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