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Hotel Review: Francis Hotel Bath, Bath, Somerset

Colourful and cosy, the experience at Francis Hotel Bath is complemented by its city centre location.

by Sharron Livingston
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The handsome Francis Hotel Bath, a Grade I listed building, is an amalgamation of an impressive collection of seven limestone-clad Regency townhouses facing Queens Square.

The hotel’s life in hostelry dates back to 1858 when Emily Francis, a leading entrepreneurial lady of her time opened the doors to guests into this neo-Regency building – it was only four townhouses then.

In 1942 the building was directly hit by a bomb but it has resurrected into this fine hotel that dazzles when the sun hits the honeyed-coloured stonework.

Francis Hotel Bath has a restaurant, a tea room, a quaint bar with pink lighting and 98 uniquely decorated bedrooms. In fact, the various areas of the hotel are distinctive from their decor. Even the communal areas morph as you pass from one segment to another.

It’s an illusion of compact cosiness.

A long canopy heralds the revolving doors that lead to a small bright and bold reception area. Overall the hotel has the air of a small boutique hotel. It’s an illusion of compact cosiness, yet, in reality, there is plenty of space.

Who for

Couples on a weekend away would truly appreciate coming home to Francis Hotel Bath. For families, there are interconnecting rooms.


Francis John Wood feature room c. Sharron Livingston

The Francis Hotel Bath though a chain hotel part of the MGallery Hotel Collection of boutique hotels. they properties distinct from each other.

The Francis Hotel Bath has three tiers of room, Classic – these tend to be the smallest, Superior, where you get a Nespresso machine and Feature Room, which have so much more space.

They are all unique and the featured rooms are the quirkiest – some have bold colour schemes and gilt mirrors while others more  ‘contemporary” such as the one I stayed in; the John Wood Feature Room. It is named after the famous Bath architect John Wood the Elder, creator of Queen Square opposite the hotel.

Some come with a bath, the others have a shower and a couple 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 you drop off and the piece de resistance has to be the shower with a huge mural of the Romans baths as its backdrop.

Harry Sykes feature room

Harry Sykes feature room

Food & Drink

Traditional British afternoon tea is served daily in Emily’s Tea Room while the No. 10 bar serves whatever your tipple is in a friendly environment. Both are also great spaces in which to chill and enjoy the decor.

Boho Marché brasserie, with its warm lighting offers French-inspired cuisine. I enjoyed coconut and potato soup followed by a grilled fillet of seabass on a bed of crushed potato.


Had I fancied breakfast in bed, I could have, as they do in-room dining well. They have a car park to the rear (£20). Wi-fi is available throughout and it’s free. Oh, a charming concierge service will help with your bags and offer info and a map of the local area.

What’s nearby?

The Francis Hotel BATH has a central location opposite Queens Square  – do check out the 18th-century obelisk. It was built with a needlepoint but then blunted courtesy of lightning in the 1830s.

Around the corner is the high-brow shopping of Milsom Street (think Bond Street). The Roman Baths and the imposing Bath Abbey are a couple of minutes walk away. Thermae Bath Spa is also close by where you can swim in the city’s spa water. The Jane Austin Centre is around the corner too and the famous Circus is just beyond Queens Square. 

Francis Hotel Bath is a 10-minute walk from the Bath Spa train station and a 10-mile drive from junction 18 of the M4.

How much

Classic Rooms at the Francis Hotel start from £139 per night.



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