A small enclave of good things. You’re on the smart side of town at the end of a cul-de-sac, thus remarkably quiet. You’re also at the top of the hill and close to the castle with views that sweep south for miles; at night, a carpet of light sparkles beneath you. Inside, cool lines and travertine marble greet you in reception. Smart bedrooms do the trick. They’re not huge, but come with all the trimmings: wide-screen TVs, Bose sound systems, super little bathrooms, king-size beds wrapped in crisp white cotton. Those on the ground floor open onto the garden, each with a terrace where you can breakfast in good weather; rooms on higher floors have better views (six overlook the courtyard). There is a cool little bar, the hub of the hotel, and Hart’s Kitchen which serves breakfast and light bites, and offers excellent food: perhaps wild mushroom arancini, sea bream with lemon and hazelnut, quince soufflé with vanilla ice cream. There’s lots to explore: the Lace Market, the city caves, Trent Bridge for the cricket (the England team stay here). There’s a private car park for hotel guests, too.