The recently reopened Doubletree Hilton may not be in the prettiest building in Bath – in fact, it was voted “Bath’s ugliest building” – but it definitely shines after a £ 10.1m renovation. The reception area is bright and spacious enough to be almost minimalist. Therefore, the social distancing measures of COVID were implemented unobtrusively.
And it’s in an excellent central location on the artisanal Walcot Street, which is also home to Sarecens Head, Bath’s oldest pub. The bonus is that the hotel is right on the banks of the Avon River. Ask for a room with a view over the river. Here was mine:
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A pleasant reception has pleasant staff to greet guests. When the admin finishes, guests are offered warm chocolate chip cookies and a pack of disinfectant wipes.
Everyone and everyone.
There are 176 en-suite rooms (some with showers and other baths) in this low-rise building that features contemporary décor and soothing muted colors. There are different configurations, for example two double beds or one double bed with a sofa and so on. Some have breathtaking views over the Avon River and Bath.
Of course there is tea and coffee and four-star comfort. Everything just works.
There are three areas for eating and drinking. The bar area has bar stools and comfortable seating where you can take your time with a drop or two. It’s attached to a restaurant where the chef serves dishes that contain more than just a touch of Asian notes. And where a breakfast buffet is served.
Afternoon tea can be taken in the Secret Garden – a colorful orangery – where you can have a cup of coffee while enjoying the view of the river.
There is also a cafe area opposite the reception area.
The hotel has a small but well-equipped gym and meeting rooms for meetings and business meetings. There is parking nearby at the podium, but it’s not part of the hotel. However, the hotel has negotiated a contract for £ 17 for the duration of your stay.
Yes, it’s free throughout the hotel.
Bath is a compact city and the ornate Walcote Street, which is well worth a visit, is within easy walking distance of the Roman Baths and the magnificent Abbey. The Thermae Bath Spa is also nearby, where you can soak in the thermal waters that Bath is so famous for. The famous Pulteney Bridge is also just a stone’s throw away.