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Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel
Ranked #17 of 34 Hotels in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 30, 2012

I recently had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Francis mcgallery hotel bath, on arrival we were greeted promptly and advised that our request for a room with a bath an shower had been accommodated. the hotel was eccletic and boutique in design, we had a steak sandwich on arrival which was beautiful to keep us going until our meal at casini's later that evening. Our room faced the hotel front and we had a great view of the obalisque in the square, we were later to find out the history behind it and bath by our tour guide Susan who was very interesting and informative. We dined at casini's which was very nice food and also at Tilleys which for me was just more of a cafe rather than a restaurant not the best food . Overall loved bath and hotel would go back for a visit

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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FrancisBath, Interim General Manager at Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

Thank you for sending in such a constructive review following your stay in Bath, which will be useful for anyone planning a first visit to Bath. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and your time in Bath and hope you will be back to see more soon.
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

We have been visiting the hotel for the past 19 years and, after the expensive renovation, expected more!

The first room we stayed in was on the 3rd floor. It was small and the floor was very uneven so much so that items placed on the bedside table would slide off! A ledge round the table is required. The new deep baths are welcome however there was no handle to assist in getting out! The bath hot tap was loose and almost came off in my hand! The hot water was not particularly hot and no cold water was required in the bath. It took us a while to find the room temperature control which was "hidden" behind one of the bedside lights. Two trays with dishes and food remnants remained in the corridor overnight.

The breakfast room is rather cramped and the 2 seat tables are simply too small for all the dishes. We quickly moved to a 4 seat table. The breakfast room is going to be difficult and uncomfortable if the hotel is full. The cooked breakfast was also not to a high standard.The food was bland and on 2 of the 3 mornings we were there the service in the breakfast room was very poor. My wife had to go into the kitchen to order toast!

After the first night we were moved to a larger room on the 1st floor however this room had no shelves or drawers for our clothes. We were obliged to live out of our suitcases. After many attempts we did manage to operate the new coffee machine! The bathroom requires an extractor fan as there are condensation problems.

The new bar area was very comfortable and the service both there and on reception was excellent. The original restaurant is now franchised to Raymond Blanc and nothing to do with the hotel. It is first class..

This was not a good experience however I was impressed that the manager was interested and concerned to hear our criticisms.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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FrancisBath, General Manager at Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2013

I am sorry that on this occasion you were disappointed with your stay with us. I would be interested to know which room it was that you had stayed in on the 3rd floor as we had thought that the floor ‘irregularities’ had all been evened out during the refurbishment. The designer is in the process of arranging shelving to be put into all the rooms that didn’t originally have it. If you have 5 minutes could you either call me on 01225 424105 or email me on h6636-gm@accor.com.

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John Willcock

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

This hotel has had a £6 million renovation since our last stay and really is beautiful inside. Clean, modern and sophisticated with friendly staff. There is also parking which you often don't get in Bath. Room service is expensive as they charge £5 even if you only want a drink! But overall I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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FrancisBath, Interim General Manager at Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay; thank you for your recommendations. I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to the Francis Hotel Bath soon.

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Nicholas Bees

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Very satisfactory in terms of overall comfort with much improved and now excellent service compared with previously. Decor and desk in the reception area - not sure what they were thinking but maybe just a matter of taste. Biggest downsides - very limited storage in the rooms - no drawers at all (ours was a superior room); no preferential booking arrangements for hotel residents for the new 'associated' Le Blanc Brasserie so effectively there was no hotel dining room for dinner. You need to book this directly with the restaurant several weeks ahead otherwise you get a 5.00pm or 10.00pm slot for dining!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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FrancisBath, Interim General Manager at Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

I am delighted that you were comfortable in the hotel. The shelving in the rooms is being actioned right now following similar feedback from previous guests. Brasserie Blanc is proving to be very popular- I do hope you managed to book a table. Bath is full of very good restaurants with several excellent independent restaurants located close by; you would never starve in Bath!

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Nicholas Bees

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Stayed for for the weekend whilst celebrating a friend's 60th. A bit surprised to be given a ground floor disabled room, which we hadn't booked. The new look makeover has apparently led to there being no cupboards or drawer space in the rooms. Rather strange, as the only other place to put clothes was a very small hanging rail. Apparently the hotel is trying to avoid "clutter" in the rooms. Maybe old fashioned, but visitors usually bring clothes. Breakfast hard to eat when sitting at such tiny cluttered tables. Service was poor and slow. Car park good, reception helpful, wallpaper rather garish - in my view. Have stayed here before refurbishment, and was a little dissappointed this time.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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FrancisBath, Interim General Manager at Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

Thank you very much for sending in your review following your stay at the Francis Hotel. I am sorry that you were disappointed with your room and the décor in the Hotel when you came to stay with us. The shelving in the rooms is being actioned right now following similar feedback from previous guests. It is always very constructive to receive feedback. I do hope you will return to us at some time in the future.

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

This hotel has an excellewnt location right on Queens Square and has recently undergone a major refurb. The public areas are now very classy, warm and welcoming and this is now an excellent place to grab a morning coffee or afternoon tea away from the nearby hustle and bustle of Bath

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FrancisBath, Interim General Manager at Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

We are delighted that you like the refurbishment. Thank you for all your positive comments and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Nicholas Bees

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Love this Hotel ,its location is perfect just tucked away in a little square just off of the high street.Room although not large was very stylish and had everything you needed bathrobes,bottled water etc.The staff were friendly and helpful .The hot breakfast was cooked fresh for you after you had helped yourself to the lovely fresh fruit and danish pastries .The very best thing about the Francis was the cosy warm feeling you got sitting in the comfortable armchairs in the very stylish suroundings of this lovely hotel.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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FrancisBath, Interim General Manager at Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

We are indeed perfectly located right in the heart of the city. Thank you for all your positive comments following your stay with us; I know the team will be most motivated to read your feedback. I do hope we can be of service to you again very soon.

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Additional Information about Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel

Address: Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HH, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Bath
Price Range: $130 - $288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel 4*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the historic city of Bath, this historic Regency style 4 star townhouse hotel, a member of the MGallery collection boasts 98 individually designed bedrooms, many with four poster beds and views over the city. Our stylish bar and lounge offers a haven of tranquility after a day exploring the many attractions of this world heritage city. Enjoy dining in Brasserie Blanc which adjoins the hotel. ... more   less 
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