A super central hotel with views to the medieval Abbey and gentle Somerset hills. Originally three Georgian townhouses, now its rooms are bright, art-filled spaces – although not huge – best to choose one at the back if you want somewhere quieter.
The feel is relaxed: chatty, professional staff look after you smoothly. Breakfast on croissants, bread from Bath’s best baker, or cooked treats in the restaurant. Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White are the brains behind Koffmann & Mr. White’s restaurant – an English-French brasserie that’s open to all. Enjoy cocktails or a G&T – the gin list is impressive – in the cool ArtBar after a full day getting acquainted with lovely Georgian architecture or walking in the surrounding Cotswolds.
Bath Abbey – fan-vaulted, imposing tower, stained-glass windows – is just across the square, the Roman Baths not much further; escape the crowds and walk over Pulteney Bridge for a gentle ramble beside the river Avon.