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Harington's Hotel, Bath
Harington's is an enjoyably quirky little hotel. It takes its name from Sir John Harington - a godson of Queen Elizabeth I - who owned the land where the hotel stands and is famed for inventing the first flushing toilet! The three interconnected Georgian buildings have lots of natural character, and the 13 cosy and well-equipped bedrooms and public areas are decorated with idiosyncratic flourishes. For example, a wall in one of the bedrooms is covered with a bold feature wallpaper featuring birds, butterflies and flowers. Other selling points include a hot tub on a patio courtyard (bookable for private use), excellent breakfasts, a well-stocked, help-yourself bar and the superb location, on a picturesque cobbled street right in the centre of Bath.
Located in the centre of the city and nestled on a cobblestone lane that's a strong contender for the most photogenic thoroughfare in Bath. With a pub and cocktail bar across the street, expect some night-time noise. The popular Canary Gin Bar is just down the street, whilst The Raven, one of Bath's best pubs, is opposite the hotel.
The main sights are all within strolling distance, and the train station is around a ten-minute walk away.
By car: 40 minutes from Bristol, just over an hour from Cardiff and 1 hour 30 minutes from Reading. There is limited on-site parking, at £14 per day.
By train: Bath Spa station is just 10 minutes away by foot, serviced by Great Western Railway with links to Gloucester (1 hour 20 minutes), Bristol Temple Meads (11 minutes) and London Paddington (1 hour 20 minutes). Book trains to Bath Spa.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Watch the world go by from the lounge windows onto Queen Street and from the strategically positioned tables in the breakfast room. Harington's is perfect for those seeking a hub in the heart of Bath, with bars, restaurants and shops on the doorstep.
Staff are keen to please and owners Peter and Melissa O'Sullivan run the hotel with lots of enthusiasm. Though Harington's is smaller than many of Bath's bed and breakfasts, it has more facilities, along with a reception that is manned for long hours (until 11 pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends).
- Hot tub/jacuzzi
- Pet friendly
- Parking (£14 per day)
- Free Wi-Fi
Featuring playful décor, the 13 bedrooms showcase boldly patterned wallpaper and quirky elements like a unicorn in one of the rooms. For those seeking more space, consider booking a neighbouring apartment through Dream Stays Bath (dreamstaysbath.co.uk), which shares the same ownership.
Room types: Standard/ Superior/ Feature Double Rooms, Large Superior Double/ Twin/ Triple, Feature Queen Double rooms
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with shower or bath, TV, DAB radio, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
Breakfast is excellent, with a choice of loose-leaf teas, freshly squeezed orange juice and ground coffee, house-made smoothies, porridge, pastries and a wide choice of cooked dishes served in a jolly two-part dining area on the ground floor. The Veggie Breakfast - a non-meat sausage, hash browns, mushrooms, tomato and eggs however you want them - is very popular.
Harry's Kitchen: currently serving breakfast only, continental or cooked options. Open daily.