The Royal Bath Hotel then and now

Dalrymple writes that the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth was once

the latest thing in luxury and bon ton. Oscar Wilde used regularly to stay there.

The world’s worst hotel company

However, he notes that the establishment

has since passed into the hands of the Britannia Hotel Group, regularly voted the worst hotel group in the country, if not in Europe and the rest of the world.

The Britannia Group’s hotels, says Dalrymple,

leave no opportunity for slovenliness unseized; indeed slovenliness of this thoroughness, like kitsch, transcends itself and also becomes some kind of achievement, in this case comic.

Britain: a service economy without the service

Bon ton

No opportunity for slovenliness left unseized

The Royal Bath Hotel’s car park

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