Accor have certainly been busy this year, and have now announced the launch of their second UK hotel in the MGallery collection, the Francis Hotel located in Bath, which is the first member of the MGallery collection outside London. It follows an intensive £6 million refurbishment by the hotel partner transforming what was previously the Mercure Bath Francis Hotel to its former glory.
MGallery is the high-end hotel collection brand of the Accor group. Each hotel of the Collection stages with talent a unique personality and story, experienced by guests through its architecture, interior design and services. Hotels are inspired by ”Heritage” origins, with places filled with history, by a “Signature”, a personality who contributed to their decoration or stylish aesthetic universe, and by “Serenity”, the promise of a relaxing moment in a natural or urban retreat. Launched in September 2008, the MGallery collection has rapidly expanded to cover five continents with 50 hotels and will grow to over 100 locations by late 2015.
The Grade 1 listed property, well-located in Queens square, Bath, boasts 98 hotel rooms including individually-styled executive and feature bedrooms, a lounge and bar, front parlour and breakfast room and on-site parking. The interiors have been designed by architectural and design firm Househam Henderson. Brasserie Blanc (the latest addition to Raymond Blanc’s successful group of brasseries), will adjoin the hotel and welcome both guests and the general public.
Jonathan Sheard, Managing Director Operations for MGallery and Mercure hotels commented, “The opening of our second MGallery hotel in just six months is further evidence of Accor hotel’s commitment to growing the MGallery collection in the UK. The MGallery collection stands for quality and distinction, and this hotel has both as well as being located in the centre of historic Bath. Guests who stay at the Francis Hotel will experience the truly special personality of this totally transformed hotel.”
Accor hotels launched the upscale MGallery Collection in the UK in October 2011 with the opening of the St. Ermin’s Hotel at St. James, London. The MGallery Collection started in 2008 and today encompasses around 50 hotels in 18 countries.
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