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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.