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No. 15 Great Pulteney, Bath

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

A luxury boutique hotel on Bath’s neoclassical gem, Great Pulteney Street? Amidst the surrounding Georgian beauty and charm, No. 15 Great Pulteney certainly fits the bill. What’s more, it boasts a fabulous spa, too.Set in a Grade I-listed building – formerly three Georgian townhouses and, slightly bizarrely, a Salvation Army temperance hotel – No 15 Great Pulteney opened in 2016 and has seen owners Ian and Christa Taylor put an immense amount of thought into making the place look fun and different, imaginatively blending original features with fresh, new ideas.Chandelier, 15 Great Pulteney Street, BathStep inside and the hotel is awash with quirky and idiosyncratic touches, such as the lobby chandelier made out of earrings and collections of everything from kaleidoscopes to musical instruments dotted around the place. My Pulteney Junior Suite was divine, with a grand view of the street through huge windows and thoughtful use of light and space. Facilities included a super-comfortable Hypnos bed, a dolls house (inside which was a Nespresso coffee machine and some china cups), a Dyson hairdryer and that winning a touch, a Roberts radio. The bathroom was equally impressive, with an enormous shower and bespoke washbasin. But the real eye-opener is the spa, part of which is in a former coal cellar. Small but perfectly formed, Spa 15 has individually themed treatment rooms featuring works by Bath Spa University students (one has pottery sculptures), colourful mosaic designs, a cedar wood hot tub, sauna and steam room. Drinks in the brightly themed Bar 15 are fun as the cocktail and wine list comes as a deck of cards, while dinner downstairs at Cafe 15 features a brief and rather delicious British-themed menu in a room that again has numerous design quirks, including a row of antique chemists’ cabinets. No 15 Great Pulteney makes the perfect base to explore Bath, but then again you might find it hard to tear yourself away from the hotel. • Doubles from £149

BY SIMON HORSFORD

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