Hotel du Vin, Henley-on-Thames $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:With the latest branch of the Hotel du Vin chain, this genteel riverside town, famous for its regatta, can claim one of the most alluring long-weekend hotels in England. In a first-rate example of industrial recycling, the former Brakspears Brewery has been imaginatively converted, with each of the 43 rooms named for a vineyard. All are done up with toast-colored walls and thick wall-to-wall carpeting, and furnished with solid oak pieces that have a Shaker simplicity. Plump duvets and Egyptian cotton sheets make for dreamboat beds, while baths have oversized cast-iron Victorian tubs. With thoughtful details—an electric kettle to make your own tea or coffee, organic toiletries, and DVD/CD players—these rooms are ideal for holing up with a good book. If the Champagne Bar and billiards room downstairs sound tempting, the Bistro suffers from cheeky Fawlty Towers service, so you're better off dining out. 2006 Hot List
When to go: April through June.
Which room to book: Spring for a Studio (doubles, $200–$297).
Amenities: Bar/loungeSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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