Good Hotel Guide Review
The supremely elegant porticoed entrance of this Grade II listed Georgian town house is a hint that Southernhay offers a sophisticated and individual take on a city centre hotel. Owners Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard have created an elegant but unstuffy atmosphere, combining original features with sleek, modern decor. Soft Farrow & Ball colours, quirky antiques and designer furniture give a low-key luxurious feel. ‘For such a stylish hotel,’ comments our inspector, ‘the warmth was unusually welcoming.’ Bedrooms are uncluttered spaces with large sash windows overlooking gardens, hand-made beds and a mix of antique and modern furnishings. A swish new apartment is more minimalist. Bathrooms are contemporary; smaller rooms are shower only, larger ones have roll-top baths. Evenings kick off with a drink in the classy cocktail bar, recently extended with a glass pavilion. Dinner includes reliable classics such as Devon rib-eye steak as well as lighter dishes such as fresh tagliatelle with prawns. ‘Beautifully presented’ breakfasts range from eggs and field mushrooms to buttermilk pancakes and the full grill.
36 Southernhay East
12. 1 apartment in separate building.
bar, restaurant, private dining, in-room TV (Freeview), small lawn, veranda, terrace, civil wedding licence, street parking (free overnight), car parks (fee), public rooms wheelchair accessible.
in public areas.
over-14s welcomed on an adult basis.
only in garden and on terrace.
B&B doubles from £185. À la carte £38.