You tend to forget that Bath really is so beautiful; this romantic city offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, an abundance of history, along with great shopping and iconic attractions to explore. For those that haven`t visited Bath before there`s just so much to do from hiring narrowboats to visiting Prior Park Landscape Garden, indulging in Bath`s warm, mineral-rich waters at Thermae Bath Spa or booking a tour around the magnificent Roman Baths temple. Alternatively, simply enjoying browsing the fantastic secret lanes and vintage boutiques! Whatever takes your fancy you can choose to relax and people watch in one of the vast array of laid-back coffee shops or relish in the many gastronomic and fashionable eateries.
On the other hand if want to make a weekend of it and you`re looking for somewhere unique to stay then we can`t recommend highly enough, The Queensberry Hotel. Not only is it situated a stones throw away from the bustling shopping district and Milsom Street but it`s just around the corner from the famous Royal Crescent! This hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels in the city, run by a husband and wife team Laurence & Helen Beere who are proud to have combined old-fashioned attitudes to service, oodles of character, sophisticated details and modern comfort – an incredible marriage made in heaven if you ask me!
If you live for the finer things in life then you`ll identify with the thoughtful personal touches you`ll find in this refined hotel including the well-informed concierge (they`ll even arrange to park your car for you!). The luxurious interior set up is synonymous with Jamie Oliver`s Fifteen Cornwall and the award-winning St Moritz Hotel, also West Country gems, which were created by the same interior designers.
While you are here, it’s definitely worth upgrading to a Junior Suite, as the spacious rooms and large bathrooms will pleasantly surprise you, and will only enhance that home from home versus city pad feel. However, all 29 rooms have been individually designed and furnished following Georgian tradition but with cheeky twists of contemporary comfort. Each share an understated opulence of the highest level, comprising gorgeous beds by Vi Spring, flat screen TV`s with built in DVD players, DAB radios, MP3 docking stations and CD players – you`ll find Classic FM playing in your room when you first arrive. The bathrooms are also kindly stocked with the finest products from The White Company, which will leave you feeling relaxed and lavishly pampered. Staying here even just for just one night ensured the best nights sleep I’d had in a long while… it was just what I needed and lets face it, you can’t put a price on pure comfort and wellbeing.
The Old Q Bar
Finally, The Old Q Bar is the newest addition and completes the Beere`s vision for their property. Completed in 2009, it`s small but has an intimate feel; it`s split level aspect means that the second room can potentially be hired for private meetings and training days – the perfect offering for local businesses to take advantage of. It`s convenient layout can be formatted to suit any of your meeting requirements and at lunchtime you can choose favourite dishes from the bar menu or nestle in the basement and enjoy the a la Carte menu in the renowned Olive Tree Restaurant. With this sought after establishment being situated right in the heart of the West Country, the restaurant has plenty of choice of local suppliers and it`s simply a no-brainer for Head Chef, Nick Brodie to source fantastic local produce.
The Olive Tree Restaurant
To summarise – admittedly, there are bigger cities than Bath, but not as lovely. There are bigger hotels in Bath than The Queensberry, too but definitely not as lovely. With its stylish design, slightly eccentric layout, luxurious accommodation and air of relaxed, contemporary attention to detail – it’s the perfect boutique hotel from which to explore beautiful Bath. WE’LL BE BACK (for sure), as Arnie would say!
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