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Walton's Guest House (Bath)

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Address: 17 Crescent Gardens / Upper Bristol Road / Bath BA1 2NA / United Kingdom / Tel: 01225 426 528

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      29.04.2010 18:10
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      Centrally located guest house.

      Looking for somewhere to stay for a weekend trip to Bath we perused the internet. Ideally we wanted somewhere centrally located; it needed to be reasonably priced too, so we searched for Bed & Breakfast type places. We knew that at weekends most of these places have a two night minimum stay and I had booked my last day of annual leave accordingly. However our first two choices were already full that weekend, but one of them recommended this place - Walton's Guest House.

      We couldn't book online so telephoned and sent a cheque as a deposit. You can park on the street outside between 6pm and 8am and on Sundays but otherwise we needed to park in the Long Stay Car Park behind it - this cost £5 for 4 hours (the minimum) and went up to £8 for 12 hours. The price for a double room with en suite was £85 per night. I thought this quite expensive, but this seems a typical price for a B&B type accomodation in this location - it is just on the edge of the city centre and took us about 10-15 minutes to walk to the Abbey area in the heart of Bath.

      Upon arrival we rang the bell and it was answered by a gruff but polite gentleman, he dealt with checking us in and showed us to our rooms. He also gave us a free map with local restaurants listed and showed us on it where the main places were and how to get there. First impressions was that the guesthouse was smokey, but I just think the man who had greeted us had smoked prior to our arrival. I later saw him smoking outside, but never in the guesthouse.

      The room itself was small and fairly basic with a standard double bed with green and pink chintz quilt and cushions, old wooden bedside tables, wardrobe and dressing table. There are no tea and coffee making facilities which I thought a bit unusual, but there was a hairdryer in one of the drawers. The bathroom, however, was very modern, if compact, with a shower and all was clean.

      The room was well heated and in fact was too hot for us the first night, and the shower didn't seem to get any cooler than Not-Quite-Scalding that first morning - I spent most of my shower nipping in and out and flooding the bathroom whilst I built up enough bravery to return under the water (I kept turning it on and off but it made no difference). The shower head is a big overhead one, not angled so I couldn't easily shower without washing my hair if I hadn't wanted too, or step out of the flow of hot water. Unfortunately I was too short to reach to move it to the side, however my other half managed that for the next day. The shower temperature was sorted out by the next day as was the heating.

      Breakfast was typical English style - sausage, bacon, fried egg (1 or 2 if you wish), mushrooms, grilled tomato and baked beans with toast and tea or coffee. There was also orange juice (concentrated rather than freshly squeezed), yoghurt, fruit and cereal (although the cereal wasn't 'out' like the juice and yoghurts, it was brought to you if you ordered it). The communal dining area is simply decorated with dark wood furniture and willow pattern plates on the walls. In the hall is a board with lots of leaflets on local attractions and restaurants.

      The B & B is certainly well located but offers nothing exceptional for me to recommend it wholeheartedly - I suspect that any of the B & B's along that same Upper Bristol Road would offer the same service for the same money. It was clean, but I would hope all the others would be too! The furniture was a bit old and shabby - on the last morning I shut the creaky wardrobe door and the rail fell down. The service was friendly and polite all the time. If you are coming to Bath for a stay by all means come here, it is clean and well-located and if that is all you require then you will be very satisfied.

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