Bath, United Kingdom

No.15 Great Pulteney

Rates from (ex tax)$90.99

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP88.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

21st-century Austen romance

Setting

Georgian heroines’ heartland

Once home to novelist Jane Austen, Bath’s honey-hued terraced streets are rich with history; No.15 Great Pulteney embraces the old and adds a dash of modern wit – murals, mish-mashed patterns and modern art are an exercise in charming (Non)Sense and Sensibility. The jewel-encrusted, bar serves up endlessly inventive cocktails, plus sandwiches worthy of any society lady’s afternoon tea. Romantic suites – jazzed up with plexiglass furniture – are ideal for imagining yourself as a literary heroine (the king-size, cashmere-soft beds aren’t bad for flopping into, either). After a few days here, you’ll be feeling all the Pride, and none of the Prejudice.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

40, including 12 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $90.99 (£73), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP88.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental, full-English or à la carte breakfast: our favourites include the organic bircher muesli with honeycomb and the smoked Wiltshire bacon on fresh sourdough.

Also

Ian and Christa are passionate about supporting local designers, and their influence can be seen all over the hotel: Woodhouse and Law and the Rossiters of Bath interpret the hotel’s mantra – ‘luxury for the curious’ – in the rooms. Keep an eye out for Martin Hulbert’s Lost Earring chandelier, crafted from thousands of lone earrings.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout; on-site parking (for £12 a night; or a street parking permit for £10 a night); laundry service; access to a generous larder with free drinks and snacks. In rooms: internet-enabled LED TV with Sky and free sports and movie channels; tea- and Nespresso coffee-making kit.

Our favourite rooms

The rooms at No.15 are individually decorated, either by owners Ian and Christa, or artists and designers they admire. The Pulteney Junior Suites are our favourite: thought up by Martin Hulbert – the designer responsible for Smith-approved hotels Chewton Glen, the Grove and Coworth Park – they’re the image of romantic, understated elegance. The marble washstands, high ceilings and vast sash windows are straight from a Jane Austen classic, and the plexiglass furniture adds a whimsically modern touch.

Packing tips

Aspiring Lizzie Bennets should pack cosmopolitan gear for sightseeing – smart skinny jeans, soft tailoring and ballet pumps will go down well (though you needn’t bother with a corset). Mr Darcys should aim for gentlemanly chic in chinos, blazers and collared shirts.

Also

The hotel has a lift to all six floors, and is suitable for guests with mobility issues; one room has also been specifically adapted.

Pet‐friendly

The hotel is happy to host up to two pups in some rooms (excluding the Cosy Double rooms) as long as they’re fairly small and well-behaved. There’s a charge of £15 a night. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Bath.

Children

Children of all ages are welcome at No.15 – the hotel can provide baby cots, building blocks and teddy bears – but there aren’t any babysitters or kids clubs to provide distraction.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

When Cafe 15 isn’t open for dinner, wend your way to the bar early and bag the table by the fire for a G&T and the polenta chips.

Dress Code

Best of British, with a unique twist to match your idiosyncratic surroundings: tweeds, heritage cashmere and pussy-bow blouses will go down nicely, jazzed-up with unusual jewellry.

Hotel restaurant

Run by chef Dan Miles (previously of Gainsborough Bath Spa), Cafe 15 is open daily for breakfast and lunch and serves modern, British fare: think ham hock, apple and dandelion salad; mushrooms on toast; and baked Tunworth cheese. Like the rest of the hotel, the restaurant is bursting with curios, collections and contemporary art – shelves lining the walls are stacked with blown-glass trinkets and multi-coloured, antique chemists’ bottles. Don’t forget to stop by for afternoon tea in the sitting room, where the chicken sandwiches with apricot crumble and crispy skin are the stuff of local legend, and the list of brews – all served in silver tea pots – is as long as a Georgian petticoat (try the Gunpowder Green and Organic Jade Sword, if you’re feeling adventurous).

 

Hotel bar

It’s easy to lose an afternoon in Bar 15, a pastel-coloured treasure trove groaning with trinkets: glass tables display vintage jewellry and an accent wall behind the bar is lined in scalloped, leather scales, fashioned to look like exotic fish. The cocktail menu is vast – 52 tipples long printed on a deck of hotel-personalised playing cards, so you can have a game of whist, Austen-style, while you wait. Each drink is a mini performance in itself; served in a test tube, a carved-wood bowl, or a smoking, blown-glass goblet. We’re particularly partial to an Eastern Promises, a herby, lime-infused concoction served in a blue-china faux-urn. If you’re peckish, raid the bar menu: smashed avocado on toast at breakfast gives way to a lunchtime feast of sandwiches; dinner is the star of the show – choose from ravioli with salsa verde, marinated prawns or Italian charcuterie.

 

Last orders

Breakfast (7.30am–10.30am), lunch (Wed - Sun, 12pm–3pm), afternoon tea (2pm–6.30pm) and dinner (Fri & Sat, 6pm–9.30pm) are served in Cafe 15 and Bar 15 – also called the Sitting Room (dinner Sun - Thurs, 6.30pm-10.30pm and Fri & Sat, 6.30pm-11pm).

Room service

You can have breakfast in your room between 7.30am and 10.30am.

Location

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Address
No.15 Great Pulteney
15 Great Pulteney Street
BA2 4BS
Bath
United Kingdom

Planes

Bristol Airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel (www.bristolairport.co.uk). If you’re flying internationally, go to Heathrow, from which it’s a two-hour car journey to Bath. The hotel can organise transfers from both airports (from Bristol, transfers start at £40; from Heathrow, prices are available on request).

Trains

The hotel’s closest railway station is Bath Spa, just a five-minute drive from the hotel. The station is well-served by Great Western Railways, and direct services frequently run from London, Bristol and Cardiff. The hotel can organise transfers from £5.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car for exploring the city, which is compact and best discovered on foot. If you’d like a set of wheels, there are car-hire booths at Bristol Airport; follow the A368 to reach the hotel. If you’re coming from London, the journey along the M4 will take just under three hours. The hotel does have on-site parking, but for an extra charge.

Worth getting out of bed for

Best known for its hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture, honey-hued Bath has long been a destination for socialites, artists and people-to-know. Stroll along Royal Crescent – arguably the city’s most famous locale – to get a feel for the architecture, and visit the Holburne Museum (just minutes from the hotel) for a dose of culture: you’ll find Dutch masters, fine English beadwork and intricate tapestry housed there. For an afternoon’s pleasurable card-swiping, wander down Walcot Street in the centre of town to browse independent craft, pottery and antique shops. For a spot of rejuvenation (tired, sightseeing feet can only take you so far), head to the iconic Roman Baths, where the spectacular columned courtyard is lit in the evenings by flickering torchlight. Those left slightly miffed that you can no longer ‘take the cure’ at this historic spot should make their way to Thermae Bath Spa, where the mineral-rich waters are open to the public for a dip.

 

Local restaurants

The relaxed and convivial Sam’s Kitchen on Walcot Street hosts lively music nights and a supper club, serving their deli-style menu of internationally-inspired titbits: cauliflower tabbouleh, red mullet with tapenade, and braised short ribs. The Mint Room on Lower Bristol Road has the best Indian fare in the city; try the palak kofta and the lamb rogan josh. For classically British fine dining, head to the Allium Brasserie at the Abbey Hotel on North Parade. No.15’s sister property, their focus is on traditional (and perfectly crafted) dishes such as chicken liver parfait, lightly-smoked salmon and scotch quail’s eggs.

 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Georgian hotel in upmarket Bath and unpacked their well-thumbed copies of Austen and meadow flower-scented candles, a full account of their old-world English break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside No.15 Great Pulteney…

If Jane Austen had been able to stay at No.15 Great Pulteney during her tenure in Bath, she might have churned out even more classic novels: after all, where better to pen a bestseller than by the fire, sipping rum-spiced tea cocktails? If you fancy finding your own literary inspiration, No.15 – with its cosy bar, modern café and quirky decor – is the ideal space in which to hole up with a drink, typewriter and cucumber sandwich in hand. If your pursuits err less on the side of bookish and more on the side of luxurious indulgence (and whose don’t?), you’ll find the romantic, individually decorated rooms just to your taste: pastel-coloured, king-size beds are made for flopping into at the end of a day’s shopping and sightseeing. Peckish? Head down to the hotel’s secret Larder, where the red Smeg fridge hides all manner of tasty surprises (we won’t tell if you won’t…)

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in No.15 Great Pulteney’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Friendly staff – and a free upgrade! Breakfast was nice too.

Don’t expect

A 'partypartyparty' atmosphere... this is the perfect hotel for getting away from it all!

Rating

Stayed on 11 Mar 2017