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The Francis Hotel Bath MGallery Staycation UK Review Part:1

The Francis Hotel in Bath is part of the Boutique collection of MGallery from Sofitel. As part of our Staycation UK series of reviews we cover for you today the Parking, Restaurant, Breakfast, Food & Drink options, offers, Popular attractions nearby, History, Property amenities & what type of rooms can I book at the Francis Hotel?

How to Find the Francis Hotel MGallery in Bath

The Hotel is located in Somerset, South West England at No.9 Queen Street, Bath, BA1 2HH

Approximately 19 miles from Bristol airport, 66 miles from Cardiff airport, 66 miles from Southampton airport & 114 miles from Central London.

The Bath Spa Railway Station is approximately 0.5 miles away / 10 mins walk.

Can I Park at the Francis Hotel Bath?

The hotel provides all guests the facility of a car park on-site. This is located at the rear of the hotel with approx 40 spaces available so strictly on a first come, first serve basis. The Francis MGallery hotel cannot reserve guests parking spaces unfortunately.

The parking charges are £20.00 per day, per vehicle. The car park entry is secured via a ticket entry and exit barrier system. All guests need to ensure that the parking space charges applied during their stay are paid for on check out.

How to Find the Francis Hotel Car Park

Drive in the direction of Queen Street past the front of the hotel and turn left at the first turning, then take the next left and on your left hand side you will see a barrier entry, small car park area at the rear of the hotel.

The car park is adjacent to a set of steps leading up to the rear entrance to the hotel.

If the car park is full at the time of arrival, there are a number of other public car parks nearby to choose from. The Charlotte Street Long Stay Car Park (BA1 2NE) is located off the North West corner of Queen Square and is just a few minutes walk away.

The Lobby

As you arrive either through the main front doors or from the rear car park steps you immediately notice the tasteful decor and the grandeur of the buildings interior. The interior colours compliment the age and history of the building using a mixture of dark colours and Georgian style wallpaper throughout many public areas.

As you enter the lobby area you see to your left various inviting sections of the ground floor with sofas, armchairs and tables for guests to relax in. This area also continues onto the impressive Restaurant section where guests have breakfast which we will cover later on.

As you look right, you see another luxurious looking area containing Georgian style armchairs and sofas which was the Lounge. This area contains a small bar and is called the No.10, frequented by guests wishing to enjoy a few drinks or simply chill out by enjoying a Tea / Coffee or Afternoon Tea.

These ground floor areas reflect an opulent era by gone to an earlier age. Complimented by tasteful furniture, marble style coffee tables, beautiful chandeliers and feature fireplaces. Warmer hues flow throughout these areas with contrasting flooring and impressive sash style windows which let lots of light flood in.

The Reception

When we first arrived at reception we noticed a duty manager seated at a desk behind the main front doors and a receptionist on duty. The reception area appeared well managed and all guests were greeted warmly and friendly and dealt with in a professional manner.

Adjacent to the reception desk contains an elevator which all guests are asked to use to gain access to higher floors. The receptionist on duty dealt with us promptly and explained all amenities within the hotel. Guidelines were provided to us on the new Covid policies in place to safeguard everyone's safety and wellbeing.

Communal stairwells and landing areas

As we exited the elevator on the 2nd floor, we noticed the same opulent look and feel flowing through all landing areas and stairwells leading to our room.

The same tasteful Georgian furniture were observed throughout public areas, Chandeliers and a comfortable ambient temperature noticed. Georgian colours and impressive portrait pictures hung from most of the walls throughout. In fact, the whole look and feel was similar to a Georgian stately home.

Our Room (Comfort Classic City View - 2nd Floor)

All guests are provided at reception an electronic key card to provide entry to your room at any time during the day or night.

As we entered our room we noticed a wardrobe area and places to hang coats, jackets and other clothing. A safe to secure personal belongings and an ironing board, hairdryer etc.

The main bedroom was of an impressive size with two large, sash style windows looking out towards the Queen square gardens. Even though a main road flows past the façade of the hotel, we did not notice much traffic noise during our stay.

A wooden writing table with a few velvet style armchairs adorn the room and Georgian style ornate mirrors. It was my wife's birthday during our first day and the hotel management provided in our room a plate of fruits and chocolates with a happy birthday message which was very much appreciated.

The bed was a decent sized Double with two plump pillows each and crisp Egyptian cotton linens provided.

The decor was all matching even to the bedspread and carpets. The feature wall was decorated in a deep red with an impressive leather bedstead attached. Side tables on both sides of the bed held table lamps and room information cards.

A small bathroom area which was tastefully decorated with in-keeping Georgian fittings throughout. A wash hand basin, Separate WC and a glass encased shower unit with a ceiling mounted rainfall style shower.

Black & White tiles are a bold feature of the Bathroom with a Shower backdrop of the famous Spa Roman Bath area of the town on the rear wall, all very clean and well maintained.

Floor to ceiling curtains surrounded the windows, the room felt light and airy with impressive views to the outside. The main wall held a large, flat screen LCD Television with most UK channels inc Freeview channels.

The Classic Street View room we believe is a basic and cheapest room within the hotel, other rooms such as the Feature rooms and Superior rooms contain different facilities such as baths, twin beds etc.

The Francis Hotel Restaurant

During a mini tour by management of the ground floor hotel areas we were shown the Restaurant area (Brasserie Blanc), which serves food throughout most times of the day including Breakfast and Dinner sittings.

On reviewing the menu we noticed that due to current restrictions the menu was scaled down to around five different dishes to choose from but still a good choice available.

Breakfast - What Kind of Breakfast is Served?

Breakfast is served in the restaurant area (Brasserie Blanc). We believe also you can take your breakfast in the Lounge and other ground floor areas if you wish.

As we entered the breakfast restaurant area you wait for a member of staff to take your room number and show you to your chosen table. The restaurant area looked vast with lots of tall windows and comfy looking seating areas around the perimeter.

We noticed an impressive bar area in the middle with a wide choice of wines, spirits etc.

Table waiter service was quick and efficient we felt. We opted for a cooked English breakfast consisting of sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, baked beans and toast. My wife choose the Continental breakfast containing pastries such as Croissants, Danish pastry, pain au chocolate.

We noticed other selections on the breakfast menu such as Eggs Benedict, Scottish kippers, eggs all cooked to order etc.

A choice of Breakfast Tea or Coffee are all served with each sitting. The Coffee was of good quality and tasted like it was from a Percolator. Condiments such as Jam, Honey and Butter were all provided.

Fresh juices were also provided such as Orange and mixed fruit flavours and Champagne on request.

We ordered room service Breakfast delivery one morning. This room service was completely free due to the Covid restriction policies and we opted for the Continental breakfast to share. This room service felt like a real treat as part of our stay.

The Restaurant area is impressive, once again all tastefully decorated with a feeling of quality and opulence throughout. The staff were efficient and well managed throughout our stay also.

The Francis Hotel Bath - History

The hotel occupies seven out of the original nine town houses built between 1728 and 1736, on the south side of Queen Square. In 1884, the seven Georgian town houses were opened as the Francis Private Hotel.

During World War 2 part of the hotel façade was lost when a German bomb landed on the east side of the square, the hotel was rebuilt in 1952.

In 1963, the world famous rock band "The Beatles" stayed at the Francis Hotel.

Which popular attractions are close to the Francis Hotel Bath?

The Roman Baths:

During our stay we visited the Bath Spa Roman Baths. You simply cannot visit Bath without atleast once taking a trip to the famous Roman Baths. The Roman Baths provides a complete trip through history with live actors playing the roles of Roman guards to Public bathers.

We recommend taking the opportunity to use the tour headphones which walks you through all the facts of the Roman baths as a complete tour.

The Bath Abbey:

Next door to the Roman Baths is the Bath abbey. Entry is free but we did leave a donation in one of the boxes provided throughout. During our visit we observed a large renovation project underway inside the abbey so all donations are very much appreciated.

The Abbeys architecture is impressive with the most awe inspiring, stain glassed windows highlighting the most amazing colours we have ever seen.

The Abbey dates back as far as 675 AD of Saxon times with King Henry VIII closing the monastery in 1539 AD.

You can light a candle to remember a loved one inside the abbey and marvel at the vaulted ceilings dating back to 1500 AD.

The Royal Crescent:

One of the Baths tourist attractions is the famous Royal Crescent which is one of Baths most iconic architectural landmarks at 500-foot-long. Built between 1767 and 1775 and designed by John Wood the Younger, this forms a sweeping crescent of 30 Grade I Listed terrace houses.

Jane  Austen's Persuasion included many scenes shot at the Royal Crescent, and it also featured in the 2008 film The Duchess starring Keira Knightley.

Bath Shopping Experience

The main town centre hosts a large number of high street names and boutique / Artisan style shops.

With so many side streets its easy to get lost but one lane needs to another and eventually leads back to the main high street.

With an abundance of shops and restaurants / bars to choose from you will never find it hard to shop, eat and enjoy.

The Francis Hotel Current Offers

The Hotel Francis by Sofitel has many current offers at present. Please check the official hotels website for the latest offers on room rates.

We paid £105.00 per night booking directly with Accor which we thought was great value but also we received back in cash an impressive 10% by clicking through via the cashback company called TopCashBack.

If your interested in booking this hotel, make sure you sign up first to Topcashback by clicking on the banner below.

Francis Hotel Bath Hotel Amenities

The Francis Hotels amenities include Free Wi-Fi throughout the building including all rooms and public areas and Facilities for disabled guests staying.

Every room contains a large screen Plasma HD TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and a work area. A full private bathroom in every room includes a hairdryer and bathrobes.

Dry cleaning / Ironing services can be provided at a charge and Porter services.

What kind of Rooms can I book?

The hotel boasts three different styles of rooms for guests which compliment the hotels presence. All the room styles below have various facilities such as single beds to King sized beds.

Comfort Classic & Classic Room with 1 double bed - (Disabled Accessible room)

Recently refurbished with a double bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy bathrobes and luxury toiletries. Plasma TV, air conditioning, hair dryer, iron and board, safe, courtesy tray and complimentary WiFi. (Sleeps 2)

  • Coffee/tea making facilities

  • Free in Room Mineral Water

  • Mini Bar

  • Bathtub/shower combination

  • Rainfall shower experience

  • Toilets in room, in bathroom

  • Private bathroom

  • Bathroom Facilities

  • Accessible bathroom

Superior Room with 1 double bed:

All the same facilities as the Classic Comfort rooms but can sleeps x 3 plus courtesy tray & espresso machine & Queen sized bed.

Feature Rooms:

Many rooms contain a King size four poster beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy bathrobes and luxury toiletries. Plasma TV, a/c, hair dryer, courtesy tray, espresso machine, safe, free WiFi, mini bar and mp3 player.

Our Conclusions / Recommendations

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions on international travel in 2020, we decided to stay in the UK this year and support the UK hospitality industry by completing our first staycation here in Bath, Somerset.

Overall we were very impressed with Bath and particularly the Francis Hotel by Sofitel (Accor). The hotels location on Queen's street opposite the gardens was a pleasant outlook from our room and was in a very convenient position being only a short walk to the main town with Restaurants / Bars, famous sightseeing experiences etc.

For the £105.00 per night including Breakfast, we paid a total of £315.00 for three nights which for a hotel of this standard is great value.

However, we did get back in cash £31.50 so the total we paid for three nights totalled - £283.50.

How do you receive 10% back in cash by booking this hotel? By clicking the banner below and using the Cashback company Topcashback and booking the hotel through them. 🔻

In our opinion this hotel is a very good 4 Star rating and probably worth more than what we paid per night to stay here.

The Restaurant on site was impressive and the food quality fairly good during our stay. We did eat out one night at an excellent award winning Pizzeria called the Real Italian Pizza Company located on York street only a few minutes walk from the hotel and would thoroughly recommend this place to eat.

Our room was of a good standard for what we paid. The Bathroom was impressive with the in keeping fixtures and fittings and the enclosed shower area was excellent with the backdrop of the local Roman Baths.

The main high street has all a Shopaholic would want with most of the high street brands based here also within a 5 minute walk.

Read our other UK Hotel reviews here - Hampton Hilton Gatwick North / Hilton Gatwick South

Have you ever stayed or visited Bath?

We would love to read your thoughts by commenting below.

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