessible by public transport. Many London hotels and those in popular tourist areas can arrange excursions, theatre tickets, and even secure you a seat at that restaurant that is always fully booked.