Arrivals & Departures The UK's hottest hotel openings

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Stay in London's first floating hotel or check out Yorkshire's take on a traditional shepherd's hut.

From the luxurious to the quirky, there have been some interesting accommodation debuts across the United Kingdom over the past few months, with a lot more to follow.

London's first floating hotel, The Good Hotel at Newham's Royal Docks, opened in December. The 148-bedroom hotel is a not-for-profit business aiming to invest in the local community and encourage unemployed people back into work. Its 8 million kilo concrete structure was was transported from Amsterdam and will stay in London for five years. 

The Good Hotel is beautifully designed in an industrial style. Rooms range from 13sqm to 30sqm.

In Yorkshire, there's the chance to stay in a shepherd's hut, minus any discomfort. The Little Otchan Shepherds Hut is new glamping accommodation  a few miles from the coastal town of Withernsea. 

With a log-burning stove and wrought-iron fixings, it feels like a traditional shepherd's hut, but with an ensuite bathroom, kitchen and outdoor fire pit. 

From February, guests to the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales at Bolton Abbey will be able to enjoy enhanced spa facilities, with new treatments, facilities and design.  

If golf is your game, Scotland's Gleneagles Hotel at St Andrews has finished the first phase of a refurbishment. The hotel unveiled a new-look Century Bar and a new bar called Auchterarder 70, named after the hotel's original telephone number. It has also opened 35 renovated luxury bedrooms and suites. 

At Hide at St Donats, Wales, the hotel has been busy adding tiny houses to its accommodation offering. It already has three snug "Cabans" and will be adding more lodges in the woods this year and next.

Also in Wales, Cardiff's Coal Exchange is set to be transformed into luxury hotel. One of the city's most significant historical buildings will become a 200-room luxury hotel with a heritage area, World War One memorial and a museum celebrating the history of the Cardiff Bay area. 

Taking inspiration from the glamour of a 1930s transatlantic ocean liner, the five-star The Ned in the City of London will open in spring. The hotel has been fashioned in the Grade I listed former Midland Bank headquarters, with 252 suites, a rooftop bar with landscaped terraces, a health spa, a gym and a range of restaurants and cafes. 

In June, Southampton will get its first luxury five-star hotel at Ocean Village. The Southampton Harbour Hotel and Spa will include 85 luxury bedrooms, a jetty restaurant featuring a rooftop champagne bar, and a decadent spa with a gym and swimming pool. 

Famous for being on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, the historic Battersea Power Station will become home to the Art'otel, which is set to open in 2019. With 160-plus bedrooms, the luxury hotel will have skyline floors offering panoramic views of London, a roof garden and an outdoor rooftop pool and bar overlooking the power station's chimneys.

The Belmond Cadogan in Knightsbridge is set to re-open this year following a two-year refurbishment. Built in 1887 in the Queen Anne style, the Cadogan (pictured at top) was the location of Oscar Wilde's infamous arrest. The renovation has reduced the number of rooms and suites from 64 to 54 to accommodate the needs of luxury travellers. 

Around north-west England, Hallmark Hotels has added eight hotels to its portfolio with offerings in Liverpool, Preston, Chester, Wrexham and Manchester. 

If quirky is your thing, don't miss The Bus Stop, a self-catering in a bus in Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland. The unique accommodation has been created in a single-decker bus on a working farm. It includes a large deck with log-fired hot tub, barbecue, fire pit and views of the Lammermuir Hills. 

For something grander in Scotland, look to The Royal G & V in Edinburgh, a stylish five-star hotel where honey is made on the rooftop.

For lovers of Lego and theme parks, the new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Berkshire, will open this summer. The 61-room hotel gives the choice of a knight's or wizard's room. 

Some of the other openings this year include Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square this month, Roomzzz in Stratford and Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch during March, and Dorsett City next to Aldgate tube station in late April. 

For a central location on a budget, the Ibis Styles Piccadilly Circus will open this year.

In Manchester the boutique Oddfellows on the Park has opened, while The Cow Hollow Hotel in the Northern Quarter aims to take an "honest" approach with steady prices year round.


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