ONCE UPON A TIME IN BATH
A destination in itself, Francis Hotel is a magnificent example of Georgian architecture in the heart of Bath, a World Heritage Site, home to a myriad of attractions to be discovered, from the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent to the Jane Austen Centre.
The Francis Hotel is immersed in the heart of a World Heritage Site. On arrival, you will be met by Regency opulence, a friendly team and have the opportunity to indulge Classic French cuisine in our very own Brasserie Blanc.
We all look forward to welcoming you.
Olivier Croso, Hotel Manager
No colour says Bath quite like aqua. What’s more, the blue tint of this Roman and Georgian glassware displayed at the Francis Hotel reflects the healing minerals used in many of the city’s spas.
First opened as Townhouses and later used as a boarding house in 1858 at No 10 Queen Square by local builder Soloman Francis. It was later re-opened with much celebration as the Francis Private Hotel in 1884, following its expansion throughout No 6 to No 11. Mrs Emily Francis, widow of Soloman Francis, was able to expand her business; progressively taking over residences until May 1884 when seven of the adjacent houses were opened with much celebration as Francis Private Hotel.
In 1942, during WWII, part of the property’s original frontage was destroyed by a 500kg bomb in the Bath Blitz. Despite the devastation, our historic hotel was restored to its former 18th century glory.
It was John Wood the Elder, creator of Bath’s many prestigious buildings, who designed Francis Hotel’s now Grade I listed building from 1728 to 1735.
As it can be seen across his celebrated designs, he had a passion for classical architecture, apparent from our seamlessly interconnected townhouses that make up the Francis Hotel today.
In 2012, the Francis Hotel enjoyed an extensive restoration that has since transformed the building into a unique Regency-inspired townhouse hotel, combining 21st century elegance with all the splendour of its historic past.
During your stay with us at the Francis Hotel, you are invited to celebrate the power scent has over our memories.
Discover our bespoke scent, which includes essences of jasmine and patchouli, that have been blended to represent our hotel’s rich heritage.
Exceptional hospitality is to be expected at the Francis Hotel, where you will be looked after by our dedicated team.
Our vast experience providing excellent customer service is something our talented team take in their stride, allowing for guests to enjoy a welcoming and relaxed stay where they can relive our history and create memorable moments of their very own.