Bath’s plethora of majestic architecture certainly lends itself to some pretty impressive and atmospheric hotels. Established top-end favourites such as The Royal Crescent Hotel continue to cater well for those looking for an indulgent stay, while friendly and affordable bed and breakfasts offer a cosy base from which to explore the city.
The hotels below have been handpicked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over £200)
Moderate (£80 to £200)
Cheap (up to £80)
These prices are for a double room per night and include taxes and breakfast, unless otherwise specified.
15 minutes' drive outside of Bath, 5-star Lucknam Park has established itself as the destination for those seeking a weekend immersion in luxurious hospitality. Set in a 17th-century Palladian mansion marooned in 202 hectares (500 acres) of listed parkland, the hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, an equestrian centre, and a cookery school.Address: Colerne, , Bath, SN14 8AZ
Telephone: +44 1225 742 777.
The Queensberry Hotel
The Queensberry is a boutique town house hotel that is both intimate and stylish. Located in a residential street near the Circus, it is an elegant hotel with many of the original Georgian architectural and decorative features intact. The service is superb, and so is the hotel's Olive Tree restaurant, which offers contemporary British cuisine.Address: , Russell Street, Bath, BA1 2QF
Telephone: +44 1225 447 928.
The Royal Crescent Hotel
It is hard to beat The Royal Crescent Hotel and Bath House Spa in terms of location, which is situated in the very middle of what is perhaps Europe's most elegant crescent. The hotel occupies two of the Royal Crescent's buildings, both of which were built by John Wood the Younger. The hotel is one of Bath's very best and has beautiful gardens and an excellent restaurant.Address: , 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS
Telephone: +44 1225 823 333.
From the in-room chaise longues, right down to the breakfast silverware resting heavily on the white linen tablecloths, Apsley House offers classic Bathonian grandeur with an historic twist. Formerly the Duke of Wellington's country house (now well within city limits), this restored Georgian mansion provides stately rooms alongside personable warmth and hospitality. Breakfast is exemplary and locally sourced, with different daily specials.Address: , 141 Newbridge Hill, Bath, BA1 3PT
Telephone: +44 1225 336 966.
Brocks Guest House
Perfectly situated between the Circus and Royal Crescent, Brocks has been awarded four AA stars in the Guest Accommodation category. Rooms in this Georgian building, which dates from 1765, are tastefully unobtrusive and clean. A good choice of breakfast is served in the morning but the real beauty of Brocks is its location. In an area usually reserved for the more expensive hotels, staying at Brocks means you're sightseeing as soon as you step outside.Address: , 32 Brock Street, Bath, BA1 2LN
Telephone: +44 1225 338 374.
Boutique Duke's, located on Bath's grandest street, somehow manages to make grand Georgian proportions homely as well as chic. Vivid décor, four-poster beds, delicious breakfasts that linger in the memory, and personable hosts that genuinely seem to care – Duke's is the complete package.Address: , Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4DN
Telephone: +44 1255 787 960.
This fantastic value bed and breakfast offers tasteful individually themed rooms with an East meets West vibe. Besides a selection of full English or Continental breakfasts, Apple Tree also offers on-site beauty treatments, peerless Wi-Fi and high-end White Company toiletries. Adjacent to one of Bath's quieter parks, it's also only a short walk from the centre.Address: , 7 Pulteney Gardens, Bath, BA2 4HG
Telephone: +44 1225 337 642.
The Pulteney Hotel
The Pulteney Hotel is a large, elegant Victorian house set in its own picturesque south-facing gardens, with fine views of Bath Abbey. There are 17 rooms, all with en-suite facilities, colour television, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and central heating. All rooms are tastefully decorated.Address: , 14 Pulteney Road, Bath, BA2 4HA
Telephone: +44 1225 460 991.
The Royal Hotel
Housed in a property designed by Brunel, The Royal Hotel has been around since 1846. The present owners took over in 1995 and initiated a refurbishment programme that has transformed the hotel into a modern, attractive and comfortable establishment. The hotel has two bars and a restaurant with steaks as its speciality.Address: , Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JP
Telephone: +44 1225 463 134.