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Best Peak District Hotels: Luxury, Budget, Dog & Family Friendly

Best Peak District Hotels: Luxury, Budget, Dog & Family Friendly

The Peak District has a wide range of hotels to suit the needs of every different type of traveller and guest.  From luxurious spa retreats and sprawling rentals to cosy inns and budget-friendly options, the Peaks has it all. Who wouldn’t want to stay in this stunning National Park in the heart of England?

In this Peak District hotel guide, we’ve carefully selected a list of the best options in the region. We’ve separated the hotels into top picks for various categories to make it easier for you to choose the ideal place to stay over. 

In a hurry? Here’s an overview:

🏰 Best luxury hotel: Ensana Buxton Crescent

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best family-friendly hotel: Bike & Boots

💰 Best budget stay: Three Horseshoes Country Inn

🌟 Best boutique hotel: The H Boutique

🐶 Best dog-friendly hotel: Devonshire Arms (Baslow)

 🤩 Best Wow-factor hotel: Wildhive Callow Hall

Top Rated Peak District Hotels by Category

To choose the best hotels in the Peak District, I relied on a combination of personal experience, recommendations from friends and family and extensive online research.

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time exploring the Peaks and have first-hand knowledge of many of the hotels.

Best Luxury Peak District Hotels

Ensana Buxton Crescent

Nestled in the heart of the charming spa town of Buxton, the Ensana Buxton Crescent is a true 5-star luxury hotel in the Peak District.

This architectural gem dates back to the 1780s, when it served as a popular Georgian retreat for those seeking a little indulgence in the therapeutic waters of Buxton – alongside rival Bath, Buxton was the spa town to visit. 

The Buxton Crescent’s iconic curved architecture is crafted from locally quarried gritstone, but it fell into disrepair in the 1980s. Thankfully, this stunning Grade I listed building was restored over a period of 17 years, with a £70 million investment bringing it back to its former glory.

This hotel’s prime location is one of its main attractions, with a 9.5 rating on Booking.com for its unbeatable position just 300m from the Buxton Opera House. As well as the location, the Ensana Buxton Crescent’s 80 classily furnished rooms offer the ultimate in comfort and style, with options for four-poster beds and freestanding baths. 

Guests consistently praise the hotel’s cleanliness, comfort, attentive staff and top-notch facilities. The on-site restaurant also has brilliant reviews, serving up a fantastic breakfast and dining experience. 

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One of the hotel’s crowning jewels to make it truly luxurious is its exceptional spa. With three pools to choose from, including a stunning rooftop pool with integrated jacuzzi zones and an indoor pool, the Ensana is one of the best spa hotels in the Peak District. The spa also features a bio-thermal sauna, CO2 mineral bath, infra-red sauna, aroma steam room, Finnish sauna, ice fountain and salt cave. How’s that for a relaxation treat? 

🟢 Pros
  • Unbeatable location in the heart of Buxton
  • Beautifully refurbished building and rooms with high-end furnishings
  • World-class spa facilities and amenities 
  • High marks for cleanliness, comfort and staff friendliness
🔴 Cons
  • Higher price point due to high-end offerings and prime location
  • No on-site parking available

Honourable mentions for best Peak District luxury hotels:

Losehill House Hotel

Losehill House Hotel & Spa is a 4-star hotel that offers the perfect countryside escape. With amazing views over Win Hill and Hope Valley, the large and comfortable rooms are complemented by the relaxing spa features and exceptional food at the award-winning Grafene Restaurant.

The Peacock at Rowsley

The Peacock at Rowsley is a beautiful and elegant period property within striking distance of Bakewell. This hotel is highly rated for its fantastic restaurant, charming rooms, friendly staff and cleanliness. It makes it a top choice for travellers looking for a little Peak District luxury.

The H Boutique Hotel

Located in the bustling town of Bakewell, the H Boutique Hotel is a stunning property and one of the best boutique hotels in the Peak District National Park. It offers large, comfortable rooms with jacuzzi baths and all finished to a super-high standard. Couples particularly love this hotel for its prime location and a superb restaurant with high-quality food.

Best Family-Friendly Hotels

Bike & Boot Hotel

The Bike & Boot, located in the picturesque village of Bamford, opened in September 2023 and has already received rave reviews. It’s recently featured in The Times Best Places to Stay, winning the Cheap & Chic Hotel of the Year 2024. 

Found just three miles from Castleton and close to Bamford train station, this unique hotel caters for those who love the outdoors, families and dog owners looking for the ideal blend of adventure and comfort in the Peak District. The hotel focuses on ‘WADOBI’ – walk, dog, bike – but you can unwind and relax into comfortable surroundings too.  

The Bike & Boot is housed in an impressive and modern building with top-notch facilities, good-sized family rooms, high levels of cleanliness and plenty of parking outside. The hotel fully embraces children and pets, it’s even got a convenient cleaning hose for your bike, shoes and dog!

Families can chill out and enjoy the free ‘Film Club’ in the cinema room, showing three films a day from 3pm till 9pm. There’s also free coffee and exceptional cake served daily. The friendly staff and excellent on-site restaurant and bar, the Bareca, add to the hotel’s booking appeal.

🟢 Pros
  • Modern building with excellent facilities, ideally located in Bamford
  • Fully child friendly and dog friendly 
  • Freebies to be had, including free films at the cinema room and daily coffee and cake served in the afternoon
  • Family rooms available and parking included in the price
🔴 Cons
  • Pay extra for breakfast 
  • Good food offering but not gourmet 

Honourable mentions for best family friendly hotels in the Peak District:

Oakhill, Matlock

Located in a beautiful Grade II listed property in Matlock, Oakhill offers a perfect blend of modern amenities with warm and welcoming hospitality for families. There are four spacious and beautifully furnished family suites, alongside the eleven other en-suite bedrooms. The extensive landscaped gardens are perfect for the kids to run around, whilst adults can enjoy a drink and chat.

The Maynard, Grindleford

Surrounded by the beautiful Peak District countryside around Grindleford, The Maynard is a fantastic choice for families looking for a peaceful retreat. The hotel caters for families with good-sized family rooms, high chairs and a special kids’ menu in the restaurant. Outside there’s a large garden area and live outdoor music and performances to provide entertainment for the whole family. 

Best Budget-Friendly Hotels, Inns and B&Bs

Three Horseshoes Country Inn and Spa

Just on the edge of the Staffordshire Peaks, the Three Horseshoes Country Inn is a family-run establishment offering guests a relaxing, enjoyable stay. Nearby you’ll find attractions like Thor’s Cave (20-minute drive away), The Roaches (5 minutes) and Alton Towers (20 minutes).

This 4-star inn is located in beautiful surroundings with great facilities. You might be thinking it doesn’t sound particularly budget, but the prices at the Three Horseshoes are very reasonable. 

There are a variety of room options, including pub doubles and classic doubles, which are the most affordable. A little higher up the budget, they also have superior doubles, a hot tub room and a four-poster room with some availability for family rooms as well. Guests praise the brilliant food and drink offering and super friendly service provided by the team.

One of the standout features of this budget friendly inn in the Peaks is the on-site spa. For an additional fee, there are a range of fantastic facilities available, such as the beach hut experience, farmer’s Sauna, rasul mud treatment and the Peak District stonebath experience.

🟢 Pros
  • Excellent value for money, offering high-class facilities at reasonable prices
  • Range of rooms to suit different preferences
  • Great pub with delicious food and a well-stocked bar
  • High-class spa on-site 
🔴 Cons
  • Need a car to explore the area
  • Some room types may have limited availability, especially during peak seasons

Honourable mentions for best budget-friendly hotels in the Peak District:

Manifold Inn

The Manifold Inn is a cosy, dog-friendly inn offering comfortable triple, double and king rooms at a fairly affordable price point (around £120 per night). This hotel has an excellent ‘value for money’ rating of 8.7 and a 9.4 rating for staff friendliness and location.

Norfolk Arms

Located in the centre of Glossop, the Norfolk Arms has a selection of very pleasant rooms at a budget-friendly price (from just £70 per night). Whilst the rooms are a bit on the smaller side, they’re more than adequate and offer you a very comfortable stay. Guests can enjoy the well-priced pub food and a range of Joseph Holt beers.

Premier Inn Buxton

The Premier Inn in Buxton is another good budget option, offering clean, modern rooms and excellent value for money.

Located just a ten-minute walk from the centre of Buxton, this Premier Inn serves as a great base for exploring the area. Reviews praise the helpful staff, spotless cleanliness and delicious breakfast. Free car parking is an added bonus.

Youth Hostels – YHA Ilam and YHA Castleton

For travellers on a tight budget, the YHA Ilam and YHA Castleton youth hostels are both excellent choices. These hostels offer affordable and comfortable accommodations in prime locations for exploring the Peak District.

With a range of room options, including dormitories and private rooms, these YHA hostels cater to a variety of needs, from solo adventurers to groups of friends or families looking to save on accommodation costs.

View the full guide on the best Peak District Hostels.

Best Pet & Dog-Friendly Hotels

The Devonshire Arms, Baslow

Situated in the centre of the lovely village of Baslow, The Devonshire Arms is a delightful dog friendly hotel in the Peak District. It effortlessly blends comfort, quality and dog-friendly hospitality. This pub and hotel is located close to Chatsworth House and the picturesque market town of Bakewell, as well as having numerous walking trails right on its doorstep.

A note to mention: There are a couple of other ‘Devonshire Arms’ pubs and hotels in the nearby area, including at Pilsley and at Beeley. These are both high quality, fantastic options and welcome dogs, but not all of the rooms are dog friendly. 

The Devonshire Arms at Baslow prides itself on being exceptionally dog-friendly. Our canine chums are welcome in the bedrooms, the restaurant and in the dining room. In fact, dogs are so well-catered for they can even enjoy their own four-poster beds! 

Humans are equally well looked after, with friendly and attentive staff, comfortable rooms, and a cosy pub serving delicious food. The complimentary breakfast also offers a wide range of superb options.

The Devonshire Arms is a gem with free parking and umbrellas and wellies available to borrow if you’ve left yours at home and the weather isn’t too great. 

🟢 Pros
  • Exceptionally dog-friendly, with our four-legged friends welcome throughout the hotel
  • Perfect Peak District location with free parking
  • Friendly and efficient staff 
  • Great pub, delicious food and a complimentary breakfast for guests
🔴 Cons
  • Limited number of rooms, which can get booked up quickly
  • Slightly higher price point compared to some other dog-friendly hotels in the area

Honourable mentions for best dog-friendly hotels in the Peak District:

Wildhive Callow Hall

Wildhive Callow Hall is a stunning dog-friendly manor house. With its breathtaking location, beautiful decor and exceptional dining options, this hotel provides dogs with beds, blankets, towels, bones, and plenty of strokes! It treats humans just as well too. It all comes at a cost, but it’s a stunner. 

Biggin Hall Hotel

Biggin Hall Hotel is a charming 3-star, Grade II listed hotel and country house dating back to the 17th century. It’s all set within 8 acres of grounds in a quiet spot of the southern Peaks with lots of walking options. This hotel welcomes dogs in its courtyard and garden rooms at no extra cost.

Tips for booking your stay in the Peak District

Where should I stay when visiting the Peak District?

Some of my favourite places to stay in the Peak District include Edale, Baslow and Castleton. These are popular places in general, with plenty of hotel options.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Hope Valley and absolutely love the area. These villages offer a perfect blend of stunning scenery, excellent Peak District walking trails and welcoming Peak District pubs, making them ideal bases for exploring the national park. What more can you ask for?

Do you need a car to visit the Peak District?

Having a car can be very helpful when visiting the Peak District, but it’s not always necessary. Some of the larger towns, such as Bakewell, Matlock and Buxton have decent public transport links.

Although these towns are not as well-connected as cities, you can still get around using buses and trains, allowing you to explore the area without relying on a car. That said, a car will help you get around much faster and more off the beaten track!

How many days do you need to visit the Peak District?

A long weekend is the perfect amount of time to spend in the Peak District. The area is primarily known for its fantastic walks, great pubs and interesting places to visit, such as National Trust properties.

The Peak District is all about enjoying the great outdoors, so you can spend as much or as little time here as you have available. Whether you have a couple of days or a full week, you’ll find plenty of activities and beautiful landscapes to keep you entertained.

Is the Peak District expensive?

The cost of visiting the Peak District varies. Accommodation ranges from affordable youth hostels and treehouses to luxury spa hotels, fitting various budgets. Dining options include both inexpensive chip shops and high-end restaurants.

While many outdoor activities like hiking are free, paid experiences can add to your expenses. In summary, the Peak District can accommodate both budget-friendly and more luxurious visits, depending on your choices.

Sara K

Thursday 4th of July 2024

I stayed at Three Horseshoes last spring. The spa is small but delightful. Perfect for a relaxing weekend!

Eliza Jane

Sunday 28th of April 2024

heya, was wonderin if the devonshire arms is ok with more than one dog? got two labradors and finding it hard to find places that'll take us all, cheers.