August 30 2017

Hot news from The Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree Restaurant

The Queensberry Hotel prides itself on combining old-fashioned attitudes to service and detail with sophisticated, modern comfort. A stylish yet unashamedly slightly eccentric affair set across four former Bath townhouses, the hotel is also home to the 3 AA-rosette Olive Tree restaurant (pictured), which offers relaxed fine dining showcasing the wide array of local, fresh and seasonal ingredients to which Bath has easy access courtesy of superchef Chris Cleghorn.

But when you next visit The Olive Tree restaurant at The Queensberry Hotel (an experience that we can’t recommend highly enough – read our most recent review here), eagle-eyed piggies may notice that one of Bath’s most beautiful businesses has undergone a few changes of late.

Queensberry king and queen Laurence and Helen Beere recently announced the appointment of Magaly Etter as their new Hotel Manager. In this brand new role, Magaly will take day-to-day responsibility for the hotel’s development while leading the Front of House teams… and she brings an impressive CV to the post with her, from her first experiences as a waitress in her native Switzerland all the way to roles of ever-increasing complexity, size and prestige whether in Costa Rica, Egypt, France and, most recently, the luxury Dormy House Hotel in the Cotswolds. “It’s a real pleasure to join the Queensberry family and be back in the lovely city of Bath,” says Magaly (who, by the way, also speaks six languages – phew!). “I’m looking forward to working with the team in developing an already well-established business. I love the informal luxury here, which allows each individual to bring their own personality and helps this place stand out from the crowd. Bath is ever more competitive, as new hotels open. To maintain our distinctiveness and advantage is an exciting challenge.” “It’s quite a coup for us to appoint Magaly at what is an exciting time for us in general ,” Laurence adds. “We felt it was crucial, at this juncture, to take the next step to ensure the professionalism and seamlessness of our team fits perfectly the building’s beautifully refreshed appearance.” Is Laurence referring to refurbishments too? Yes indeed…

Following on from 2015’s upgrade to the award-winning Olive Tree restaurant, the hotel is busy putting the finishing touches to sweeping updates and improvements which not only consolidate its reputation as one of the city’s leading hotels, but also underline its proud commitment to Bath’s independent local businesses. Laurence and Helen have invested almost a quarter of a million pounds in all of the hotel’s public areas, from reception and drawing room to gardens and bar areas. Working in tandem with local interior designers Jane Clayton & Co and decorating partners Clayton and Hirst, the Beeres have seen the transformation blossom quickly from inspiration to execution. “The new interior reflects the hotel’s history, brand and location by use of quirky detailing through furniture styles, luxurious and colourful fabrics, and trims and accents of unexpected wallpapers along with local artwork,” says Jane Clayton.

Alongside all manner of groovy updates in the hotel’s bedrooms (including brand new luxury beds, the latest Panasonic flat screen televisions and Bluetooth DAB radios), guests will also now have yet more reason to linger longer in the hotel’s gardens, which have been redesigned by Bath’s Flowers by Passion and features new luxurious seating by Stroud’s Bramblecrest Garden Furniture.

Sometimes, it’s easier to think of reasons not to proceed with such major works, in view of the costs, the potential for disruption and all the uncertainty,” says Laurence. “The completion of this project, however, fully vindicates the boldness of our ambition and offers further evidence not just of our vision for the hotel, but of the skills, professionalism and ingenuity shown by other independent businesses in helping us see this through to fruition.”

When it comes to hotels in Bath, The Queensberry rules.

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