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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 $113
    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

    Bath (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.

    6 rooms from $118
    Local markets  -  From the once a year Christmas market to the year round farmer's markets
    Sights nearby  -  The world famous Roman Baths are an absolute must visit
    Great walks  -  'Bizarre Bath' organises guided walks around the city
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 12's only
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Tasburgh House


    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.

    14 rooms from $120
    Great walks  -  Many options for walking whether it be a historic city walk, a canal walk or an amble in the surrounding countryside
    Views  -  Panoramic views over the city of Bath
    Sights nearby  -  20 mins walk from the centre of Bath
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Harington's Hotel


    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 $125
    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


    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.

    18 rooms from $135
    Sights nearby  -  Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, The Jane Austen Centre
  • 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 $135
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Queensberry


    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.

    29 rooms from $140
    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.
  • The Halcyon


    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 $140
    Bar  -  Popular bar and lounge
    Sights nearby  -  2 mins from the Abbey, Roman Baths & Thermae Spa
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
  • Grays


    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 $142
    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


    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.

    12 rooms from $156
    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

    Bath (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.

    11 rooms from $163
    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

    Bath (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.

    3 rooms from $163
    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 Wheatsheaf


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

    3 rooms from $170
    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 $177
    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


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

    12 rooms from $191
    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
  • The Pig near Bath

    Bath, 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.

    29 rooms from $197
    Exclusive offer  -  Upgrade
    Country House  -  Georgian Mansion, Hunstrete House, a Grade-II listed country house dating from 1820
    Foodies  -  All food in the restaurant is locally sourced within 25 miles
    Garden  -  Kitchen garden growing vegetables, herbs and fruit
    Spa  -  Potting Shed spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel


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

    129 rooms from $210
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Bath Priory


    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.

    27 rooms from $326
    Traditional  -  Great paintings, objets d'art and belle epoque chandeliers.
    Garden  -  4 acres of landscaped gardens.
    Restaurant  -  Michelin starred dining.
    Sights nearby  -  The Roman Great Bath with Victorian statues, the remains of the Temple Sulis Minerva and hypocaust underfloor heating systems.
  • Thornbury Castle


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

    27 rooms from $326
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • The Gainsborough Bath Spa


    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.

    99 rooms from $361
    Spa breaks  -  Tapping into Bath's original thermal springs
    Wellbeing  -  An extensive range of personalised therapies
    Total relaxation  -  Specialist aquatic body therapies
    Great walks  -  Bowood House and Gardens nearby
  • The Royal Crescent Hotel


    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 $489
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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