Francis Hotel Bath, MGallery Collection
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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!
... the Tank Engine stories lived in Bath - the meaning of a wallflower...at a ball, the eligible ladies would be seated in 2 circles, the rich and/or attractive ones in the inner circle and the less attractive and/or the ones whose fathers did not have money were seated in the outer circle; as the dancing proceeded, the outer circle of chairs would be pushed further out, becoming pushed against the ...
... arriving at The Old House at Home in Burton (not actually on Castle Combe), had a drive around the area and went to Castle Combe... - a very quaint, idyllic village (hopefully the photos will show that!) Dinner back at "The Old House"...Mum had pork tenderloins, veges and mash; I had a rump steak with triple cooked chips (sounded better than they tasted). Cost = ...
... when you see a road closed sign at the bottom of a steep hill, let your fellows go charging up the hill first to see if it is in fact closed, so you have less to climb when everyone comes back down the hill." Elaine: I can t believe it's only 3 days to go. Today we stopped at Tintern Abbey, Avon Valley Railway and Wells Cathedral - a whistle stop tour of this part of the country. It has been lovely weather, which ...
... since we got here. Our first stop will be Bath Abbey but we stop on the way at TK Max and find the perfect shoes to go with my dress and it doesn't break the bank!
A convent of Nuns was started in Bath in 676, then in 976 Edgar is crowned as the first King of all England at the Abbey. The Normans laid out a huge cathedral on the site but never finished it so in 1499 the present church which is much shorter ...
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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.