Need to know
40, including 12 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $129.65 (£99), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
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.
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 (£20 a night; space is limited and subject to availability); 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.
Subterranean Spa 15 is set in the stone vaults below the hotel; take the waters – as one does in Bath – in the large cedar hot tub, barrel-shaped sauna and steam room. Take your pick of holistic treatments (all use ila and Natura Bissé unguents) that include facials, classic massage and body scrubs. We’d start with the essential-oil laden top-to-toe Himalayan treatment, the deep-cleansing cure facial and the bespoke full body massage. After your treatment of choice, unwind in the Retreat by the open fire while you sip on herbal tea (or something fizzier if you prefer).
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.
The hotel has a lift to all six floors, and is suitable for guests with mobility issues; one room has also been specifically adapted.
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 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.