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One of England's most beautiful cities and most popular tourist destinations, Bath is an historic beauty. Reminders of 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 - you can't escape it. Our pick of the best places to stay in Bath are scattered throughout town, but there’s definitely a concentration around the centre. We’ve picked out great B&Bs and guesthouses too, along with some gorgeous Bath grande dames and bijou boutique hotels.
Bath has dozens and dozens of smaller hotels converted from 18th century houses, which are handsome from the outside, though sometimes rather cramped within. And the historical vibe tempts some hoteliers to adopt a possibly ill-advised repro/chintzy style. There’s probably a Jane Austen quote for this sort of thing…
Where to Stay in Bath? Which Part of Town?
- The unofficially titled Centre of Bath is the bit between the River Avon and George Street, the bit including the abbey, the Roman Baths, the Thermae Bath Spa, and some of Bath’s beautiful Georgian architecture. And Pultney Bridge, which was built in the 18th century, and is one of those bridges with shops and houses on it. This is also where you’ll find many of the museums, the restaurants, and a large, elegant, pedestrianised shopping precinct. This is the place most visitors assume is the best place to stay in Bath, and they’re often right, especially if it’s their first time in Bath, or they’re only here for a few days, or they’re looking for something simple and affordable. The best thing about staying in the centre of Bath is that it’s beautiful and atmospheric. And there are plenty of places to eat and drink.
- Just to the north of the centre of town, so close that you might not be able to tell one area from another, is Walcot. This is where you’ll find The Royal Crescent, arguably the most famous address in the UK (after numbers 10 and 11 Downing Street), and The Circus, which is a Georgian beauty along similar lines. Walcot is also known for its restaurant scene, and its pubs and bars. If you want to venture out of an evening then Walcot is one of the best places to stay in Bath. It’s also probably our pick if you’re looking for a romantic hotel. And it’s hip, with plenty of independent boutiques and galleries, as well as hip places to eat and drink.
- Bathwick, across the Avon from the centre of town, is another good choice if you want to be very central, but it’s leafier, and a great place to go looking for charming guesthouses and B&Bs.
- Bear Flat and Oldfield Park good bases if you want to stay somewhere a bit quieter. These suburbs are still within a 15-25 minute walk of the Roman Baths, but they’re quieter and residential, with some lovely Georgian townhouses and mansions that have been beautifully converted into small boutique hotels.
- If you stay a little outside town, you’re not really that far from the main sights, but your views will be more rural — or possibly of gorgeous Bath itself.
Bear in mind that Bath is hilly. It can be tricky for motorists too so if you are driving, so it might be relevant to check if your hotel has parking. It’s also worth remembering that the best places to stay in Bath are the sorts of small hotels that have their weekends booked up months in advance!
The Best Places to Stay in Bath
- Our Gurus love the Bath Priory, though stress it is just on the edge of the city and not in the centre. A beautiful Georgian manor on the outside, there’s now a carefully converted hotel on the inside, with 27 luxurious, country house hotel style rooms with all the luxurious trimmings, indoor and outdoor pools, a glorious four acre garden — which also supplies the kitchen with vegetables — and an AA 3 Rosette restaurant. And our Gurus do remind me that Bath is quite small, so the centre of the city is easily accessible from the hotel.
- The Gainsborough Bath Spa is a one of a kind thermal spa hotel in the very centre of Bath, tapping directly into Bath’s original thermal springs. It has 99 rooms and suites, including some huge family suites, and all of them are extremely comfortable as well as beautiful. There’s a wonderfully elegant lounge serving afternoon tea, a fine restaurant and a chic bar. Plus you’re right in the centre of everything.
- The Royal Crescent Hotel enjoys one of the most famous addresses in Bath, and 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.
For a classic stay
- The Queensberry is also a townhouse hotel on a Georgian terrace, though a less famous one, located on the hill close to the Bath Assembly Rooms. It has 29 spacious rooms and suites, with plenty of charming original features, including grand staircases and cosy drawing rooms, but with contemporary decor and design. Its restaurant, The Olive Tree, has a Michelin star, a rare thing in Bath. And you’re just opposite the Pump Rooms.
- Georgian and elegant in honey coloured local stone, the super centrally located Abbey Hotel is just the sort of hotel people planning a trip to Bath dream of. It’s not quite a classic hotel, but it certainly looks like one, albeit slightly more trendy than some. And it’s got the facilities too, with a quirky cocktail bar, an elegant French brasserie style restaurant that’s a joint venture between Marco Pierre-White and Pierre Koffman, and a tea room known for its classic afternoon teas. There are 62 rooms and suites.
- Imposing and Georgian, the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is outside the centre of Bath, standing in seven acres of its own beautiful, formal grounds. This is a formal feeling hotel, with 129 rooms and suites, very high service standards and attention to detail, along with an excellent spa, a pool and a restaurant which holds 2 AA Rosettes.
Some of Bath’s Best Small Hotels
- Centrally, yet quietly, located, The Kennard is a charmingly converted Georgian townhouse with just 12 rooms, ornate decor and a Jane Austen inspired garden. The helpful owners’ attention to detail and delicious breakfasts, served in a chandelier-hung dining hall and prepared with ingredients sourced from local farms, make it deservedly popular. Each room is quite different, so make sure you ask for the one that most suits your tastes.
- Eight is small and smart, with a simple, contemporary elegance in muted greys that lifts right out of the pages of a design magazine. There are just eight rooms in this converted, central townhouse, and they retain their high ceilings, fireplaces and cornices, and are now light and airy too. There’s also a restaurant serving seasonal food in a gourmet style.
- With just seven apartment-style rooms, The Halcyon Hotel Apartments are a great choice if you want somewhere small, but chic, and a bit buzzy in the city centre. There is a lively cocktail bar downstairs, and the seven large apartments upstairs, complete with their stylishly decorated private lounges and kitchens. They’ll deliver breakfast hampers to your door if you’d rather not DIY.
- Leighton Townhouse is a Victorian villa a mile from the centre of Bath, now converted into a ten room hotel. The gardens are lovely, the decor is elegant, with pale colours and elegant antiques, and all the rooms have been individually designed. They say it’s about a 15 minute stroll to the Roman Baths from here. This is the perfect spot for a romantic and relaxed weekend.
- Dorian House is very close by, in a similarly quiet spot about 15 minutes from the Roman Baths. It has 11 rooms and suites, again individually decorated with a preference for simplicity, but also an eclectic array of antiques, many of them brought back from travels by the owners. There’s a tranquil garden too.
- The Ayrlington is an imposing townhouse surrounded by award-winning Oriental gardens. There are just 16 rooms, some with spectacular views of the city, and all of them individually designed in a traditional, but very confident style. Some have four-poster beds, some have feature wallpaper and impressive antiques, and one is painted bright pink. A memorable treat in a great location just across the river from the centre of historic Bath.
- No. 15 Great Pulteney is an opulent and whimsical hotel hidden behind an iconic Georgian facade in the centre of Bath. There are 40 individually designed rooms and suites, with an eclectic range of art — think handbags on the walls and jewels in the chandeliers! There’s an excellent restaurant and bar, and an impressive spa. Rooms have garden or city views. Suave and classy.
Family Friendly Hotels
- If you’re on the look out for an affordable, family friendly hotel in the centre of Bath try Harington's Hotel, which is located on Queen Street, a cobbled alley very close to the Thermal Baths — in fact Harington’s Hotel is the closest hotel to the baths. With just 13 rooms and suites, plus a couple of self-catering apartments, decorated in bright, playful colours, there’s quite a bit of choice for families, and while there’s no restaurant, there are plenty to choose from in the local area. And it's got its own parking — albeit a couple of minutes walk away.
- Dreamstays is a collection of six chic, family-friendly apartments in a converted townhouse in a wonderfully central location. Each of the apartments is different, ranging from bolthole for two, to smart townhouse for ten, but all of them are carefully and stylishly decorated with full kitchens and plenty of features to be appreciated.
For great value
- Brindleys is a six bedroom property in a quiet, residential part of town just a stroll from the city centre. The decor feels French country chic, with white linens, furniture with those elegant shaped legs and a colour scheme built around dove grey. There’s a sunny courtyard and comfortable living room, and they serve a full, organic, breakfast every morning.
- The Roseate Villa is smart, 21 room B&B in an elegant converted house not far from the centre of town — and with wonderful views of it. Each room has been independently decorated, but there’s a pleasant simplicity throughout, with plain walls and grey fabrics, and a variety of feature wallpapers and elegant, traditionally shaped furniture.
Bath’s Best Guesthouses and B&Bs
- Brooks Guest House is a friendly boutique-style guesthouse in a Victorian row in the heart of Bath, close to the Royal Crescent. There are 22 rooms and suites, decorated in a classic style that really focuses on your creature comforts.
- For child-free quiet, try Grays, which is a very British feeling B&B just outside the centre of town. There are just 12 rooms, most with wonderful views across Bath and the Royal Crescent, and all of them are styled differently in a classic, contemporary manner. We like the way the townhouse has been converted so that the breakfast room is in the conservatory.
Prefer a self catering Apartment or Townhouse?
- If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private home we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.
- Bristol Airport is only 19 miles from Bath, and there’s a special bus, the Air Decker bus, which runs between them — though there are multiple stops en route and it takes about an hour. A taxi will take you between 35 and 45 minutes. Trains between London Paddington and Bath Spa take around 90 minutes, so you’re not far from Heathrow either.
- If you want to hire a car — which we strongly advise if you’re staying in Bath and you want to see the surrounding countryside — we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
- Beautiful Bath is busy all year round. In summer there are a lot of American visitors who are doing their Grand Tours of Europe; the trees are beautiful in autumn, plus there’s the Jane Austen Festival in September; in winter there are Christmas markets and Bath looks beautiful in the snow, and in spring there’s the Literature Festival, the flower show and the comedy festival. But a lot of people come to Bath for weekend trips, so it’s often quieter if you visit mid-week - whatever the season.
Still not sure?
- You could expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Somerset
- or consider the best places to stay in Bristol which is just next door.
- Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
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Best Hotels in Bath
The Pig near Bath Bath, Somerset 29 rooms from £139Exclusive offer - Complimentary 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 shedRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
The Yard, Bath Bath 14 rooms from £95Value chic - Bath is a beautiful city at any time of year; with such cosy & luxe rooms at these rates it could become a regular destinationLocal exploring - A lovely spot very close to The Roman Baths - about 10-minutes on foot from the main shopping areaFull of character - Simple & modern; decor mixes on-trend locally-sourced furnishings & interiors with traditional touchesBarefoot Luxury - Includes wonderful in-room touches such as rainfall showers, Netflix & upmarket coffee machine
Leighton Townhouse Bath 10 rooms from £113Local exploring - Just ten minutes from the centre of town, but out of the hustle and bustle, perfect for a relaxed weekend exploring BathGreat walks - Take a leisurely stroll through the streets and start to truly appreciate the city's beautySights nearby - The famous Roman Baths are a 15 minute walk away and definitely worth a visit!TraditionalRecommended by - I Escape
Eight, Bath Bath 8 rooms from £115Local exploring - This hotel is in a very handy location tucked into Bath's historic old town, close to the famous sights and boutiquesSights nearby - The Royal Crescent, Prior Park and the Roman Baths are a must-seeRomantic - Good for couples.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
A smart and cosy hotel in a historic Bath townhouse with original period features such as high ceilings, fireplaces and cornicing. Guests will love the fresh and light rooms featuring quality linens, pretty upholstery and classic furniture. The seasonal gourmet cuisine is a real highlight. See More
The Wheatsheaf Bath 3 rooms from £120Restaurant - Recommended.BoutiqueRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Halcyon Hotel Apartments Bath 7 rooms from £120City 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.
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. See More
Grays Bath 12 rooms from £125Value 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
Dreamstays Bath 6 rooms from £125Local exploring - All apartments are bang in the centre of town and ideal for seeing all of Bath's best bits.Sights nearby - All apartments are located in the heart of Bath, so you can walk to all the top attractions
A selection of chic, family friendly apartments and townhouse bang in the centre of Bath. From romantic bolthole for two to a smart townhouse for up to 10, Dreamstays provides beautifully kitted out, luxurious self catering accommodation just a stone's throw from the Thermae Spa and other highlights See More
The Kennard Bath 12 rooms from £125Local 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
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. See More
Dukes Bath 17 rooms from £126Local exploring - Set on Great Pulteney Street, Bath's grandest and most impressive Georgian thoroughfare, and just a stroll from the city centreSights nearby - The Roman Baths are (of course) a must visitFull of characterTraditional
A charming B&B set across two Grade-I listed Georgian townhouses on one of Bath's grandest streets. Elegant interiors are traditionally styled with antiques, sash windows, and Chinese wallpaper. With homely lounges, excellent breakfasts, and friendly staff — this is an easy city base. See More
The Ayrlington Bath 16 rooms from £130City 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.
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. See More
Brindleys Bath (Somerset) 6 rooms from £135Local 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
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. See More
Apsley House Bath 12 rooms from £135Total 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
Abbey Hotel Bath (Somerset) 62 rooms from £139Local exploring - The Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and the Jane Austen Museum, and don't forget to try the famous Bath Bun!Sights nearby - Visit the city's famed Roman Baths & Bath Abbey just a short walk from the hotel.Restaurant - Abbey Hotel Kitchen offers classic relaxed diningFull of characterRecommended by - Sawdays
A charming hotel set behind a glorious Georgian façade right in the centre of Bath. Individually styled retro or traditional rooms with contemporary bathrooms are the ultimate treat. Kick-off your evening in the quirky 'Art bar' followed by a dinner in the Abbey Hotel Kitchen. See More
Brooks Guest House Bath (Upper Bristol Road) 22 rooms from £140City Style - A stylish property, in keeping with Bath's Victorian heritageLocal exploring - An excellent base to explore Bath on footSights nearby - Very close to the Royal Crescent and a short walk from the centre of town and all major attractions.TraditionalRecommended by - Sawdays
Bath Priory Bath 27 rooms from £140Total 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 - The excellent restaurant has been awarded 3 AA RosettesSights nearby - The Roman Great Bath with Victorian statues, the remains of the Temple Sulis Minerva and hypocaust underfloor heating systems.Recommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays
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. See More
Harington's Hotel Bath 13 rooms from £145Private Hot Tub - You can hire the courtyard hot tub by the hour for private usage.Sights nearby - Closest hotel to the Thermae Spa
Dorian House Bath (Somerset) 11 rooms from £145Great 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
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. See More
Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel Bath 129 rooms from £148Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolSpaRestaurant - Recommended.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Frommers, Michelin Travel
The Roseate Villa Bath 21 rooms from £152Local exploring - A smart B&B well located within Bath with most sites within walking distance from the property.Great walks - Head out of the city and explore the hills and forests of Somerset.Sights nearby - Take a tour of Bath's most famed site, the Roman Baths.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays
A smart hotel in a quiet spot near Bath's city centre. Simply designed rooms are clean, contemporary and spacious. The enormous windows offer plenty of light alongside fabulous city views. Indulgent breakfasts are served in the elegant dining room. An easy option for city breaks. See More
Francis Hotel Bath 98 rooms from £154Local exploring - Located right in the city centre with the shopping streets and main attractions within walking distanceCity Style - A contemporary take on Regency design makes this a chic choice still with a sense of placeGreat walks - There are beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside which is easily accessible from the city centreSights nearby - The nearby Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa are, of course, a must visit
A grand Georgian building that's undergone a complete renovation resulting in Regency-chic style. Stylish rooms have enormous sash windows, plush headboards, modern artwork, and smart bathrooms with rain showers. A glamorous restaurant serves Moroccan inspired cuisine. A sleek city-centre pad. See More
Queensberry Bath 29 rooms from £165Foodies - The Queensberry's restaurant The Olive Tree has been awarded one Michelin Star - the only one in Bath!Restaurant - Olive Tree Restaurant serves locally sourced seasonal food with a frequently changing menu. Regarded as one of the best in Bath.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.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
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. See More
No.15 Bath 37 rooms from £174Families - Very thoughtful touches include in-room tipis, bedtime books, kid's menu, DIY icecream sprinkling, instant cameras & babysittersLocal exploring - Fab location; walk to historic sites, parks, bars & restaurants.... just wandering around the city & its architecture is a joySpa breaks - A slick & soothing spot; enjoy bespoke therapies, relaxing rituals & eco-friendly products at the N15 spaGreat walks - Venture into the surrounding countryside for great walks if you’re staying for a while longerRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
A reinvented family-friendly boutique hotel in a glorious Georgian listed building, set on one of Bath’s grandest streets. In this beautiful, home-away-from-home townhouse, all rooms are creatively designed with contemporary interiors, plus there's a restaurant and spa. A classy and suave city spot! See More
Bailbrook House Hotel Bath (London Road West) 94 rooms from £185TraditionalFour poster beds - For romantics.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Restaurant - Recommended.
The Bird Bath 31 rooms from £187Local exploring - Fab location for visiting all of the city's main historic sites on foot yet just a few streets away from the madding crowdsPet friendly - Dogs receive a Woof Box with bed & water bowl (£25 per dog, per night). Dog-sitting & walking can be organised on requestFamilies - Many rooms are family sized & come with sofa beds or travel cots. Kids will love the fun welcome pack & delicious menusRestaurant - Sociable, laid-back & great value Plate Restaurant focusses on British food that is honest, seasonal, local & freshRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Hotel Indigo Bath Bath 166 rooms from £189Local exploring - Set in a quiet and beautiful cul-de-sac in the city centre with the Roman Baths and Pulteney Bridge just 5 minutes awayRestaurant - The Elder restaurant served artfully crafted British cuisine with particularly good game dishesSights nearby - Take a tour of the Bath Abbey or Roman BathsFull of character
A luxury hotel occupying several Georgian houses in a quiet cul-de-sac in Bath's city centre. Playfully designed rooms have been inspired by Regency style. The best have roll-top baths and rainforest showers. A superb restaurant serves innovative British dishes. A stylish city base. See More
Bathen House Bath 13 rooms from £189Local exploring - Ideally located for exploring all that historic Bath has to offerRomantic Break - A glamourous and romantic Bath B&B ideal for a couple's getawaySights nearby - Soak up iconic Bath landmarks such as the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and Bath CathedralRestaurant - Bouvardia Restaurant serves delicious classic cuisine using the finest local ingredients
This stylish B&B set in an Edwardian building exudes a timeless glamour with high ceilings, classically elegant furniture and grand comfy sofas. Luxurious rooms feature a soft palette of cream hues and plush furnishings, not to mention indulgent marble bathrooms. Delicious breakfasts are a treat! See More
The Gainsborough Bath Spa Bath 99 rooms from £255Spa breaks - Tapping into Bath's original thermal springsWellbeing - An extensive range of personalised therapiesTotal relaxation - Specialist aquatic body therapiesRestaurant - Johann Lafer at The Gainsborough offers fine dining in a smart yet relaxed atmosphere#
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. See More
The Royal Crescent Hotel Bath 45 rooms from £345SpaRestaurant - Recommended.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.TraditionalRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel