I'm a big fan of a boutique hotel. I'm a big fan of my home city, Birmingham. The two have crossed over at delightfully-decadent The Edgbaston. There's more than a spattering of art deco in the décor, especially in the cocktail lounge and public spaces. In contrast, the rooms have a reserved, classic take on contemporary design with plenty of original features.
I've visited the lounge a couple of times (The Edgbaston is just around the corner from my office) and enjoyed the cocktails whilst feeling like I'm actually living out The Great Gatsby. In the rooms, of which there are six, everything is decidedly calmer - I love the grey tones and that roll-top bath in the bedroom!
The interior was designed by Birmingham based-interior architects Heterarchy, who are responsible for another new Birmingham favourite, Marmalade. But more on that another time. Look at this divine, understated light fitting: Hidden behind an unassuming façade in a leafy street, the Edgbaston has a discreet, luxurious feel - I can't wait for the excuse to stay overnight.