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Kaleidoscope Hotels acquires Dukes Hotel in Bath

Dukes will undergo a refurbishment plan, honouring the building's historical importance while infusing it with the “signature vibrancy and design ethos” synonymous with the Kaleidoscope brand

Kaleidoscope Hotels has recently acquired the Dukes Hotel, a hotel nestled on Great Pulteney Street in Bath.  

Kaleidoscope said this strategic move emphasises its commitment to “reimagining historic properties whilst continuing their legacy and enriching guest experiences in the South West”. 

Kaleidoscope now has 46 keys in the city centre.  

As Kaleidoscope Hotels builds on its existing properties, including Bishopstrow in Wiltshire, Homewood in Somerset and The Bird in Bath, it’s a “positive sign” for the South West tourism and hospitality sector, which saw an 8% increase in visitors in 2023.  

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The 17-bedroom hotel occupies two townhouses, with a legacy dating back to the 18th Century. Originally known as St Monica’s, the property underwent various transformations before assuming its current identity as Dukes in 1985, paying homage to the Duke of Clevedon. 

Kaleidoscope’s vision for Dukes includes a refurbishment plan, honouring the building’s historical importance while infusing it with the “signature vibrancy and design ethos” synonymous with its brand. 

Over the coming year, operations will continue with the existing team, ensuring continuity and stability. Future enhancements include refurbishing all bedrooms, revitalising public areas, and introducing a boutique wellness facility, paying homage to Bath’s cultural heritage. 

The hotel has been acquired by owners Ian and Christa Taylor, expert hoteliers with over 25 years of experience in hospitality. 

Taylor said: “As Dukes integrates into the Kaleidoscope portfolio, the focus will be on continuing to bring our playful spirit into the hospitality world, whilst fostering a sense of community among the brilliant team, and bringing them into the family with a smooth transition. 

“Looking ahead, exciting synergies across the portfolio will be explored, especially with The Bird, which is a neighbour of Dukes. As a hotel collection we delight in being different, and we are looking forward to bringing this unique approach to Dukes as it becomes part of the Kaleidoscope Hotels.” 

James Greenslade, director, Hotel Capital Markets, Savills, added: “This exceptional property is the perfect addition to the buyer’s portfolio of stunning hotels. The hotel has been tastefully decorated with antiques and fine art, and there are several opportunities to increase its offering subject to planning permissions. Dukes will remain open offering excellent service to their customers.” 

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