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The Halcyon – Bath, UK

Bath’s first boutique hotel is housed in a beautifully restored stone townhouse in the middle of the city and run, on behalf of the owner, by a couple who recently relocated from London. The stylish reception doubles up as a café-cum-bar and the vibe is a world away from the usual stuffy, chintzy hotels Bath has to offer. A contemporary design runs through the hotel and bathrooms are particularly nice with mock-croc tiles in the showers.  Each bedroom has a mini-dualit kettle, plus coffee, tea bags and cups and beds are high, but comfy.

SCENE:

  • A mix of local and foreign tourists, groups on girlie weekends and trendy grandparents.

FUEL:

  • Café/Bar – By day the café is bustling and serves a great breakfast (croissants, toast, cereals, crumpets, freshly squeezed orange, carrot & ginger, marmite & nutella).

PLAY:

  • Bar & terrace – By night the café turns into a bar and in good weather, the wide terrace in front of the hotel is perfect for a sunny open-air breakfast or nightcap. 

CONTACT DETAILS:

VISIT DATE:

  • 26 – 27 June 2010

WEATHER:

  • Hot, sunny, clear blue skies, 26°C.

ACCESS:

  • Less than a two-year train journey from London’s Paddington.

TOP TIPS:

  • Best views are from rooms at the front of the building, looking out towards the Somerset countryside.  There are some fantastic deals with rooms as cheap as £85 per night during the week.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – Location is fantastic; service with a smile; contemporary décor; sunny outside terrace.
  • The Bad – Windows open on a hot, summer’s night can mean noise for rooms at the front overlooking the outside terrace and the bar; rooms are very compact; showers are stylish but don’t allow for Georgian plumbing and trays overflow quickly.

MACARON RATING:

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