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... us brekkie and wave us off. Aunty Weezy took us to Gatwick where all went well until the nice security lady unzipped Lenny's bag to find his unauthorised nerf gun. Supervisor...long wait...being stared at by passersby...
So we are about to board!
... gin was cheaper to drink; men and women lost their hair (including eyebrows) due to wearing make-up that was lead-based, so they fashioned mouse skin into eyebrow shapes (and wore wigs) - water in the spas/springs contains 43 minerals and has to be cooled to 33 degrees from 49 degrees (it was hot to touch) - Bath fairly busy traffic-wise as there is no bypass, so all traffic must come through - Jane ...
Car park cost £51.40 On the M11...A10...A505 (Royston, Baldock)...A1...Hatfield Tunnel...M25 Stopped at the Oxford "Services" -(Starbucks, Burger King etc); we shared a BLT sandwich, mum had coffee and I had an iced frappé = $20 - nothing like having a "captive" audience! There are mobile food and drink vans at road sidings that are on the side of the road ...
... along with Mary, a very unexpected supporter. Spent a lovely hour on the green in front of the cathedral in the glorious sunshine with ice creams. Then cycled the last 10 miles or so into Glastonbury along very flat roads of the Somerset levels, if only they could all be like that. Vince : Today started well , we accounted some long hills especially a very narrow hill just before Tinton Abbey . We without knowing ...
... species of dung beetle to Oz, helping to rid the interior of flies which flourished in all the domestic animal ****.. Baygon too has been such a beneficial product. Now the market is ready for Bo-gon, which could be used to spray bogans. It could either remove bogan qualities, sterilise or exterminate depending on the strength of the spray. COOLANGATTA AIRPORT. Miss Helen continues her bold experiments in pushing the limits or indeed transgressing the borders ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dukes Hotel Bath
Outstanding and Personal
Having seen the positive reviews on this site, I booked a weekend away for my wife and I (I'm not as old as that makes me sound!) at fairly short notice to Duke's. Having seen the 360 degree picture of the 4-poster room on the website I simply had to book it. The lady who answered the phone was very friendly, helpful and professional. It also transpired that they do have some reduced rate tariffs that aren't publicised on the site, and so the cost of the room was significantly less than I anticipated. Great start!
When we arrived, it was really easy to find the hotel itself (we came in from the A36 Salisbury route). We couldn't see a parking space in the immediate vicinity, so we parked outside the main door to unload. The manager on duty (who reminded a bit of Richard Griffiths from 'Pie in the Sky') gave us a parking permit, and then moved his car out of its space so that we could park next to the hotel!
The room itself was better than the pictures implied, lovely high ceilings, clean and tastefully decorated in a fashion that played to the history of the building.
Breakfast was top notch, they have the usual buffet supplies (cereals, juices, yoghurts etc.), and provide you with a choice of a bread basket (a gorgeous freshly baked selection of pastries and croissants etc.) or a range of cooked options. The full English (I like tradition at heart) was of the highest quality, the quality of black pudding, bacon and sausage was extremely high (the bacon in particular was exemplary).
We had pre-booked an evening meal outside of the hotel on our second night at the Moody Goose restaurant, as it has Michelin status. However, it transpired that the chef in the hotel restaurant had actually moved to the hotel FROM the Moody Goose, so we went for the easier option (no 20 minute taxi ride) and ate in. Again, they were happy to make the calls to cancel the restaurant and taxis on our behalf.
Changing restaurant choice was a fantastic decision. The food was truly magnificent, I mean REALLY good, certainly of the calibre of other Michelin restaurants that I have been to, but more intimate. The restaurant has only been open in its current incarnation since the early part of 2005, and so to date has not had the chance for reviews (although I gather the Good Food Guide were in the week we were there, so hopefully they will get the recognition they deserve). The wine cellar was also very good, which I think is important.
Throughout our stay, the service was fantastic. Whether it was the manager, receptionist, waiter/waitress or maid, we were always treated with respect and courtesy. They really knew how to make us feel special, and my wife was completely bowled over by this. We certainly felt that no effort was too great for them. Lots of nice little touches throughout, too much to do justice here (although I seem to have written enough).
To summarise, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
This hotel is in a terrific location. A five minute walk to the center of Bath, but away from pubs and late night venues that might generate noise. The reception staff was reasonably friendly but seemed overworked. Our room was on the top floor and very quiet with a nice view of the hills surrounding Bath and the Cricket/Rugby grounds behind the hotel. We found limited closet and drawer space. The furnishings in our room showed quite a bit of wear but were comfortable and the bed was large. Our room had a bit of a musty smell that made us sneeze, and no AC so we left the windows open to get fresh air. Clean bathroom, good hot water and pressure but configuration of the shower door/curtain threw water all over the floor which we had to wipe up. Freestanding sink with no countertop for your accessories, and separate hot and cold faucets. Nice fluffy towels replaced each day. No minibar but two bottles of water and wine glasses left for guests to use. Tiny tv. Newly renovated restaurant and bar are very pleasant and clean. Lovely outdoor seating area. Very friendly restaurant staff. Excellent breakfast.
Gorgeous hotel in perfect location
Really lovely hotel which is in a perfect location being on one of Bath's most elegant streets, which although is only a five minute walk to the centre of Bath, is also v peaceful. Our bedroom was really nice with a gorgeous bathroom & huge bath (v apt)! Staff were very friendly and did their utmost to accommodate our needs.
Chilled out in Dukes
My wife and I only found this hotel following a look at Trip Advisor. The hotel itself is in fantastic surroundings on a wide Georgian style street and is very stylish. We arrived rather early, just past noon, but were given keys to our room straightaway and also enjoyed a noon checkout on departure. We stayed in the Beaufort room suite which was excellent - a lovely big bed, fantastically warm duvet, complete with fluffy towels and dressing gowns and a large TV. Overall we'd thoroughly recommend this hotel as there was little to fault with it - our only minor negative point would be the absence of cupboard space for hanging clothes; no real problem for a weekend visit but may not be sufficient for a longer stay. A great choice for a chill-out weekend.
My boyfriend and I wanted a weekend away and booked Dukes Hotel at the last minute. We were more than impressed - the location of the hotel is excellent - just a couple of minutes walk from the shops, parking was not a problem as the hotel provided us with a parking permit for the weekend and breakfast was fantastic. The staff in the hotel were friendly and the service was brilliant - any requests we had were met quickly without any bother.
We stayed on the top floor - which is quite a trek (about 70 stairs) but the receptionist did warn us about this when booking.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a relaxing weekend away at a welcoming and friendly hotel.
Really very good
Really lovely hotel in a great location. No problem with parking, and once you are parked, there is no need to move the car. The room was one of the nicest we have ever been in - comfy bed and lovely large bathroom with huge fluffy bath towels. Really quiet location, and great breakfast. We booked through lastminute.com and got a bargain, but on reflection the full price is still well worth it for the quality. We will definitely return.
Fantastic hotel, location and service!
My boyfriend and I spent our 2nd anniversary at the Dukes Hotel in Bath and had a wonderful time.
The hotel is in a superb location situated just a 5 minute stroll from all of the main sites of interest, shops, bars and restaurants of Bath.
It is a stunning town house hotel internally and externally - well maintained, lots of characther and excellent service.
Although the hotel did not offer lunch or dinner in their restaurant this was not a problem as there is such a choice of restaurants so close by. The hotel restaurant was open for breakfast which offered all of the usual full English breakfast trimmings!
I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for a place in Bath.
We found the Dukes hotel quite by accident when we were visiting Great Pulteney Street, which is one of the most famous streets in Europe, and well worth a visit.
The hotel was great, with top class furnishings, and really spacious suite rooms. The service was unobtrusive and every request was dealt with promptly and efficiently. The location is great, right in the centre of Bath and within walking distance of all the sights. Parking was a problem on the Saturday, but the staff were helpful in finding permit parking on a nearby street.
My husband and i spent a very relaxing weekend at this lovely town house hotel.The location was exellent being 5 minutes walk from the centre yet a pocket of peace and tranquility. The bed was the most comfortable i had ever slept in.i wish i could have taken it home. The only noise was the cooing of the pigeons.The roomwas spacios with lovely furniture and decoration. The breakfast was satisfactory but the fact that we had to keep asking for a coffee refill was annoying. The evening meal was good but the dining room lacked atmosphere with only us and one other couple dining and,during our meal, the waitresses started clearing the spare tables and setting them for breakfast which did little to improve the ambience.Staff were very friendly
Une oasis de tranquillité
Mon époux et moi avons passé un week-end très reposant dans cette ravissante maison bourgeoise transformée en hôtel. L'emplacement est excellent, à 5 minutes à pied du centre mais dans une oasis de paix et de tranquillité. Je n'ai jamais trouvé de lit plus confortable que celui où j'ai dormi et j'aurais aimé l'emporter avec moi à la maison. Le seul bruit qui parvenait à nous était le roucoulement des pigeons. La chambre était spacieuse, meublée et décorée à la perfection. Le petit déjeuner n'était pas mal mais nous n'avons pas apprécié d'avoir à demander qu'on nous resserve du café. Le dîner était bon mais la salle du restaurant un peu triste du fait qu'à l'exception d'un autre couple nous étions les seuls clients et que les serveuses ont commencé à desservir les autres tables et à disposer les couverts pour le petit déjeuner du lendemain, ce qui n'a pas arrangé les choses. Le personnel était très amical.