A city of Georgian grandeur, the setting of romantic Bridgerton, and the original spa-break destination – we can’t think of anywhere better for a luxurious staycation than the elegant city of Bath. Steeped in history, a weekend at this World Heritage site is a chance to take in some of Britain’s finest architecture, do as the Romans did at the Ancient Baths, or relax and rejuvenate in the Thermae Bath Spa. And that’s not to mention the number of high-end places to stay.

Whether you’re after a weekend in a country house hotel, or you want a quaint boutique townhouse where period features meet modern indulgences, here’s our guide to Bath’s most luxurious hotels.

No15 by Guesthouse

While this boutique hotel may look like an unassuming Georgian townhouse from the outside, don’t let that fool you. Inside you’ll be thrusted forward in time with its slightly more modern interiors, where you’ll find eye-catching artwork, freestanding copper bathtubs and record players in the bedrooms. Home to 36 rooms, each one is completely unique; from the snug to the vast, grandly designed to relaxing retreat, each one peppered with art and objects that tell a story. 

If you’re feeling peckish, enjoy complementary treats from the pantry, head to the restaurant for classic British cuisine, or book in for afternoon tea and bubbly to be enjoyed in the restaurant, or as a picnic delivery in Henrietta Park. Underground, relax and unwind in the spa with holistic treatments or a copper bath experience for two in their gorgeous stone vault.

Where: 15 Great Pulteney St, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4BS

Website: www.guesthousehotels.co.uk

Dukes

Nuzzled in the centre of Bath, spread across two Georgian townhouses, Dukes is the quaint city bed and breakfast you’ve always dreamt of staying at. It’s located on Great Pulteney Street, whose famous former residents include the likes of Jane Austen, and is dotted with high ceilings, sash windows and four-poster beds.

Despite not having a restaurant, guests can still enjoy afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks, and their breakfast of choice – as well as being treated to nightcaps like cheeseboards, wine, and a warming cup of hot chocolate. With many of Bath’s main attractions just a short walk away, it’s the kind of place you can imagine coming home to after a night at the theatre.

Where: 53-54 Great Pulteney St, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4DN

Website: www.dukesbath.co.uk

Homewood

Set in 10 acres of gorgeous grounds, this Georgian country house hotel will give you a little snippet of paradise with its art deco rooms, chandelier-laden restaurant, spa and outdoor swimming pool. Whilst still a country house hotel at heart, Homewood isn’t one for convention with eclectic (and slight eccentric) décor. Think a life-size giraffe and giant teddy bear on the lawns, dog figurines in the lounges, and carriage clocks in reception. 

Book ahead for the restaurant, where Mediterranean dishes and British ingredients are the order of the day. Eat inside, or book an outdoor dining dome to feast from your very own bubble.

Rooms are luxurious and full of character, each one completely different. We’re obsessed with the idea of the hot tub suites, where you can enjoy a private hot tub on your very own terrace.

Rooms are luxurious and full of character.

Where: Abbey Ln, Freshford, Bath BA2 7TB

Website: www.homewoodbath.co.uk

The Bird

Avian is the theme at this city centre hotel. The theme is dotted throughout the house, alongside other eclectic themed decor, from a wall of stuffed birds and bird-themed crockery, to Victorian silhouette portraits and Winston Churchill memorabilia. The hotel is home to cosy, charming and creative rooms, with a terrace out back for sipping cocktails and soaking up the summer sun.

Meanwhile the restaurant, Plate, celebrates the best of West Country ingredients wherever possible, and crafts their menu around dishes such as Spring garden bruschetta with wild garlic pesto; Cornish seabass fillet with niçoise potatoes, roast fennel and chive butter; and 8oz sirloin steak with mushroom, peppercorn sauce and triple cooked chips.

 

 

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Where: 18-19 Pulteney Rd (South), Bathwick, Bath BA2 4EZ

Website: www.thebirdbath.co.uk

The Bath Priory

Nestled within four acres of beautiful grounds, The Bath Priory is widely known as a hotel that gives guests the best of both worlds; a countryside retreat that’s just a 15 minute walk into the city centre. Home to the UK’s only L’Occitane spa, spend a day exploring the city and lawns, before returning for treatments like the Relax, Reset & Restore Massage. 

Elsewhere in the hotel, make the most of picnic hampers to enjoy in the gardens, pick up a yoga mat from reception, or go for a swim in the outdoor pool.

 

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The best of both worlds; a countryside retreat that’s just a 15 minute walk into the city centre.

Where: Weston Rd, Bath BA1 2XT

Website: www.thebathpriory.co.uk

 

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The Pig Near Bath

A stay at a Pig Hotel is all about indulgence, and The Pig Near Bath is no exception. Each room has a larder (think country garden minibar) stocked with vintage treats and locally-sourced snacks, and combines luxury with home-away-from-home charm. Room choices range from Snug Rooms with walk-in monsoon showers, to The Hide, a detached cabin with a wood burning stove, freestanding bath, and views of an 80-strong herd of deer right outside your window.

And it wouldn’t be a Pig Hotel without mentioning the food. Everything here is driven by produce from the kitchen garden, with menus changing by the minute depending on what the forager supplies. They’re committed to sustainability, which is showcased in their “25-mile menu”, meaning all ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Meanwhile, Kitchen Garden tipples, classic cocktails and English wines are served in the cosy panelled bar.

Where: Hunstrete House, Hunstrete, Pensford, Bath BS39 4NS

Website: www.thepighotel.com

Eight

Located just a 5 minute walk from Bath Spa train station, and oozing with historical charm, it’s no wonder we’ve fallen in love with this boutique hotel. Home to eighteen bedrooms spread across two townhouses, a ground floor restaurant, and 500-year old cellar, the hotel is steeped in history – most notably with its underground cocktail bar that was once a former rectory for Bath Abbey’s monks.

Of course, it’s no trip to Bath without exploring the city’s huge amount of independent shops, and this hotel sits proudly as part of that community, being one of the city’s most luxurious independent hotels.

Located just a 5 minute walk from Bath Spa train station, and oozing with historical charm.

Where: 3 N Parade, Passage, Bath BA1 1NX

Website: www.eightinbath.co.uk

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Found right in the heart of the World Heritage Site, The Gainsborough is one of the oldest and most iconic hotels in Bath.

Set across two listed buildings, inside you’ll find their award-winning spa village with direct access to the mineral-rich waters that lie beneath the city. Dip between hot and cold pools, steam rooms and ice alcoves as the Roman’s did, and when you’re done, retreat to one of the hotel’s 98 luxurious hotel rooms for some more well-deserved relaxation.

Where: Beau St, Bath BA1 1QY

Website: www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

The Yard in Bath

A former coaching inn, this newly restored hotel continues to offer refuge to guests across 14 king-size bedrooms. Home to a central courtyard, and a wine bar that doubles as a coffee by day, a charm likeThe Yard’s is hard to beat.

The rooms have been lovingly restored, with period features and locally-designed fabrics. However they’re not without their modern luxuries. Think REN toiletries, Roberts Radios, Netflix and Nespresso coffee machines. In the morning, you’ll rise to a fresh continental breakfast hung on your door.

Where: 1 Monmouth Pl, Bath BA1 2AT

Website: www.theyardinbath.co.uk


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