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
Excellent location parked car I'm car park . comfortable room with everything . only disappointment was getting a drink after dinner the poor barman was rushed off his feet with no help .felt very sorry for him .
My husband and I stayed here - unfortunately only for 1 night - in September. We arrived in Bath by train from London and were able to walk to the hotel without difficulty from the station. Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived so we were shown another room and could decide to take that or wait for our assigned room. In the meantime we left our luggage and went sightseeing - the Roman Baths were amazing. Bath is such a beautiful place. I’m really happy we waited for our room. The first room was lovely but the one we stayed in was divine. We had a lovely lounge room, a separate bedroom and a beautifully appointed bathroom. Our room was at the back of the hotel and it was really quiet. We had a drink in the bar and the bartender was really friendly. The staff are all so proud of their beautiful hotel. We had dinner in Bistro Blanc which was very good and the buffet breakfast was excellent. The hotel is in a wonderful location to take in the sights of Bath. I would highly recommend this hotel.
We were very disappointed in the hotel, particularly for the price. It seemed a very busy weekend for them but they should be able to operate even at full capacity. We arrived about 11am and left our bags, being told check in was from 2pm which was fine. When we returned about 3.30pm we were shown to a tiny room on the ground floor, with a view of a fire escape and some recycling bins, which were being noisily filled with bottles right outside our window. The bathroom and bedroom were all fitted out for someone with accessibility needs. When we went back and said it wasn’t good enough, they gave us another key so quickly that I felt they must have just been trying to see who they could ‘fob’ that room off on. Our room itself was fine, and the bed comfortable. It was also quiet. However, we ordered a pot of tea in the lounge (had to order at the bar as no waiters noticed us), and after 30 minutes and 2 prompts, I approached the bar again and asked where it was. The bar staff told me he had just started his shift and had no idea what previous orders may have been placed, so I ‘had to wait until he could find out’. Obviously at this point we just gave up and left. The hotel is trying to be something it is not-they insisted the concierge would bring our bags to our room but he brought someone else’s bags. The state of the Ladies on the Sunday at about 2pm was absolutely revolting with tissues all over the floor and one overflowing toilet. Again, the front desk said they would deal with it but didn’t seem shocked. And when I mentioned the tea fiasco at the front desk no one offered to bring tea to our room. You would be better off in a B&B as all the extras you expect from a hotel are sub par. Opt for a premier inn instead!
The Francis is a historic hotel in the centre of Bath beautifully restored but the Accor Hotel Group. We stayed in a feature room overlooking Queen Square. The room was, large, very well furnished with a huge comfy bed, a large walk in shower room with great towels and dressing robes. The only issue with the room was the street noise which was very load.
We had tea in the lounge whilst reading complimentary Sunday papers in the afternoon and took a drink in the bar before dining in the adjoining Brasserie Blanc. Staff and service was excellent, prompt, polite and friendly.
All in all a very nice stay although a quieter room would have made thi an excellent stay.
I’m reviewing this hotel as we’ve stayed in a lot of hotels over the past 8 weeks due to a fire in our home and The Francis Hotel is definitely one of the best we’ve stayed in!
Every member of staff is very friendly, nothing is too much trouble. The decor of the room is beautiful. There was a lovely big comfy bed and an extra bed for our daughter (I’m currently very very pregnant and so sleep is an issue for me), I had the best nights sleep that I’ve had in a long time also due to the really good blackout curtains! We all had the best lie in! Breakfast was delicious. The atmosphere is lovely. It was busy due to the Christmas market but the hotel itself was still very calming and there was no mad rush.
Would definitely recommend staying here if you need to stay in Bath! There’s a car park too which is a bonus if you’re driving or it’s a short walk up the high street from the Train Station!
Thankyou Francis Hotel for a lovely comfortable stay!