This is a fabulous, on-the-pulse address from seasoned hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor, with a small, yet wonderfully eccentric, spa and an informal restaurant. There are light dishes, afternoon tea and cocktails (each one described on a playing card, so you can knock back negronis while playing Racing Demon) in both the ground floor Bar 15 and basement Cafe 15. But what really distinguishes this gem is its quirky looks, magnificent attention to detail and various collections of kaleidoscopes, shells, snuff bottles, jewellery, chandeliers and much, much more. Be sure to check out the Ladies and Gents – fabulous. It’s all rather spicy for Bath, in a lighthearted and playful way. Bedrooms, many designed by Martin Hulbert (and others by the Taylors themselves), are fun and romantic, while Cafe 15, done up to resemble an old apothecary, is an engaging spot for breakfast. As for stately Great Pulteney Street, it’s one of the neoclassical wonders of the Georgian city.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1225 807015; no15greatpulteney.co.uk
Tie in your stay with a Bath Rugby game at The Rec (opposite) or wander to the end of the road to see the exquisite 17th and 18th century art at the Holburne Museum. Its garden café opens onto the historic Sydney Gardens, a popular strolling spot for Georgian gentility to Jane Austen.
Anything cooked by No.15’s kitchen brigade. We’d recommend the crispy hen’s egg with Wye Valley asparagus and hazelnut hollandaise and if you’re around on Sunday, our three-course brunch is a must-try. The shakshuka, served with feta and pitta for dunking, is a signature.
A No.15 candle, to help transport you back to the wonderfully restful Martin Hulbert designed sitting rooms every time you light it.
CLAIM TO FAME
No.15 is home to over 60 chandeliers.
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