The Francis Hotel, nestled in the very heart of Bath, is an enchanting Regency-inspired townhouse retreat that seamlessly merges 21st-century sophistication with the grandeur of its storied past. This hotel places you mere moments away from the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Centre. The Francis is an ideal base for exploring this historic market town or the surrounding Cotswolds areas.
The hotel’s history dates back to 1858, when a prominent local builder named Soloman Francis founded a boarding house located at No. 10 Queen Square. After his death his widow, Emily, embarked on an expansion project during the 1870s, gradually buying up the neighbouring properties. By May1884, seven charming Georgian townhouses were unveiled to the public as the Francis Private Hotel.
Today The Francis, overlooking the picturesque Queen’s Square, is one of the most charming hotels in Bath. With 98 meticulously designed boutique bedrooms, this Grade I listed haven is a unique blend of history and modern luxury. There are three room categories to choose from, Classic, Superior or Feature. The latter two offer more spacious accommodations and provide Nespresso machines. Opt for a Feature room, and you’ll enjoy the added luxury of a rather romantic four-poster bed. All rooms have super soft duvets with Egyptian cotton linen, flat screen TVs and carefully designed en suite bathrooms with eco-friendly toiletries from British made 100 Acres.
After a day of sightseeing, guests can retreat to The Francis for a delicious meal at Boho Marché. The French-Moroccan brasserie offers a recently revamped menu, thanks to the arrival of Chef Cyril Royer. Starters include potted shrimp and crab, roasted pumpkin soup and a twice-baked cheese soufflé that would make any lactose-intolerant weep. Mains range from classic moules-frites and comforting confit of duck cassoulet to cod brandade and spiced cauliflower steak. Desserts – particularly the St Honoré served with caramel cream – are sinfully good.
Post dinner, take a seat at No. 10, the hotel’s own bar and lounge. There is an extensive list of whiskey, the perfect nightcap after a delicious meal. Just be prepared for a foggy head the morning after – it’s open 24 hours so there’s no closing bell for last orders.
Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HH