The Henry has a lot of pluses and a couple of minuses. The minuses keep me from giving it a higher rating, but they might not be the things that concern you, so weigh the detail against your own needs.
-- Location could not be better. It is a short stroll from the train station, an easy walk even with a roll-aboard suitcase. And it is an equally short stroll to the major attractions -- the Roman baths, the cathedral, dining, etc.
-- Owner and staff. Liz greeted us on arrival, which was earlier than normal check-in time. She asked Jacka to give our room priority so we could get in quickly, and brewed us a pot of tea while we waited in the dining room. While we revived from our flight and train ride over tea, Liz filled us in on what to see, including several things off the normal tourist path, gave us maps and brochures, and a discount pass for local dining. Jacka was friendly, thorough and efficient. And Colin, who fixes your breakfast is an absolute delight. Warm, upbeat, charming and chatty.
-- Breakfasts. Good full-English cooked to order every morning; special requests happily accommodated.
-- Cleanliness. Public areas, bedroom and bathroom all clean, neat and tidy.
--Comfortable bed, clean, crisp linens.
The minuses all relate to the bedroom. It was tiny and dark.
-- Size: I understand old buildings, and have stayed in many small rooms in hotels in Britain and on the continent. This was one of the smaller, particularly as it was billed as a "premier double." To maneuver past either side of the bed, one has to scoot sideways. There is no room for night tables, so small platforms have been attached to each side of the headboard, about large enough to hold a paperback book and maybe a travel alarm clock. It was hard finding a spot to put our two roll-aboard suitcases where we wouldn't be tripping over them.
-- Darkness. Lighting consisted of an underpowered chandelier (three or four bulbs, probably 40-watts each) and a flexible spotlight on each side of the headboard for reading. The ceiling light in the bathroom was also quite dim. We commented on the lack of light to Colin at breakfast one morning and he said, "Oh, you must be in Number 2." So they know. He did replace the bulb in the bathroom, although it wasn't much brighter than its predecessor.
I'd like to like The Henry more. But the size and dimness of the room get in the way. If I return to bath, I'll try different accommodations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Bath's city centre, during your visit our home is your home. The Henry is ideally situated, close to the superb shopping centre and tourist sites of this beautiful city. We are just a 2 minute walk from the railway and bus stations and a brief stroll to the Roman Baths, Pump Rooms and Abbey, The Henry is the perfect base from which to explore this truly beautiful, magical city. ... more less
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