There is always a reason to put plans on hold, money, commitments, unforeseen circumstances creeping up out of nowhere, and that last one really is the story of my life. I can make plans in one moment, and in the next instance there I am extending my apologies and explaining why we won't be able to make it after all. It's for this very reason that I think we should all throw caution to the wind, and just live our lives for the here and now.
Life Unexpected recently went on a weekend break to Bath Spa, now for anyone who hasn't been to Bath, GO. It's a beautiful part of the world with so much to see and do, and with some equally beautiful places to stay if you are going to spend the night.
Bath is set against the beautiful countryside of Southwest England. It's famous for having the Roman Bath's right at the heart, where today you can tour around the museum and even see The Great Bath. Of course we can't forget Bath's natural hot springs and the absolutely beautiful 18th century Georgian architecture that it is set against.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Harrington's Hotel which is located right in the city centre, which made getting around a easy feat and meant that we really could soak up the sights. The hotel is a family run establishment and set in a 300 year old house on a narrow cobbled street. The sat nav took us straight to the front door, and we were able to check in and drop our bags off before the receptionist gave us directions to the Charlotte Street car park.
The car park isn't on site, but there is one just around the corner, so if you are coming in by car I do advise dropping your bags before heading off to park up. Especially if your sense of direction is anything like mine. My friend and I did have a giggle discovering that the half hour walk we embarked upon should have only been 2 minutes. it was one of those realisations that hits you when you think 'this looks familiar' and suddenly it clicks that instead of walking an impossibly big circle around, you could have just followed the simple directions and realised that the car park is pretty much directly behind the hotel. I won't mention that we discovered this... after we had checked out though! *insert laughter here*.
Once we had found our way back to the hotel and met many of the locals who provided us with directions, we were excited to get settled in to the room and find somewhere for dinner. What I loved about the hotel was the modern boutique take from within this historic building. Everywhere was clean, fresh and inviting and the room lived up and surpassed expectation.
We had booked a twin room as it was myself and a close friend travelling, and we were appointed a lovely room with one double bed and one single bed. It was a very generous size and we were both very pleased with the specification of the room.
The room had a kettle and complimentary bottle of water, there was tea and coffee readily available. There was a digital television that had access to numerous channels, and I was pleased to see a USB port which meant that I could charge my phone as I had seemingly neglected to pack the plug. The receptionist was incredibly helpful on this front and even managed to find out a charger for me to use for the duration of our stay.
We enquired at reception to discover more about the local restaurants and things to do within the local vicinity to the hotel, I had seen a tapas advertised on our stroll back to the hotel but wasn't sure where it was. The receptionist was incredibly helpful and informed us that there was one on the same street as the hotel named Ole Tapas. We were also informed of a live music evening at a local venue, so we decided to make an evening of it.
Ole Tapas offered fantastic food, but if you are planning to visit then I do recommend booking as there isn't much seating available. The food however was just what we were hoping for and we were lucky enough to be squeezed in. With full bellies we made our way around the corner to a bar where they were performing live music, we spent the rest of the evening talking and enjoying the band before making our way back to the Harrington's Hotel.
After a very comfortable night's sleep we were more than ready for a hearty breakfast. With a choice of cereals, fresh pastries, fruit, numerous varieties of eggs and of course the traditional Full English breakfast, you are not short of choice for the most important meal of the day.
The service was fantastic and the lady who served us was lovely, and made sure that we had everything that we would need. I tucked into fresh fruit and a warming bowl of porridge and Alessia enjoyed the Full English. We were both full and ready to spend the day enjoying Bath in light of the Winter's sun that was shining down over the city.
The hotel very kindly let us leave our luggage, and we were even able to leave the car in the car park as we made our way around the city on foot. That was one of the most perfect aspects of the hotel, it's prime location to absolutely everything. We shopped, we saw some sights and finally sat down with a well deserved coffee just before we picked up the luggage and made the journey home.
There is so much more I want to do in Bath and I will definitely be heading back for a long weekend to get absolutely everything in. When I do return I will be booking the Harrington's Hotel back up and getting ready for a very busy weekend of exploring and adventure.
Disclaimer: We were invited along to the Harrington's Hotel for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.