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By Kate Parsons, Head of Reservations

Who doesn’t love a group weekend getaway? Trips to the beach, cocktails on rooftops, the delights of a house in the country. And, perhaps best of all, no kids! But finding somewhere to stay can be time-consuming. So let us help. We know loads of places that work well for easy and affordable weekend breaks with friends, whether in the UK or abroad. Pick a date, decide what’s important for your group, and off you go.


Jump to: European city hotels; European city apartments; Whole house rentals; By the sea; With a pool; With a spa; Half-board UK stays; Somewhere new

European city hotels

Casa Bonay, Barcelona

48 hours in Europe, away from the daily grind, staying in a hotel with pals? Yes, it’s possible. These properties are within a short taxi ride of an airport, have restaurants nearby, and require no car to get around. Plus, as with all i-escape hotels, they will give you that “something different” hit you need. Grab your passport and go.

  • LisbonBrowns Central – a hip boutique base in the heart of town (Superior Doubles, Mansard and Junior Suites can be set up as twins)
  • San Sebastian – Zinema 7 – Once a much-loved cinema, now the coolest hotel in town (12 twin rooms)
  • BrusselsMade in Louise – Great value, great location, great rooms (Charming or Executive for twins)
  • BarcelonaHotel Denit – Attentive service, trendy minimalism and budget prices in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter (Superiors for twins); Casa Bonay – Cool and creative, with great-value rooms, a buzzing bar, and a restaurant that’s popular with locals (twin and triple rooms available)
  • VeniceCima Rossa – Chic B&B in a 15th-century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal (Charming room for twin beds); Bloom and Settimo – Opulent B&B in the heart of the city, with a lovely roof terrace and complimentary prosecco (triples and twins available)

 

European City Apartments

Baixa House, Lisbon

Apartments give you more space and privacy than a hotel room. If you’re a big group travelling to Europe, opt for an apartment complex so you can all be in the same building but won’t have to cram into the same living spaces.

  • Porto Boutique Apartments Porto – 5 seafront apartments for 2-5; great value for money
  • BarcelonaBoutique Apartments Barcelona – 17 apartments sleeping 2-5, in the trendy El Born district and the quieter Sants area
  • LisbonBaixa House – 13 apartments for 1-7, bang in the centre of Lisbon; breakfast, a homemade cake and daily cleaning included
  • IstanbulIstanbul Place – 10 apartments for 4-7, set in hip yet historic Galata
  • BerlinBerlin Boutique Apartments – 11 apartments in the vibrant Prenzlauer Berg district (sleeping 1-4)
  • RomeCasaCau – stylish apartments for 2-4, a coin’s throw from the Trevi Fountain

 

Whole house rentals

Dillington Estate, Somerset, UK

Having the whole place to yourselves comes with many advantages: big living areas to socialise in, no strangers to share things with, and the freedom to be as loud as you please. If you’re desperate for a girls’ weekend break but don’t want the hassle of flying, stay in the UK – there are loads of stylish houses you can retreat to for a couple of nights. Or, for a change of scenery, go further afield – Marrakech is surprisingly feasible for a long weekend break with friends; flights are affordable, the food and shopping scenes are second to none, and the beautiful riads make for perfect pads.

House rentals in the UK

  • BathThe Haycombe Hideaway – ultimate get-together house: indoor and outdoor bars, hot tub, sun-trap terrace, funky décor. Can cater for party sizes of 2-18 (only 2 twins, and 2-night min stay)
  • SomersetDillington Estate – picture-perfect cottages for 2-16, with pretty, mature gardens and alfresco dining tables for lazy summer lunches. Some have hot tubs (specific check-in days)
  • NorfolkBarsham Barns – Beautiful rentals for 4-14, a hop from Norfolk’s spectacular coast. There’s a Jacuzzi and steam room, and massages and treatments can be arranged (3-night min stay)
Riad Jaaneman, Marrakech

House rentals in Morocco

  • Dar seven –small, serene and elegant hideaway with 5 rooms in Marrakech (only 1 twin); can be booked as a group rental for max 15 people
  • Riad Dar Zaman –intimate retreat with 4 rooms (two of them can be twins) for up to 8 people, located in the quieter reaches of the northern medina
  • Riad Jaaneman – fashionable 5-suite riad (1 twin) with a tropical courtyard, cool roof terrace and designer interiors

 

By the sea

Hotel Albatroz, Cascais, Portugal

You can’t really beat a weekend beach break with pals, but if you’re short on time, finding somewhere overseas isn’t always easy. The trick is to look for places with airports near coasts – like Faro, Palma de Mallorca or Lisbon – so you can be splashing about in the sea within minutes of landing.

  • MallorcaBikini Island – The name says it all really: a fun, funky beachfront hotel with pool, sea views, bar and restaurant (no twin rooms)
  • Algarve – Colegio Charm House – Fabulously stylish rooms in a former palace in Tavira, close to the golden beaches of the Ria Formosa; trains serve most of the towns and beaches on the Algarve coast
  • Lisbon Coast – Hotel Albatroz – A grand hotel in Cascais, with a clifftop pool and panoramic bar and restaurant, all surrounded by beach and sea
  • Liguria – Villa Rosmarino – Super-stylised Italian palazzo with pool set above the achingly beautiful fishing village of Camogli; 35 mins via train from Genoa

 

With a pool

Nakar Hotel, Palma de Mallorca

Need some poolside sunbathing action, or you’re a keen swimmer in the group? Look no further…

  • Palma de MallorcaNakar Hotel – comes with an infinity-edge rooftop pool and some of the finest views in Palma
  • Seville – Palacio Bucarelli – has a dipping pool in the main courtyard, plus two of the rooms come with plunge pools – fancy!
  • Algarve Casa Rosa – Dreamy little hotel with a sun-drenched courtyard and a swimming pool; Faro Airport is a mere 15-minute drive away
  • IbizaCan Vistabella – laid-back, supremely serene boutique resort with a dreamy pool lined with Balinese beds and a bar; located far from Ibiza’s party strip

 

With a spa

No.15 by Guesthouse, Bath

A group spa break is going to cost a bit more, but if you want some real relaxation, being pampered is just the ticket.

  • BathNo 15 by Guesthouse – city hotel with an apothecary-style spa with vegan nut-free products. You’ll want to visit Bath’s famous Thermae Spa too
  • CotswoldsCalcot & spa – Luxury hotel with a fully-fledged spa: 7 treatment rooms, saunas, hot tub, well-equipped gym and a yoga/pilates/dance studio
  • PortoVila Foz – Restored palace by the sea, with a sleek spa equipped with a Turkish bath, sauna and a sparkling pool
  • MadeiraQuinta da Casa Branca – Classy Funchal retreat with two heated pools (one adults-only) and a spa with sauna, steam room, relaxation room, whirlpool Jacuzzi (3 twin Garden Rooms)

 

Half-board UK stays

White Hart Somerton, Somerset

There’s no time for cooking when you’ve only got one night to catch up with mates, and trying to split a restaurant bill 15 ways is far too complicated. So, look for an overnight hotel that offers half board rates – ie. dinner, bed and breakfast are included. With everything under one roof, you can spend more time catching up and less time worrying about where to go and what to do.

  • WiltshireTimbrell’s Yard – an old riverside boozer transformed into a stylish boutique hotel with great food and prices
  • SomersetThe White Hart Somerton – 21st-century style in a welcoming 16th-century pub with a restaurant and 8 unique rooms (mostly doubles but very good value)
  • DorsetThe Kings Arms – a historic coaching inn in Dorchester, Thomas Hardy land, accessible via direct trains from London. Expect yummy food, a bar, and elegant bedrooms – some can be set up as twins
  • WiltshireThe Beckford Arms – welcoming country pub with stylish yet affordable rooms and fabulous food, ranging from fine restaurant fare to upmarket pub grub; just 2 hours from London

 

Somewhere new

Turin, Italy

Been there, done that, time for somewhere new? Try one of these smaller but equally accessible cities in popular European countries.

  • York – No.1 by Guesthouse – Explore the Shambles, drink at a rickety old pub, then head to the hotel for a massage, cocktails and tasty Yorkshire comfort food – plus a complimentary pantry with ice cream, cake and popcorn
  • TurinLook To – a sumptuous four-bedroom ‘suite & breakfast’ in a cultured little city with beautiful architecture, great museums and, this being Italy, heavenly food
  • BilbaoMiro Hotel – Hit The Guggenheim and then the Museo de Bellas Artes for some high-brow art discussion, then gorge on tapas, tapas and more tapas before rolling back to this stylish design hotel with a round-the-clock honesty bar

This is just a small selection of possible options. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, just give us a call on +44 (0) 117 946 7072