Our Editor Gabriella Dyson embraces the spirit of Bridgerton with a stay at The Queensberry Hotel in Bath, Somerset.
The Queensberry Hotel in a Nutshell
Occupying a palatial Georgian townhouse on Russel Street, you can’t miss The Queensberry Hotel as it brandishes its name in beautiful stained glass above the door. Originally built for the Marquis of Queensberry, this splendid 18th-century building retains much of its traditional elegance, concealing chic and characterful interiors within. Run by husband-and-wife team Laurence and Helen Beere, the couple have succeeded in creating a luxurious place to stay that has real individuality. The Queensberry’s quiet residential setting makes it ideal for weekends spent exploring Bath and with the city’s only Michelin Star restaurant sitting pretty beneath it you couldn’t ask for a more perfect backdrop for your stay.
At The Queensberry Hotel no two rooms are the same. They offer a range of different options depending on your budget, from Classic Doubles to elegant Four Poster Suites and ‘Club Rooms’ for travellers flying solo. We stayed in one of the chic Junior Suites during our last visit – a spacious open-plan room that served as a drawing-room to the Marquis of Queensberry in its former life. These suites benefit from opulent king size beds, lofty ceilings, decorative fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over quiet Russel Street. Our particular room had a real art deco flavour with tropical bird motifs throughout and soft velvet textiles in shades of emerald and gold. Artisanal chocolates awaited us on arrival, as well as sumptuous Bath House toiletries for soaking away your stresses in the clawfoot tub.
Since The Queensberry is located smack bang in the centre of Bath, there really isn’t much point to staying indoors all day. However, should you need a break from retail therapy or milling around the museums you could always head to the lounge to relax. Prop your feet on a velvet ottoman and sit by a crackling fire or make yourself a cup of coffee and catch up on the daily papers. Come evening time, we chose to grab a pre-dinner drink in the hotel’s small but perfectly formed bar. Much like our Junior Suite, The Old Q Bar pays homage to opulent art deco design. It’s a stylish and snug affair with seating for only a handful of guests. An impressive bar dominates the room, where bottles of small batch whiskey and golden cognac sing out from the mirrored shelves. For my part, I opted for a classic espresso martini from the cocktail list but could just as easily have enjoyed one of the many wines by the glass.
Where To Eat
One of the perks to staying at The Queensberry Hotel is its easy access to the city’s myriad of eateries and bars. But with Bath’s only Michelin Star restaurant situated below the hotel you’d be foolish not to book dinner at The Olive Tree. Headed by acclaimed chef Chris Cleghorn, this award-winning restaurant serves a selection of tantalising tasting menus for all dietary requirements. The best way to enjoy The Olive Tree is by sampling the 9-course tasting menu with matching wines – but from personal experience you’d do well to remember that it’s not essential to finish every glass. During our stay, The Olive Tree’s young and knowledgable team were on hand to guide us through each course, which featured world-class plates of food like ‘Smoked Devon eel with Isle of Wight tomato and tarragon’ and ‘Cornish monkfish cooked over coals with leek, Vin Jaune and sea herbs’.
What You Need To Know
- Driving to Bath? The Queensberry offers valet parking for just £12.50/night. Simply let the hotel know you’ll need a space ahead of time and leave your keys with concierge when checking in.
- Your room should contain the hotel’s very own curated guide to Bath, offering recommendations for places to eat, drink and visit during your stay.
- It’s worth noting that there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms themselves. So, if you wake up in the morning with a craving for coffee you’ll have to don your dressing gown and head to the lounge to get your caffeine fix.
To book your stay visit: www.thequeensberry.co.uk