Halloween it’s just for kids right?
Not when you combine it with a romantic Gothic getaway. Indulge your fantasies at these sumptuously stylish gothic inspired hotels, with their ecclesiastical flourishes and red, gold and black decor.
The Witchery, in Edinburgh’s atmospheric Old Town, is a restaurant and boutique hotel housed in a 16th century merchant’s house. The hotel contains eight suites furnished in a sumptuous style with gilded vaulted ceilings, oak panelling, red leather upholstery, antique church candlesticks, tapestries, tarot imagery and even bagpipe playing cherubs. Dine in the 17th century oak panelled restaurant or in the Secret Garden, an enclosed courtyard dining space for a truly magical experience.
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
The five star St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London is a celebration of High Victorian neo-gothic architecture. The hotel with its gothic towers and pinnacles has featured in the ‘Batman’ films, ‘From Hell’ (a Jack the Ripper flick starring Johnny Depp) and the ‘Harry Potter’ films – so it has a Hollywood Halloween pedigree. The 245 room hotel re-opened in 2011 after a huge restoration project returned it to its former glory as one of London’s top luxury hotels. The centre piece of the hotel is the Grand Staircase, richly decorated in a fiery red and fleur-de-lis patterning. Halloween is definitely for grown-ups at the hotel’s Booking Office Bar, in the former ticket hall of St. Pancras Station, as those who dress up get access to the exclusive “R.I.P.” area.
The Crazy Bear Beaconsfield
This boutique hotel in a former 15th century coaching inn, is based in the market town of Beaconsfield but it is anything but sedate. A bizarre mash up of Baroque and Gothic meets glam S&M; the nineteen rooms with their red, gold and black styling are more erotic gothic than romantic. Suite 10 with its mirrored ceiling, metals studs and dark seductive furnishing has to be seen to be believed!
Gothic in all its theatrical opulent splendour is the polar opposite of the recent trend for cool minimalist design hotels, and that’s why a night in one of these destinations is truly memorable.
Christine Babington Smith is the main contributor to the respected fashion blog www.fashionmodamode.com; she is also a Huffington Post UK blogger on fashion and style: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-babington-smith/. Christine lives in Milan, where she scouts out new designers and trends in one of the world’s foremost design capitals.