As one of the UK’s most elegant cities, Bath makes the perfect minibreak destination. There’s so much culture to soak up, from the grand Georgian architecture to the world-class museums, as well as fantastic places to eat and drink (and gorgeous green spaces to walk it all off!). The city is also home to some fantastic boutique hotels that will make the ideal weekend bolthole.
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath
The Sir Percy Blakeney Suite | Courtesy of The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa
This five-star hotel is located on one of the most famous crescents in the world – Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent. From the moment you step through the beautiful Georgian doors you’ll be blown away by the stunning interiors, top-class service and luxurious touches. Explore the tranquil gardens, relax with a book in front of the fire or treat yourself to an afternoon of pampering in the spa – this hotel is all about making your stay truly unforgettable.
Right in the heart of Bath you’ll find the stunning Gainsborough Bath Spa. This luxury hotel, designed by New York based Champalimaud Design, manages to perfectly combine Georgian details with a modern style to create elegant, relaxing rooms you’ll fall in love with. The spa – Spa Village Bath – is a huge draw here, with exclusive access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters the city is famous for. Set beneath a glass atrium inside the hotel, you can make the most of the spa’s facilities, visiting a circuit of natural thermal pools, saunas, as steam room and ice alcove, before a personalised aromatherapy treatment.
The Bath Priory is like the country house of your dreams! This beautiful Georgian house, built from the distinctive honey-coloured Bath stone, is just a short stroll from the city centre and offers a calm, relaxing space to unwind after exploring the sights. Set in four acres of pretty gardens, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The hotel boasts the city’s only Michelin Star for culinary excellence, so make sure you book a table at the restaurant for a special treat.
Small, but perfectly formed, The Queensberry Hotel is bursting with character and charm. Run by husband and wife team, Laurence and Helen Beere, you can expect a friendly welcome, excellent service and stylish accommodation in an unbeatable city centre location. The rooms and suites are all decorated in their own individual style, showing off the original Georgian details of the building while adding a touch of modern luxury. Make sure you relax with a drink in the Old Q Bar, before you head downstairs to the hotel’s excellent, three AA rosette, Olive Tree restaurant.
Elegant, luxurious and seriously stylish, No.15 Great Pulteney is all about attention to detail. Working with some of the UK’s biggest interior design stars to create 39 thoughtfully-designed rooms, you can expect beautiful and unexpected touches like feature wall murals, inside this sophisticated townhouse. The hotel’s Café 15 serves up excellent breakfasts, laid-back lunches and delicious dinners, while Bar 15 is the place to head for an indulgent cocktail in opulent surroundings.
Boutique, City, Fine Dining, Historic, Romantic, Stylish
THE PIG-near Bath
Just a 20-minute drive from the centre of Bath, this idyllic country house hotel is the perfect place to get away from it all after a day’s sightseeing in the city. The vibe here is relaxed and welcoming – ‘luxury combined with a homely charm’, as the hotel describes itself. The 29 bedrooms each have their own unique look, but will all give you serious ‘home envy’ (think wooden floorboards, antique rugs, quirky prints and huge beds). But the biggest draw here has to be The Kitchen, where top chefs create knockout food using seasonal ingredients grown in the Kitchen Garden.