The Vibe: Georgian.
The Area: Buxton is a spa town on the edge of the Peak District National Park. It is England’s highest market town, sited at some 300m (1,000 feet) above sea level.
The DNA: Commissioned in 1780 by William Cavendish, the Duke of Devonshire, Buxton Crescent was designed by architect John Carr as a collection of lodging houses, hotels, and an assembly room—their collective façade fashioned out of local gritstone into an imposing arc, complete with columns and arcaded walkways. Tapping into the natural spring welling up on his land, Cavendish envisioned Buxton as a chic spa town with the pulling power to attract high society, something it achieved into the Victorian era. A 17-year, €90-million renovation of the Grade I-listed Buxton Crescent Hotel and spa has taken the collective input of heritage and government bodies as well as hospitality, design, engineering, and geology experts.
Suite-Me-Up: The high ceilings, sash windows and elegant Georgian colours continue into the 81 rooms, which overlook the Crescent forecourt with a public park beyond. Furnishings are hotel-generic (enlivened by glittering chandeliers) but the incredibly comfortable beds and marble bathrooms make up for it.
Seen: Hospitality Design
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 81 rooms & suites (20-52m2) (215-560 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1789 • interior design: Curious • bathroom amenities: Penhaligon’s • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk