Tucked on Russell Street, within tickling distance of Bath’s creamy-coloured Royal Crescent, this delightfully offbeat hotel is close to the tourist trail, but a world away from the bustle.
Staying in one of the 29 rooms (26 classic/superior and deluxe doubles and three suites) is like bedding down in an uber-fashionable friend’s spare room. With a nod towards traditional Georgian styling, each of the individually designed rooms has a quirky twist to its quintessentially English decor and a bevy of acronyms (DVDs, MP3 docking and DAB radios) to keep things bang up to date. Book Room 4 for a special occasion – the Four Poster Suite comes with a chic modern bed and the mind-boggling bathroom comes with bowls of orchids, a huge roll-top bath and a chaise longue that lies lazily in the corner. When my boyfriend and I last stayed here we were able to have tooth brushing competitions in the twin sinks and it was a blessing not to have to take it in turns getting washed in the morning: we had one monsoon shower each in the massive bathroom.
Bright colours and Georgian flair are the order of the day – downstairs there’s a cosy sitting room doused in red; outside a private walled garden provides a green oasis for sunny days. Splashes of colour are found across the hotel in little flashes of lime green and juicy orange in furnishings that add interest to the relaxing muted colour scheme of warm oatmeal and biscuit creams.
Eating and drinking
Chow down on local food from the surrounding countryside at [node:172137] restaurant – see my review on my restaurants page for more information. Enjoy some eclectic drinks and quirky cocktails at the Old Q Bar, where the Union Jack rug and pictures of the Marques of Queensberry, who once lived here, lend a tongue-in-cheek regal air. Watch out for decorum rules that ban pogo-sticks and annoying laughs.
Goodbye mini-bar, hello hand-delivered drinks – service at the Queensberry is all about little touches; from valet parking to bathrooms stuffed with White Company goodies and a concierge on hand to tell you the hottest places to visit. Officially this is a three-star hotel, but it feels more like a four star in terms of service, food and comfort.
Who stays there
In-the-know Brits looking for a trendy bolt-hole, loved-up young affluent couples and touring celebrities filming scenes in the city.
True to their offbeat ethos the hotel offers a £20 discount for being green (arriving by public transport and using the same bed linen for your stay) and also offers more traditional dinner, bed and breakfast packages, which work out to be good value as breakfast costs £10 for Continental or £15 for the cooked option.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Stylish option in central Bath
- Free WiFi in hotspots
- Quirkiness is not everyone’s cup of tea
- Breakfast is pricey