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One of the jewels of England, Bath's Roman and Georgian history are everywhere, whether you want to simply enjoy being surrounded by some of the best architecture in the world or to more closely examine the city’s fascinating past.

Sites such as the ravishing Pulteney Bridge which, like Florence’s Ponte Vecchio, was designed for practicality as well as beauty with built in shops. It’s the perfect place to visit if one of you prefers sipping cappuccinos to history.

The Roman Baths from which the city takes its name were built by the Romans around the only hot spring in Britain and are still filled with natural warm water. As well as audio guides in eight languages the admission fee includes guides specially for children in both English and French. Genius.

The Fashion Museum’s 150 figures chart fashion from the late 16th century to the present day. There are exhibits of menswear, womenswear, day and evening wear and alternative fashion. You can even try on a crinoline at the Corsets and Crinolines display.

Bath is hilly which you should bear in mind if walking is a problem. It can be tricky for motorists too so if you are driving, it is advisable to make sure your hotel has parking.

This entrancing city has a vast choice of places to stay. There are dozens of smaller hotels in 18th century houses, handsome from the outside, though sometimes rather cramped within. And the historical vibe (Beau Brummel, Jane Austen, etc.) tempts some hoteliers to adopt a deadly repro/chintzy style. Beware.

Best places to stay in Bath:

Smaller Hotels

The following are small hotels which avoid camping up the history and are strongly recommended as some of the best places to stay in Bath.

  • Centrally yet quietly located, The Kennard boasts ornate decor and Jane Austen inspired garden. The helpful owners’ attention to detail and delicious breakfasts prepared with ingredients sourced from local farms make it deservedly popular.
  • Harrington's Hotel is an excellent value option a stone's throw from all the major attractions. It's great for families too with a couple of self catering apartments across the road. Best of all, it's got its own parking (albeit a couple of minutes walk away)!
  • The Queensberry is a chic privately owned townhouse hotel occupying several houses in a Georgian terrace. Smart and modern it is handy for the Fashion Museum being directly opposite the Assembly Rooms.
  • The Halcyon is a great choice if you want somewhere a bit funky and buzzy in the city centre. There is a cocktail bar and if you want to eat breakfast downstairs and not in bed you’ll pay extra. As if.

Super smart places to stay in Bath

In the upper echelons of price and grandeur, competition is fierce and the Big Three; the Bath Priory, Bath Spa and Royal Crescent, have each splashed out heavily on spa facilities. All would also claim to be high up there amongst the best places to stay in Bath.

Highly recommended, is the Bath Priory, though it is just on the edge of the city and not in the centre. Decorated in traditional English country house style, it has an award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, glorious four acre gardens which also supply the kitchen with vegetables and extremely comfortable and luxurious rooms and bathrooms. Bath is quite small so the centre of the city is easily accessible from the hotel.

The well-known Royal Crescent hotel is hard to beat if you are planning a treat. Situated right in the middle of one of the most jaw-droppingly impressive pieces of architecture in Britain, there is little chance of waking up here and wondering where you are.

Effortlessly combining traditional and modern interiors it is a classy delight both inside and out. And the fabulously grown-up spa is a child-free zone.

Of the three, the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel can't be ignored, but is hard to really love. Standing in seven acres of formal grounds, it is competent, imposing and slightly dull, though its spa facilities are excellent.

Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Bath and start to plan your stay. Please feel free to call or email a friendly guru for advice. Contact

 
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  • Brooks Guest House

    Bath (Upper Bristol Road)

    Friendly boutique guesthouse housed in a Victorian complex at the heart of Bath. Vintage-style deco combined with lashings of creature comforts are the hallmark of this cosy haven within easy reach of the spa town’s main sights.

    22 rooms from $129
    Sights nearby  -  Very close to the Royal Crescent and a short walk from the centre of town and all major attractions.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Harington's Hotel

    Bath

    Excellent value town centre hotel a stone's throw from the best that Bath has to offer. No restaurant, but in this city there's plenty of choice elsewhere. Great for families and those on a budget.

    13 rooms from $142
    Sights nearby  -  Closest hotel to the Thermae Spa
  • Bailbrook House Hotel

    Bath (London Road West)

    Newly renovated historic property on the outskirts of town. Set amid 20 acres of private gardens, Bailbrook House enjoys great views over both city and surrounding countryside. Ideal for both leisure and business travellers.

    94 rooms from $153
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • The Halcyon

    Bath

    Funky informality and affordable style in this trendy hotel in the centre of Bath. Buzzy bar, small rooms, can be noisy, but fun.

    21 rooms from $159
    Bar  -  Popular bar and lounge
    Sights nearby  -  2 mins from the Abbey, Roman Baths & Thermae Spa
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
  • Grays

    Bath

    Come here for a weekend away that’s like visiting old friends. Styled as a contemporary classic, this B&B just outside the city centre is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. It’s super comfortable with great views and a British feel.

    12 rooms from $161
    Value chic
    Views  -  Fabulous views across the city and the spectacular Royal Crescent
    Sights nearby  -  15 minute stroll down to the centre of Bath
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12
  • Kennard

    Bath

    Great value small townhouse hotel with ornate decor and pretty Jane Austen inspired garden a stone's throw from Bath's centre.

    12 rooms from $177
    Exclusive offer  -  Midweek breaks
    Sights nearby  -  Just minutes from the Roman baths and Thermae Spa.
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 8s only.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Wheatsheaf

    Bath

    Country gastropub 10 minutes from historic Bath. Rustic chic interior, fresh locally sourced food, gardens.

    3 rooms from $193
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Brittons Farm

    Bath (Beach)

    Family friendly B&B in Jacobean manor house in quiet rural surroundings with beautiful grounds. A good base for visiting Bath and the south Cotswolds, with lots of space for children.

    4 rooms from $201
    Suites  -  All suites feature Nespresso Coffee machines and Molton Brown smellies.
    Child friendly  -  Help feed the farm animals including micro pigs, horses and ponies.
    Sights nearby  -  Just 10 mins drive to the centre of Bath.
  • Queensberry

    Bath

    Chic, calm privately owned townhouse hotel in Georgian terrace house, smart with large rooms, good restaurant and wine list

    29 rooms from $209
    Good wine list  -  Along with a good line in whisky tasting
    Parking  -  Free parking in the heart of Bath.
    Sights nearby  -  Opposite the Pump Rooms
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • Apsley House

    Bath

    Grandeur on a human scale; run with love and attention to detail on the eastern fringes of Bath

    12 rooms from $217
    Traditional  -  Furnished with antiques and fine paintings.
    Historic  -  Built by the Duke of Wellington
    Sights nearby  -  A short bus ride to the centre of town
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
  • Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

    Bath

    Elegant, informal Georgian hotel near Roman Baths. Landscaped gardens, spa, beautiful rooms. Award winning restaurant.

    129 rooms from $238
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel
  • Bath Priory

    Bath

    Elegant country house hotel on the edge of the city with award winning restaurant plus indoor and outdoor pools.

    27 rooms from $338
    Traditional  -  Great paintings, objets d'art and belle epoque chandeliers.
    Garden  -  4 acres of landscaped gardens.
    Restaurant  -  Michelin starred dining.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
  • Thornbury Castle

    Bath

    Historic castle dating back to Henry VIII's reign. Sumptuous decoration, extensive grounds, spa.

    27 rooms from $371
    Spa
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • The Royal Crescent Hotel

    Bath

    Five star luxury hotel situated in the classical splendour of Bath's Royal Crescent, with The Spa at the Royal Crescent and Dower House Restaurant - ideal for exploring the World Heritage Site on your doorstep.

    45 rooms from $556
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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