The DNA: Everyone knows all about the original Gleneagles in rural Perthshire, which has long been the stuff of legend. Acquired by Ennismore in 2015, it was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and an invigorating defibrillator blast – and it worked. The place has surely never looked better or felt more lively than it does today. You can perceive a family resemblance in the Gleneagles Townhouse, though in terms of temperament – as well as scale, tone, and emphasis – she is very much her own person. This is ostensibly – though not entirely – a members’ club, though it most respects it also functions as a normal hotel. Non-members can dine in the restaurant (spectacular), stay in the rooms (delightful), and get squiffy in the rooftop bar (terrific). Senior staff members are notable for their presence. You see them all the time, they remember your name, they are actively solicitous of your well-being, and they will actually take time to chat – all of which is more impressive and less common than it might sound.
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2023
✅ free Wi-Fi in public areas • size matters: 33 rooms (25-40m2) (269-431 sq ft) • hotel opened: June 2022 • architecture: 3DReid • parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible