The Queensberry Hotel
Hotel in Bath
3-Star Georgian Townhouse Hotel
For those of us who do not have the pleasure of calling the beautiful city of Bath ‘home’ then comfort lies in the shape of the Queensberry Hotel.
Whether weary traveller seeking relaxing refuge from a day’s exploring or a luxury treat for a special occasion, the hotel seems to cater for all. My visit proved that quality really is in the attention to detail.
Walking through the front entrance, I am amazed to find that the hotel actually spans not one but four magnificent adjoining honey stoned townhouses. With this amount of space, you would assume the hotel lies in the sparse countryside, but it is in fact only a five minute walk from the hustle and bustle of famed Milsom Street and all its delightful boutiques and cafés.
The front drawing room, with its moody colour scheme and towering period ceiling is topped off with a glorious wood burning fire which welcomes me in from the biting winter skies. I envelope myself in a mountainous pile of plump cushions and sip a soothing peppermint TeaPigs brew whilst reading a free magazine; not a shabby welcome I must say.
Friendly staff direct me to my room for the night; one of 29 and all individually designed, my room is a luxurious suite which spans the width of the entire front wall. Three majestic floor to ceiling windows let the afternoon light flood in and I note an eclectic mix of period and contemporary furnishings blend seamlessly together. With such a large room to fill, the bed is understandably one of the biggest I have seen and it takes all my adult reckoning to refrain from running at it with childish glee. Sumptuous Egyptian cotton linen and excessively soft pillows help ensure that night’s sleep is sure to be nothing but heavenly. In the far corner a sofa marks the corner of a ‘living room-esque’ area, complete with flat screen TV, coffee table and more reading material. The bathroom suite continues to impress with an extra wide bath tub for leisurely soaks and a shower above, whilst complimentary The White Company toiletries are supplied and warming robes are hung ready for use.
If you manage to find your way back through the maze of corridors, levels and secret doors of the historical building, the ground floor sees the arrival of the recently refurbished Old Q Bar. Thanks to the help of eminent interior designers Absolute Design and with a distinct nod to all things quintessentially British the double room is a well-executed and stylish area to relax with drinks from the attentively stocked bar. The hotel also has a rather impressive accolade to its name and one in the shape of fine dining. The celebrated adjoining restaurant The Olive Tree holds Bath’s only AA awarded three rosettes for food and drink and continues to receive unashamed attention as it strives to sit above the rest. With such a plethora of locally sourced South Western produce at its feet, head chef Chris Cleghorn sees no sign of letting go of his accomplished title. A definite must for any foodie fanatic looking for fabulous fare.
As a tourist to Bath myself, the hotel proved to be an excellent setting for exploring the city and all its charms. Bath Abbey, the Thermae Spa, the legendary Roman Baths and Pump Rooms are all within a 10 minute stroll, but whether on business or leisure, the Queensberry certainly knows how to make a lasting impression.
The hotel’s motto flies proudly as ‘not what you might expect’ and reassuringly it delivered this and more.
Sophie Rae is a London based food and travel writer
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Culture / Sightseeing, Great local restaurants|
|Services||Restaurant, Room Service|
|Ambience||Quiet, Hidden Gem, Charming, Cosy|
|Number of Rooms||29 Bedrooms & Suites|
Classic, Superior and Deluxe Rooms and Suites.
Last updated on 17-03-2014