No.15 Great Pulteney
What We Love
- A new boutique townhouse hotel with art-packed interiors – includes breakfastCuriously creative cocktails, like the Lobster Fashion, made from bisque, vodka, tonic and a raw prawn
- The "luxury for the curious" vibe that spills into all areas of the hotel
- Admiring the one-off touches throughout – no hotel clichés here
What To Know
- You'll find complimentary ice cream, chocolates, soft drinks, fruit, popcorn, candy, and more in the 'larder room' which is open till 11pm
- Guestroom tea and coffee supplies are stored away in decorative dollhouses
- Free WiFi works well
History is writ large across this newly opened hotel, which was once home to an eclectic array of characters, from money-laundering admirals to commissioners of police. No.15 Great Pulteney commands a grand presence on one of Bath’s loveliest streets and received great fanfare when it debuted in 2016. Owners Ian and Christa Taylor had already made their mark operating two other top local hotels, giving this latest gem an impressive pedigree.
Inside, you’ll find a diverse collection of curios, from antique apothecary bottles to a “lost earring chandelier,” to accompany the glorious views over Bath’s parks and stately rooftops. Sticking close to the history of the building, interiors include chalky pastels and carefully sourced contemporary art. Everything from the pillow-soft beds to the chemist’s shop units in the café has been chosen to add something to the overall feel of No.15 – kick back with a cocktail or afternoon tea and get to know the history of this intriguing hotel.
Occupying a prime location, No.15 is a short stroll from a number of Bath’s landmarks. You’ll want to get out and discover the imposing Bath Abbey and steaming Roman Baths, as well as the city’s excellent shopping thoroughfare. Dinner can be found at a number of restaurants in the surrounding streets, while the hotel’s substantial full English breakfast will more than set you up for a day of exploring.
How to Get There
Fantastic location within 2-5 minutes of Bath’s major attractions.
Very pleasant surroundings. Rooms are a tasteful and quirky blend of quaint and modern.
Lots of modern trimmings in the room including a Dyson fan and Dyson hairdryer, and a lovely coffee maker machine.
‘The Larder’ was a nice touch. Free soft drinks, sweets and ice cream available in a mini kitchen area on the second floor.
Parking wasn’t great. There is a small car park at the rear of the hotel, but this is charged at £22 per night and you have to be out by 12 noon the next day or pay for another night. We found this disappointing, particularly as Bath is a tourist destination and therefore many guests would want to stay parked to explore the next day. When we questioned it they were initially quite defensive, however the next morning a member of staff on reception conceded that the next check in was not until 3pm so we were able to stay longer without charge. There is some pay and display parking on the street outside, however this is very busy and has a maximum 2 hour stay.
There is a spa for an extra charge (circa £20 per head - do not recall precisely).
Breakfast was expensive at £19 per head for a cooked breakfast. There are however a number of small and pleasant cafes just 1-2 minutes walk away where nice breakfasts are served at less than half the price.
All in all it was a very nice hotel and we had a lovely stay. Just a few hidden ‘gotchas’ to be aware of when budgeting for your stay.
My stay always commences with an enthusiastic welcome from the reception staff.
The interior of each room is unique so no matter how many time you stay you still discover new items of interest.
Also their books collection is fantastic!!!
Overall experience here was very good. The bed is very comfortable, although the room was quite hot and humid. Air conditioning would have made a difference. The bathroom was too open plan with a lack of privacy. Bath was completely open, shower doors and toilets lacked sufficient privacy. A screen or or door across the bathroom area would have helped. The location is perfect, very accessible to tourist attractions. I would definitely recommend it, but would also warn potential guests of the bathroom arrangements.
We stayed at the sister hotel and had a great dinner at the No 15 basement restaurant. Service was very friendly but slow that evening. Food was great. Atmosphere very nice, the restaurant was uniquely decorated.
We stayed for one night mid week as we had a £200 Mr & Mrs Smith voucher to use. Checked in early and the Receptionist was really welcoming and mentioned people would be checking out shortly, so if we loitered by their car park at the back, we would be guaranteed a space. Twenty minutes later we got one and assuming it was free me and my husband felt quite smug; until we walked back through the hotel and the Receptionist mentioned it was £22 to park there for 24h! Ludicrous, however didn’t let it spoil things as the sun was out and it was a free night away for us. Liked the fact we got two glasses of prosecco too which were Mr & Mrs Smith extras and the lady on the bar was really friendly.
Had a lovely room on the 1st floor of the coach house; as others have mentioned, the toilet is in a cubicle with a frosted glass door and big gaps, but it didn’t bother us. Very comfy bed. Enjoyed the larder with local ice cream tubs in the freezer, soft drinks, sweets, popcorn, crisps. Enjoyed breakfast, really tasty eggs Benedict, but not sure all the individual bottles of fruit juices is necessary and just adds to more washing up!
The only real gripe (ok, the parking cost was a bit steep), was just before breakfast we wanted a cuppa in the room and there were lots of small glass bottles of milk in the larder fridge; some full, others with varying amounts of milk in them. Unfortunately we chose a 3/4 full bottle which was very off. The milk literally fell into my cup in one soured lump, so it must have been very out of date. We informed the Receptionist when we checked out. Overall though, great friendly hotel in a lovely part of the city, would totally recommend.