It was coming to the close of an incredible day in Bath. Bath is a beautiful city so I had been thrilled to spend some time there, excited about my Christmas present of a trip to the Thermae Bath Spa (more on this to come…) and looking forward to our meal out before returning to Bristol. However, I wasn’t quite ready for it to come to an end. Lucky for me, James had foreseen this and had booked us into a hotel as a surprise. I had no idea until we actually arrived at the hotel – I don’t know how he and his family had managed to keep it a secret!
As soon as we walked through the doors of No.15 Great Pulteney we were made to feel welcome. It was a pretty good start that it was a surprise, and then the surprise developed further when we were informed that we had been upgraded to a junior suite – words I never expected anyone to say to me! After the member of staff had got over their excitement that it had all been a surprise for me (we think she thought James was going to propose…) we were shown up to our room.
Whilst James was disappointed that we didn’t have a four-poster bed, we were both pleased with the room and enjoyed a very comfortable stay. We had access to the full Sky package (had we so wished), and the shower alone was bigger than some of the ensuites in hotels which I have stayed before.
No.15 is a new boutique hotel which only opened in December 2016. I’d describe it as luxurious, but in a quirky way. The whole hotel was full of interesting decorative touches, and even the key for our room came out of a giant doll’s house. This made it all feel a little more down to earth as often in luxurious surroundings I can feel out of place, but that wasn’t the case this time. Some of the details I particularly liked are pictured below.
My favourite thing about the hotel was the fact that they have a larder. We were told that we could help ourselves to anything from the larder as it was all complimentary. We expected it to be bottled water and biscuits, but decided we’d check it out seeing as it was there. We were amazed!
The freezer was stacked full of mini ice-cream tubs, and the fridge full of water, milk and chocolate (Maltesers, Crunchie bars, Dairy Milks…). On the side was a large bowl of fruit, different varieties of shortbread, more chocolate (slightly posher chocolate), packets of crisps and popcorn. Then there was another fridge of drinks with orange juice and some of the Fentimans range. We couldn’t believe that there was such a variety in the food, let alone that it was complimentary! Unfortunately I’m now going to be disappointed that most hotels don’t have larders… Continuing on the food theme, I can recommend the breakfast as well. We both opted for the full English, but there were a range of cooked options available as well as being able to help yourself to the continental buffet.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at No. 15 Great Pulteney and would certainly recommend looking it up if you are planning on going to Bath. I would more than happily return, and wish the team the best of luck with their new hotel!