A new boutique is coming to Bath in the form of an 117-bed Hotel Indigo, after St James’s Hotel Group secured planning permission for the new development.
The project, which will see two existing boutique hotels reshaped, will now begin as Bath and North East Somerset Council gave it the go-ahead.
St James’s Hotel Group will start construction on transforming Pratt’s Hotel and The Halcyon, a number of Grade-I listed Georgian buildings on South Parade in Bath, into the 117-bedroom Hotel Indigo Bath, which will operate under a franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group.
The hotel will also feature a restaurant, bar and gym and is scheduled to open at the end of 2017.
“Bath is on the brink of becoming one of the UK’s top ten UK tourist cities, “says Shaun Robinson, CEO of Somerston Capital Limited, “According to the latest rankings from VisitBritain, foreign visitors to the city rose by 36.8% in 2014-15 – leaping five places to reach 12th place.
“While we are a longstanding partner of IHG, this will be our first Hotel Indigo property. It’s an exciting move for us and we are convinced that working with the Indigo brand is an excellent way of joining in the buzz of the UK boutique hotel movement.”
Anna Corkill, IHG’s development director for the UK, said: “We are thrilled with Hotel Indigo’s performance. We are confident that the Hotel Indigo Bath will become a brand-defining Hotel Indigo property for the South West region, reinforcing our presence in the UK boutique market.”
The hotel is being designed by Architect CT with construction by Phelan Construction Ltd. Its design will reflect the surrounding neighbourhood, while the restaurant and bar will tap into Indigo’s new locally crafted food and beverage philosophy, launched last year. The hotel will also offer a gym.
Pratt’s Hotel was a part of a portfolio of Forestdale hotels acquired by St James’s Hotel Group in 2014. The Halcyon was previously privately owned and acquired by St James’s Hotel Group last year.