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Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)|www.thebirdbath.co.uk|
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It’s not just the name of The Bird (Bath) that’s a little bit playful – expect jazzy colours, walls crammed with art, dining in glass domes and a chalet-themed bar at this rather youthful boutique hotel.
This Bird may be housed in a stately Victorian townhouse, but you couldn’t get further from a stuffy bed and breakfast here – it’s a great bolthole for city explorers who want somewhere friendly and fun to come home to.
The ‘Dinky Double’ rooms really are very small – you’re better off booking the ‘Abbey King’ rooms which offer stunning views of Bath Abbey or even pushing the boat out with a theatrical ‘Deluxe King’ room.
The location is ideal for sightseeing. It’s just a few minutes’ walk into the centre from here – ideal for leaving your car at the hotel and exploring Bath’s charming (but fiddly to drive) Georgian streets.
Grand Great Pulteney Street and the Holbourne Museum are around the corner.
The Bird sits on the edge of Bath’s city centre, with the green expanse of Bath Rugby Club separating it from the main shopping streets.
The Bird is one of a line of lofty Victorian manors made of Bath’s iconic honey-coloured stone, but these spacious houses are just set back from the A36, which can be loud and busy at night if your room is on that side. The other side of the hotel faces towards a cricket pitch and is far more peaceful.
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