THEY are the hotel rooms that are not just downstairs but underground – offering luxury living BENEATH the pavements of genteel Georgian Bath.
Hotel Indigo Bath has just opened remarkable Vault rooms and suites dating back to the 18th century as the final stage of a multi-million pound restoration project.
The 12 rooms combine historic architecture with modern design, including exposed brickwork, black timber finishing, vaulted bath stone ceilings and underfloor heating.
They’re located beneath the pavement on which you enter the hotel and special permission was needed for the transformation because of South Parade’s historical significance.
Crucially, each paving stone had to be carefully restored to its original position after construction.
Soft lighting and high-end crafted furniture add to the atmosphere, and there’s artwork reflecting the area’s historical reputation for mischief and romance.
All mod cons include a King-size Hypnos bed, spa-inspired bathroom with roll-top bath and walk-in rainfall shower, Nespresso coffee machine, high speed Wi-Fi and 43-inch flatscreen TV.
Don’t worry about the rooms being underground by the way. The rooms still have windows looking up and out to lower South Parade. Rates are from £299 per night B&B.
Hotel Indigo Bath is an 18th century, Grade 1 listed building set in a neighbourhood infamous in the world of literature, with a ribald reputation which started with the infamous Debutante Season.
Here, there were grand evenings of gambling and frivolity mixed with afternoon tea and whispers of romantic promises.
That’s referred to in other styles of guest room at the hotel, aptly labelled ‘Romance & Mischief’, ’Literary Hideaway’, ’Architectural Beauty’ and ‘Garden’ rooms.
The Romance & Mischief rooms, particularly, draw inspiration from the Debutante Season, with decadent colours, side tables resembling playing cards and portraits of lovers ‘vandalised’ by their ex’s.
Hotel general manager Nicola Fender says: “We are delighted to open our underground Vault rooms. They provide such a unique experience combining the history of our building with modern design and a luxurious feel”.