The recently reopened Doubletree Hilton may not be housed in the most beautiful building in Bath – actually, it was voted ‘Bath’s ugliest building’ – but it is decidedly sparkling after a £10.1 million refurbishment. The reception area is bright and so spacious it’s almost minimalist, so the COVID social distancing measures have been unobtrusively put into place.
And it does have a superbly central location on the artisanal Walcot Street. The bonus is that the hotel backs right onto the banks of River Avon. Ask for a room which a view over the river. Here was mine:
As chain hotels go, the Doubletree Hilton is a reliable provider of the trio of must-haves: comfort, cleanliness and service.
An appealing reception has pleasant staff to welcome guests. When admin is over, guests are offered warm chocolate chip cookies and a pack of disinfectant wipes.
Everyone and anyone.
There are 176 en-suite (some have showers and other baths) rooms in this low rise building offering contemporary decorated and calming muted colours. There are several configurations, for instance, two double beds or a double bed tailed with a sofa and so on. Some have amazing views over the Avon River and Bath.
Naturally, there’s tea and coffee and four-star mod cons. Everything just works.
Food & Drink
There are three areas to eat and drink. The bar area has bar stools and easy seating where you can fritter away some time over a tipple or two. It is attached to a restaurant where the chef serves cuisine that has more than a hint of Asian hints. And where a buffet breakfast is served.
Afternoon tea can be taken in Secret Garden – a colourful Orangerie – where you can sip a cuppa while enjoying river views.
There’s also a cafe area opposite the reception area.
The hotel has a small but well-equipped gym and meeting rooms for conventions and business get-togethers. There is parking nearby at the Podium but it doesn’t belong to the hotel. However, the hotel has negotiated a deal of £17 for the duration of your stay.
Wi Fi available
Yes it’s free throughout the hotel.
Bath is a compact city and from the arty Walcote Street – which is itself worth checking out – it is an easy walk to the Roman Baths and the magnificent Abbey. The Thermae Bath Spa is close too where you can have a dip into the thermal healing waters that Bath is so famous for. The famous Pulteney Bridge is also just a stone’s throw away.