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WHAT WE LOVE...

Abbey Hotel Bath takes up three interconnected townhouses on North Parade, a terrace built out of the local soft-hued limestone, and laid out back in 1738 by the city's premier architect of the time, John Wood the Elder. The hotel recently joined Marriott's Tribute Portfolio of independent, characterful properties, and has undergone an extensive makeover. It has a more modern feel than the buildings' heritage might suggest. Arresting contemporary art by local artists covers every inch of wallspace in the restaurant and the appropriately-named ArtBar, while the 65 bedrooms are slick-looking, well-equipped affairs with attractively tiled bathrooms. The hotel's location is unimprovably central, though busy - bedrooms are double glazed but even so you may want a room at the rear.

THE DETAILS

Location

We love the convenience of being right in the city centre, with key sights, shopping and lots of places to eat and drink on the doorstep.

The Roman Baths, bars, shops, sights and the train station are all within a short walk of the hotel, on Bath's North Parade.
By car: 40 minutes from Bristol, 1 hour 20 mins from Cardiff and 2 hours 20 mins from London. There is no parking at the hotel but it is possible to park on nearby streets.
By train: Bath Spa station is just 5 minutes away on foot, serviced by Great Western Railway with links to Gloucester (1 hour 20 minutes), Bristol Temple Meads (11 minutes) and London Paddington (1 hour 20 minutes). thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

It's perfect for those who want a smart but affordable base right in the centre of Bath. Lovers of contemporary art will like the art-decorated corridors, with reproduction Impressionist works on one floor, and stencilled impressions of Bath landmarks and prints of Manolo Blahnik shoes on other floors.

Service & Facilities

The ArtBar's barman went to art school and knows all about the works on display in the bar's exhibitions. Dogs are allowed in the larger bedrooms and ArtBar. There's a charge of £15 per dog per night, which includes a dog bed and water bowl.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Family rooms
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Family Gallery room (number 105) is a good size and haa two large TVs - one set up indulgently directly at the end of the bed. We love the good-looking bathrooms with their white brick and geometric-patterned tiling. The toiletries are from Natural Spa Factory, a Bath-based company.

Cosy Print Room, Standard Print Room, Superior Print Room, Cinematography Room, Gallery Room, Gallery Family Room, Dog-friendly Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with shower, luxury toiletries, double bed with Hypnos mattress, free Wi-Fi, TV, tea and coffee facilities

Food & Drink

With lampshades fashioned from decanters, glasses suspended from the ceiling and all the art on display, the ArtBar is Bath's most interesting hotel bar. Our cooked breakfast - fried mushrooms and two perfectly poached eggs on top of sourdough toast - hit the mark.

Abbey Hotel Kitchen: informal, Mediterranean and classic British dishes, local produce, afternoon tea. Open every day from noon. Mains from £12.50.
ArtBar: cocktails, bar snacks, contemporary dishes, art exhibitions. Open every day from noon. Mains from £9.50.

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