Fashion is often a thrill. New designers and innovative labels producing beautiful results at fair prices – that’s where the joy in this business lies. It’s not just on the catwalk or off the peg that you find this perfect balance of aesthetics and experience, as it is creeping into hospitality too. St Catherine’s Hospital apartments, one of the Hiding Space properties in Bath, delivers on comfort and style without the big brand name (or the overwhelming price tag).
We journeyed to Bath in August of this year, hot and a little tired after meetings in London and Bristol and ready for a retreat. These apartments are positioned in a building of breathtaking Bath stone, huddled around a tiny picturesque courtyard filled with pots of bright red geraniums and an ornate well. Check-in was simple, convenient and friendly (and short – merciful when you’re tired). There’s no reception desk but getting in and out requires just one key card for all the doors.
We found space to breathe here, with each apartment modestly but not meanly proportioned and soothingly decorated in a palette of cool blues and greys with lots of touchable textures. Low windows looked out on the courtyard in every room, from the enormous bed with its twin low hanging lights to the rainforest shower with its vast Cowshed selection. Obviously the shower was amazing, refreshing and just the right pressure.
The apartments here are fully equipped – comfy sofa, Scandi mini dining table, stylish lighting choices and the kind of carpet that gives you a bounce in your step. The kitchen tiling was mesmerising – we had zero energy for cooking but oh it was tempting in a space like that, all sleek and perfectly equipped. The mini bar in the fridge is a useful addition and the thoughtful touches are everywhere, from the cotton wool pads for removing make up to the tea and coffee provided.
The central location was amazing (pretty much opposite the old Roman Baths, 2 minutes from the new spa and a 10 second jog from the incredible spa at the Gainsborough Hotel – have the Ginger Renewal). Pubs (we liked The Black Fox) and restaurants are all around. Despite that, there was no noise to complain of, even on a Thursday night. A church bell that struck every 15 minutes could have been the cause of a sleepless night but the carefully glazed windows – when shut – saw to that.
The next morning, as we lazed with tea until our late check out, we could hear other guests leaving – every single one was in awe of the aesthetics and planning to come back for more. Whether you’re in the business of fashion, food or perfectly proportioned overnight stays, that will always be a winning result.
We stayed in a Superior Super King Apartment at St Catherine’s Hospital in Bath in August 2018.