Although the Abbey Hotel’s roots as a hotel date back to 1890, it is thoroughly modern and provides its guests with contemporary comforts and luxury along with outstanding service.
Comprising seven connecting 18th-century townhouses, the Francis Hotel is a historic property located on Queen Square, a five- to ten-minute walk from the main sights of the city. Its grand Georgian façade stands in contrast to its vibrant interior, which was designed using bold hues and contemporary furniture to celebrate the liveliness of Britain’s Regency period. The modern-feeling rooms are decorated in a similar fashion with bold prints, some featuring artwork on the ceiling or a four-poster bed. A number of rooms offer views of Bath’s skyline and Queen Square.
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While the rooms are decorated to their own style, all feel modern and are decorated with bright hues and bold prints and, sometimes, artwork on the ceilings. Many rooms offer sweeping views over the city of Bath and Queen Square. Some rooms feature a four-poster bed. An en suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi come as standard in each room.
Situated on Queen Square, the Francis Hotel is a property that gives the best of both worlds in terms of location. While located in a relatively quiet, residential area, it’s still central. The Jane Austen Centre is one street away, and the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent can be reached on foot in five to ten minutes.
Food and drink
A relaxed breakfast of traditional English and continental fare, and the hotel’s own dishes, is served in the John Wood room. You can also enjoy afternoon tea and light meals made with locally sourced ingredients all day in the lounge and bar. While the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, you can dine at the Brasserie Blanc, which adjoins the hotel and serves seasonal French cuisine.
An interesting juxtaposition of contemporary and historic styles, we love the vibrant interior and central location of the Francis Hotel.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Positioned in the heart of Bath, the historic and grand Gainsborough Bath Spa boasts contemporary yet classic furnishings and exclusive access to the natural thermal waters of Bath.
Lucknam Park provides every modern comfort, from luxurious spa treatments to Michelin-starred dining, housed within the beauty and charm of an 18th-century country manor.
The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is an elegant property that prides itself on its excellent service, cuisine and extensive spa facilities. It’s also a convenient base for all the main historic sites of Bath.
Playfully artistic yet elegantly refined, No. 15 Great Pulteney blends historic sophistication with contemporary design. With remarkable attention to detail and a bold individual style, the hotel manages to pamper guests while making them feel warmly welcomed in a home from home.
The Manor House welcomes guests with both comfort and luxury in the charming Cotswolds style. The hotel is well-located for both quiet retreat and access to the nearby city of Bath.
Connecting up four Georgian townhouses, the Queensberry Hotel is a contemporary property with warm, vibrant rooms and suites. It also boasts a lounge, an award-winning restaurant and gardens.
A luxurious option within the historic Royal Crescent, this property is just a 15-minute walk of the main sights of Bath. Unusually for a centrally positioned hotel, it boasts private gardens.
The Villa at Henrietta Park provides small touches that make a big difference. This 1868 mansion provides a laid-back retreat near the heart of historic Bath.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent are among the sights on this full-day guided walking tour of Bath. You tour the baths first built by the Romans to tap into the local hot springs before visiting some of the meeting places for Georgian high society.
Explore England’s long history, written in stone. Your private guide takes you to the ancient stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury, with a stop at Lacock Abbey, a former nunnery turned stately Tudor home.