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UK: The Francis Hotel in Bath to undergo a £13million transformation

The much-loved hotel in the heart of Bath will be totally transformed and repositioned with 98 new bedrooms, a brand-new F&B concept, a spa and enhanced guest services.

Sutton Hotel Collection has announced a £13 million refurbishment project at The Francis Hotel Bath. The renovation, which is due to begin in July, will include a full revamp to all 98 bedrooms and suites, a reconfiguration of the hotel’s lobby, the unveiling of a brand-new restaurant, as well as the addition of a dedicated spa and snug. 

The design concept for the hotel and all 98 bedrooms will take inspiration from the Georgian period
The design concept for the hotel and all 98 bedrooms will take inspiration from the Georgian period

As one of the first Georgian buildings to be built in Bath, The Francis Hotel was once home to 18th century architect John Wood the Elder who was the inspiration behind the first Georgian stone buildings of Queen Square, the Royal Crescent, and The Circus. The hotel has been a huge part of Bath’s history ever since. Working with award-winning interior designers 3DReid, the design concept planned for the hotel and all 98 bedrooms will take inspiration from the Georgian era whilst appreciating all the modern amenities and touches that today’s traveller expects.

Alongside a reinvention of the hotel’s 98 bedrooms and suites, the refurbishment will include a complete reimagining of the ground floor and lobby including the introduction of a snug. The snug will be open to the general public during the day and will be an intimate space for hotel residents to relax over a pre- or post-dinner drink of an evening.

The project will also see the introduction of a new destination-restaurant, The Townhouse Brasserie which will showcase the finest British cuisine. The Townhouse Brasserie will focus heavily on seasonal and locally grown produce cooked over an open hearth in front of guests. Open seven days a week, the restaurant will combine traditional English classic flavours whilst playfully and effortlessly bringing a chic aesthetic, exquisite wine list and memorable dining experience to new levels of timeless creativity and vibrancy.

Towards the end of the programme, a brand-new thermal spa and three treatment rooms will be created tapping into Bath’s ambition to be the UK’s number one city for wellbeing in the UK.

William Gibbs, Hotel Director of Sutton Hotel Collection, said; ‘We are thrilled to be announcing the upcoming £13 million renovation of The Francis Hotel. This transformation will not only create an even more compelling hotel stay for domestic guests, but also drive even greater interest from more international leisure and business tourists who are visiting Bath.” 

Shaun Bowles, Cluster General Manager of The Francis Hotel, Bath, added: “Our vision is to create something incredibly special in the heart of Bath that offers truly personalised and curated experiences to guests. A place where guests can be their best selves and our team can be proud to offer a unique and enhanced service. Our location is already one of the best in the city, combine that with our fascinating history and compelling refurbishment and we will be one of the most sought-after places to stay in Bath.

Sutton Hotel Collection includes three hotels set in some of England’s most picturesque and historic areas: The Francis Hotel in Bath, The Castle Hotel Windsor and The Queens Hotel Cheltenham.

About Sutton Hotel Collection
Sutton Hotel Collection comprises three iconic hotels, The Queens Hotel Cheltenham, The Francis Hotel Bath and The Castle Hotel Windsor, all of which are set in picturesque, historic towns and cities and pride themselves on their truly captivating history.

About The Francis Hotel Bath
The Francis Hotel sits in the heart of Regency Bath, inside a spectacular Georgian building. The 98-room boutique hotel has a contemporary interior design and a beautiful outdoor terrace for alfresco dining and drinks. The Francis Hotel Bath occupies a coveted position on Queen Square - guests will be surrounded with Regency opulence throughout their stay in beautiful Bath.

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