Last weekend James and I spent a little over twenty four hours in Bath. We both went to university in Bristol, so we know the city quite well, as it is just ten minutes down the road. We both visited a number of times while at uni, and I hosted my friend Kate's hen do in the city, so we've both done most of the touristy stuff. That meant it was perfect for us to spend a couple of days relaxing, without feeling like we had to rush around and see everything in that time.
So we pottered around, enjoying the sunshine, went to ahem Pizza Express for lunch (not very adventurous! And disappointingly they only had Suffolk cider, no westcountry.), and then saw some friends in the evening, and that was about it!
We stayed at the Francis Hotel courtesy of Mercure, and it was so luxurious we basically didn't want to leave our room! I had been to the hotel before, for afternoon tea at Kate's Hen Do (which was amazing, I definitely recommend if you want afternoon tea in Bath.), so I knew the common areas were an amazing mix of regency and modern. The rooms turned out to be every bit as good! It was a little slow checking in, as they let you stay until midday before checking out, so it felt like they didn't quite have time to turn the rooms around for the next guests, but it just meant we went for a bit of a walk around town while waiting.
The bed was epic - huge and comfortable, like a cloud, and there was a nespresso machine in the room, which admittedly we accidentally caused a coffee flood with, but the thought was good! I loved the little touches, like the fact there was a painting of Bath on the ceiling over the bed, to gaze up at when you were lying down.
On Sunday morning we both had a ridiculously huge breakfast in their gorgeous sunlit breakfast room, and sat and read the papers with coffee. It was a perfect Birthday weekend.