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Hotels for sports fans: From football and rugby to cricket and racing at Goodwood

Shankly Hotel, Liverpool

Due to open in August, this football-themed hotel is named after former Liverpool FC manager and club icon Bill Shankly. The 86 bedrooms have been designed in tribute to the man himself, with photos of his games on the wall. The rooms also have Xboxes and 50-inch TV screens specially for footy fans who want to try their hand at a game of Football Manager, which is available to rent. There will be a Bill Shankly museum within the hotel, displaying previously unseen items that belonged to the manager, and in 2016 a rooftop pool is scheduled to be added.

Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 (0151 236 0166; Doubles from £70 per night, room only.

Cricket Pavilion at Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Built in the early 1900s for athletic cadets at the Royal Naval College, Osborne House’s cricket pavilion on the Isle of Wight is now available as a holiday let. The pavilion stands within the grounds of the former royal residence Osborne House, which was Queen Victoria’s favoured country getaway for 50 years before her death in 1901. Guests at Pavilion Cottage can explore the queen’s private beach and enjoy exclusive access to the grounds and long south-facing veranda outside normal opening times.

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6JX (0370 333 1187; Seven nights from £701, self-catering. Sleeps four.

London Marriott Hotel, Twickenham

The Rugby World Cup is coming to the UK this autumn and if you want to stay close to the action, book a room in the grounds of Twickenham, the world’s largest rugby stadium. Luxurious pitch-view suites in the South Stand come with private balconies and separate living and dining areas. England play two warm-up games here before the World Cup kicks off on 18 September.

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Twickenham Stadium, 198 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA (020 8891 8200; Doubles from £100 per night, B&B.

De Vere Bolton Whites Hotel, Bolton

Not to be outdone, Bolton football fans can also spend the night inside their favourite venue. Pitch-side rooms at the Macron Stadium, home of the Bolton Wanderers, offer panoramic views of the ground as well as bedspreads in the team’s traditional blue. If football’s not your thing, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure and spa facilities, as well as its two restaurants which are headed up by Michelin-starred chef Paul Heathcote.

De Havilland Way, Bolton BL6 6SF (0844 980 2363; Doubles from £140 per night, B&B.

Pennyhill Park, Surrey

Pennyhill Park is the official training base for the England rugby squad, which means that if you’re lucky you might bump into members of the team in one of the hotel’s hot tubs. Rooms have four-poster beds and feature walls, while the hotel has a two Michelin-starred restaurant plus a wine cellar containing more than 220 varieties. There is also a five-star spa, with eight indoor and outdoor pools, one of which comes with underwater music.

London Road, Bagshot, Surrey GU19 5EU (01276 471 774; Doubles from £233 per night, room only.

Snoozebox, various locations

For something a bit more innovative, Snoozebox is providing portable on-site accommodation this year at major sporting events across the country, including the British MotoGP and Goodwood races. The hotel will arrive in Richmond Athletic Ground on 17 September for the Rugby World Cup. The Snoozeboxes are compact and modern with en-suite wetrooms, heating, air conditioning, double beds and single bunks.

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Various locations (0345 092 0174; Doubles from £49 per night, room only.


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