Word on the street l am hearing is that work to transform Bath’s former general hospital into a new five-star luxury spa hotel is running a little behind time.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel – was due to open in the spring of this year but then the completion date was moved back to the summer.
I have now been told things will not be ready for the owners – the YTL Group – to take advantage of any Christmas trade so a grand opening might have to wait until next Easter.
YTL – who specialise in award-winning international resorts, hotels and spa villages – say the Gainsborough will be the only UK hotel to benefit from being connected to the city’s supply of mineral-rich natural thermal waters.
The building – which in previous lives has been both hospital and technical college – is being transformed into a 99 roomed luxury hotel with restaurant, private dining, conference and event facilities.
It’s going to be a real mixture of classical architecture and contemporary design.
YTL also have the operating contract for the Thermae Spa next door – and that part of the inner-city is now being referred to as ‘Spa Village Bath’.
You can find out more about the hotel via http://www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk.
The website just says the hotel is opening soon.
I have just received the following statement from Martin J Clubbe who is the general manager of the new hotel.
‘Unfortunately, I am unable to inform you of an opening date as the construction of the hotel has taken longer than expected due to the challenges of working within a listed building. We will finalise the opening date when all elements of this iconic property are finished to the exacting standards of YTL Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World.’