lift, bar, restaurant, private dining area, function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, terrace (alfresco meals and drinks).
all day in bar.
all ages welcomed.
all major cards.
 per room B&B from £190, D,B&B from £250. À la carte £45. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Slap bang in the centre, Christa and Ian Taylor’s ‘ambitious’ city hotel has much to like: ‘cheery’ staff, stylishly refurbished bedrooms, a ‘lively’ bar and a ‘smart’, much-praised restaurant. ‘It’s got flair to spare,’ says a Guide inspector in 2016. The Taylors have made many improvements since taking over the once-outmoded hotel; today, it’s appreciably modern, its public areas bright with ‘varied, interesting art’. ‘The staff are an asset: upbeat, super-friendly, helpful.’ The hotel occupies a conversion of three Georgian town houses; bedrooms are ‘reached via hallways and various flights of stairs’. ‘My standard room overlooking a quiet cobblestoned lane had a comfy bed with excellent directional bedside lights, glossy magazines, posh toiletries, an iPad loaded with local information.’ Upgrading continues; in the meantime, ask for a ‘properly “boutique”’ refurbished room. ‘Ours, on the top floor, was spacious and spotless, with lovely fixtures. A caveat: it faced the road, and we could hear the Saturday-night revellers.’ Wake to an ‘exemplary’ breakfast in the ‘jolly’ restaurant: ‘restorative home-made smoothies’, ‘a fine buffet with pastries piled high’; ‘pillowy pancakes, local bacon’. (Susan Duffy, and others)