The lovely Francis Hotel is an amalgamation of an impressive collection of seven limestone-clad Regency townhouses overlooking Queens Square.
The life of the hotel within the hostel dates back to 1858 when Emily Francis, a leading entrepreneur of her day, opened the doors to this neo-Regency building – then there were only four townhouses.
A bomb hit the building straight away in 1942, but it’s returned to this lovely hotel that literally dazzles when the sun hits the honey-colored brickwork.
Inside there is a restaurant, tea room, quaint bar with pink lighting, and 98 bedrooms, each with its own personality. Indeed, the different areas of the hotel differ in their decor. Even the common areas transform when you move from one segment to another.
It is an illusion of compact cosiness.
A long canopy heralds the revolving doors that lead to a small, bright, and bold reception area that has been adapted for COVID. The staff are behind screens and a one-way system is in place.
Overall, the hotel has the feel of a small boutique hotel. It’s an illusion of compact cosiness, but in reality there is a lot of space.
Couples away for a weekend would really appreciate returning to this hotel. There are rooms with a connecting door for families.
Francis. Despite being a chain hotel, it is part of the MGallery Hotel Collection of boutique hotels where diversity, not conformity, is what sets them apart.
The Francis has three room levels, Classic – these are usually the smallest, Superior, you get a Nespresso machine and feature rooms that offer so much more space.
They are all unique, and the rooms featured are the quirkiest – some have bold color schemes and gilded mirrors, while others are more “contemporary” like the one I stayed in; the John Wood Feature Room. It is named after the famous bathroom architect John Wood the Elder, the creator of Queen Square across from the hotel.
Some come with bathtubs, others have showers, and a few have four-poster beds, but all have sweet-smelling noir toiletries. One room has a painting of sheep on the ceiling so you can’t count them to help dismount. The piece of resistance must be the shower with a huge mural of the Roman baths as a background.
Traditional British afternoon tea is served daily in Emily’s Tea Room, while Bar # 10 serves whatever you drink in a social setting. Both are also great places to relax and enjoy the facility.
The dark wood restaurant with its warm lighting offers a varied menu of wine pairings. Still, I went to the specials – coconut and potato soup, followed by sea bass, served on a bed of crushed potatoes.
If I had felt like having breakfast in bed, I could have, since they dine well in the room. They have their own parking space in the back – there is a £ 20.00 charge. Wi-Fi is available everywhere and is free. Oh, a charming concierge service to help you with your bags and provide information and a map of the local area.
The hotel is centrally located just across from Queens Square – check out the 18th century obelisk. It was built with a needlepoint, but then blunted by lightning in the 1830s.
Around the corner from High Brow Shopping on Milsom Street (think Bond Street). The Roman baths and the imposing bathing abbey are only a few minutes’ walk away. The Thermae Bath Spa is also nearby, where you can swim in the city’s spa waters. The Jane Austin Center is also around the corner and the famous circus is just off Queens Square.
The Francis Hotel Bath is a 10-minute walk from Bath Spa Railway Station and 10 miles from junction 18 of the M4.
Classic rooms start at £ 129 including breakfast.
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