Review: Francis Hotel, Bath

Location: Could not be better, near the centre of the city, ideal for shopping and sightseeing.

First impression: Georgian Bath, honeyed-stone, elegant building, dominating the southern side of Queens Square. To say I was surprised by the interior decor is to understate. It was at best eclectic but if I’m candid, eccentric and gaudy – bright bold patterns, strongly contrasting colours and modern furnishings. Let’s say it was to a very particular taste and to be fair, one could argue, an interpretation of the flamboyance of Georgian style.The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-1 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-2 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-3 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-4 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-5 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-6 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-7 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-8 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-9 The-Francis-Hotel,-Bath-10

The room: Ours was on the 3rd (top) floor and small yet despite the continuation of the overwhelming decor – comfortable, the bed, linen and pillows especially so. The bathroom was small yet functional with a cloud shower (not a fan) which was excellent.

On site: The Francis has few facilities beyond a bar and restaurant in which breakfast is served. Outside beyond the bar is a small outdoor terrace commanding a spectacular view of the car park and rear elevation of the hotel!

Breakfast was a buffet affair and reasonable with “A la carte” (Eggs Benedict etc) if required. Freshly squeezed orange juice and decent coffee sufficed for me.

Dinner: Internal access to nearby Brasserie Blanc.

Service: Good throughout, with staff being attendant without overbearing.

Take note: Make sure the price of hotel parking is added to your booking.

Verdict: This is a 4 star quality hotel. I enjoyed my stay and if it wasn’t for the uncompromising decor I would have enjoyed it all the more.

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