Francis Hotel Bath – MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Bath’s most iconic sights are right on the doorstep
- The rich history of the hotel is evident at every turn, from the blue plaques to the original black-and-white photography
- Taking a traditional afternoon tea in the buzzy first-floor sitting room
- Duncan McKellar’s 12 hand-drawn illustrations of life in the 1800s were created especially for the hotel
What To Know
- There’s no spa or gym on-site
- The room service menu serves only light bites after 11 p.m.
- Parking is an additional charge of $23 per day
- The hotel’s name comes from Solomon Francis, a local builder who first opened a hotel within the Francis Hotel's original townhouses
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Running the whole length of one side of Bath’s historic Queen Square, the Francis Hotel is comprised of seven Georgian townhouses. Built by renowned architect John Wood the Elder between 1728 and 1735, it was restored to its former glory and reopened in May 2012 after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. Caroline Martin headed the design team and has kept the Regency feel in the interiors, from the heritage wallpapers and rich colors to the grandfather clock that chimes in reception. Brightly colored petunias fill the window boxes, and the hotel’s relaxed atmosphere gives the place a home-away-from-home feel.
Bed and Bath
The divisions of the former townhouses are marked by different wallpaper, and blue plaques on the walls recall former residents. The 98 guestrooms range from the modestly sized Classic Rooms to the rather large Feature Rooms. Each has been carefully tricked out with modern touches without taking away any of the original Regency elegance, and many look out over leafy, green Queen Square. Feature Rooms are dressed with black-and-white striped wallpaper and intricate gilt mirrors, and heavy drapes frame the floor-to-ceiling windows. Four-poster beds dominate the rooms, while old-fashioned gold telephones vie for attention. In contrast to the vibrant colors in the bedrooms, the bathrooms are gleaming white with black and white floor tiles, and they’re equipped with showers (decorated with murals of the Bath Spa) and plenty of sweet-smelling Roger & Gallet products.
The large oak-floored dining room on the ground-floor serves a full English breakfast and an impressive buffet spread. It’s decked out with wallpaper panels of grasses and bird prints, burnt orange balloon-backed chairs and a brick-red fireplace. Up on the first floor, the lounge is filled with plush velvet Chesterfields and is a top spot for afternoon tea. The chic 116-seat Brasserie Blanc is located within the hotel; it has a French menu put together by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc. For an alfresco tipple, head outside to the teeny patio of wrought iron chairs for a late night cocktail.
In the Area
A five-minute stroll will find you at the Thermae Bath Spa (Britain’s only natural thermal spa). Work your way through the state-of-the-art facilities on each floor before hitting the roof, where you can swim in the hot, mineral-rich waters, looking out over the rolling Mendip Hills. Visit Bath’s most iconic landmark, the Royal Crescent; Number One Royal Crescent is open to the public. The original Roman baths are a World Heritage Site. Designed by John Wood the Elder, they opened in 1897 and still flow with natural warm waters. Call in afterward at the Pump Room restaurant for a traditional afternoon tea.
How to Get There
I stayed in Bath for just one night with my Mum and baby. This hotel was lovely and within easy reach of the station [about 10 minutes walk through the shopping area].
The room was a twin, but the beds were zip and link so could have been made up as a super king for a couple. So if you are after a bigger double option they would be able to cater for it.
The bathroom had a shower over the bath and our room type came with bathrobes too which was a nice touch. The bedroom window didn't open very far and the AC wasn't the best, but it was good that it did have some because so many of the old converted buildings don't.
Breakfast was very nice and when we went in pretty quiet so the staff were very attentive and quick to bring coffee.
All in all we would definitely stay again, everyone was very friendly and did their upmost to help us.
Booked this hotel for our Son's Graduation on recommendation from a friend. Firstly, the location is fantastic and close to every thing. The hotel is what you'd expect from somewhere in Bath. It's stylish and old fashioned but beautifully decorated. The reception were friendly and helpful. We had 2 rooms, a double and 2 single and our room (the double) was beautiful and spotlessly clean. We had a fabulous time all round!
Stayed at this hotel for one night on arrival the reception was very friendly and informative.we had two rooms booked one for my wife and myself and the other for my mother and sister in law’our room was fine but my mother in law had a problem with hers which was eventually sorted out. The breakfast was good apart from waiting 25 minutes for poached eggs but well cooked when arrived. Would definitely go back if in bath again.
Wonderful spot to explore Bath from. the MGallery range from Accor really is coming into its' own and the attention to detail and touches were fantastic. Car parking a bit steep at GBP20 but we are in the centre of town I guess.
Everything literally round the corner and the rooms really luxurious and quirky which is something we like.
Would definately stay again.
We had a room right at the top of the hotel overlooking the square. Excellent facilities, with all the extra touches. A Very Stylish and comfortable place with Staff that were very helpful. A great place to stay and look around Bath as its right on the very edge of the centre of Bath.