The Best Hotels to Book in Bath

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa as seen from above
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa as seen from above | Courtesy of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa / Expedia
Culture Trip Travel Team

A Unesco-listed since the late 1980s, Bath is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK. With plenty of beautiful Georgian architecture, a fascinating history dating back to the Romans and a huge selection of boutique restaurants and shops, it’s easy to see why the city is a must-visit destination. We’ve put together some of the best hotels in Bath for some help with where to stay next time you’re in the storied city, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, for a true spa experience

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A blue-tiled indoor thermal pool with columns at the Gainsborough Bath Spa
Courtesy of The Gainsborough Bath Spa / Expedia

A stay at this five-star Georgian hotel in Bath guarantees a wellness experience like no other. The 1800s facade disguises a glass atrium that houses Spa Village Bath, a spa with access to the mineral-rich thermal waters of this heritage city. In a nod to Roman traditions, the spa offers an hour-long Bath Circuit, which takes guests on a bathing tour through its thermal baths, saunas, steam room, ice chamber and relaxation rooms. The guest rooms themselves favour period features and classical, custom design, with luxurious contemporary touches such as underfloor heating and Aromatherapy Associates toiletries.

2. Bathen House Boutique Hotel, for elegant dining

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Classically styled room at Bathen House Boutique Hotel, Bath
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Spacious rooms in this plush, five-star guesthouse incorporate pastel hues and white marble, each one well-appointed with upholstered, king-size beds, rainfall showers and lavish, freestanding baths. Recently renovated, this Edwardian, 13-room property on the edge of the city will charm you with its understated design, peaceful setting and onsite dining; the Bouvardia Restaurant serves up tender scallops, nori-wrapped monkfish tail and cardamom panna cotta.

3. The Bath Priory Hotel and Spa, for midday wandering


Smart room at The Bath Priory Hotel and Spa, Bath
Courtesy of The Bath Priory Hotel and Spa / Expedia

A short stroll from Bath city centre will bring you to this honey-coloured Georgian property, nestled amid well-tended gardens. The gothic-inspired facade, built in 1835, contains 33 well-appointed rooms, a three-AA-rosette restaurant and a garden spa by L’Occitane. The extensive walled gardens invite a wander; the kitchen garden, meadow and private nooks are populated by century-old trees and seasonal flora such as magnolia, irises and snowdrops. Take tea on the terrace and savour the view.

4. Francis Hotel, for a Bath landmark


Ambient room at Francis Hotel, Bath
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Located inside a collection of former Georgian townhouses, the prestigious Francis Hotel is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a memorable Bath hotel. The building itself is Grade I-listed, and each room features a king-size bed, Egyptian cotton linen and a Nespresso coffee machine as standard. History can be seen all around you in the classic architecture of the hotel, with period features and artworks illustrating the hotel’s impressive history.

5. Abbey Hotel, for a stylish stay


Warmly designed room at Abbey Hotel Bath
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A charming Bath city centre hotel, the Abbey offers guests a stylish yet comfortable stay, and with its unique style and sleek presentation, it is a fashionable choice. The rooms are expertly furnished to reflect the work of the building’s architect, John Wood. The hotel’s in-house restaurant and Art Bar are also definitely worth a visit in their own right, with a curated cocktail menu and changing art exhibitions showing the best pieces by local artists.

6. Homewood, for an idyllic spa weekend

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Opulent room at Homewood Hotel and Spa, Bath
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This boutique retreat is perfect for those looking to escape to the country whilst still being close to Bath. This gorgeous hotel has 31 uniquely styled rooms on offer and is a popular choice for weddings, parties and other events. Located a short drive outside of Bath in the Somerset countryside, the hotel has a relaxing atmosphere, with an in-house spa offering a variety of massages and treatments to help you rewind. Among the true highlights are the hotel’s private outdoor hot tubs, offering a great way to end a busy day exploring the city.

7. No15 Great Pulteney, for individually designed rooms


The classical facade of No15 Great Pulteney Hotel, Bath
Courtesy of No15 Great Pulteney Hotel / Expedia

With an atmosphere reflecting the rich personality of the city, No15 Great Pulteney is a luxurious four-star hotel set amongst a collection of Georgian townhouses in the heart of Bath. Each room is individually designed with a focus on creating a personal feel and showcasing some of the fantastic art the hotel owns. No15 has a host of excellent facilities, including an in-house spa and a gorgeous bar and restaurant serving a selection of next-level dishes and cocktails. With its historic frontage and stylish decor, the hotel oozes period charm and is sure to give guests a memorable experience.

8. The Queensberry, for modern chic


Chic room at the Queensberry Hotel with a salmon-pink love seat
Courtesy of The Queensberry Hotel / Expedia

The award-winning Queensberry is a sophisticated option for your stay in the city. Exhibiting all the exuberance and wit Bath is known for, the interior is modern yet quirky, with thoughtfully spacious rooms and colourful individual designs in each. On top of this, the hotel’s in-house restaurant, the Olive Tree, is one of just a few Michelin-starred eateries in the city, with an exceptional menu put together by head chef Chris Cleghorn.

9. The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, for an iconic stay


Classic room at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath
Courtesy of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa / Expedia

The elegant Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa is a perfect melding of history with modern service. Built in 1775 by famed Bath architect John Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent Hotel is one of the best-known buildings in the city. Formerly housing the rich and sometimes royal, the hotel now boasts lavish rooms with a regal touch of extravagance. Literally housed in one of the city’s main attractions, you’ll feel as if you’re living in a part of local history.

10. Henrietta House, for easy access to attractions

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Simple yet modern room at Henrietta House, Bath
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Part of the exclusive Radisson group of hotels, Henrietta House is a sleek and modern offering. With carefully crafted rooms showcasing the heritage of the building as well as all the modern comforts, this hotel is an excellent option for those looking for a home away from home in Bath. Located just a short walk away from some of Bath’s best attractions – including the Roman Baths, the Thermae Bath Spa and the Jane Austen Centre – it’s a great choice for guests wanting to spend time exploring the city. The classically designed bar is a perfect place to grab a nightcap before bed.

None of these take your fancy? Discover our guide to the best boutique hotels in Bath and book now on Culture Trip.

Chloe Thrussell contributed additional reporting to this article.

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