No. 15 Great Pulteney

Bristol, Bath & Somerset, United Kingdom Book from Book from £167 per night

A flamboyant, curio-filled boutique hotel in the heart of Bath, with cocktail bar, great little spa, cafe-restaurant and 40 designer-crafted rooms
On this grand Georgian Avenue which links the iconic Pulteney Bridge with the gorgeous Holburne museum, the old Carfax hotel and has been re-imagined to within an inch of its life. Instead of art on the walls, you'll find collections - of wind instruments, vintage cameras, ceramic frogs, stiletto heels, you name it. Instead of a reception desk, a giant dolls' house holds the room keys; another doll's house in our suite housed teapot, cups and coffee capsules. Packed with curious curios, this is Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Jane-Austen.

In the buzzing bar, 36 cocktails - from classic to crazy - are printed on playing cards: a round of rummy to decide your poison? Downstairs, the all-day café is lined with old glass apothecary bottles labelled Tartaric Acid or Tincture of Iodine (mercifully, our eggs Florentine showed no traces of either). Upstairs, extending Tardis-like over 6 floors and 3 merged townhouses, are 40 bedrooms and suites. All are different; some with an artist's bold imprint, others with a deliberately faded aura of Georgian grandeur. In the vaulted basement - the final piece of this colourful jigsaw - is a brilliant little spa, with hot tub and sauna in oversized barrels, and 4 equally quirky treatment rooms. A delightfully zany oddity in the heart of handsome, historic Bath.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.


  • Smiley young staff keep the mood light and the fantasy intact
  • A guest 'larder' offers free soft drinks, snacks and ice cream - a nice touch
  • Beds are supremely comfy, with downy duvets and Hypnos mattresses - you'll dream deeply
  • Some rooms have free-standing bathtubs for sociable soaking
  • We enjoyed having a spa in the building - much classier than queuing up for the public Thermae Spa, and great massages too


  • Top-floor Artists' Rooms are compact (but fine for 1-2 nights)
  • On busy dates, the larger rooms can get pricey
  • Parking is limited, as you'd expect in Bath
  • The Insta-friendly styling won't be everyone's cup of tea; some have called it gimmicky, but we found it generally witty and uplifting

Best time to go

Bath buzzes with life all year round. Come in spring or summer for flowering parks and riverside picnics, or in November - early December for the renowned Christmas markets. Annual events worth catching include the Literature Festival in March, the Comedy Festival in April, the International Music Festival in May, and the Jane Austen Festival in September.

Our top tips

Do sample one of the 'cocktails for the curious' in the hotel's buzzing bar. They range from champagne-based classics to a herbilicious Gin Mare with rosemary, pomegranate, sage and basil tonic: you won't run out of ideas. And if hunger strikes, you'll find free snacks, soft drinks and ice creams in the hotel 'larder'.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 40
  • Restaurant (closed Mon) and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The 40 eclectically designed rooms vary from 'cosy' top-floor boltholes to sumptuous suites with high ceilings, free-standing bathtubs and tall windows over Great Pulteney Street. Where you pick on the scale will depend on budget and availability, as well as your taste in styling.

We liked the restrained elegance of the Henrietta Rooms, with their khaki palette, cut-glass chandeliers and playful stencils; patches of deliberately unplastered wall "tell the building's story". A touch grander are the Pulteney Rooms, with bold artworks and extra sitting area (whose sofa can be made up as a bed). Playful plexiglass furniture - some of it displaying collections of sparkling jewellery or figurines - comes from designer Martin Hulbert, ex Dorchester. And in the huge, garden-level Hideout, half the space is a private marble mini-spa, with 3-foot-deep hot tub and a glassed-in steam room.

At the other end of the scale, Small Guest Rooms boast colourful murals by emerging local artists, to add pizzazz to these low-ceilinged top-floor rooms. There's a shuttered window looking over the rooftops, a shower cubicle in the bathroom and a few clothes hooks - fine for a couple on a 1- or 2-night break. In between come the Guest Rooms, 5 of them in a separate coach house across the rear courtyard. Some have in-room bathtubs (if you're travelling with a less-than-intimate friend, take note), or mood lighting in a hue of your choice (a little gimmicky); others get striking patterned wallpapers by Rossiters of Bath, or marbled bathrooms, or copper basins.

All rooms have a pillow menu, superb Hypnos mattress (generally kingsize), toasty duck-down duvets, and Dyson hairdryers, as well as Sky TV and superfast WiFi.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


A generous continental breakfast, with additional cooked options, is served in the hotel's restaurant at compact tables overlooked by walls of coloured glass apothecary bottles. The effect is striking (and a little alarming, when sitting face to face with a Tartaric Acid label), but we're happy to report that both service and food are friendly and healthy. Superior touches include silver cutlery, loose leaf teas, Bircher muesli, Bonne Maman jams in white ramekins, plus a bottle of bubbly if you can't wait till happy hour.

For lunch and dinner, Bath abounds with brilliant eateries - over 30 within 15 minutes' walk. Staff recommendations include Sotto Sotto (Italian), Cau (for steak), Porter (upscale British), The Mint Room (veggie) and Acorn (veggie). If you're feeling lazy, or arriving late, you could do a lot worse than book a table at the hotel's The Dispensary, which serves an all-day menu of 'honest, vibrant seasonal dishes'. We sampled soft and creamy scallops, wild mushroom soup, ribeye steak and a rack of lamb - all fine, with some minor lapses which should be rectified with the arrival of a new chef (we will be checking it out soon, so watch this space!).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • You're in the heart of Bath's handsome Georgian centre, surrounded by stately mansions, grand curving arcades, soaring churches (including the fan-vaulted Gothic Abbey), and the Roman Baths which gave the city its name
  • The city also excels for retail therapy: we love the bohemian outlets of Walcot St (try the Fine Cheese Co and Avenida homewares), the Victoriana of the Guildhall Market, and the brilliantly bespoke bookshop, Topping & Company
  • Just along Great Pulteney St is the superb Holburne Museum: small but packed with eclectic portraits, maiolica, sculptures, silver and china, plus a cafe and leafy gardens outside
  • Do sample the hotel's excellent spa: our 60-minute body and neck massage was expertly delivered; or you can just book a hot tub and sauna session. Alternatively, the city's Thermae Spa offers multiple steam rooms and a rooftop pool, but can get crowded

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Theatre and live music
    • Well being
    • Wine tasting


Children of all ages are welcome, though this is more of a grown-up retreat. The lift is handy for parents with a pushchair.

Family friendly accommodation:

Larger Guest rooms and suites have a sofa which can pull out into a narrow double bed. All Guest rooms and larger can fit a cot.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chair

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:


No. 15 Great Pulteney is in the historic city of Bath, midway between Pulteney Bridge and the Holburne Museum, and in easy walking distance of the Abbey, Roman Baths and other key sites.

By Air:
Bristol (32km) has limited flights from UK and Europe; otherwise try London Heathrow (165km). From Bristol airport you can take a taxi or bus to Bath; from Heathrow we recommend the train from Central London.

By Train:
Bath has good rail links from London Paddington and from the southwest. From the station, it's a short taxi ride or a 10-min walk.

By Car:
The hotel has a few off-road parking spots and some on-road permits - book ahead.

Detailed directions will be provided when you confirm a booking through

More on getting to the UK and getting around


  • Bristol 32.0 km BRS
  • London Heathrow 165.0 km LHR


  • Beach 55.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We all loved No 15 Poultney. The room was fine. The bathroom was terrific and so well thought out. We had a delicious breakfast which was quick and fresh. The best was the staff; they were all outstanding and happy and helpful. I felt it was value for money.


We had a fantastic time at this quirky yet unpretentious hotel. They admitted they were short staffed during dinner and gave us a complimentary drink each to make up for that, which was great, but we noticed that throughout our stay it did seem that there weren't enough staff to cope. I had a long wait at reception whilst waiting to check out, and there was only one therapist on duty at the spa too. Service was however excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.


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