The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Bath
Hotel phone: +44 1225 358 888
Bath’s most iconic luxury hotel and spa. Housed inside a grand 1820s hospital building in the heart of historic Bath, The Gainsborough pays tribute to the original Roman settlement – from marble bathrooms with underfloor heating to a Roman coin collection unearthed during excavation. The hotel’s best feature is a be-columned spa that offers soaks in the same thermal waters that once attracted the Romans to this part of Britain. Neo-Georgian guestrooms are understated yet sumptuous, there is excellent fine and casual dining on-site, and the service is top-notch.
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Hotel phone: +44 1225 823 333
This stately luxury hotel encompasses two townhouses within the golden stone Georgian crescent that overlooks Bath’s main green space (as well as the coach house out back). The Royal Crescent is a seamless blend of 21st-century amenities and old-world 18th-century elegance. The opulent interior is all curving staircases, chandeliers, and stuccoed ceilings; each of the 45 guest rooms and suites is individually styled, and their superb spa is located a Georgian building just past the large, beautifully kept garden. Besides a first-rate fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar, perks include an indulgent afternoon tea service and excellent, personalized service.
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Hotel phone: +44 1225 800 543
Playful, luxurious boutique hotel inside a Georgian heritage building. Encompassing three Georgian townhouses and a coach house, No. 15 Great Pulteney is distinguished by its quirky and idiosyncratic style: the place is filled with contemporary art, collections of musical instruments, hand-blown glass lights, and other curios – guest room keys are kept inside dolls’ houses at reception. 40 individually styled rooms have excellent amenities, including Hypnos beds and Roberts radios, and rainforest showers in the bathrooms. Besides offering excellent breakfasts, seasonal British fare, and a well-stocked bar, there’s also a wonderful basement spa as well as numerous dining and nightlife options a short walk away. Service is warm and personable.
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Hotel phone: +44 1225 466 329
Located less than a 10-minute walk from central Bath, this luxurious B&B overlooks tranquil Henrietta Park. The 21 rooms vary from mid-sized to positively palatial, and are thoroughly contemporary, with accent walls covered in boldly-patterned wallpaper and American-style shutters and blinds. Service is sweet and personalized, with check-in done over a cup of tea in the stylish dining room/guest lounge. Terrific home-cooked breakfasts, honesty bar, and numerous dining options a short walk away.
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Hotel phone: +44 1225 461 728
Small boutique hotel that’s full of character and right in the heart of historic Bath.
On a quiet pedestrian street, Harington’s Hotel just a few minutes’ stroll from the town’s main attractions, with bars and dining right on your doorstep. Spread over three interconnecting Georgian houses, the hotel consists of 13 rooms that are snug, well-furnished, and decorated in fun styles – each with bold, eye-catching wallpaper and Nespresso machines. Along with a first-rate breakfast and a whirlpool tub on the patio, Harrington’s offers wonderfully personalized service and whimsical furnishings throughout.
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