Francis Hotel Bath, MGallery Collection
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Today we woke to fog, fog, fog, which didn't clear until 2pm and we had a little sun peep. It has not been cold however. We posted 5 kilos of "stuff" back to Hoppers this morning - admittedly the heavy portion of that was binoculars. Paul and I have spent most of the day around the city precinct, walking and riding the hop on hop off bus. Bath has a population of ...
Off to check Cardiff out. Another city.
Onto Bath - wandered around. Used the park and ride, which are common around here since the cities are congested because of the narrow 1800 streets. Definitely the best way to discover what cities are all about is (a) find the information centre and (b) ride the on ...
... first time I have driven in about a month and a half, so I was really looking forward with it. Sadly I was saddled with a gutless Vauxhall of some variety which didn’t exactly inspire driving pleasure. Nonetheless we drove some nice roads through the countryside (in which I do not include the hideous M4 motorway) to Blenheim Palace. This is famous as the birthplace and childhood home of Winston Churchill and home to the current Duke ...
... days before their departure) it appears that a train reservation is enough to obtain the Visa, along with a complete itinerary of my stay. Sorting this will be my number one priority on Monday morning. I already have a quote for Ulaanbaatar to Beijing by train for £180. Not cheap but a necessary evil with just days to go to get this sorted. On the plus side it looks as if I will be in Tibet on Christmas Day. Looks as if it will certainly be a white Christmas for ...
In the morning we walked around the beautiful city of Bath and then headed off on our very long road trip to Edinburgh to stay with our old friend Alistair. We drove to Gloucester then Birmingham and onto Nottingham. It was going to be a long days drive passing Sheffield and Leeds and York finally stopping ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Francis Hotel Bath, MGallery Collection
The Francis hotel
Well what can i say -------excellent
After reading some of the other reviews i was aprehensive of my stay, but i can say this was a lovely weekend stay at this hotel.
I found all the staff helpful and kind , we stayed in the old annexe and found the room clean and adequate with an excellent shower.
We cannot comment on the evening meal as we did not partake in this but the breakfeast was excellent.
We awoke to a crisp frosty morning and found one of the porters going around all the cars de- icing all the windscreens for the customers.
I have stayed in 5 star hotels that dont offer that type of service.
i recommend a stay at this hotel for its location, and the service they offer -- excellent
Deeply disappointing. We stayed here for three nights of our honeymoon in October 2004, and really regretted it.
Everything that is wrong with English hotels in one property. Expensive, poor value for money, characterless rooms, barn of a restaurant and a bar with all the atmosphere of a Burger King.
My girlfriend and I stayed at this hotel for a night in February 2004.
We stayed at the Francis in Dec '02 for a weekend break and loved it.The location is great, only a few mins walk from the center and the baths.We stayed in one of the four poster rooms based on the advice from a previous review posted here. the room was lovely, plenty of room to move, storage room and the bathroom was complete with bath and power shower, which once youd worked out the temerature control was great!The staff at the hotel were friendly. we came back to the hotel for drinks fter last orders a few nights and they were only to pleased to help (possibly due to the amount of profit they were making on drinks, - shocked that 2 x Baileys came to Â£18!!!!) and when blocked in in the car park resolved the problem within minutes.the car park was round the back of the hotel on a one way street, which took some menouvering, but plenty of room and access to the hotel through a door at the back.Overall, we had a great time at the Francis and would seriously consider going again in the future!
Great hotel, service poor, some TLC needed in rooms
The Hotel is ideally situated, very cosy and impressive but attention to detail is missing. Our room for instance had dirty/old curtains and some of the paint was peeling off in the bathroom.....some of the staff lacked experience.....got the feeling they hadn't been trained properly..........
My husband and I stayed at the Francis Hotel Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Good location on a quiet street within close walking distance to the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey and all shopping and restaurants. We arrived mid-morning and the front desk was friendly and able to check us into our room early. Rooms are quiet and spacious, but bathrooms are small.
The Francis is a great hotel in the center of Bath. We stayed there November 14-16, 2003. The Francis is on Queens Square, a very desirable location right in the middle of Bath and within walking distance to all of the local attactions. O'Neils Pub is right around the corner to fortify you on your walk to the Abbey, river and the Roman Baths. If you love medieval towns this is the place for you. The rooms are quiet, clean, pleasant and include sundries, with the exception of conditioner, and washclothes, not often provided in the UK. The staff was friendly and eager to help. All of the attractions are within walking distance. We did get taken by the taxi driver on the way from the train depot, $13.80 to the hotel and only $3.80 from the hotel to the train depot (perhaps they were eager to get rid of us?). Pizza Express is around the corner, great food at reasonable prices. A three star hotel, but in actuality a four!!! We scored this hotel on Priceline for $80 USD per night including all taxes, what a great deal in the UK.
The Francis is regarded as a luxury hotel on many websites. The exterior fronting Queens Square looks impressive in one of Bath's nicest squares and is a great location for exploring the UK's most accesible and interesting city. However, our room was extremely small and extremely hot this summer. The bathroom was the nicest part of the room and completely updated. Given the age and history of the building, I would have been willing to excuse the small rooms as a fact of life during more humble times; however, luxury service did not accompany our accomodation either. Beyond our free bottle of wine provided by booking on the Macdonald website, no other service or ammenity is notable. Even our newspaper-- which was promised by the front desk-- was not delivered both days of our stay even after multiple reminders. That said, The Francis remains a suitable option if you get a good deal and can't stay at the Royal Crescent.
Good location but be careful
I liked the location of this hotel. Be careful to request a 4 poster bedroom, the others are small and seriously need updating. the restaurant has good food. Using their parking was a mistake as my rental car was returned to me with the front passenger corner smashed.
No one told me about it and I didn't even see it until I returned the car later that day at Heathrow.