Review: Hotel Indigo Bath

Indigo Hotel Bath
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There are lots of reasons to visit Bath. Fabulous Georgian architecture, the Roman Baths, and lots of green space. And that’s just for a start. There is far more to see and do than you could cram into one day, and the Hotel Indigo Bath, a lovely boutique hotel with a central location, makes an ideal base for a short break in the city.

Disclosure: The Hotel Indigo Bath provided a complimentary stay for myself and my husband in return for coverage on this site.

Classic Georgian Architecture

The first thing you notice about the Hotel Indigo Bath is the classic Georgian architecture. Opened in 2020, it incorporates twelve separate townhouses and two former hotels, retaining many of the original features (I have never stayed in a hotel with so many staircases!). Plaques around the outside attest to an impressive array of former residents, including William Wilberforce and Sir Walter Scott.

Hotel room at the Hotel Indigo Bath. It has vaulted stone walls and comfortable furnishings, with large pictures of playing cards on the wall
The hotel uses the original features of the buildings – here a room is built into the vaults

The quirks of the Georgian buildings have become a feature of the hotel. As was common in Bath at the time, the road was built far above ground level, with the result that the houses had “double basements” beneath the road. If you look closely on the lower level you can still see the subterranean passage once used by traders delivering goods to the servants “below stairs”. 

Locally Themed Rooms

The Indigo Hotel Bath has 166 rooms, based around local themes. Recalling some 18th century preoccupations, there are Romance and Mischief, Architectural Beauty and Literary Hideaways. The lowest level leads out to the Garden Rooms, and the newest addition is the Vaults, stunning rooms with exposed brickwork and stone ceilings, created from the historic vaults beneath the hotel.

Hotel room with a bed with red headboard and white sheets and pillows. On the wall are several portraits with the faces covered with splodges of paint
I stayed in a Romance and Mischief room

I stayed in a “Romance and Mischief” room. As I have come to expect from the Indigo brand, the decor was distinctively quirky, with playing-card themed furniture, and portraits with the faces painted over (obviously to disguise the mischief…). It was also very comfortable, with plenty of space and a table, chairs and a chaise longue. There was a complimentary minibar and I loved the stylish spa-style bathroom.

Facilities And Accessibility

Apart from the bar and restaurant (see below) the hotel has a lounge area near the reception desk. There are also lots of quiet hidden corners where you could catch up with some work, or just sit and relax. And there is a small gym on the lower level.

Lifts go to all floors, and there are four fully accessible bedrooms. However, some rooms can only be reached via the stairs.

Eating At The Elder

Part of the hotel, The Elder restaurant and bar, is independently run and owned by restaurateur Mike Robinson, with Gavin Edney as Executive Chef. This is where breakfast is served, and hotel guests can book a table for lunch or dinner or have a drink and snack at the bar during the day and evening.

Food at the Elder Restaurant in Bath. One picture shows a dish of velouté, a creamy soup with green garnishes, and the other is a crumpet topped with melted cheese
Artichoke velouté and Sourdough crumpet with warm cheese – delicious!

The Elder is – deservedly – very popular, and you will need to book in advance. Its emphasis is upon wild food and game; non meat-eaters should ask for the separate vegetarian menu. It isn’t fast food here, but it is worth the wait. I found it all excellent, from the complimentary glass of consommé at the beginning to the sourdough crumpet with warm cheese, black garlic and crystallised rosemary at the end (it was every bit as good as it sounds).

Staying At The Indigo Hotel Bath

Room rates begin at £149 per night. There are public car parks nearby, and the hotel has a limited number of valet spaces available for pre-booking.

Have a look at these posts for some suggestions for things to do during your visit to Bath:

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