I was delighted this week to be invited to a blogger spa day at the beautiful Harington's Hotel in historic Bath.
Bloggers from London and across the South West all met up and we were warmly welcomed and mingled over canapés, champagne, espresso martinis and stunning chocolates from Charlotte Brunswick (the Earl Grey chocolate was amazing!). As we nibbled treats from Alara Wholefoods, drank and chatted it was great to catch up with the lovely Capture by Lucy, and make new friends like Harriet Emily and Red Velvet London.
We were split into groups and the friendly owner, Peter, took us on a tour of the hotel. Harington's Hotel is a boutique hotel with serviced apartments right in the centre of Bath, but hidden down a quiet cobbled street. The moment you walk through the door you can see this hotel has loads of personality. From the quirky pictures and soft furnishings to the delightfully wacky wallpaper, the owners embrace the history of the building, but have brought it up-to-date with a modern/vintage feel. Just around the corner, the hotel also has three beautifully decorated serviced apartments, which are perfect for families and parties.
Harington's Hotel teamed up with Lush to provide us all with a fragrant sanctuary to rest in and have hand and arm massages. Lush have recently opened up a dedicated spa in their Bath store and have created packages of locally-inspired Bath spa sessions. As part of our treatments at Harington's Hotel, we got to experience a sound bath with tuning forks. My knees turned immediately to jelly! The hotel also made their outdoor hot tub available to us and a few daring bloggers braved it on the cold day.
We then relaxed in the lobby again, enjoying their extensive hot chocolate bar. The hotel is filled with eclectic decor, including a lot of references to the building's history. Harington's Hotel was named after the family of local landowners whose great forebear Sir John Harington, Godson of Queen Elizabeth l, is credited with the invention of the first flushable toilet in 1596 - this is where the phrase ‘I’m going to the Johnny’ originates. So the owner, Melissa, has decorated the toilets with little signs relaying this history, and pennies (for 'spending a penny') are used on upholstered chairs and cushions throughout the hotel.
We all sat down to a lovely afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones, cakes and fudge in another room with fabulous wallpaper. The staff were wonderful, refilling our teas and ensuring we were all having a great time. It was a lovely day out, meeting bloggers, being pampered, and treated to an afternoon tea.
Harington's Hotel is beautiful, relaxed and filled with friendly, attentive staff. It would make a wonderful base for a stay in Bath.
Disclosure: Harington's Hotel asked me to go to the blogger spa day, but all opinions are my own.