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 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.