One of the jewels of England, Bath’s Roman and Georgian history are everywhere, whether you want to simply enjoy being surrounded by some of the best architecture in the world or to more closely examine the city s fascinating past. Our pick of the best places to stay in Bath are mostly centrally located and all make an ideal base for exploring this beautiful city. For those who’d prefer an apartment, we recommend the selection from our online partner, Booking.com .
Sites such as the ravishing Pulteney Bridge which, like Florence s Ponte Vecchio, was designed for practicality as well as beauty with built in shops. It s the perfect place to visit if one of you prefers sipping cappuccinos to history.
The Roman Baths from which the city takes its name were built by the Romans around the only hot spring in Britain and are still filled with natural warm water. As well as audio guides in eight languages the admission fee includes guides specially for children in both English and French. Genius.
The Fashion Museum s 150 figures chart fashion from the late 16th century to the present day. There are exhibits of menswear, womenswear, day and evening wear and alternative fashion. You can even try on a crinoline at the Corsets and Crinolines display.
Bath is hilly which you should bear in mind if walking is a problem. It can be tricky for motorists too so if you are driving, it is advisable to make sure your hotel has parking.
This entrancing city has a vast choice of places to stay. There are dozens of smaller hotels in 18th century houses, handsome from the outside, though sometimes rather cramped within. And the historical vibe (Beau Brummel, Jane Austen, etc.) tempts some hoteliers to adopt a deadly repro/chintzy style. Beware.
But don’t forget that it’s very busy – year round! If you want to ensure a room in one of the best places to stay in Bath, you’ll need to plan ahead and book well in advance.
The following are small hotels which avoid camping up the history and are strongly recommended as some of the best places to stay in Bath.
- Centrally yet quietly located, The Kennard boasts ornate decor and Jane Austen inspired garden. The helpful owners attention to detail and delicious breakfasts prepared with ingredients sourced from local farms make it deservedly popular.
- Harrington’s Hotel is an excellent value option a stone’s throw from all the major attractions. It’s great for families too with a couple of self catering apartments across the road. Best of all, it’s got its own parking (albeit a couple of minutes walk away)!
- The Queensberry is a chic privately owned townhouse hotel occupying several houses in a Georgian terrace. Smart and modern it is handy for the Fashion Museum being directly opposite the Assembly Rooms.
- The Halcyon is a great choice if you want somewhere a bit funky and buzzy in the city centre. There is a cocktail bar and if you want to eat breakfast downstairs and not in bed you ll pay extra. As if.
Super smart places to stay in Bath
In the upper echelons of price and grandeur, competition is fierce and the Big Three; the Bath Priory, Bath Spa and Royal Crescent, have each splashed out heavily on spa facilities. All would also claim to be high up there amongst the best places to stay in Bath.
- Highly recommended, is the Bath Priory. though it is just on the edge of the city and not in the centre. Decorated in traditional English country house style, it has an award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, glorious four acre gardens which also supply the kitchen with vegetables and extremely comfortable and luxurious rooms and bathrooms. Bath is quite small so the centre of the city is easily accessible from the hotel.
- The well-known Royal Crescent hotel is hard to beat if you are planning a treat. Situated right in the middle of one of the most jaw-droppingly impressive pieces of architecture in Britain, there is little chance of waking up here and wondering where you are. Effortlessly combining traditional and modern interiors it is a classy delight both inside and out. And the fabulously grown-up spa is a child-free zone.
- Of the three, the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel can’t be ignored, but is hard to really love. Standing in seven acres of formal grounds, it is competent, imposing and slightly dull, though its spa facilities are excellent.
For a city centre apartment
- If you don’t think that any of our picks of hotels or B Bs fits the bill, how about an aparmtent? You can find a good selection with our online partner, Booking.com .
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A one of a kind thermal spa hotel in the heart of Bath. Each bedroom is elegantly decorated with period details and contemporary features. Luxurious bedding and modern appliances provide extra comfort. The hotel has a fine restaurant, chic bar and a pleasant afternoon tea lounge.
99 rooms from €304
Spa breaks – Tapping into Bath’s original thermal springs
Wellbeing – An extensive range of personalised therapies
Total relaxation – Specialist aquatic body therapies
Great walks – Bowood House and Gardens nearby
Five star luxury hotel situated in the classical splendour of Bath’s Royal Crescent, with The Spa at the Royal Crescent and Dower House Restaurant – ideal for exploring the World Heritage Site on your doorstep.
45 rooms from €411
5* Luxury – Very high service standards.