Stay Here: The Abbey Hotel, BathBy Angelica Malin
For me, there is nowhere finer than Bath. The city has it all; cute tea shops, amazing local cafes, beautiful gardens and a rich, wonderful English history that colours the city. If you’re looking for a mini break to Bath, we totally fell in love with the Abbey Hotel Bath – situated in the centre of town, the boutique hotel has a vibe, and it’s perfect for exploring all that Bath has to offer. For your next mini break, here’s what you need to know about the hotel:
The Abbey Hotel is bang straight in the centre of town, moments from the Cathedral, the hotel represents the finest in English architecture. In fact, the Abbey Hotel is a perfect example of Georgian england – the hotel is made up of three houses in the North Parade, which look over the Paradise gardens and the Bath Abbey. The hotel was once The Fernley Hotel, during WW2, and has welcomed guests from all over the world. Today, this hotel in the heart of the city is filled with beautiful, unique art, and some of the most glamorous toilets you’ve ever seen (seriously).
In fact, art is an important aspect to the hotel. The owners Ian and Christa Taylor have installed a beautiful collection in the hotel, which features pieces from their own collections, too. The art work in the hotel is specially curated, and from glassware to interiors, you’ll spot the amazing art and design detail that goes into the hotel from the second you enter.
There’s a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. All the rooms are very well kitted out, and seriously comfortable – the standard double features comfy double beds and WiFi (not that you’ll need it), whereas the city view room has stunning views of Bath and beyond. For ultimate luxury, you can try a superior large double room, which features a double sofa bed – this room can comfortably fit 4 adults, and includes a large sitting area, perfect for taking your Sunday morning coffee. Dreamy.
The hotel’s restaurant is one of its high points. Allium Restaurant overlooks one of the city’s widest promenades North Parade – perfect for people watching. In the summer, the restaurant would be fantastic for al fresco dining, as it’s huge bay windows allow light to stream in. When staying, guests can expect some of the best breakfast in town – incredible homemade sourdough bread, great Full English with local sausages and eggs, and delicious porridge with honey and banana. It’s the perfect pit stop before embarking on a day exploring the best of Bath.
The restaurant is all about casual elegance; for dinner, you can expect a relaxed and unstuffy atmosphere. Come here for a special evening; the only thing Allium is serious about is great food, wonderful wines and genuinely warm hospitality.The food is designed by Executive Chef, Chris Staines – think a menu of classic dishes, such as great soups, sharing plates and fish, alongside the experimental cuisine using all of Chris’s Michelin star creative talents. The hotel also boasts ArtBar, a fantastic bar serving some wickedly good cocktails, and great twists on the classics. Their Bloody Mary simply cannot be missed.
The Abbey Hotel is perfect for a mini break to Bath. You’ll only be a few strides away from some of the city’s most iconic visitor attractions, such as the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and Thermae Bath Spa. The hotel is small but perfectly formed, with a fantastic bar and restaurant, meaning you can enjoy the town at ease, knowing there will always be a nice, hot meal waiting for you. The staff at the hotel are fantastic, no request too small or large, and the bedrooms couldn’t be more comfortable. Go and experience it for yourself.