The Abbey hotel in Bath has announced that it is to break away from the Best Western group and become an independent boutique hotel.
The 60-bedroom hotel, comprised of three Georgian houses in the city centre, is owned by Ian and Christa Taylor, who recently appointed Andrew Foulkes as general manager in a move which will allow them to step back from the day to day running of the property.
Now the focus is on refurbishing the hotel and upping the establishment’s food and beverage reputation, after the Taylors brought in Chris Staines, previously at Mandarin Oriental, as executive chef at the hotel’s new brassiere.
They hope that this, combined with Andrew’s experience at Bath Priory, Gidleigh Park and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, will help to boost business and increase occupancy rates.
Speaking to The Caterer, Ian Taylor said: “We are looking forward to Andrew using his extensive experience in the luxury sector to drive forward the guest experience and operational quality of the Abbey hotel as we embrace the freedom of being an independent, privately owned property.”
Work to refurbish the hotel will begin before the end of the year and will aim to be completed by early 2015.