Hotel Assessment: Francis Hotel Bath
The good-looking Francis Hotel is an amalgamation of a formidable assortment of seven limestone-clad Regency townhouses going through Queens Square.
The lodge’s life in hostelry dates again to 1858 when Emily Francis, a number one entrepreneurial girl of her time opened the doorways to company into this neo Regency constructing – it was solely 4 townhouses then.
In 1942 the constructing was immediately hit by a bomb nevertheless it has resurrected into this high-quality lodge that actually dazzles when the solar hits the honeyed-coloured stonework.
Inside there’s a restaurant, a tea room, a quaint bar with pink lighting and 98 bedrooms every with their very own character. In truth, the assorted areas of the lodge are distinctive from their decor. Even the communal areas morph as you cross from one phase to a different.
It’s an phantasm of compact cosiness.
A protracted cover heralds the revolving doorways that result in a small shiny and daring reception space that has been adjusted for COVID – workers are behind screens and a one-way system is in place.
Overall the lodge has the air of a small boutique lodge. It’s an phantasm of compact cosiness but in actuality there’s loads of house.
Couples on a weekend away would actually admire coming house to this lodge. For households, there are interconnecting rooms.
The Francis. although a sequence lodge, is a part of the MGallery Hotel Collection of boutique inns the place selection, not conformity, is what defines them.
The Francis has three tiers of room, Classic – these are usually the smallest, Superior, you get a Nespresso machine and Feature Rooms which include a lot extra space.
They are all distinctive and the featured rooms are the quirkiest – some have daring color schemes and gilt mirrors whereas others extra ‘modern” such because the one I stayed in; the John Wood Feature Room. It is known as after the well-known Bath architect John Wood the Elder, creator of Queen Square reverse the lodge.
Some include a shower, the others have a bathe and a pair have four-poster beds, however all have sweet-smelling Noir toiletries. One room has a portray of sheep on the ceiling so you’ll be able to’t depend them that will help you drop off and the piece de resistance needs to be the bathe with an enormous mural of the Romans baths as its backdrop.
Food & Drink
Traditional British afternoon tea is served every day in Emily’s Tea Room whereas the No. 10 bar serves no matter your tipple is in a convivial setting. Both are additionally nice areas during which to sit back and benefit from the decor.
The dark-wood restaurant with its heat lighting has an eclectic menu which options wine pairings. Even so, I went for the specials – coconut and potato soup adopted by sea bass served on a mattress of crushed potato.
Had I fancied breakfast in mattress, I might have, as they do in-room eating properly. They have their very own automobile park to the rear – there’s a cost of £20.00. Wi-fi is accessible all through and it’s free. Oh, an enthralling concierge service who will assist together with your baggage and provide data and a map of the native space.
What’s close by?
The lodge has a central location proper reverse Queens Square – do try the 18th-century obelisk. It was constructed with a needlepoint however then blunted courtesy of lightning within the 1830s.
Around the nook from excessive forehead procuring of Milsom avenue (suppose Bond Street). The Roman Baths and the imposing Bath Abbey are a few minutes’ stroll away. Thermae Bath Spa can be shut by the place you’ll be able to swim within the metropolis’s spa water. The Jane Austin centre is across the nook too and the well-known Circus is simply past Queens Square.
Francis Hotel Bath is a 10-minute stroll from the Bath Spa prepare station and a 10-mile drive from junction 18 of the M4.
How a lot
Classic Rooms start from £129 together with breakfast.