Good Hotel Guide Review
The Georgian facade of this Grade I listed building on long, wide, very grand Great Pulteney looks like something Jane Austen would recognise. Inside, though, lies not just a luxury hotel with a spa in a former coal cellar but an intriguing curiosities gallery. You get a taste of what’s to come at reception, where room keys are kept in a large doll’s house. There is something everywhere to catch the eye, from a lost-earring chandelier to collections of beaded evening bags. New owners (family-run Guest Holdings) have made one change that pleased a reader. ‘Dogs are now permitted in most bedrooms, and in Bar 15 – this has an all-day menu.’ Even the least expensive cosy doubles have bespoke artwork, a coffee machine, a larder of complimentary soft drinks and snacks, and 100 Acres toiletries. In a neo-Gothic coach house annexe, junior suites have a freestanding double bath and a rain shower. The entire contents of an antique chemist’s shop furnishes The Dispensary, where dinner brings such dishes as cod with caviar fish cream, wild mushroom and red dulse. ‘Good value and very well located.’ (Chris and Erika Savory)
15 Great Pulteney Street
40. 8 in coach house, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant open daily for breakfast, dinner, Sun brunch.
lift, lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Sky), spa (treatments, hot tub, sauna), small garden terrace, parking permits, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all day in lounge, bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms except top floor, bar, not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £189–£383. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.