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Sunday, 2 July 2017

48 Hours In Bath | No.15 Great Pulteney Hotel

Luxury hotel welcome drinksDepending on how long you've been reading A Glass Of Ice, you may or may not remember my Christmastime stay in Bath last December.  I left feeling totally attached to the town and determined to return as soon as possible - and the rest, as they say, is history!  With 48 hours to play with, a fair bit of research was done beforehand to ensure the best time in Bath; this included tracking down the most gorgeous, newly-opened luxury boutique hotel, finally experiencing the Roman Baths, and pinpointing some of the most stylish spots to sit and soak up the atmosphere.


Do you ever come across a hotel with such dreamy interior design, that you can literally see yourself living there?  My favourite stay of this year so far has undoubtedly been the No.15 Great Pulteney, a newly-opened boutique hotel located at the heart of Bath.  Set in a townhouse and overlooking Great Pulteney Street, it really is the perfect way to experience the historic town!   The luxury of the Junior Suite takes it to a whooole other level, particularly if chic, neutral colour schemes are your thing (waves furiously).  Four-poster bed, tall sash windows and high white ceiling?  Yes please!
Bath Great Pulteney Street Buildings
Bath No. 15 Great Pulteney Street Hotel
Luxury boutique hotel interior design Bath
Similar to my love of historic houses filled with unusual treasures, I have a soft spot for hotels with eclectic mixes of features.  It's this sort of unexpected beauty that makes No.15 Great Pulteney very special.  Chandeliers comprising a mass of jewellery, floor-to-ceiling murals and displays of ink pots and jewellery showcased in glass tables; there's a lot to see.

Help!  I've fallen for a hotel and can't get up...    
Beautiful chandelier comprising jewellery
Bar 15 No.15 Great Pulteney Hotel Bath
Luxury Bath Bar No 15 Great Pulteney Hotel
Luxury boutique hotel bar cart
Green brooches interior designIf you're in the area and uncertain whether to commit to a stay, a drink or two at Bar 15 should help you make up your mind.  Talk about dreamy!  Staff are exceptionally friendly throughout the hotel, and be sure to ask about local attractions upon arrival, as well as picking up a parking permit.  Parking is fairly limited at the centre of Bath, and so this certainly takes the headache out of rolling your suitcase through the cobbled streets!

Psst...  I shared a few photos of breakfast via Insta Stories, though forgot to take any for my blog - oops!  My suggestion, order the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (and enjoy the warm toast and preserves brought to the table as soon as you've sat down!)
Junior Suite No.15 Great Pulteney Hotel
Burberry 4237 black and gold sunglasses
Heels - Zara Jacquard Court Shoes  |  Sunglasses - Burberry 4237 Sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop
No.15 Great Pulteney Hotel Junior Suite
Bath Hotel Junior Suite Bathroom
One morning at the chic hotel was spent wrapped in pink silk from Bonsoir of London, and the other in a babydoll-style chemise from Biba.  Can you tell I've got a thing for pretty nightwear?  There really is no better feeling than looking out of vast windows, in your fave nightwear, hot chocolate in hand (sorry, I know it's summer but ya girl can't help it).  I may be biased, but I reckon life is too short not to swan around in hotels in gorgeous nightwear!

Nightdress - Biba Chemise (currently on sale!)

No.15 Great Pulteney
15 Great Pulteney St.
Blue and black Biba chemise
Dolls House in Luxury Boutique Hotel
Blue and black lace Biba Chemise


Some popular tourist sites can at times be disappointing, I agree.  And I have to admit, it's this concern that's kept me from visiting the Roman Baths.  Big mistake, colossal mistake!  They're absolutely worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.  You can book personal guided tours in advance, or alternatively enjoy a self-guided tour via audioguide.  Part of the experience takes you outdoors, so keep the weather in mind for your visit.  Though besides the area most often photographed (and shown in this post), there's much, much more to discover.  Bottom line?  It's a special place, add it to your to-do list!  

Roman Baths
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The Roman Baths Travel Blog Review
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Untreated water at Roman Baths
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With an entry fee of just £1.50 (less for concessions), the Parade Gardens are a wonderfully inexpensive way of getting back to nature in between shopping and snacking.  Complete with views of Pulteney Bridge, Bath Abbey and the River Avon, the gardens are small but really lovely.  I spotted a photoshoot taking place in front of the floral bandstand in the centre, along with a family enjoying a picnic on the grass.  If you happen to be catching up with someone in the area or there for a date, this could make a sweet meeting place!

Parade Gardens
Grand Parade
Views of Bath Abbey from the Parade Gardens
Zara Pink Frill Ruffle Blouse Summer 2017
Blouse - Zara Frilly Blouse
Floral Bandstand at the Parade Gardens
Steps leading to the Parade Gardens in Bath


Needless to say, like most famous towns, there are tons of things to do.  Firstly, since Spring there's been an installation of umbrellas nestled into the lanes of shops (including high street regulars and more unique boutiques).  How effective they are when it's raining I have no idea, but who cares when they're this pretty?!  Speaking of pretty things, there are a few utterly beautiful follies in the eighteenth-century Sydney Pleasure Gardens.  Located at the end of Great Pulteney Street and around the back of The Holborn Museum, they make the perfect place for a morning walk, or picnic from a bench with a book/magazine in hand.  Finally, be sure to make time to pop into Bath's Fashion Museum, housed in the Assembly Rooms and brimming with inspiring styles and embellishments.  Oh, and No.1 Royal Crescent is ideal for history-lovers!  Ah, see what I mean about there being tons of things to do?  The list is endless!
Bath colourful umbrella installation
Great Pulteney Street fountain in summer at night
Sydney Pleasure Gardens in Bath travel blog


This is now my all-time favourite café in Bath, seriously.  It's just around the back of Jolly's Department Store and accessible via the street.  It's a beautifully fresh space on a hot day, and offers a variety of sweet treats including macarons and scones.  If every café opted for this kind of chic interior design, I don't think I'd ever be without a slice of cake in my mouth...

Jolly's Tea Room
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Jolly's Tea Room in Bath
Glass of Elderflower Cordial at Jolly's Tea Room
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Selection of colourful pastel macaronsI'd love to hear your thoughts on this travel diary!  Have you visited Bath before, and if so, how did you spend your time in the beautiful town?

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing ;)

  2. stunning photos! I want this macaroons!!

  3. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love Bath so much, I'm planning on moving 4 hours from my home to live there now I've finished uni. It's so easy to fall in love with it :)

    Katie //

  4. Beautiful pictures Gabrielle!!! It looks like an amazing place! Happy Sunday xx


  5. Talk about dreamy Gabrielle - your post is that jam packed with drool worthy photos that I don't even know where to begin! I went through a phase of visiting Bath 4 times in the same year but we're talking 5 years ago now....I'm definitely due a re-visit. No.15 Great Pulteney is beautiful - I don't think I've ever seen jewellery on chandeliers really works bough and the murals are so incredibly captivating! You'd definitely struggle to get me out of Jolly's Tea room :) xx

  6. Hot Chocolate is amazing no matter the season, I am all with you on that. And no, I have never been to Bath myself, but I giess I would fall for the hotel quickly as well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  7. The place you stayed looks beautiful! I live so close to Bath and it's so beautiful but I don't take advantage of it as much as I should!

    Jaynie Shannon | Beauty & Lifestyle


  8. What a lovely and comprehensive post about what to do in Bath! It's such a beautiful place, I can't wait to move in there in September. The Fashion Museum is my n.1 favourite attraction, trying on the variety of Victorian costumes is so much fun! The Roman Baths are also fascinating, and being able to drink some of the thermal water is quite an experience!

    Julia x

  9. bath bath bath - it has been on my list for ages<3 i can't wait to visit and merge into the local history.

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

  10. such a dreamy hotel....and the place is more than worthy of a visit. Thank you for showing us around. Stunning photography....and you look so cute and pretty in that pink ruffled blouse.

  11. What a gorgeous hotel. Can you still bathe at the Roman Baths?

    1. Hey Colleen! Some baths are off-limits as the water is untreated, however you can book spa sessions at the Thermae Bath Spa (mineral-rich waters of the Minerva Bath, and with open air rooftop pool).

      Gabrielle x

  12. This place is juts so gorgeous and the color of your top is one of my faves!

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  13. Bath is one of my favourite places to visit in England and your pictures are making me want to go back! Also, that hand basin is amazing!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  14. The place is amazing! The hotel looks so fantastic, I absolutely love the eccentric details like the chandelier. And that big ben clock is fantastic!
    Skeleton Weirdo

  15. Bath is definitely on my list of places I have to go to! Looks like you had an amazing time :)

    Ellen x | thatsellen

  16. Wow the interior is so unique and chic, love it so much, looked like you had such an amazing time hun :) xx

  17. I am in LOVE with that hotel's interior. I pinned a few photos as inspiration for my future bedroom! How amazing is that decor?! It looks like you had such an amazing stay, gorgeous! xx

  18. You make me want visit Bath more and more, Gabrielle!
    I remember well your beautiful pics there during Christmas period, but I didn't realize this town could be so pretty and interesting even in summer!
    And those interiors are just... wow!!!
    Great photos, dear, you look beautiful and elegant as ususal! :)

  19. So elegant place and so amazing shooting Gabrielle!!! This post is beautiful as always!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,

    Eniwhere Fashion
    5 reasons for a blazer

  20. Ooh this post has made me want to go back to Bath so much - I haven't been in years! I can see why you fell in love with the hotel so much as it looks gorgeous and I'm glad you got to see the Roman Baths. From what I remember they were great :) x

  21. Oh wow such a gorgeous hotel! Have a great start to your week Gabrielle

    Gemma x

  22. Wow your photos are stunning! The gardens look lovely x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

  23. Your stay at the hotel looks and sounds lovely! And hot chocolate in the summer sounds like my melody too honestly haha. Bath looks so pretty too! Have a lovely week babe! Xx

  24. So many great suggestions Gabrielle!! Your hotel room is so dreamy and perfect!!!
    Also the roman baths look like a very interesting spot to visit!

    Have a great week!


    Seize your Style

  25. This looks like such a lovely hotel. I will keep it in mind! Love this post and the photos are very beautiful. It Bath looks like a lovely place to visit! Thanks for sharing!
    xo Yvonne

  26. What a gorgeous place for a quick stay- and how pretty is that pink blouse on you?

    Le Stylo Rouge

  27. I loved your Christmas Bath post, and I swear I've had the strongest Bath wanderlust ever since. This post just makes it stronger! This trip looks fantastic, and the hotel looks lush!

  28. I really want to go there, it looks so princess-like! Beautiful photo and you looks adorable! Thanks for the tips!

  29. I visited Bath when I was about 16! So it's been a really long time. To be honest I don't even remember what we saw. I just remember getting a pair of shoes I loved haha. I liked this travel diary! You stay at a ton of hotels girl. Do you ever get home sick?


    1. Sweet of you to ask Emily! No, never home sick as it's always fun exploring new places!

      Gabrielle x

  30. Love this hotel looks absolutely STUNNING! I adore Bath so much, Ben took me to the Royal Cresent Hotel for my birthday last year and it was so beautiful!

    Hayley xo

  31. I definitely need to visit Bath again soon! That hotel looks gorgeous, how beautiful is that four poster bed and the sash windows?!
    Amy xx

  32. I know your love for Bath and loved your Christmas trip there! The hotel sounds and looks amazing and it's a no surprised that you've fallen in love with it.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  33. I adored your Christmas post on Bath because it brought back so many memories of the city for me and this post is no different! I still love visiting the Baths even today after visiting so often, there's just something wonderful about them and I could spend hours just walking around the city, it's just so picturesque. You got some stunning photos here as always Gabrielle, and the hotel looks amazing too. - Tasha

  34. Stunning photos!

    xo | Cindy Elena

  35. LOL I thought you meant 48 hours in a Bath. I visited Bath a couple of years ago and it was really something special. I wish it was closer to me, I would go all the tie. I love you in that pink ruffle shirt :) The royal baths were break taking and I love the creative headboard in your hotel :)

  36. WOW this places are so stunning and rich of history!! I love them and I hope to visit Bath some day!
    You always find the best hotels dear! *-*

  37. The photos look incredible!

    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

  38. You look lovely in the last shot of you - and you have me wanting macarons.
    How awesome does this hotel look - that doorknob is like super WOW!
    I love all the sights and the art shots you have included in this post.
    Makes we want to visit Bath ASAP.
    Set to Glow

  39. Very beautiful! I would like to visit here!

  40. This town looks so cute and cozy. I love these cute streets, reminds me of Europe.
    Love your staple pink top.

  41. YAY! It's SO lovely to see you visiting my city of Bath again! I've lived here for almost 29 years, so my whole life, and I love it! I'm always happy when others get to enjoy the beautiful architecture here too! Let me know if you're ever in need of other places to check out!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  42. I love reading people's posts about Bath. If I go I'm probably gonna try to stalk Jane Austen – 200 years after the fact, granted, but I hear there's still some stuff to stalk ;)

  43. Thanks a lot :D

    OMG so magnific place :o perfect!

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  44. I've heard so many wonderful things about Bath from my friends who've been there and seeing it in your photos? It just makes me want to fly there now!

    yanrula x
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  45. Great photos dear!

  46. Bath looks stunning. That miniature Big Ben! I've always wanted to visit, definitely on my list :)

  47. Gabrielle, I've never visited Bath but you definitely make me want to go :D What a gorgeous hotel! Their decor is absolutely lovely. I've heard of the Roman bath places. How fantastic to see them in person. You look lovely in that top. I love the accents on it.

  48. Amazing photos as always :) That place look so beautiful.

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  49. I visited Bath a couple of years ago and we said we will definitely go back again. I love lots of Biba things - I've got some of their bikinis and they're fab. That umbrella installation looks pretty cool! x


  50. WOW I have to visit Bath. Definitely a place to play tourist. Amazing shots and you look wonderful. That umbrellas though! Nice one! :)

  51. I remember your previous post from Bath. It looks like an incredible city for a short weekend gateway.

    Her Hive

  52. Gabrielle, what a great post! I really love your photos and while I've heard about Bath before, seeing these photos only brought it higher in my travel bucket list!

    Jessica |

  53. Oh my God, so many things to talk about this post! These photos are all STUNNING. The luxury boutique hotel sounds like a must for whoever who's there visiting Bath, or at least the bar, as you said, it's a nice option as well. Neutral colour schemes are also my thing so I surely loved the decor of that hotel.
    Some touristic attractions in Bath are quite iconic -so much that a person from the other side of the world like me, knows them ;) You photographed perfectly many of them for this post, and I'm glad to hear that they actually do not disappoint. :)
    Last but not least, your outfit is so cute, girly and comfortable at the same time -score! You look gorgeous as always, dear.

  54. You look lovely! I really like your blouse and your bag is so chic as well. I love traveling as well, it can be a nice way to recharge and just enjoy lives petite pleasures. I hope your having a gorgeous week :)

  55. I took plenty of notes from this post of yours! Amazing photographs babe!

    Dimito Michiyo

  56. This hotel looks stunning, I love boutique hotels and Bath has been on my list for a while (probably since your last post!) I definitely need to visit now! Thanks for sharing Gabrielle 😘
    Jaz xoxo

  57. I'm in love with that bag! I hope you had a great time (:

    CM | XIII.

  58. This place looks amazing!!! I do love an afternoon tea aswel, your outfits are cute I especially love the pink top, sounds like a great break away x

    S x

  59. I love Bath, such a great place for a weekend away! The hotel looks amazing and your photography is on point hun xx

  60. OMG I'm found of your bag <3
    Nice pics :)

  61. this hotel very gorgeous
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  62. I'd love to go to Bath one day (you know, to see the baths in Bath... hehe)! I understand why you've fallen for such a perfect hotel too! Love your pictures as always.

    xx Pia

    PS. Thank you for the nice comment on my blog. :)

  63. You make me want to live in the UK, Gabrielle! I love that charming hotel with the eclectic decor. And the Roman baths would be so cool to visit. I also love that pink frilly blouse!

    xo, janea

  64. You always make the most of short stays! I think I’d find it hard to pull myself away from this place too. The amount of detail in that room! Nothing if left as a afterthought. Totally dreamy! I love the curtains of the four poster!

    TFM Life & Style blog

  65. Ah Gabrielle, these photos are so gorgeous!! I visited Bath many years ago, and it's such a charming town. I love how you captured it. That Zara blouse is super cute too!

  66. I've heard so many good things about Bath, can't wait to visit myself one day.
    Gorgeous photography and story-telling, as always!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Love from

  67. You beauty!! Love your new profilepic had to be said!! And this place looks amazing places like this really suit you :D with your classy self!! Another amazing post really enjoyed it. xXx

  68. Everything's so pretty especially the basin. Of course, you look fabulous as always! xoxo

  69. I am in love with your handbag! It is so nice. Definitely taking note of the roman baths, I know what you mean about tourist spots but this one looks great!

    Ash |

  70. That hotel! Your photography! Your beautiful long hair! I definitely need to visit Bath, this post gave me so many feels!


  71. Bath is one of my favourite cities in the UK - stunning pictures and I can completely understand why you fell in love with No.15 Great Pulteney, it is just gorgeous!

    Miriam x

  72. Gorgeous photos! I love that clock tower, wow!

    Simply Lovebirds

  73. I love the photos, it looks like an amazing place! The hotel looks gorgeous, I totally would love to stay there!

  74. Okay but how do you always stay in such beautiful places? I swear, you really put my blog to shame with such gorgeous indulgent photographs and anecdotes! That hotel is so gorgeous, I love the arty extras in the room.

    I went to the roman baths a year and a bit ago, and it's wonderful there. Man, I need to visit Bath again.

    Little Moon Elephant

  75. Beautiful photos! The hotel looks amazing and you look lovely :) I've been meaning to go to Bath for years, I'll have to go soon! :) xx

  76. I've heard so many good things of this city! Might go there any time soon :D
    A few weeks ago I went for 48 hours to Crete, which was quite awesome too! :D
    Great pictures, as always!

    xo Noor

  77. Yesss! I remember your Christmas post! Bath looks completely different in the summer, and the Roman baths really seem amazing. I'm actually not sure if I've visited Bath. I went on a language school in hastings, and I remember that they arranged a trip to Bath, but I think I went to Margate or The Body Shop factory instead:)

  78. It really looks like you had a magical time at No 15 Great pulteney Bath, I haven't visited Bath before and it does look ever so charming.

    The hotel looks stunning, your four poster bed looks so comfy and really like the unique quirks dotted around the room!

    Maple Syrup pancakes and bacon for breakfast? Yes please!

    It seems like Bath has so much to offer, and I'll have to keep this post in mind when I visit sometime (you've sold it to me).

    Love the photographs of you in the little cafe, so lovely!

    Great photographs and thanks for sharing such a brilliant travel diary with us!

    Laura xo

  79. You look so lovely in that pink blouse, I'm happy to see that.
    And this place is awesomeee x

  80. I LOVED Bath, we stayed in some old hotel at the top of a massive hill (which was fun to walk up!) The Fashion Museum was great, they had some Alexander McQueen pieces and all the exhibits were so well presented.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  81. I visited Bath a long time ago. It was an unforgettable experience and the best fudge I have ever had. Great photos and great post.

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    Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Cris


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