Ikea to launch chain of budget hotels in the UK (but leave your toolkit at home)

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Ikea, the Swedish furniture company, is set to launch a chain of budget hotels - but don't worry, you won't have to build your own bed.

The furniture giant has teamed up with Marriott International to launch a new global brand called Moxy Hotels.

According to the Liverpool Echo, plans for a Liverpool city centre version are already in the making. A spokesman for the Marriott told the paper that a "Moxy Hotel on Cropper Street in Liverpool is in the pipeline". Cropper Street is in the middle of the £160 million Central Village development near Liverpool Central Station, which has been stalled.

The paper says that a recent planning application reads: "The building will incorporate a combination of uses to include one or more of the following: retail, financial and professional services, restaurant and cafe, drinking establishments, hot food take-away, office, hotel, casino and live music venue and nightclub."

According to the Mirror, the development stalled in 2013 when contractor Merepark Construction went bust.

A spokesman told the paper that Marriott was planning to develop a Moxy Hotel with Ikea at the development but couldn't confirm further details.

We just ask one thing: Please put the meatballs on the menu.

Would you stay in an Ikea hotel? Tell us below!

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Top spot goes to the Milestone Hotel in London, overlooking Kensington Gardens. The grade II listed boutique hotel offers a 24-hour butler service and exceptional facilities including a heated resistance pool, cocktail bar and chauffeur-driven Bentley. "Decadent luxury from and age gone by… worth every one of its five stars and possibly more," says one reviewer.Double rooms from £450.

Rudding Park is set against beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands. Tripadvisor reviewers rave about this privately owned AA 4 Red Star Harrogate hotel, with has a spa, gym, private cinema and an 18 hole golf course. "All hotels shoud be like this," raved one reviewer. Double rooms from £233.

Within walking distance of historic Windsor Great Park, Coworth Park is a gateway to the breathtaking views and heritage sites that make the southeast of England such a fascinating and rewarding region to visit. An eco-luxury spa and horse riding are just some of the offerings to keep you occupied. "Gorgeous setting, fabulous staff... little extra touches that make it extra special... totally professional and efficient yet the atmosphere is completely tranquil and relaxed," says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £285.

Swinton Park, the former ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, provides castle accommodation set in 20,000 acres of the rolling Yorkshire Dales. The emphasis here is on good food and the hotel runs a cookery school where you can be taught all the tricks of the trade. "This venue is second to none in its hospitality and customer care... Take a walk through the sprawling grounds and see wildlife and nature close up. The views are stunning," says one reviewer. Double rooms from £165.

Minutes from Buckingham Palace, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences is a five-star hotel exuding luxury in prestigious surroundings. A butler service, the Michelin starred Quilon Restaurant and an exclusive spa, 51 bills itself as the luxurious home away from home. "A real treat - and a classic case of really getting what you pay for - and worth every penny," says one reviewer. 

Stay in Alderney's only four star hotel and eat delicious food while overlooking the ocean. Braye Beach Hotel is "Probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in. Service was excellent ... All of the staff have been trained to a high standard and we had no complaints at all," says one reviewer. Double rooms from £75.

Independently owned and managed, Longueville Manor boasts 30 bedrooms and suites, a renowned restaurant and perfect surroundings. It is the island's sole member of the world's finest collection of small hotels and restaurants, Relais & Châteaux. "I would recommend this hotel if you are planning a break to recharge your batteries and experience exquisite surroundings and excellent service," says one reviewer. Double rooms from £100.

The ideally positioned Soho Hotel, just off Oxford Street, is a modern, chic hotel with dramatic urban design and furnishings. Rooms are luxurious and spacious with great views of London. "Perfect location for walking everywhere. Very attentive service from front desk and restaurant staff. Rooms are large and well designed and equipped. Most comfy beds and pillows ever," says one reviewer. Double rooms from £354. 

The cubist, modern facade of Casa in Chesterfield doesn't look like it hides a top rated hotel. There isn't a claw-footed bathtub or oil painting in sight: instead you'll find rain showers, LCD TVs and the Cocina restaurant where the chefs use Spanish charcoal-fired ovens to create Mediterranean dishes."We always stay here when we come to Chesterfield, it is brilliant in every way! Couldn't fault it!" says one reviewer. Double rooms from £99.

Situated in the beautiful countryside with wonderful views of the parkland golf courses, the AA 4 star luxury Derbyshire hotel, Morley Hayes is worthy of a top 10 position. From the Penthouse Suite to the Executive Room, the Honeymoon Suite to the Family Room you will be spoilt for choice. "Hotel is first class, the food is excellent. Well worth every penny. You would not be disappointed," says one reviewer. Double rooms from  £200.

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If visiting an icy region of Sweden isn't enough, you can even sleep in ice at the ICEHOTEL. As the world's first and largest hotel made of ice, the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi covers 5,500 square metres and is constructed from 2,000 tonnes of snow and ice. Inside, you'll find 65 rooms, an ICEBAR to enjoy ABSOLUT drinks 'on the rocks', and an ice church for unique weddings. Rooms from 3,200 krona (£313) per night.

Located on a 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long in the Rosneath peninsula, Cove Park's Fielding Retreats prove you can do a lot more with shipping containers than, well, ship stuff. The pods are industry standard shipping containers that have an open-plan layout with cooking and sleeping facilities for guests to spend the night. They even come with balconies overlooking a delightful pond and offer beautiful views of the surrounding hills. From £100 per night via Unusual Hotels of the World

The interior of the NEW Hotel in Athens is made of all sorts of recycled materials - old newspapers, ladders, bark cloth, you name it. Designed by renowned duo the Campana Brothers, the hotel fuses old with new, displaying bespoke furniture made from recycled and reinterpreted everyday materials. In the rooms you'll find jagged mirrors and quirky chairs made out of newspapers, and the handmade fixtures really make guests feel like they are living and breathing a major art installation. €160 (£138) for a double room including breakfast.

Night in a tram, anyone? The Controversy Tram Hotel in the Netherlands consists of five bed and breakfast rooms converted from city trams and railcars. The cool themed tram bedrooms used to run on the streets of Amsterdam and Germany, and there are double beds, shower and toilet facilities and a sink top unit on board. There is a cute terrace with a seating area inside a 'tram shelter' and a TV and VCR with 200 videotapes that you'll find inside a UFO! From €60 (£50) per night from Unusual Hotels of the World

Ever dreamed of sleeping in a concrete drainpipe? No, we thought not. But the rooms (or tubes) at TuboHotel are not the cold and uncomfortable kind you'd imagine. They're super luxurious with queen-sized beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and heated too! Located in Tepoztlan, Mexico, TuboHotel's rooms are stacked in a pyramid shape, reflecting the Aztec pyramid of El Tepozteco that overlooks the town. We bet you want to sleep in a pipe now, don't you? Rooms for two from $400 (£20).

Looking for ski accommodation with a difference? Maya Guesthouse in Valais is the first hotel built entirely out of straw bales. What makes the guesthouse unique is that it is stylish and elegant too. Although guests won't find straw spread across the floor, parts of the walls have windows displaying the bales. And there's no need to worry about keeping warm high up on the Swiss mountain location, as the 90cm-thick straw walls keep the building heated throughout the winter. Double rooms 160CHF (£112) per night.

Perfect for wine lovers, the Hotel Vrouwe van Stavoren in the Netherlands is where you can sleep in a wine barrel. Located in the old harbour of the once thriving trade town of Stavoren, the hotel was built from four 14,500-litre wine casks that were shipped from Switzerland and converted into comfortable and unique rooms. Each wine cask comes with a small sitting room, TV, radio, shower and bathroom, and the hotel is working on incorporating an additional eight casks from the Beaujolais vineyards of France, each with a capacity of 23,000 litres, so they'll be even bigger than the current rooms. Wine casks from €89.65 (£76.50) per night.

How's this for an eco-hotel? Built entirely from its surroundings, this hotel on the world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, is a truly unique place to rest your head. Palacio de Sal's walls, floors, ceilings and much of its furniture, including its chairs, beds and tables are made from salt blocks. A huge one million 35cm blocks were used to construct the 16-room hotel and it features all the luxuries you'd find in an upmarket hotel - a dry sauna, whirlpool, steam room and even its own saltwater baths. Rooms cost $130 (£82) per night.

If you're claustrophobic or suffer from motion sickness, look away now! The Capsule Hotel in the Netherlands is made of oil rig survivor pods that have been repurposed to become floating rooms moored near The Hague. They're not the most glamorous of hotel rooms, but each pod offers cosy protection from the elements for up to three people. Inside, you'll find an emergency chemical toilet, snacks and a DVD player. From €60 (£50) per night from Unusual Hotels of the World

Forget nodding off on the train home from work. Instead, spend the whole night in a train at the Train Inn, located in Nova Scotia, Canada. The century-old train station in Tatamagouche has been restored and has seven train carriages dating from 1911 to 1978, which serve as deluxe accommodation. The station itself has three bedrooms in the original stationmaster's residence and below, on the first floor, is a railway museum, cafe and gift shop, which were once the men and ladies' waiting rooms. In the Dining Car, built in 1928, you can have a real first class experience and enjoy dishes, such as salmon and steak. Rooms from £128 per night from frontier-canada.co.uk

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