This Bath hotel is slightly large for our purposes, but cannot be allowed to escape the net. Laurence and Helen Beere bought this discreet, quiet and beautifully decorated haven right in the centre of Bath in 2003. It has the advantage of a lift to all levels, which cuts down on confusion in the maze of stairwells, corridors and different levels resulting from the linking of three buildings. Despite the small-scale appearance of the hotel, the majority of the bedrooms are surprisingly spacious, and are kitted out to the highest standards of comfort and elegance. Double beds generally mean king-size here, almost guaranteed to give you a good night's sleep, and made up with lovely cotton sheets. Rooms on the first floor are largest, with armchairs and breakfast tables; bathrooms are lavish, with quality toiletries and proper towels.
  All of the rooms have been refurbished in the last two years, successfully giving them a more contemporary feel, while still making use of the original features and antiques.
  Downstairs, the principal sitting room is beautifully furnished in muted colours. The basement restaurant, The Olive Tree, attracts non-residents.