Picked this place based on Tripadvisor reviews and was not disappointed. It's run by a team of young entrepreneurs, in a whimsically decorated, renovated character building . Excellent hospitality in every way including hosts simply being around and being friendly. They even made sure I had food for the road before my catching a very early train out.
My room, on the third floor, was small yet roomy by layout, with modern furnishings and linens -- very comfortable/bright view. What's unique about this building is stairs that wind up one way and down the next through the building. Not to worry, the first thing the hosts do is insist on bringing your luggage up.
I'd expected some noise above a pub but there was none. Walls were relatively thin between rooms: I could hear snoring, not voices, from the other room and that sopped without disturbing my sleep. The single I'd booked had a separate, private bathroom instead of preferable ensuite, and this turned out to be a non-issue. Bathroom, right across the hall, very spacious for Europe, windowed, and easy access anytime.
The whole property was completely clean, my room spotless, bathroom same except for minor stains on ceiling above shower. Had a small plumbing issue also. None of this will not detract from my overall rating because of immediacy of response.
Their presentation for breakfast was wonderful: in the public restaurant at off time, gourmet preparation served with all the trimmings (like bread you serve yourself from old-fashioned bread boxes). I got to loll around half-awake in this public place for as long as I wanted -- feeling both pampered and as if I lived there.
This is not the hermitically-sealed, luxury experience you get from giant hotel chains. Instead it is a warm, cosy stay in a very artistic, beautiful building that envelops you, right in the centre of the heritage part of Bath -- walking distance to everything (less than15 minutes to the train station). If you want the latter provided by hosts that are eager to ensure your comfort and share Bath with you -- without being in your face -- then this place is ideal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At nearly 300 years old, The Griffin Inn has never looked so good - founded in 1730, it has changed a lot since then - comfortable en-suite rooms, free wifi & a wholesome breakfast, delicious fresh cooked food, 18 craft ales & ciders and a wine list fit for a king! Welcome to our Home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Griffin Hotel Bath