When visiting somewhere new, taking home a token of your time away is a great way to remember your experience. And whilst novelty fridge magnets or teddy bears in logoed jumpers are always going to be the chosen keepsakes for many, sometimes it’s something a little more special that you are after.
Luckily, hotels are beginning to recognise the need to diversify their gift offerings. As a result, you can now get some beautiful pieces from establishments throughout the UK that are perfect as a treat for yourself or as a present for someone you love.
To help give you an idea of the quality of hotel gifts now available, we’ve figuratively travelled up and down the United Kingdom and curated this collection of our top picks.
The Balmoral x Hamilton & Inches Silver Sterling Necklace
Heading to Scotland, the Balmoral is an iconic component of Edinburgh’s architecture. The hotel is instantly recognisable thanks to its spectacular clock tower, which is what is depicted by the charm on this sterling silver necklace.
This limited edition piece has been produced for the Balmoral in collaboration with Hamilton & Inches which has been an institution in the city since 1866 and is the company that created the Balmoral's majestic clock back in 1902.
Staying in the north, the Fife Arms is a boutique five-star hotel situated in the historic area of Braemar. Originally opened in 1856, the hotel served as a coaching inn but now boasts luxury rooms with traditional furnishings and the entire interior is a showcase of architecture, design and art.
With craftsmanship being so pivotal to the hotel’s identity, we were approached by the Fife Arms to create some customised hotel gifts that could echo this. We produced this bespoke version of our ziptop leather backpack using Parkland deer leather which has been embossed with the Fife Arms crest. Inside, it is lined with the hotel’s house tartan and has two pockets and a padded laptop compartment.
A five-star hotel situated in London’s Mayfair, The Connaught has a rich history that stretches back to 1815 when it first opened as the Prince of Saxe Coburg Hotel. During this time it has welcomed royalty, presidents and celebrities, and seen celebrated chefs run its restaurants.
Described as chic with an English ambience and contemporary touches, The Connaught’s gift range echoes this feel. These hand-embroidered black velvet slippers, for example, are simple yet incredibly elegant. Crafted by the Mount Street Shoe Company which lies close to the hotel, the slippers feature the Connaught crest in tonal embroidery.
Another landmark of Mayfair in London, Claridge’s began life as a hotel in 1856 and is renowned for its Art Deco style. It is just moments away from Oxford Street but the hotel’s shop means you don’t have to enter the hustle and bustle of central London to find wonderful treasures.
Claridge’s collaboration with Summerill & Bishop offers this beautiful linen tablecloth which nods to the hotel’s style by replicating the distinct pattern that can be seen throughout the building’s many halls.
Located between Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, the Berkeley is a five-star hotel and is heralded as the epitome of modern British luxury. The hotel offers stunning rooms as well as restaurants and bars. In the Autumn/Winter of 2022, The Berkeley released a themed afternoon tea, the Prêt-à-Portea, which was designed to celebrate designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier.
This delightful china tea set for two captures the style of this special afternoon tea and was designed by Bernardaud. The cheery lilac and yellow tones were purposefully chosen to pay homage to The Collins Room, which is where afternoon tea is served at the Berkeley.
Having overlooked Hyde Park since the 1930s, the Dorchester is an historic part of London. Oliver Messel, one of the 20th century’s leading interior designers, is responsible for some of the décor seen throughout the Dorchester and that’s why the hotel’s collaboration with eyewear brand Sestini is inspired by his work.
Each pair of these signature sunglasses are made individually by a master craftsperson and stand as a stunning showcase of conscious, sustainable fashion. They perfectly merge Messel's legacy, the Dorchester's style and Sestini’s 80s vibe.
The second item to come from our collaboration with the Fife Arms is this deer leather journal cover. Just like the backpack, the journal cover features the Fife Arms house tartan, designed by Araminta Campbell, and is embossed with the hotel's crest. It contains a journal which is made from recycled leather fibres and a Fife Arms pencil. It is perfect for sketching, journalling or for planning the details of your next getaway.