In the past society would head to Bath to take the waters and in need of some respite ourselves we decided to head out of London to the heritage city.
It’s just an hour and a half from Paddington and unlike the District Line which I easily spend just as much time on trying to get to East London, you have views of the west country and train coffee which actually isn’t too bad. Anyway we rolled up to Bath the beautiful, regency period city famed for Jane Austen, the Roman Baths and the architectural masterpieces that are the Royal Crescent and the Circus and headed to our hotel.
We were staying in the boutique, Francis Hotel Bath part of the McGallery Collection by Sofitel, sitting in the historic Queen Square. Its central location means you can head up to the Circus and pretend that one day you might be able to afford to live there, or you can escape to Victoria Park and forget you’re in a city at all, it’s also close to the Roman Baths and Milsom Street and the shops so pretty ideal really.
Originally seven townhouses they joined together to form the hotel in the 19th century and now it has 98 rooms, and is joined to Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Brasserie Blanc. Inside the hotel is quite electic, red velvet high back sofas in one room and bright yellow, walls with black portrait silhouettes on the next. Our immaculate room was a chic teal blue/grey, with splashes of deep purple and ornate golden mirrors it all rather contrasted with the illustrations on the wall, which were reminiscent of those postcards you get at the beach, you know the sort of the women in Victorian bathers, I not sure how well it worked. The bed whilst a little on the smaller side was wonderfully comfortable, which was much needed after we witnessed the depressing defeat of England in the World Cup – at least I could weep into my perfectly soft pillow, silver linings and all that. A monochrome tiled bathroom lacked a bath but the shower, which my friend claimed to be the best shower they had ever used, compensated. The staff were all charming and the small touches didn’t go unnoticed, the welcome bar of chocolate, the fluffy robes, the October issue of ELLE and the biscuits on our pillow when they turned down our room.
Breakfast consists of a buffet which offers pastries, breads, fruit, cereal and yoghurt with toppings such as walnuts, coconut and blueberries. There is also a hot menu too with the likes of eggs royal, French toast, a full English and smoked salmon and scrambled egg. We went for the eggs royal and washed it down with plenty of coffee and toast before we headed out to explore the sights.
Fully rejuvenated, we headed back to London, for those times when you need a mini break, the Francis hotel, ticks all the boxes.