The Best Luxury Hotels in Bath, England

The Gainsborough, in Bath, is the only hotel in England that has thermal pools
The Gainsborough, in Bath, is the only hotel in England that has thermal pools | Courtesy of The Gainsborough Bath Spa / Expedia
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27 November 2020

Once the famed playground for the rich and famous, Bath has been entertaining the great for millennia at its Roman Baths. Declared a World Heritage Site in the late 1980s, Bath is world-renowned for its extravagant Georgian architecture, its inviting eateries and bars and its vibrant cultural scene. With grandeur being a central theme of the city, we’ve listed some of Bath’s best luxury hotels for you to choose from on your next visit.

The Homewood

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Homewood Hotel and Spa
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Set amongst the beautiful Somerset countryside and featuring a quirky style of its very own, the Homewood has rapidly become one of the top hotel experiences in Bath. Re-opened in January 2020, the striking mansion-hotel is full of creative touches while still maintaining an excellent level of service and a great selection of luxurious rooms. If you’re looking for an extra relaxing stay, why not check yourself into the in-house spa, which offers a variety of treatments and massages that will leave you feeling zen in no time.

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The Bath Priory Hotel and Spa

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The Bath Priory Hotel and Spa
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Part of the award winning Brownsword hotel group, the Bath Priory is the perfect respite from the bustling city centre that can be found nearby. Dating back to the Georgian period and keeping much of the charm and opulence, the Bath Priory Hotel prides itself on its exquisitely designed rooms, each named after a different flower pairing and featuring en-suite marble bathrooms, L’Occitane toiletries and quality Vispring beds as standard. In addition to the wonderful lodgings, the Priory’s pride and joy is the award-winning restaurant, offering arguably the best French cuisine in the city.

The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa

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Found in one of Bath’s top landmarks, the Royal Crescent, it’s no surprise that the hotel bearing the same name is one of the best lodgings in the city. It occupies two former residences in the Crescent, and the hotel’s heritage can be seen in everything from its architecture and wonderful interiors to its attentive staff. With one of the most visited attractions in Bath literally on your doorstep, you’ll feel like you’re right at home in this historical city.

The Queensberry Hotel

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A certain eccentricity, synonymous with Bath, runs through every fibre of the Queensberry Hotel. Opened by experienced hoteliers Helen and Laurence Beere in 2005, the hotel has gone on to become one of the most renowned in the city. On top of its many attributes, the Queensberry’s in-house restaurant, the Olive Tree, happens to be the only Michelin-star restaurant in the city and is well worth a visit in its own right. The rooms themselves are expertly crafted, and the staff are extremely welcoming and attentive.

Apsley House

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Tradition and history are evidently two of the prime motivators behind Apsley House and its superb guest house. Found near Weston Methodist Church on the outskirts of the city, this five-star hotel brings a pristine, perfectionist quality to its rooms and service. Famously built by the Duke of Wellington following his victory at Waterloo, the house has a long and varied history that fascinates its guests. The suites all have a beautiful view of the serene village of Lower Weston and, with a number of great local eateries nearby, the hotel has some excellent options for local dining.

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  • No15 Great Pulteney Hotel and Spa

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    Voted hotel of the year for Bath, Bristol and Somerset in 2019, No15 Great Pulteney Hotel and Spa offers attention to detail in every aspect. The hotel sits on one of the most resplendent streets in Bath and just a short walk from most of the city’s highlights. Featuring a full-fledged spa with a number of treatments available and an in-house bar with a carefully curated cocktail menu, you might not want to leave the hotel at all. The rooms are thoughtfully put together, incorporating individual artistic flourishes, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the local area.

    The Gainsborough Bath Spa

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    The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath
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    The first UK offering from the lauded YTL hotel group, the Gainsborough finds itself in a lavish Grade II-listed building with access to the world-famous thermal baths. With elegant interiors created by the acclaimed Champalimaud Design, the hotel weaves together the building’s ample history with all the modern trappings of 21st-century luxury, including heated bathroom floors, a Nespresso coffee machine and HD flatscreen TV as standard. Be sure to book in a dip in the naturally heated, mineral-rich pools for which the city is best known and to which the hotel has exclusive access.

    The Francis Hotel

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    The Francis Hotel, Bath
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    Designed and built by famed local architect John Wood the Elder, the Grade I-listed Francis Hotel is composed of seven adjacent townhouses and has been welcoming guests for nearly 150 years. The ultra comfortable four-poster beds are swathed in Egyptian cotton, and the bathrooms have exclusive White Company toiletries. The hotel is just a short walk from the city’s famous landmarks and has a wonderful in-house restaurant, which offers a terrific afternoon tea.

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    These recommendations were updated on November 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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