In these strange times, travel might be the last thing on our minds. Or perhaps, the first? After all, when you’ve spent five months at home, all you want, what you really, really want, is to get out of the house. But, of course, Covid-19 is here and you don’t want to go to far or (possibly) anywhere which involves a plane journey, which is why a weekend at No. 15 Great Pulteney in Bath is the perfect place for a late summer or autumnal escape.
We stayed at No. 15 Great Pulteney back in February, before the world went completely mad. I would’ve written about the stay sooner, as I was desperate to tell everyone and anyone what a gorgeous gem of a boutique hotel it is, but during Lockdown, when the hotel was closed and we didn’t leave our houses, it wasn’t really the best timing. But, now it is good timing as – hurrah! – the hotel has re-opened. The lovely hot tub is sadly still closed, but the treatment rooms, restaurant, rooms and the city are raring to go.
The thing about a weekend in Bath, especially in autumn, is that the streets are so wide, that you can easily wander around without bumping into people. This isn’t London or Manchester, this is beautiful Bath where the honey-coloured stone casts a warming light over everything and the Georgian architecture is so magnificent, you can’t help but think ‘why don’t we live here?’ Which is a lot like No. 15 Great Pulteney as if I could live there, I would. Located within easy walking distance of the city centre, it’s a chic boutique hotel with 40 rooms spread over three Grade 1 townhouses and buckets of character. Turn right and you cross Pulteney bridge to head into town where you can take in more of the beautiful architecture or pull on a mask and go shopping. Turn left and at the far end of the street lies The Holburne Museum, where Grayson Perry’s exhibition is currently showing.
You could, of course, just spend all your time at the hotel, which is a stunning art-filled oasis of gorgeousness. As soon as you walk into reception, you are greeted by the stunning Lobby Boy oil painting, which I loved. Or look up and marvel at the Lost Earring Chandelier, made up of 500 single, lost earrings. In the beautiful bar, plexiglass table tops cover bric-a-brac jewellery, which you can covet through the bottom of your cocktail glass. Whilst the loos’ wallpaper is so beautiful, you could spend hours in there just staring at it! Rooms are equally appealing, looking out over Great Pulteney Street or Henrietta Park, with a wealth of space and beautiful bathrooms, they really do feel like home away from home. For the ultimate social distancing check into The Hideout Suite, with its own private street entrance, fire place and private hot tub.
Whilst the spa’s hot tub is currently closed, the treatment rooms are thankfully open. Hidden beneath the street, it really is is a cocoon of pampering. I have been a fan of Ila’s holistic body treatments for a long time, so I was thrilled to discover that this is the brand of choice for the hotel. I enjoyed the most divine Balancing back treatment, which takes away all the stress in your back and shoulders through holistic massage, sound healing and chakra balancing. If there’s one thing to make you forget about Covid for an hour, this is it! Highly recommended….
Cleverly adapting to the challenges brought by Covid-19, the hotel has replaced all in-room magazines, books and games with a dedicated app allowing you to download your personal reading and watching preferences, which you can take home when you leave. In a difficult time, the hotel (which was exceptionally friendly when we visited) has made it easy for guests to socially distance and have a good time. Even if you simply want a break from your own four walls and aren’t too bothered about exploring the many beautiful sights of Bath, then an overnight stay surrounded by four different walls could do you a world of good. One day soon, hopefully everything will be back to normal at No. 15 Great Pulteney Street, but until then, they’ve made the ‘New Normal’ look incredibly tempting.
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I stayed at the hotel on a complimentary review basis, but with no obligation to write about it.