It’s a miracle that the Hilton ever got built in a city that’s so obsessive about buildings being in-keeping with the Georgian style. The bad news is that the hotel looks like a 70s office block, but the good news is that once you’re inside you don’t have to look at it. It’s next door to the Podium complex, which has restaurants and shops and is a stone’s throw from attractions like the Abbey and the main shopping streets. Walcot’s ‘artisan quarter’ is just up the road and the Roman Baths are five minutes away.
As part of its facelift, the Hilton Bath City has already spent £2m on refurbishing its bedrooms and I love the decor of the 11 new deluxe rooms as they have trendy wallpaper, sleek glass-topped desks, added air-con and yummy candy-striped bedding. This year more of the 167 rooms will also be undergoing a refurbishment until May 2011 and six more will be added – so check when you book whether you’re in an older or refurbished room. The hotel was built in the 70s so rooms are on the smaller side – rooms vary from 16.5-28msq and refurbished ones are larger. Family rooms are also more spacious, as are the split-level junior suites. Deluxe rooms and suites come with free chocolates and half a bottle of red wine. Rooms on the ‘plaza side’ of the hotel are older with dark wood and maroon colour schemes.
At present there is an open-plan restaurant, bar and lounge area, but this is due to be split into smaller, more intimate sections during the refurbishment and should be completed by the summer. So watch this space...
Eating and drinking
Friendly service and pleasant food in Zuccotta restaurant with Mediterranean influenced fare, good veggie options, and views of the back of Pulteney Bridge. Children under 10 eat free with an adult.
Another part of the hotel that’s had an overhaul is the compact 24 hour Living Express gym, which is now open after a refurbishment in November 2010.
Staff are well-trained and polite, there’s a concierge desk and porters are on hand to help with bags.
Who stays there
Popular with business guests and Hilton HHonours (loyalty scheme) visitors, as well as those attending weddings and larger international parties. Weekends are 96% leisure guests and mid-week this drops to 60%.
Parking in the shopping centre car park next door costs £21 for 24 hours (it’s usually £25). Attraction packages (for Thermae Bath Spa, the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms) are available, as are breakfast and dinner packages and loyalty scheme rewards.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Upcoming refurbishment
- Good for business guests
- Pricey parking
- Noisy seagulls on the river behind