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Bath's Royal Crescent Gets a Refreshing Makeover

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  Site Where: 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, United Kingdom, BA1 2LS
April 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

This famous curvy building is so big you have to go to the next town just to take a picture of it.

This week, a rather well known resident of Bath, England, The Royal Crescent Hotel, unveiled its stylish and historically-inspired new look. The hotel has one of the best addresses in town, at No. 16 Royal Crescent, a world-recognized landmark of architecture and urban planning dating to 1767.

The renovation followed the high-profile bankruptcy and auction of the Von Essen Hotel portfolio, which included this Georgian gem. The hotel was purchased in 2012 by private investment firm Topland Group, who proceeded with the much needed upgrades.

The Royal Crescent Hotel is located smack dab in the middle of the famous Crescent, it really doesn’t get better than that. Due to its age and extraordinary architecture, it is one of very few Grade I Listed buildings in the UK. Put another way, don’t even think about renovating without getting planning permission. This honorable designation makes any modification, let alone to one of the England’s “architectural” crown jewels, a bit more challenging.

The esteemed assignment of the hotel's interior re-do was undertaken by Somerset-based design firm of Jane Clayton & Company. The style remains reverent of the building's history and Georgian roots, but has a slight contemporary edge by the interplay of rich accent colors, varying fabrics and patterns, and selective use of modern furnishings. There is no single color palette or dominating theme that defines the hotel’s revived appearance. Each of the guest rooms makes its own visual statement. The historic Master Suites continue to show off their wealth of original detail in a more traditional layout.

The hotel offers 45 rooms and suites, champagne bar and lounge, and the Dower House Restaurant, located in a separate building via private garden. Of course there is the spa, featuring Espa treatments, hot and warm baths just as the Romans did, and special treatments for expecting mothers, as the Romans may or may not have done.

Here are some pictures of the updated interiors and of course, the iconic Royal Crescent.

This is the Montagu champagne bar, featuring contemporary furniture with warm colored fabric that blends with the local Bath limestone. We're guessing that's intentional.

The following photos show the individuality of the new guest rooms and as far as we can see, it's just what the doctor ordered.

[Rooms from £229]

[Photos: Royal Crescent Hotel]

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