Hunting for the UK’s springtime city boom should look no further than Bath’s deep pyramids of pale honeystone, narrow streets and broad, majestic squares.
Nestled among the rolling hills of Somerset, the home of Roman Baths has provided the setting for many period dramas, among them the 1995 and 2007 versions of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, 2004’s Vanity Fair and 2008’s The Duchess, not to mention the recent Netflix-hit Bridgerton case.
For anyone wanting to experience the delights of ‘tons, the No.15 Pulteney Hotel is an ideal, niche and charming place to explore.
Where is it?
The Grade I listed building is located on the stunning and stunning Great Pulteney Street in the centre, a 15-minute walk from the Royal Crescent and only a few minutes’ walk from Bath’s central shops and bars. Across the street further from the hotel is the River Avon and there are some green spaces nearby, making it a very nice part of town.
The main hotel building consists of three beautiful adjoining Georgian townhouses, so the layout is charming with lots of stairs (there are lifts to all six floors for those who need it). Inside, the decor, refreshed by Martin Hulbert, combines aspects of vintage design and vintage pastels with a vibe that’s not entirely out of the ordinary.
The Alice in Wonderland theme is pervasive – keys in reception are kept in a giant dollhouse, as are coffee-making facilities in each room. The walls are a mix of patterned wallpaper and modern art; on one has a kaleidoscope display, another has an antique camera, and another is a miscellaneous ceramic vase. Glass-top tables in the bar showcase a pile of quaint vintage jewelry underneath, and a wall behind the bar is lined with scalloped scales, which look like exotic fish. If you love knitwear and are curious, you will be in heaven. If you’re more attentive to your interior, you might feel like you’ve stepped down a rabbit hole.
On each floor there is a ‘pantry’ – a small room containing a wardrobe inspired by Georgia’s grocery stores with complimentary snacks and snacks. Bottles of candy, tea, coffee, glass bottles of juice and milk, apples and satsumas, bags of popcorn, crisps and homemade cookies all cater to any mid-morning snack cravings. night.
There are 37 bedrooms throughout the main townhouse and separate Training House.
As the hotel is a converted townhouse no two rooms are the same size and to match this, the décor of each room is also different. The smallest (and most affordable) rooms are cozy lofts, and the largest is called The Hideout, a 55-square-foot suite: bedroom, dressing room, lounge with fireplace and large marble bathrooms complete with a steam room and hot tub. The Hideout has separate access for maximum privacy and is especially popular with honeymooning couples.
All rooms feature Dyson hair dryers, vintage tape recorders, flat-screen TVs, 100-acre shampoo and conditioners, and ultra-comfortable Hypnos Lansdowne cashmere mattresses with cotton linens. Egypt type 200 yarn.
If you’re in the market for properties that Lady Whistledown would be proud of, choose one of the 24-26 square foot Pulteney suites, located on the first and second floors of the street frontages of the townhouses. and designed by Martin Hulbert, the brains behind Chewton Glen and Coworth Park. They all have gorgeous high ceilings, antique windows with weight-bearing silk curtains, marble bathrooms, and large chandeliers. Some even have four-poster beds.
If you’re looking for a party venue for a larger group, look no further than the recently renovated Coachhouse, a Gothic outpost building built 30 years after the main hotel which it is located behind. With eight open-plan bathrooms (6 regular, two large), Coachhouse can accommodate 18 adults and two children and can be booked in groups. With chic, relaxing decor, a kitchenette, and no noise if you want to enjoy music, it’s perfect for a classy hen or a family get together.
Children as well as dogs are welcome provided you do not stay in one of the smaller guest rooms.
Food and drink
The hotel has an underground restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a bar on the ground floor that is open for drinks daily from 8:30 a.m. (and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday). ) and afternoon tea seven days a week.
Under the direction of chef Matt Gillard, the restaurant focuses on what it calls ‘Wild British’ cuisine, which largely means familiar comfort food with generous portions, but with British variation. Think shrimp cocktail, bubble and squid, chicken pie, mac and cheese. There’s Somerset steak (courtesy of local Buxton butchers) with fresh watercress and horseradish, juicy shrimp served on vast metal cake racks, and lovely seasonal vegetable soup. Fruit and vegetables come from the family-run Lovejoys grocery store, and the bread and baked goods come from the city’s beloved Bertinet Bakery. The chef will happily make a picnic lunch if you want to explore Bath’s lovely green spaces.
Breakfast is à la carte and includes a full menu of dishes. Homemade Marmite Butter Cookies are delicious and guaranteed to cure any hangover.
Bar 15 with soft colors (open 8am to 10:30pm Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday), is a relaxing and light space Smooth to drink, if lacking a bit of atmosphere. The martini was delicious, despite the fact that the hostess admitted it was her first time making it, the bar was empty on both Friday and Saturday nights when we visited. If you’re looking for a vibe, it’s best to take a stroll to the beloved Beckford Bottle Shop (reservation is recommended) or Dos Dedos, a Mexican bar just down the street from Beckford that has mind-blowing margaritas. deadly as well as richer dishes.
The underground spa is a whitewashed space located in the stone vaults below the hotel. There are six treatment rooms, one of which comes with a giant copper bath for couples to soak in together before enjoying a couples massage and facial. Most importantly spa therapists must be professional and really know what they are doing. The deep tissue massage is one of the best I’ve had in a long time. All products are vegan, organic and certified by the Soil Association.
The direct train from Paddington takes one hour and twenty minutes. The hotel is a 15 min walk or a 5 min taxi from the station – the walk is enjoyable if you’re traveling light. The hotel offers a free luggage pick-up service at the station. So, if you arrive and want to start exploring, one of the hotel staff can meet you at the station and exchange your luggage for a city map and an umbrella (if you need one).
There is a permit to park on the street (free), or you can pay to park in one of the hotel’s spaces at the back of the building.
Room rates start from £162 on a room-only basis. Rooms in Pulteney start from £270. Coach House rooms start from £195 on a one-room-only basis, or £1700 for an entire Coach House takeover party. guesthousehotels.co.uk