Hot Hotels: Francis Hotel, Bath
The Francis Hotel located in the city of Bath has just had a facelift, a £6 million facelift. The hotel, made up of seven townhouses which date back to the 18th century re-opened in May this year. We took a trip, one and a half hours west from London, to the historic spa city to see what the hotel had to offer.
From the outside it looks impressive, the big stone buildings fit in well with the historic city, and the rotating wooden door adds a bit of old school glamour. Inside is modern and chic, there are bright wallpapers, Heals-style furniture, quirky light fittings, a lovely lounge and bar area and just 98 rooms.
Our ‘Feature Room’ on the second floor was simple and bright with two windows, a four poster bed, Nespresso machine, power shower, free WiFi, TV and the all-important robes! The bed was super comfy, with a quilt underneath the bottom sheet which made it feel like we were sleeping on a bed of feathers.
While the hotel doesn't have its own restaurant, Brasserie Blanc is joined onto the building and the lounge area serves afternoon tea and an impressive selection of cocktails. Breakfast is served in the basement, which is spacious and features a continental buffet as well as a selection of hot dishes available to order. We went for the Pancakes with bacon which were fluffy and light served with a generous portion of thick bacon.
The hotel itself is located in the historic Queen Square and there really isn't a better location for visitors to the city, it's a five minute walk to all of the tourist attractions and the shops, the open-top bus stops just outside and it's close to the beautiful Victoria Park with an ACE crazy golf course.
MGallery Francis Hotel, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HH. Rooms start at £109 per night