Our lodgings for the trip to Koffmann & Mr White’s couldn’t have been better placed – in the exact building that houses the restaurant. The Abbey Hotel sits in the shadow of the stunning Bath Abbey right in the centre of town, location box firmly ticked.
The Abbey Hotel, much like the rest of Bath, is quite an old hotel. Four star rated and with a modest reception area leading to an impressive bar area, it was looking like a promising place to stay.
Receptionists were very friendly and welcoming, our room also included breakfast in the morning to be held in Koffmann & Mr White’s restaurant – lucky us! As we squeezed into the small lift, we headed up to the second floor to check out our room.
The size of room was perfect. Situated on the quiet side away from the street, this was ideal for a good night’s sleep. A comfortable bed with generously sized pillows was also a welcome find – many of the hotel’s that we have stayed in previously supply wafers masquerading as pillows.
Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided along with a kettle. A hairdryer sits to the left of a smart dressing table and a widescreen TV with freeview channels sits pride of place on the wall.
A large bathroom complete with bath and shower is nice and spacious. A fan is also provided in the room due to the absence of air conditioning but sadly ours was broken – fortunately we were visiting in the late autumn/early winter.
We did love staying at the hotel, but due to its age, there’s a lot of creaking going on. I thought that I was going to jump in the bath and end up in reception at one point – luckily I ended up unscathed.
After a comfortable nights sleep, we headed back downstairs for breakfast. Going back into the restaurant was a pleasure, the staff were just as pleasant in the morning as they were the previous evening. A breakfast buffet featuring cereals sits alongside continental options with meats and cheeses.
We went for the cooked breakfast menu – Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs plus a Full English, yum!
I have to applaud whoever is sourcing the ingredients here at the restaurant because these breakfasts were top drawer. The sausage wasn’t a generic pork number that you get at most hotels, this was butchers stuff, as were the bacon and black pudding. Superb!
The salmon also was of a high grade and perfect with scrambled eggs. The coffee and tea went down a treat and we were all set for the day ahead.
The Abbey Hotel is an excellent choice to stay at when in Bath. Location counts for a lot and this couldn’t be better placed. The food and staff are both excellent along with comfortable rooms. We will be back!
Nearest Train Station: Bath Spa