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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. Our pick of the best places to stay in Bath are mostly centrally located and all make an ideal base for exploring this beautiful city. For those who'd prefer an apartment, we recommend the selection from our online partner, Booking.com.
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.
But don't forget that it's very busy - year round! If you want to ensure a room in one of the best places to stay in Bath, you'll need to plan ahead and book well in advance.
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.
For a city centre apartment
- If you don't think that any of our picks of hotels or B&Bs fits the bill, how about an aparmtent? You can find a good selection with our online partner, Booking.com.
Best Hotels in Bath
Brooks Guest House 22 rooms from $98Bath (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.Sights nearby - Very close to the Royal Crescent and a short walk from the centre of town and all major attractions.Recommended by - Sawdays
Brindleys 6 rooms from $102Bath (Somerset)
This six bed property is tucked away in a quiet residential nook, yet walking distance from Bath centre. Rooms are decorated in a French country style with white linens and pastel throws. There is a sunny courtyard and cosy living room to relax. A full organic breakfast awaits you each morning.Local markets - From the once a year Christmas market to the year round farmer's marketsSights nearby - The world famous Roman Baths are an absolute must visitGreat walks - 'Bizarre Bath' organises guided walks around the cityRestrictions on children - Over 12's onlyRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Tasburgh House 14 rooms from $104Bath
A Victorian house set in 7 acres of stunningly beautiful countryside close to the city of Bath. The interior is elegantly designed with well chosen wallpapers and fabrics. Breakfasts include local produce. An idyllic spot for exploring the city and its surrounding area.Great walks - Many options for walking whether it be a historic city walk, a canal walk or an amble in the surrounding countrysideViews - Panoramic views over the city of BathSights nearby - 20 mins walk from the centre of BathLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Harington's Hotel 13 rooms from $108Bath
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.Private Hot Tub - You can hire the courtyard hot tub by the hour for private usage.Sights nearby - Closest hotel to the Thermae Spa
Henrietta House 18 rooms from $116Bath
Step back into Georgian Bath but in a hotel with all mod cons. Elegant listed house with high-ceilinged rooms and shuttered windows, sleigh beds, antique furniture and traditional bathrooms. An unbeatable breakfast. Classy choice for those seeking a touch of Georgian authenticity.Sights nearby - Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, The Jane Austen Centre
Bailbrook House Hotel 94 rooms from $116Bath (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.Four poster beds - For romantics.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Queensberry 29 rooms from $121Bath
Chic townhouse hotel on Georgian terrace, Bath. The spacious rooms, are wonderfully comfortable and boast every modern convenience. The historic architecture lends a certain glamour to the building, with original sash windows, grand staircases and cosy drawing rooms. A stylish choice.Sights nearby - Opposite the Pump Rooms and just down the road from the historic and elegant Bath Assembly Rooms.Great walks - Take a lakeside walk in Bath Spa University’s Newton Park campus.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
Grays 12 rooms from $122Bath
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.Value chicViews - Fabulous views across the city and the spectacular Royal CrescentSights nearby - 15 minute stroll down to the centre of BathRestrictions on children - No children under 12
Kennard 12 rooms from $135Bath
A charming Georgian townhouse in the heart of Bath, minutes from the sights. The hotel stays true to its history with ornate decor and a pretty Jane Austen inspired garden. A splendid breakfast is served in the chandelier decked dining room. Perfection, at a very reasonable price.Local markets - Nearby Pulteney Bridge is one of a handful of historic bridges in the world with shops built into it.Great walks - Guests are welcome to take a stroll in the lovely Georgian Garden.Sights nearby - Just minutes from the Roman baths and Thermae Spa.Restrictions on children - Children over eight years are welcome.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Dorian House 11 rooms from $141Bath (Somerset)
Located in a quiet corner of town, yet just ten minutes walk from the city centre. Decorated with an eclectic array of Asian antiques from the owner's travels. Rooms are decorated in neutral colours, some with four-poster beds, claw-foot baths and power showers. Plus a tranquil garden to enjoy.Great walks - Meander along the Royal Crescent or the Avon canal. Further afield there are plenty of rural walking trails.Sights nearby - The picturesque Westonbirt, Stourhead and Dyrham Park are all close by.Restrictions on children - Children are not permitted at this hotel.Full of character
Lavender Cottage B&B 3 rooms from $141Bath (Dunkerton)
This former parish dating back to 1740 provides a secluded country haven just 15 minutes drive from bath. All three rooms are decorated in classic country style with antique pieces. There is a charming dining room overlooking the mature gardens. A full English Breakfast is served every morning.Sights nearby - Visit the famous Royal Crescent and pop in to the museum at Number 1 or visit Holburne Museum.Hideaway - Just 15 minutes drive from the historic city of Bath yet tucked away in a rural corner.Great walks - Through the local village of Dunkerton or take an audio walking tour of Bath.Restrictions on children - Children are not permitted.
The Ayrlington 16 rooms from $147Bath
An imposing town house surrounded by award winning oriental gardens and with stunning city views. Individually designed rooms and suites are opulent and traditional in style. Some feature four posters. An indulgent Full English is served for breakfast. Well located to explore the city. Very chic.City Style - A glamorous property in the heart of the historical city of Bath.Sights nearby - Visit the famed Roman Bath complex.OpulentRomantic - Good for couples.
The Halcyon Hotel Apartments 7 rooms from $147Bath
Funky informality and affordable style in these trendy apartments in the centre of Bath. A lively bar and large apartment suites - each with private lounge area and kitchen. Elegantly decorated and comfortable. A fun spot in the heart of the city with a chic town house feel.City Style - Town house apartments in the city centre with a popular bar - city break in style.Sights nearby - 2 mins from the Abbey, Roman Baths & Thermae SpaGreat walks - The Botanical GardensLively - Hip and happening.
Brittons Farm 4 rooms from $153Bath (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.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.
Apsley House 12 rooms from $165Bath
Grand yet homely - run with love, and attention to detail on the eastern fringes of Bath. This charming guest house has twelve elegantly decorated bedroom with a warm, cosy feel. A fine breakfast are with large airy windows and views over Bath.Total relaxation - A quiet and relaxing space to explore the city of Bath fromTraditional - Furnished with antiques and fine paintings.Historic - Built by the Duke of WellingtonSights nearby - The Circus, Pulteney Bridge, Prior Park and Bath AbbeyRecommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
The Pig near Bath 29 rooms from $170Bath, Somerset
Charming boutique hotel. Quirky rooms sit within the Grade II listed building and cozy outhouses. Restaurant and kitchen garden, extensive spa, stunning grounds. Country walks and sights nearby make it the perfect romantic getaway.Exclusive offer - UpgradeCountry House - Georgian Mansion, Hunstrete House, a Grade-II listed country house dating from 1820Foodies - All food in the restaurant is locally sourced within 25 milesGarden - Kitchen garden growing vegetables, herbs and fruitSpa - Potting Shed spaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Bath Priory 27 rooms from $171Bath
An elegant Georgian manor turned hotel, on the edge of the city. Charming suites feature beautiful fabrics and original sash windows commanding spectacular views of the grounds. The award winning restaurant serves up delicious dishes straight from the Victorian walled garden.Total relaxation - Beautiful landscaped gardens, proximity to the thermal baths and giant soaking tubs will rejuvenate any guest.Traditional - Great paintings, objets d'art and belle epoque chandeliers.Foodies - Boasting a Michelin starred restaurantGreat walks - Take a stroll around the beautifully landscaped gardens and walled Kitchen Garden, producing fresh produce for the restaurant.Recommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays, Michelin Travel
Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel 129 rooms from $181Bath
Elegant, informal Georgian hotel near Roman Baths. Landscaped gardens, spa, beautiful rooms. Award winning restaurant.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolSpa5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Frommers
The Gainsborough Bath Spa 99 rooms from $312Bath
A one of a kind thermal spa hotel in the heart of Bath. Each bedroom is elegantly decorated with period details and contemporary features. Luxurious bedding and modern appliances provide extra comfort. The hotel has a fine restaurant, chic bar and a pleasant afternoon tea lounge.Spa breaks - Tapping into Bath's original thermal springsWellbeing - An extensive range of personalised therapiesTotal relaxation - Specialist aquatic body therapiesGreat walks - Bowood House and Gardens nearby
The Royal Crescent Hotel 45 rooms from $422Bath
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.Spa5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux