The hotel is situated in the Gainsborough Building, which is made up of three Grade II listed buildings (a Grade II listing in the UK means that the building is of historical interest). The property was originally constructed as a hospital in 1824, and served as Bath College between 1932 and 2005 -- and has been vacant since. YTL's redevelopment has included refurbishing the building's main wings, as well as adding another. Additionally, the 17th century Bellotts annex, which is linked by a new underground passageway, was redesigned and has 14 guest rooms for exclusive use. The interior design is the work of Champalimaud Designs, the team responsible for The Dorchester and The Carlyle.
Hotel facilities will include meeting and banquet facilities and an Asian-influenced modern English restaurant, but the main draw will undoubtedly be the lower level Spa Village Bath, which will have direct access to the old spa town's famous waters via three pools. The spa will honor Bath's Roman heritage through setting the pool in an atrium flooded with natural light. Looks like the Thermae Bath Spa, located directly opposite, is going to have some competition.
Rates start at £289 for a Deluxe Room.
[Photo: The Gainsborough Bath Spa.]