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The owners of the Halcyon Apartments are Bath’s toned-down version of Sam Nazarian: They own The Halcyon Hotel, the Halcyon Apartments (which is really what we’re talking about here today), Circo Bar & Lounge (at The Halcyon), The Basement – a hopping nightclub, The Porter Bar and Lounge, and Clayton’s Kitchen, which is headed up by yet another Bath-based Michelin-starred chef, Rob Clayton (which begs the question: Do all Michelin chefs move to Bath?).
These hotel and lounge mini moguls opened the Halcyon Apartments, consisting of one two-bedroom and six one-bedroom suites, in a Georgian townhouse conveniently located on George Street, at the very foot of Bath’s main shopping street that also leads to its most well-known attractions.
The suites are done in a comfortable chic style that you can book for one night or 100 nights (online, though, you can only book for up to 14 days) so if you’re looking for a long-stay option or just want to spread out for a few days with the family, this is the place for you. (If you’re looking for a room-room you can book into The Halcyon hotel, found at the other end of the historic area on South Parade.)
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It’s not quite the promised “Spring 2015”, but we’ll take it: The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel will open July 1.
It was last November that we walked you through a load of renderings from inside the listed building in Bath, which will have direct access to the original Roman thermal springs. Naturally, this is what your spa experience will be all about. The hotel’s “private water reserve bubbles to the surface at 47 degrees centigrade, packed full of rich natural minerals”. A one-hour “Bath Circuit” is a “ritualised self-guided tour of the thermal pools, saunas, steam room, ice alcove and elegant relaxation rooms”, which concludes with a “very special Water Ritual Ceremony”. What exactly that is, we’ll have to find out.
A stop at the Abbey Hotel’s Allium Brasserie for dinner one night prompted us to pop in the next day for an impromptu tour of this three-star arty, contemporary hotel. What this fateful stop proved to us once and for all is that many three-stars in Bath have pretty much everything you need for a comfortable stay and don’t charge you an arm-and-leg for it. (See also our piece on The Queensberry Hotel as a case in point.)
The hotel has 60 rooms (when we walked through last fall, the rumor was that there were plans for expansion to 99) set in a row of three 270-year-old townhouses. Situated close to shopping, restaurants, the Roman Baths, the Thermae Bath and Spa and Bath Abbey, you’re in really good company location-wise.
All rooms are decorated in a bright and sunny modern style, with a hint of English garden design evident. Light oak furniture, houndstooth and plaid patterns on the beds and windows, and original artwork make up the décor. Rooms also carry bespoke Hypnos beds, iPads, free WiFi and REN toiletries.
Bathrooms are kinda plain Jane but they're in the process of being reno’ed and will be completed by November.
The Queensberry Hotel is one of those small hotels made up of several townhouses – in this case, four Georgian ones – that is nicely designed in a contemporary way but with some little oddities added in that only seem to properly come from the British.
Things like having an elevator that jerks and hesitates like it’s not going to make it, and moves so slow you’ll probably beat it if you take the stairs. We used it as an opportunity to grab a few winks on the way up and down.
Then there’s the oddly placed monkey statue set on the modern bar.
And stairs that seem to come out of nowhere.
And the bulldog pillows.
The thoroughly surprising picturesque walled courtyard in the back.
The antique dresser that we could open to put our clothes in but then couldn’t get them back out.
And, finally, the best meal we had in Bath, hands-down.
All of this serves to create an oddly satisfying stay where you feel like you’re privy to a place whose eccentricities perhaps outweigh your own.
We certainly do have pics in the photo gallery!
Score another point in the “cool” column for Hotel Indigo with the announcement of a new installment, this one coming to the uber-historic city of Bath.
InterContinental Hotels' boutique brand Hotel Indigo has entered into an agreement with St. James Hotels Group, with an anticipated opening by late 2016. IHG already has eight Indigo properties in the UK, with several more in the works including another iconic location at the Barbican, London.
Creating a new hotel in a listed building in a centuries-old setting like Bath isn’t an easy task. Throw in the addition of a new wing and direct access to the original Roman thermal springs, and you’re looking at one thing: a delayed opening.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa, which we first talked about just over three years ago, was meant to open earlier this year, but we now understand it will arrive in “spring 2015”. While we wait, there are some beautiful renderings on the hotel website to explore, starting with the above of “Spa Village Bath”, where you will start your visit “with a circuit that includes dipping in three natural thermal pools of varying temperatures, traditional and infrared saunas, steam room, an ice chamber and elegant relaxation areas”. It does look rather spectacular, doesn’t it?
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.
It's been a while since we last checked in on The Gainsborough Bath Spa in the English city of Bath, which will be the only hotel in the United Kingdom to have direct access to natural thermal waters.
The 99-room hotel is now close to the finishing stages of development and has a projected opening date of spring 2014. It has joined the YTL Hotel portfolio, a luxury hotel group that also claims the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and the Pangkor Laut Resort, both in Malaysia. The Gainsborough will be the first Classic Hotel in the UK for the group.
A new five-star hotel will bring some friendly competition to the centuries-old Thermae Bath Spa, a naturally-occuring thermal spring which has been in use since the 8th century BC. The English city of Bath (named, appropriately, after its most distinctive feature) is planning a 98-room luxury spa hotel that will access the same hot springs as its world-famous neighbor, the Thermae Bath Spa.
According to This Is Bath, developers of this new property will drill a new borehole 75 meters below street level to access the base of Hetling Spring. Our only piece of advice: keep Steven Tyler away from the construction site; we know how he gets around slippery surfaces.
We've long been wondering what the rooms looked like at the brand new Halcyon Hotel in Bath, England but when the hotel opened last month, they were still displaying black and white sketches of the rooms on their website. We'd almost prefer a thumbnail photo to that!
However, the hotel has finally come through with plenty of pictures on its website. There are room photos for each type of room (that one above is the Studio room) as well as photos of the bar and the rest of the hotel.