Bath Chronicle

Ho­tel’s £10.1m re­vamp ‘shows con­fi­dence’ in city

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In a new hol­i­day land­scape where stay­ca­tions are the thing to do, it’s the per­fect time for a lux­ury ho­tel to open in Bath.

Af­ter £10.1 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton has opened its doors.

Lo­cated on Wal­cot Street, the ho­tel over­looks the River Avon and weir from which the ho­tel says “all of the 176 ho­tel rooms and pub­lic spa­ces” have drawn their in­spi­ra­tion.

It also boasts an “in­ti­mate Se­cret Gar­den” and a “unique or­angery” over­look­ing the river – the per­fect spot for vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence two of Bath’s favourite pas­times, tak­ing in the view and af­ter­noon tea.

To mark its trans­for­ma­tion, the ho­tel has been of­fer­ing free freshly baked cook­ies to the first 100 peo­ple who have walked through the door – and free ba­con sand­wiches and cups of tea for all lo­cal taxi drivers be­tween 7.30am and 10.30am, which ends this morn­ing.

Other ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a bar and restau­rant and a sep­a­rate cafe area with an out­door ter­race din­ing area, as well as a pri­vate gym and state-of-the-art meet­ings and events space.

Gen­eral man­ager Chris Cot­tam said: “Th­ese are ex­cit­ing times for Bath and for our staff who have been ea­gerly await­ing this ho­tel’s trans­for­ma­tion. The Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton Bath is now one of the big­gest ho­tels in the city with 176 Scandi-style rooms, pri­vate gym and an im­pres­sive meet­ings and events space that can house up to 200 peo­ple theatre-style.

“It’s clear from the con­ver­sa­tions we’re hav­ing with cus­tomers and book­ing pat­terns that more peo­ple are opt­ing to stay closer to home here within the UK and Bath is most def­i­nitely draw­ing them in. Reg­u­larly voted one of the most beau­ti­ful cities in the UK, Bath’s lit­er­ary con­nec­tions, Ro­man Baths and im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture have ap­pealed to trav­ellers for cen­turies and it con­tin­ues to do so. So, there couldn’t be a bet­ter time for the ho­tel to open its doors.”

In­terim CEO of Visit Bath Kathryn Davis said: “We are de­lighted to wel­come back the newly re­fur­bished Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton Bath. The huge in­vest­ment in the prop­erty has trans­formed the ho­tel, of­fer­ing new din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and im­proved fa­cil­i­ties ben­e­fit­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, res­i­dents and vis­i­tors stay­ing in the city. While tourism has changed short term, be­ing able to demonstrat­e this new of­fer shows con­fi­dence in Bath’s abil­ity and strength as a key des­ti­na­tion in the re­cov­ery of the UK’S vis­i­tor econ­omy.”

Al­though the ho­tel has long been nick­named “Bath’s ugli­est build­ing”, ho­tel man­age­ment will shortly be an­nounc­ing plans to re­vamp the ex­te­rior in an at­tempt to win the hearts of lo­cal res­i­dents who have long seen the ho­tel as an “eye­sore” on Bath’s more gen­teel land­scape.

Fur­ther de­tails are ex­pected to be an­nounced later this month.

 ??  ?? Chris Cot­tam and Kathryn Davies at the of­fi­cial launch of Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton in Bath
Chris Cot­tam and Kathryn Davies at the of­fi­cial launch of Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton in Bath

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