The Best Places to Stay in Bath

Enjoy stunning views of the city on a trip to Bath
Enjoy stunning views of the city on a trip to Bath | © Anthony Brown / Alamy Stock Photo
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27 November 2020

Famed for its history and culture, the city of Bath has been providing visitors with a relaxing experience for nearly 2,000 years. With its fascinating historical landmarks including the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent, along with a wide selection of boutique shops and restaurants, it’s easy to see why the city is one of the top tourist spots in the UK. To help you plan your trip, we’ve found the best places for you to stay on your next visit.

Hobbit-style House

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An absolute must for fans of The Lord of the Rings or for anyone looking for a memorable weekend, this Hobbit-styled apartment is an ideal bolthole. A self-contained, one-bedroom apartment featuring a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, you’ll have everything you’ll need to make this your home for a few days. Only a stone’s throw from the city in the beautiful Somerset countryside, you’ll think you have woken up in the Shire.

The Cedars

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This four-star bed and breakfast is just a short trip from the centre of Bath, and is perfect for either casual business trips or romantic weekend getaways. The stylish yet minimal rooms come fully fitted out with ensuite bathrooms and a small kitchen area – a continental breakfast is available to guests either in the dining area, or in the comfort of their own rooms. If you’re looking for a unique experience, the Cedars has an Airstream caravan available to hire situated just outside the main hotel, perfect for a private weekend.

About this place:

Cosy, Casual, Boutique, Family Friendly, Relaxed, Traditional, Stylish, Great Location

The Old Smithy Loft

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This boutique apartment comes highly recommended by previous guests. Located in a quiet neighbourhood, this spacious yet cosy loft apartment is within walking distance of the city centre, as well as some of the famous landmarks such as the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent. Looked after by a personal housekeeper and recommended for its excellent service and transport links, the apartment is ideal for those looking for a base camp from which to explore the city.

About this place:

Casual, Cosy, Boutique, Great Location, Traditional, Stylish, Relaxed

Grosvenor Villa

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This welcoming bed and breakfast, found in a Grade II-listed Georgian villa, places a special emphasis on local history. Featuring a huge number of local historical items, including the original altarpiece of nearby Bath Abbey, the guest house is a fascinating place to stay with traditional rooms and a wonderful private garden. Guests can have breakfast served in the villa’s authentic Georgian dining area.

About this place:

Boutique, Cosy, Casual, Family Friendly, Historic, Relaxed, Romantic, Stylish, Traditional, Unusual, Great Location

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

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If you’re wanting the definitive Bath experience, the Gainsborough, with its amazing heritage, five-star lodgings and direct access to the Roman Baths, is the place to stay. Named after local artist Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the hotel offers guests a luxurious visit. It was originally built in the 1800s but offers all the trappings of a modern hotel, so guests are treated to heated bathroom floors, flatscreen HD televisions and Nespresso coffee machines as standard. It is set apart from other hotels in the area by its direct access for guests to the famous nearby thermal baths.

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  • The Francis Hotel

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    Formerly a collection of Georgian town houses before being converted into the hotel it is today, the opulent Francis Hotel is the perfect choice for those looking for an extravagant weekend in the city. Originally built by Jon Wood the Elder, this Grade I-listed building is worth visiting in its own right. As part of their stay, guests can enjoy Egyptian cotton linen, White Company toiletries and beautiful views of the surrounding city. The hotel has a variety of dining options, including a delightful afternoon tea offering.

    No15 Great Pulteney Hotel and Spa

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    Guests looking for something slightly different should consider the No15 Great Pulteney Hotel. Found in an authentic Georgian town house, the No15 incorporates an artistic touch into every one of its 40 individually styled rooms. Making the most of Bath’s artistic heritage, the hotel showcases an ample art collection. Found down a quiet residential street, No15 is also home to an award-winning restaurant and bar, as well as a fully functional day spa offering a variety of different massages and treatments.

    SACO Bath St James's Parade

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    Offering a fresh alternative for accommodation in the city, SACO apartments are a great option for those looking for a private weekend break or a longer sojourn. With artfully furnished rooms, a fully stocked kitchen and ensuite bathrooms, these self-contained apartments are the perfect choice for those wanting to explore the city their own way. With such a close proximity to the city centre and Bath’s many attractions, SACO is a great choice for those wanting to make the most of their time in the city.

    About this place:

    Boutique, City, Cosy, Relaxed, Stylish, Traditional, Great Location
    These recommendations were updated on November 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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