When we arrived we were greeted by a cheerful and helpful receptionist who got us checked in with the minimum of fuss. We were staying in the Francis Moore room in the basement. There was a lift down but it was extremely small, barely accommodating my friend and I and our small amount of luggage. The room as you would expect from a basement suite had little natural sunlight, but was large with pleany of lighting. All good so far, but when you started to examine more closely things were not a good as they could have been. There was a fan unit in the main room with a remote but no instructions as to its use. There was a standard lamp that could only be switched on and off at the wall socket. The wardrobe was really to small for a twin room; it was placed so close to the bed that it was not possible to open the right hand door fully. The two bedside lamps did not match. The interior of one of the cupboards in the dressing table had clearly not been dusted every day. Finally the large red abstract painting to the right of the door should not be hung in any guest room, it was not restful.
The bathroom was large and contained bath and shower. However a mixer shower really isn't good enough especially when the water pressure is low. The toilet bowl was too low and located too near the bath, thus it was akward to climb into and out of the shower. The extractor fan was too small resulting in a wet steamy bathroom after either of us showered. Finally there were some brown watermarks on the ceiling above the bath that should have been cleaned.
Breakfast was plentiful and tasty, served by attentive waiters and waitresses in a bright airy dining room.
This hotel gets so much right it sad to say some details are so wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Abbey Hotel is a privately-owned hotel in one of the best locations in Bath. Situated in North Parade, close to Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, The Pump Rooms and the main shopping centre, it's the perfect base for exploring this glorious city, recognised as a World Heritage Site. The Abbey Hotel is also the ideal place to stay for rugby at Bath, and we are only minutes away from Bath Cricket Club and the Thermae Spa. Guided tour buses exploring the rest of Bath, including the Royal Crescent, Circus and Assembly Rooms, leave from outside the Hotel every 10 minutes. With 60 comfortable rooms, a lounge where you can enjoy coffee and drinks, and The Allium Brasserie selling drinks and meals throughout the day, the Hotel is a great place to unwind, whether you're here for business or pleasure. Watch the world go by from our pavement terrace over a cappuccino, light lunch or an early evening drink.Just opened: our brand new restaurant, The Allium Brasserie, created by our new former Michelin-starred Executive Head Chef, Chris Staines. It's set to become the most popular place to eat in the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Bath
- Bath Best Western