Lincoln is blessed with a characterful collection of hotels that are relatively few in number, but provide an eclectic range of options for any visitor. Whether you’re looking for a quirky period building, a luxury break or just plain good value, a hotelier here is ready to meet your needs. We’ve compiled our favourite hotels in Lincoln, representing the best of the city’s charm and hospitality, including options in the uphill Cathedral Quarter and outside the city centre.
Looking for somewhere more homely? Take a look at our rundown of the best guest houses and B&Bs in Lincoln.
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Best hotels in Lincoln: uphill
- Location: in a quieter part of the Cathedral Quarter within close walking distance of the cathedral, castle and shops.
- In a few words: a modern boutique-style hotel with a restaurant and wine bar.
- Ideal for: a classy, comfortable and convenient base for a weekend break in Lincoln.
- Facilities include: free wifi, pet-friendly, restaurant and bar, room service.
The Tower Hotel is a stylish spot to stay for a short break or treat overnighter in Lincoln. The location is great because while it’s close to all of the city’s main attractions and the popular Bailgate area, it is just outside the busiest part of uphill Lincoln, so it’s a bit cut off from the crowds.
There are also plentiful places to eat nearby, but you don’t need to leave the hotel to sample some of Lincoln’s finest cuisine, because one of the city’s top-rated gastro restaurants is on site. The Tower Restaurant has seasonal menus using carefully sourced local produce. The lounge bar and rear garden are comfy and spacious for relaxing after a meal with a cocktail or fine wine, or catching some live sport on the screen.
The hotel has 15 rooms in total, each decorated individually and kitted out with a private bathroom, flat-screen TV and work desk.
White Hart Hotel
- Location: at the heart of the Cathedral Quarter in the bustling city centre between the cathedral and castle.
- In a few words: a traditional modern hotel with spacious rooms and terrace cathedral views.
- Ideal for: a cheeky couple’s getaway to relax and explore the most famous part of Lincoln.
- Facilities include: free parking, free wifi, pet-friendly, restaurant and bar, room service.
If you are looking to stay as close as possible to the main attractions of city centre, there is nowhere better situated than the White Hart, which is right in the middle of the action in uphill Lincoln. Walking outside you are immediately on the doorstep of Castle Square and Minster Yard, under the shadow of the city’s two most famous buildings, the castle and cathedral.
The bedrooms are spacious, and some face onto the cathedral, while the terrace has a prime view of it. The hotel’s award-winning Grille restaurant is ideal for a relaxed lunch or classy dinner, well worth a try whether or not you’re staying at the hotel.
Not only is the White Hart Hotel ideally located, but it’s also easy for transport and access, with a free car park for guests, and bicycle storage if you want to explore on two wheels.
The Bronze Pig
- Location: on the outskirts of the Cathedral Quarter, near the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
- In a few words: a fine-dining restaurant with four luxury double king bedrooms.
- Ideal for: a romantic weekend for a special occasion.
- Facilities include: road parking, free wifi, fine-dining restaurant.
A ‘restaurant with rooms’, The Bronze Pig is one of Lincoln’s handful of fine-dining restaurants, featured in the Michelin Guide in 2017 and 2018. Pompeo is the friendly owner, originating from Sicily, who will welcome you with a smile and some of the very best food in the city, presented with flair.
The Bronze Pig has just four rooms, each with double king beds and en-suite showers. In the morning you can choose from a full English or Irish breakfast. If you want to really push the boat out for a special night away, indulge in the multi-course chef’s tasting menu (24 hours’ notice required).
Bail House Hotel
- Location: close to the historic Newport Arch at the top end of Bailgate, 350 yards from the cathedral and castle.
- In a few words: a luxury small boutique hotel set inside a 14th-century building.
- Ideal for: a weekend exploring Lincoln’s history for an all-round immersive experience.
- Facilities include: secure parking, free wifi, 24-hour bar and lounge.
Bail House Hotel blends luxury with history, set in a building dating from 1350, which was once a medieval hall. Carefully restored, the large bedrooms are decorated with a vintage essence that evokes the building’s past, while bricked walls and wooden beams dotted throughout add to the historic vibe.
Each of the rooms has its own special view of a part of Lincoln’s history, whether it’s the castle, the cathedral or Bailgate. Most have a king-size bed and en-suite facilities, and all are equipped with a TV plus tea and coffee makers.
The hotel is positioned in a lovely spot that is slightly set back from the busiest part of Bailgate, but is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the centre of the Cathedral Quarter. It’s just the right mixture of charm, character and convenience.
The Lincoln Hotel
- Location: on the eastern side of the Cathedral Quarter, close to attractions and easily accessible by road.
- In a few words: a contemporary Best Western hotel in a restored 1960s complex.
- Ideal for: a comfortable and stylish long weekend couple’s getaway.
- Facilities include: free parking, free wifi, restaurant and bar, room service.
The Lincoln Hotel is the largest hotel in Lincoln city centre, perched right next to the cathedral. While it is part of the Best Western chain, every effort has been made to give it a Lincolnshire feel, right down to the locally sourced food in the on-site restaurant ‘The Green Room’. Here you can grab an afternoon tea or a three-course meal in view of the cathedral, rounded off with some Lincolnshire cheese.
The rooms offer some of the best views of the cathedral from any accommodation in the city and are decorated in style, from the twins and doubles up to the superiors and deluxes. If contemporary is your thing when it comes to the choice of hotels, you can’t go wrong here. There’s also an interesting piece of history right outside the doorstep; the remains of the original Roman East Gate can be seen next to the hotel’s forecourt.
Castle Hotel & Apartments
- Location: just off Bailgate in uphill Lincoln, five minutes’ walk from both the cathedral and the castle.
- In a few words: an award-winning luxury hotel in a great central location.
- Ideal for: a special sightseeing weekend for a couple or family.
- Facilities include: free parking, free wifi, family rooms, restaurant and bar.
The Castle Hotel is a characterful place to stay in Lincoln in clean, comfortable surroundings, with a friendly welcome from the hospitable team of staff. It enjoys a superb location next to Bailgate, with many of its rooms offering views of the castle walls and cathedral towers.
The hotel has 18 rooms plus a further three self-catering apartments, which are perfect for a family break in the city. Reform restaurant serves a range of European dishes and has been accoladed by Lincolnshire Life’s Taste of Excellence Awards. After dinner you can also unwind with a glass of wine in the Castle Bar.
Best hotels in Lincoln: outside the city centre
The Pyewipe Inn
- Location: a couple of miles outside the city by the Fossdyke canal just off the A46.
- In a few words: riverside pub with accommodation on the picturesque and historic Fossdyke.
- Ideal for: staying in a rural setting within reach of the city centre via a half-hour canal walk.
- Facilities include: free parking, free wifi, pub and restaurant.
If you’re a traveller who loves the countryside and a good traditional pub, but you still like to be close to the city to explore, the Pyewipe Inn is a wonderful alternative option to the city centre hotels. This riverside pub looms over the Fossdyke (the UK’s oldest working canal), and has an adjacent lodge with 21 rooms.
The Pyewipe walk from the city centre is one of our favourite things to do in Lincoln on a summery day, rewarded at the end with a proper Sunday lunch and a pint of ale. Staying at the lodge you can do this in reverse, strolling along the canal for some sightseeing in the city, and returning at night to the warm and cosy inn.
Branston Hall Hotel
- Location: in the quaint countryside village of Branston, three miles outside Lincoln city centre to the south.
- In a few words: a stunning country house hotel and gardens with 88-acre grounds.
- Ideal for: a wellness weekend retreat in the lap of luxury with great facilities and rural surroundings.
- Facilities include: free parking, free wifi, fitness centre, spa, swimming pool, restaurant and bar.
November 2020 update: we are sad to hear the news that Branston Hall Hotel has closed its doors after the events of this year forced the company into administration.
Branston Hall Hotel is one of Lincolnshire’s finest country house hotels. Within a short drive from Lincoln in a sleepy nearby village, it makes a great base for combining a relaxing pampered break with a spot of city exploration.
The hall dates back three centuries and stands among vast grounds of lakes and parklands, where you will see native wildlife frolicking. Everything you need for a healthy retreat can be found on-site, including a gym, swimming pool, sauna, spa, and a lakeside restaurant.
Read our interview with the hotel’s general manager, Chris Tomlinson, to find out what’s been going on behind the scenes during a difficult year, and what the future may hold.
- Location: on the Doddington Road roundabout on the A46 bypass to the west of Lincoln.
- In a few words: great value motel-style accommodation about five miles outside the city centre.
- Ideal for: a fun family outing to explore Lincoln and nearby nature parks.
- Facilities include: free parking, free wifi, family rooms, restaurants and bar.
Damon’s is somewhat of an institution in Lincoln. Whenever driving into the city from the south-west, you will glimpse its unique roof structure, resembling ribs jutting up into the sky. I remember growing up when the kids at school would always go to Damon’s restaurant on their birthday for a famous rack of ribs.
The restaurant also has an accompanying hotel just across the forecourt. It makes an excellent family base with easy access next to the A46, a short trip into the city, and close vicinity to Hartsholme Country Park and Whisby Nature Park. The main American-style restaurant is a big favourite with kids, and there is also an adjoining Japanese restaurant for a sizzling steak or sushi fix.
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