Hotel Indigo Bath

Hotel Review

Following a multi-million pound restoration project taking four years, the 166 room Hotel Indigo Bath finally opened its doors in September 2020.  It’s set in a beautiful honey coloured Bath stone Georgian terrace laid out in the 1740’s by renowned local architect John Wood the Elder.

Outside Hotel Indigo Bath
Hotel Indigo Bath on South Parade

Location:

The hotel is perfectly situated on the elegant South Parade, a quiet square just steps away from the city’s main attractions.  It’s just a few minutes walk from Bath Spa railway station which has regular services from London Paddington taking around 90 minutes.  Bath also has good road links being 10 miles from Junction 18 of the M4 motorway making it easily accessible from most places.

Entrance to Hotel Indigo Bath
The hotel forms most of South Parade in Bath

Although the hotel does not have its own car park there is parking across the square (£15 for 24 hours) or for a cheaper alternative guests can use the park and ride service which allows overnight parking.

Arrival and check-in:

The Indigo occupies much of the elegant terrace with outdoor seating to the front on the wide pavement.  The lobby is attractively furnished with squashy sofas and prints of animals wearing military costumes.  On arrival, we received a warm welcome from the front desk team who were all dressed in smart-casual style jeans paired with tweed waistcoats.

Reception Lobby, Hotel Indigo Bath
The attractively furnished entrance lobby

After a quick check-in process we were soon being taken to our room on the first floor where our luggage was already waiting for us as we had dropped it off earlier in the day.  Corridors have luxuriously thick carpets patterned with butterflies whilst the walls are lined with photos of Regency Bath and old maps.  The use of playing cards denoting room numbers on the bedroom doors was fun to see and something I hadn’t come across previously.

The Room: 

Our elegant room with its high ceiling with original ornate cornices and large windows to the front of the building overlooked the square.

Views from room of Hotel Indigo Bath
View from our bedroom window

The huge bed had an extremely deep and comfortable mattress with an unusual headboard styled from ceiling roses which worked well.  The bed was topped with designer cushions that were cosy to snuggle up against whilst watching TV.

Bedroom, Hotel Indigo Bath
Our gorgeous room

As well as lazing on the bed there was a blue upholstered armchair with matching footstool and a dressing table/ desk with an additional chair.

View of room, Hotel Indigo Bath
View of our lovely room

The chest of drawers had a painted front of historic pictures of Bath and the huge illuminated wardrobe opened out to accommodate a mini fridge, iron, ironing board, and hospitality tray to one side.

Complimentary fridge at the Hotel Indigo Bath
Inside our complimentary fridge

The contents of the mini fridge were complimentary and included wine, organic beer, soft drinks, water, fresh milk and popcorn.  We were totally spoilt as a selection of hand made chocolates had also been left on the bed for us to enjoy.  In addition to the hospitality tray, a Nespresso coffee maker with a selection of pods was positioned on a small table.

Enjoying the complimentary popcorn at Hotel Indigo Bath
Enjoying the complimentary popcorn

As is to be expected with a hotel of this type, the room came equipped with fast Wi-Fi which was simple to connect to, ample sockets, USB points and a helpful master switch by the door for turning off all the lights at once.

Bathroom at Hotel Indigo Bath
Our spacious bathroom

Moving into the spacious bathroom, this featured both a roll-top bath and a large walk-in shower.  White tiles on the walls blended well with intricately patterned black and white floor tiles.

Bathroom, Hotel Indigo Bath
Just loved soaking in that roll top bath

Thick Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes and fragrant Bramley toiletries were at our disposal and I liked it that there was a speaker so that I could listen to the radio from the bedroom television whilst bathing.

Dining:

Part of the hotel, The Elder restaurant and bar are 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.

Elder restaurant, Hotel Indigo Bath
Entrance to the Elder restaurant

Although it’s independently owned The Elder is integrated well and feels to be an actual part of the hotel.  The restaurant is much bigger than first appears as there are several small connecting sections designed to create an intimate atmosphere.

Elder restaurant, Hotel Indigo Bath
The Elder Restaurant

Dinner: Servers are dressed in the same jeans and waistcoat casual chic style as the front desk team and are welcoming without being over fussy.  We dined on a Sunday evening when the restaurant was busy but waiting staff still took time to explain the menu and to talk through our chosen dishes as they were served.

Dinner at the Elder Restaurant, Hotel Indigo Bath
The attractive hotel’s Elder Restaurant

We sipped glasses of wine whilst perusing the menu and after finally coming to a decision we were brought amuse bouches of shots of venison soup alongside a home baked mini loaf to dip into it.  This was delicious and set the tone for what was to come.  Readers will already know my love of beetroot and goat cheese so my eyes lit up when I discovered that heritage beetroots with a goat’s cheese mousse was on the menu.  Topped with candied cashews and apple this was up with the best whilst across the table the wild fallow deer tartare also received a rave review.

Delicious starters and mains at Elders Restaurant, Hotel Indigo Bath
Our delicious starters and main courses

Being a Sunday, roasts were on the menu and as we both adore a roast neither of us could resist this option.  We tucked into dishes of dry aged Hereford beef and roast belly of Hampshire White pork, both served with huge Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings.  Portions were of a generous size, the pork crackling cooked to perfection and the beef tender and succulent.

Desserts at Elders Restaurant, Hotel Indigo Bath
Our mouth watering desserts

There was no way that we were going to resist a dessert and my Kent mango soufflé topped with chocolate shortbread and served with crème fraiche ice cream was an absolute delight.  Our waiter suggested I crack a hole in the shortbread and pour in the mango sauce and ice cream so this is what I did and I savoured every spoonful as it was so light and fluffy.  I was reliably informed by my dining guest that the tarte tatin with crème chantilly and toffee sauce went down a treat too.

Breakfast table at Hotel Indigo Bath
The hotel’s breakfast buffet

Breakfast: is also served in the Elder Restaurant with a vast buffet, spread out both on the bar top and on a large table beneath it.  We helped ourselves to some of the beautifully displayed fresh fruit, yoghurt, cold meats and cheese whilst our hot dishes were being prepared.

Breakfast at Hotel Indigo, Bath
Scrumptious breakfast choices to start our day

Waiting staff were friendly and efficient offering us second cups of cappuccino and serving my son’s traditional cooked breakfast and my own favourite of smashed avocado with two poached eggs on sourdough.  These were both cooked to perfection and so filling that we didn’t need any pastries or muffins to set us up for the day.

The Facilities:

Hotel Indigo Bath, bar lounge
The hotel’s bar lounge

In addition to the restaurant, Hotel Indigo Bath boasts an attractive bar with cosy seating both indoors and outside on the terrace for when the weather is nice. There’s also comfy sofas surrounding a large period fireplace in the lobby lounge which is a lovely spot to sit and relax after breakfast whilst reading the morning papers.

Lobby lounge, Hotel Indigo Bath
The Regency style lobby lounge

A pair of lifts take guests to all floors with ice making machines located near them to fill ice buckets as needed.  To work off some excess calories there’s a well equipped gym and although the hotel lacks it’s own car park, valet parking can be arranged.  As mentioned earlier strong Wi-Fi can be accessed in all parts of the building and room service is available on request.

Out and About:

The Roman Baths: Located in the centre of Bath and open daily between 09.00-22.00 (standard tickets £27.50 weekend £25.50 weekdays including audio guides).

Roman Baths, Bath
Roman Baths, Bath

Take a self guided tour starting on the upper terrace which overlooks the Great Bath.  It’s an impressive sight, then continue around the baths, explore the museum and before leaving take a sip of the curative mineral waters.  The Roman Baths.

Bath Abbey: There is no charge to visit the abbey but donations towards its upkeep are welcome.  Inspect the exquisite stained glass windows and splendid fan vaulted ceiling.  Take a Tower Tour (£10 for a one hour tour) to view the parts of the church that are normally hidden from view such as the bell ringing chamber.  Climb the 212 steps to the tower top for some stunning city views.  Bath Abbey.

Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey

The Assembly Rooms: Managed by the National Trust, but free for everyone to visit these elegant public rooms are decorated in 18th century style.

Assembly Rooms, Bath
The Assembly Rooms, Bath

The Assembly Rooms were important to the high society of Georgian Bath as they were designed as a place for entertainment and to be seen.  You may actually recognise the ballroom as it was where Daphne and Simon first met in the period drama Bridgerton.  Assembly Rooms.

The Fashion Museum: Located in the basement of the Assembly Rooms (Standard admission £10, closed Monday).  For anyone with an interest in fashion this museum is a must see.  The Fashion Museum.

Dresses in the Fashion Museum, Bath
Inside the fashion museum

The Royal Crescent: Of all Bath’s elegant streets, the Royal Crescent is  undoubtedly the city’s most impressive.

Royal Crescent, Bath
The Royal Crescent

No.1 The Royal Crescent: is open to the public as a museum and has been furnished as it might have been in the latter part of the 18th century.  Standard admission £13 (£11 off peak).  This was another filming location for the Netflix smash hit Bridgerton with both the exterior and entrance hall of No.1 used as the Featherington’s London home.  An immersive experience has been introduced to bring the house to life taking approximately one hour.  This relates the story of an aristocratic family who lived in the house for the season.  No.1 Royal Crescent

No.1 Royal Crescent, Bath
No.1 Royal Crescent

Jane Austen Centre: (standard admission £12.50).  This small museum, located in a beautiful Georgian building chronicles the life and times of the famous writer Jane Austen.  The tour commences with a video about the author before moving into an adjacent room to be introduced to a character actor dressed as Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice.  The Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen Centre, Bath
The Jane Austen Centre, Bath

Riverside Walk: Enjoy a stroll beside the River Avon and view Pulteney bridge.  There are lovely views from there and of the sweeping horseshoe shaped weir and bridge which was built by Richard Adam in 1769.  It is one of only a handful of shop lined bridges in the world.

Pulteney bridge, Bath
Pulteney bridge

The Holburne Museum: Just a ten minute walk from the centre.  You may recognise this building as several scenes from Bridgerton were also filmed there as it was portrayed as the exterior of Lady Danbury’s townhouse.  The museum was originally built as the Sydney Hotel and has since been a private house.  It is now home to an art gallery of fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne (Standard admission £11).  The Holburne Museum.

The Holburne Museum, Bath
The Holburne Museum

Overall:

Positioned in a quiet backwater yet within only a five minute walk of the Roman Baths, Hotel Indigo Bath is a perfect base for exploring the city.  All the staff we came across acted in a highly professional manner, seemingly genuinely interested in taking care of each guest’s needs at all times.

Lounge at Hotel Indigo Bath
One of the beautifully decorated seating areas

Dining at The Elder was a memorable experience too, offering good value for its cuisine and service.  On a future visit to Bath I would have no hesitation but to stay at this hotel again.

Details:  Hotel Indigo Bath, South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AB

During our stay we were guests of Hotel Indigo Bath and Visit Bath and as always, all views and opinions are entirely my own.

 

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51 thoughts on “Hotel Indigo Bath

  1. The Hotel Indigo Bath’s honey-colored exterior is such a warm and inviting color! Also have to appreciate the plethora of refreshments inside the hotel room…and the tiles of that bathroom floor are certainly very classy! Never had a roast, but being it’s a British thing, it’s something that I’ll need to try out should I return to the UK someday. Thanks for sharing once again another wonderful accommodation on your travels!

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    1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed reading my review of the Hotel Indigo Bath. It’s a beautiful hotel Rebecca and next time you are over in the UK I recommend you trying a roast as cooked properly they are delicious! Thanks so much for your ever welcome thoughts.

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  2. Oh, Little Miss Traveller, you have outdone yourself in this review of the Hotel Indigo. My one visit to Bath was hurried for several unplanned reasons and your review of this hotel gives me another reason to consider a longer and more leisurely revisit.

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  3. What a lovely room Marion! I love the interior (and I’m surprised at how beautiful the headboard is – normally I like those to be quite plain, but this is so unique)! And of course, I love the bath! All of your food looks delicious … but that mango soufflé looks so yummy! Hotel Indigo must attract many visitors, because it looks so elegant and one must feel really spoiled to stay here.

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  4. Definitely a five star hotel Marion, you wouldn’t want to leave. I find it annoying when there is no carpark though and you have to park away from the hotel. I’ve read so many stories about those Assembley rooms! So many rules to remember during the Georgian times

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    1. I know what you mean about hotel car parks Alison but the building is so old and as it’s in the city centre it would have been constructed years ago without cars in mind. We could have dropped things off at the door but decided to park first. The hotel itself made up for a lack of parking by being so beautiful though. Thanks for commenting. Marion

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  5. You do find the most elegant places to stay. The accommodation at our short stay provides all our needs but is not in the same class, being part of a hotel-motel and aimed at families who’ve come to ski at a lower cost than being in an on-snow resort. But the food they have been serving us is overwhelming. I’m planning on cutting each of my three courses into halves tonight 🙂

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