18th-century hotel in the Cotswolds to undergo a £13 million transformation

One of the first Georgian buildings in the city, The Francis Hotel in Bath is heading for major improvements with a £13 million transformation set to begin this summer — including a brand-new restaurant and spa.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Located in the heart of the city, The Francis Hotel is set to undergo a complete rejuvenation from July 2024.

The Francis Hotel has played host to endless guests throughout its history and its 98 bedrooms and lobby are about to get a full revamp this summer.

Built in the 18th century, the hotel was one of the first Georgian buildings built in Bath and was originally home to 18th-century architect, John Wood the Elder — who was also the inspiration behind many of the city's iconic Georgian stone properties.

Part of the Sutton Hotel Collection alongside The Queens Hotel in Cheltenham, the work on The Francis Hotel is set to begin in July 2024, with award-winning designers 3DReid being appointed to take it through a complete rejuvenation project.

As well as revamping the bedrooms, suites and lobby, the plans also include the unveiling of a brand-new restaurant and the addition of a dedicated spa — all designed to respect the hotel's Georgian heritage, while updating with modern amenities that live up to the present-day traveller's expectations.

A complete reimagining of the ground floor awaits, including the introduction of a snug that will be open to the general public during the day and become an intimate space for hotel guests in the evening.

Its new restaurant, The Townhouse Brasserie will showcase 'the finest British cuisine,' with a focus on seasonal and locally-grown produce, uniquely cooked on an open hearth in front of guests.

Cluster general manager of The Francis Hotel, Shaun Bowles, said: 'Our vision is to create something incredibly special in the heart of Bath that offers truly personalised and curated experiences to guests.

'Our location is already one of the best in the city, combine that with our fascinating history and compelling refurbishment and we will be one of the most sought-after places to stay in Bath.'

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