Best hotels in Bath

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Whether you’re a fan of Bridgerton or simply appreciate the city’s elegance, the best hotels in Bath offer the perfect base to soak up the Georgian gem.

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Historic Bath is known for its golden-hued buildings, ancient Roman baths and compact center filled with independent boutiques, restaurants and bars.

If you’re looking to enjoy the romance and glamor of the Georgian city on a staycation, you’ll find a host of luxurious, romantic and historic places to stay in Bath – and we’ve rounded up a few of the best below.

Once you’ve checked in, it’s time to get exploring…

The Royal Crescent, a row of 30 beautiful terraced houses, is one of Bath’s most famous attractions. The honey-coloured crescent features in many Bridgerton scenes – if you’re a fan you’ll recognise the outside of No.1 Royal Terrace as the front of the Featheringtons’ fictional London home.

Inside No.1 Royal Crescent, you’ll find a museum which will transport you back in time to the Georgian era – it’s a must-see. The interior is furnished and decorated just as it would have been in the 18th century.

The Royal Crescent is just one of many attractions in Bath that make it the perfect destination to visit for a UK city break. And if you’re planning a weekend trip from London, you’ll want to browse Red’s favorite hotels in Bath, the ones reviewed and loved by us.

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The Royal Crescent Hotel

The Royal Crescent Hotel is right behind the opulent Georgian terrace which gives this gorgeous hotel its name. Book a stay here and you could be waking up in a four-poster bed in a high-ceilinged room with sash windows that open up to views over the iconic Royal Crescent.

The hotel has a classic Bath vibe, with exceptional hospitality as soon as you walk through the door and see the magnificent drawing room, which is full of period features. Throughout the hotel you’ll see original fireplaces, decorative moldings, sedan chairs peeking out from under the stairs and landscaped gardens in keeping with the period, where you can enjoy alfresco dining in the warmer months.

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The Queensbury Hotel

The 29 luxurious bedrooms at The Queensbury all have a quirky interior style, offering a characterful alternative to the more traditional decor found at most of Bath’s other upmarket hotels. Choose to stay here and you’ll also have Bath’s only Michelin-starred restaurant handily located in the basement.

It’s the perfect choice for foodies visiting Bath who are after a slightly alternative place to stay. You can indulge in the seven-course tasting menu, which has dishes such as tagliatelle with white truffle and 36-month aged parmesan, and a very posh cheese on toast consisting of Tunworth cheese served on sourdough and topped with black Périgord truffle.

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Abbey Hotel

For a touch of modernity, check into the Abbey Hotel. The hotel is in a historic building which dates back to 1738, but the interiors are all about contemporary cool. Striking modern art by local artists covers the restaurant walls and the appropriately-named ArtBar, while the 65 bedrooms are slick-looking and feature attractively tiled bathrooms.

Chat to the barman about the works on display in the exhibitions, and he’ll give you the lowdown while you enjoy the cocktails, bar snacks and creative dishes on offer. The Family Gallery room has two large TVs – one right at the end of the bed – so time your trip right and you could spend a good part of your getaway bingeing the new series in luxury, before heading out to appreciate the surrounding city.

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The Kennard

This elegant bed and breakfast was built when Bath was in its heyday as a fashionable Georgian destination. It opened in 1794 as a lodging house, and has been carefully maintained to keep its original Georgian charm. The Kennard is on a quiet residential street only a five-minute stroll from the city centre, so it’s the perfect base for anyone planning to explore the delights of Bath on foot but with a peaceful place to head back to at the end of the day .

Every room in the original house had a different use, and this means each now has its own individual style and character. Another highlight is the pretty recreation of a Georgian garden, complete with box and topiary hedges, which you’ll find behind the hotel.

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Gainsborough Bath Spa is a one-of-a-kind wellness hotel in the UK with thermal mineral springs pumping straight into both the spa and the specially designed spa rooms. Guests take to the water in luxury at the hotel’s exclusive Spa Village, where you can visit a circuit of natural thermal pools, saunas, a steam room and an ice alcove.

The spa is set beneath a glass atrium and has sleek marble walls, creating a calming environment for you to truly switch off. The hotel’s design has an elegant flair, with a marble-clad lobby with five-storey staircase and swish rooms and suites complete with underfloor heating. You can even continue your spa experience by booking a bedroom with its own roll-top bath.

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The Bath Priory

Perhaps the best place to stay in Bath if you’re looking for flamboyant gardens is The Bath Priory. This luxury hotel sits across two interconnecting Georgian manors in a quiet suburb and has award-winning four-acre gardens. And that’s before you even step inside, where you’ll feel like you’re entering a 19th-century country home complete with oil paintings, working fireplaces and sash windows.

The hotel offers a perfect country-style mini-break, perfect if you’re looking for tranquillity within walking distance of the city – and with wonderful spa facilities to top it all off.

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Eight

Another perfectly located hotel, Eight is set across two old buildings. One is on a pedestrian lane and the other just round the corner, overlooking a picturesque cobbled square. Choose between the best value rooms that are small and cozy, or treat yourself to something more lavish and palatial. Several have a freestanding bath in the room, too.

Another big selling point is Eight’s restaurant. Popular with locals, it serves creative French and Italian dishes. The restaurant extends into the building’s 500 year old cellar – originally a refectory for the monks who worshiped at Bath Abbey – so you can dine in a truly historical setting.

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Homewood Hotel & Spa

Homewood Hotel & Spa is a fantastic option for anyone looking for regal gardens. There are 10 acres of lawned grounds to explore here, so you can promenade like an aristocrat or in the warmer months, dine alfresco with a three-course barbecue. You’ll even be served by a dedicated barbecue butler.

The rooms are luxuriously decorated with both traditional and contemporary flourishes, and offer oodles of character and exceptional views across the gardens. Some of the bedrooms even offer private outdoor hot tubs. The spa and wellness facilities are another big plus – spend a day relaxing in the indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room or the heated outdoor swimming pool with views over the valley.

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Dukes

If you want a hotel with an air of nobility, book a stay at Dukes. This lavish yet intimate hotel is set in two magnificent Georgian townhouses on Great Pulteney Street, one of the finest boulevards in England. So it’s ideal if you’re hoping to be fully surrounded by Bath’s gorgeous Georgian architecture. Dukes offers comfy and elegant accommodation and excellent, personalized service at every turn.

The 17 bedrooms at this welcoming guesthouse are all named after different dukes. You’ll enjoy the elegant furnishings, chandeliers and period portraits which give this hotel its opulent touch. And to top it all off, breakfast here is, of course, fit for a duke – among the best of any guesthouse or B&B in Bath.

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No.15 Great Pulteney

A great choice if you have a taste for the eccentric, this luxury boutique hotel is set in a Georgian Grade I-listed building. Horse No. 15 Great Pulteney, you’ll find character combined with modernity, with a blend of original fittings and quirky features with creative touches. You’ll be staying on one of Bath’s grandest Georgian streets, and a short walk from the famous Pulteney Bridge, which will take you straight to the city center with its major attractions such as the Roman Baths.

If you’re after a truly lavish break, you can book the Henrietta Junior Suite with its huge sash windows, or the Hideout Suite with its own hot tub and steam room. But even the smaller rooms here have a swanky feel and offer optimum comfort. Its restaurant The Dispensary offers a contemporary take on classic British dishes.

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Apex City of Bath Hotel

Bath’s Apex City Hotel is modern, with stylish, spacious bedrooms and luxurious spa facilities, while classic British food is on offer in the Orange Artichoke restaurant, as well as more modern and international dishes. Perhaps you’ll be tempted by a traditional afternoon tea, with a delicious selection of freshly cut finger sandwiches, and mouth-watering sweet and savory treats.

The hotel’s location is hard to beat. Right in the heart of Bath’s city centre, The Apex is a short walk from the Royal Victoria Park, the River Avon and the world-famous Roman Baths, making it the ideal place to stay if you’re hoping to explore the city on foot .

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Henrietta House

Just minutes from Pulteney bridge, the Roman Baths, the Abbey and all the delights of Bath city centre, Henrietta House is ideal for those who want convenience as well as luxury. Spread over a number of historic townhouses on a beautiful, gently-curving Georgian terrace, this upmarket hotel is in a peaceful spot, despite being so close to the bustling centre.

The hotel’s main wing has been given a makeover in a snazzy Art Deco style and there are more bedrooms in a pair of houses a few doors along the street, which have a comfortable, contemporary feel. The bar is a definite highlight, backdropped by a wall of mirrors.

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The Roseate Villa

In a pair of grandiose Victorian houses, in a quiet location opposite Bath’s Henrietta Park, you’ll find The Roseate Villa, a bed and breakfast that has the feel of a smoothly-run boutique hotel. The food is a big deal here, and most of the food served is baked in the hotel’s kitchens, even the cakes and pastries. The breakfasts are a highlight, with a complimentary glass of Buck’s fizz, and the afternoon teas are delicious.

During summer months you can enjoy food out on the lawn. With shuttered windows overlooking the park, boarded floors and stuccoed walls, the hotel is a great spot for anyone seeking a lovely place to stay in Bath surrounded by greenery but within easy reach of the city.

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