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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stumbled upon the Francis Hotel in our preparations for this unforgettable trip to Bath by accident - and what a magnificent accident it was. We are thrilled with our days in this shining city and much of that can be attributed to the Francis Hotel, whose location and services made everything so pleasant. From the delicious English breakfasts and teas, to the evening meals, our palates were satisfied with every opportunity. The rooms were immaculate and comfortable. Wifi was on at all times without problems. Housekeeping was top notch. The assistance of the front desk and the concierge - thank you, Beverly and Leeroy - addressed our questions and offered many ideas. Most important of all, the hotel was in a strategic location - within walking distance of the Jane Austen Centre, the Circus and Royal Crescent, and the heart of the city. This is the best way to experience Bath, with manageable walks right up to the Baths, the Abbey, the Spa and the shopping district. I was quite impressed. A big thank you is in order to the staff and management of the Francis Hotel, which will remain our choice for accommodations when we return to inspiring Bath. Congratulations.
I stayed here a few weeks ago with my girlfriend. It was time away we felt like we needed away from pressure of everyday life. The whole atmosphere is very relaxing and welcoming! What we liked most is the staff are professional yet refreshing normal compared to a lot of hotels. A lot of places we go a lot of staff are too rehearsed in what they are supposed to say and offer their guests. We felt as if we had bonded with a staff particularly at reception and it was a shame to leave so soon! One we must specifically thank is a lovely young girl at reception called Paige, she checked us in, out and helped us the whole way in between. She very kindly upgraded us after explaining that we don’t get much time together and I had to work through my girlfriends birthday the month before. She did me a big favour in scoring brownie points! We can’t say how much we appreciate someone who makes us feel like humans and not money bags! We saw paige later on that evening. We wanted recommendations for drinks, she suggested the botanist which is quite new to bath but a very big chain so we had a good feeling about it. We got very lucky and there was even live music! A stunning venue. The room was beautiful, the bar was charming and the location was perfect. All staff were amazing and they are one of the main reasons we’d be back!! See you soon
I stayed at the Francis with my husband and son for 3 nights. I had already stayed at the hotel various times before. We booked 2 feature rooms. The rooms were nice and big. The beds comfortable but there were some buts.... the bathroom amenities were scarce and I expected something a bit more glamorous taking into account the price of the room. However, the worst thing was the breakfast. In some of my previous visits it was in a room downstairs, and although the place now is much better, the breakfast was really apalling: both in variety and in quality!
We had dinner at BB the last day and it was a pleasant surprise: the food was very good and the service outstanding!