The Best Boutique Hotels in Bath

As one of the UK’s most elegant cities, Bath is the perfect mini-break destination
As one of the UK’s most elegant cities, Bath is the perfect mini-break destination | © travellinglight / Alamy Stock Photo
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16 September 2020

As one of the UK’s most elegant cities, Bath makes the perfect mini-break destination. There’s so much culture to soak up, from the grand Georgian architecture to the world-class museums and fantastic places to eat and drink (plus many gorgeous green spaces to walk it all off!). The city is also home to some fantastic boutique hotels that will keep you within easy reach of all the top attractions.

The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa

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This five-star hotel is located on one of the most famous crescents in the world – Bath’s 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.

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa

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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, a steam room and an ice alcove, before a personalised aromatherapy treatment.

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The Bath Priory

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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 4 acres (1.6ha) of pretty gardens, you’ll feel a million miles away from the city. 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.
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  • The Queensberry Hotel

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    Small, but perfectly formed, the Queensberry Hotel is bursting with character and charm. Run by a team of husband and wife, 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 excellent Olive Tree restaurant.

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    No.15 Great Pulteney

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    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, such as feature wall murals, inside this sophisticated townhouse. The hotel’s Cafe 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.

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    Eight Hotel

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    Boutique hotels can sometimes be a bit bigger than you might expect – but not if they are named after precisely how many rooms can be found inside. That’s the idea here, and it’s a curiously consistent one; not only are there eight rooms in this hotel, but there are eight main dishes (four of them are vegetarian or vegan) on the dinner menu of its very rarely empty French restaurant. Dating back to the 1400s, the building flaunts medieval features, such as the massive stone fireplaces down in the refectory-turned-basement-bar, while modern elements like rainforest showers and designer wallpaper keep things firmly grounded in the 21st century where they’re supposed to be. Eight is also located very centrally, with the Roman Baths right around the corner.

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    Josh Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on September 16, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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