To celebrate World Sleep Day in March, I took a 24-hour trip to the wonderful city of Bath in the UK to stay at the newly refurbished Abbey Hotel. The stylish Abbey Hotel is perfectly located for a weekend break in Bath, with art-filled corridors, a classy bar and glamorous bedrooms. It was the perfect base to spend some time in the city with my friends Monica, Vicky and Emily, providing us with great access to the tourist hotspots but also somewhere to relax, unwind and get some sleep.
The Abbey Hotel spreads over three interconnected 18th-century townhouses overlooking an open, triangular area close to the rear of Bath Abbey known as Bog Island. The location is possibly the best selling point for me, as it is only a minute’s stroll from Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa. And to re-fuel afterwards, there are lots of cafés and restaurants virtually on the doorstep.
The hotel has a bold and unique look, offering stylish interiors, using leather, wood and strong dark colours to add luxury to every corner of this lovely hotel. This is particularly true in the plush and fun-looking ArtBar, where lampshades made out of decanters and dozens of glasses hang from the ceiling, and in the restaurant, which is painted pink and has long, beige drapes framing modern art.
Moreover, the 62 bedrooms are just as swish, with comfortable beds, luxury toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms. And my favourite part of the bedrooms, were the bathrooms, with a bold and statement tile plastered throughout the shower space, filling the room with personality and flare.
When you are ready to eat in the evening, you only have to head downstairs to The Abbey’s new brasserie-style restaurant, Koffmann and Mr White’s. The restaurant is a joint venture between famous chefs Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White and feature mostly French classics – onion soup, duck rillettes, braised lamb à la Provençale, pain perdu (akin to French toast) – plus a few traditional English offerings such as shepherd’s pie.
Some dishes, such as sherry Trifle Wally Ladd, are long-established Koffmann or White hits. I opted for the French Onion Soup when we dined at the restaurant, and I can vouch it was as good as they say!
Breakfast get the thumbs up too with an open policy, with smoothies, croissants, bread from Bath’s best baker, and cooked treats such as pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, and bacon and fried egg butties. A real treat to prepare you for a day of exploring!
The ArtBar is popular for full afternoon teas and cocktails, and it serves a vast selection of gins and tonics. You can also drink out on a terrace in the front of the hotel in the summer and at Christmas; they even have a pop-up Après-ski Bar in front of the building in the form of a wooden chalet.
1 North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF, England.
*I was invited to visit the Abbey Hotel Bath as part of a press trip but all opinions are my own.
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