Rivier Avon in Bath

Where to Stay in Bath: Best Areas and Hotels, 2018

The tourist area of ​​Bath is compact, with the historical centre of the city sits on a hairpin bend in the River Avon. Almost all of Bath’s major attractions are within easy walking distance, thanks to flat ground and proximity. Those who reside across the river to the east, in the Pulteney Road area near Sydney Gardens and Henrietta Park, you can easily reach the main attractions on foot via Pulteney Bridge, which is close to major attractions such as the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Sally Lunn’s House and Victoria Art Gallery. If you have your own vehicle, you will need to plan ahead for parking at your hotel and any attractions you plan to drive to, as there are many streets that are pedestrian-only or pedestrian-only, making it difficult to get through to maneuver the historic center…

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Where to stay for luxury

River Avon in Bath

Located just a stone’s throw from the Roman Baths in the heart of Bath’s historical centre, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is a luxurious five-star hotel with a first-class wellness centre. Amenities include an all-ages pool, as well as an adults-only pool for splash-free enjoyment. A well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, room and laundry services, conference facilities and babysitting services are also available. The rooms are equipped with the latest technology and comforts, such as radiant heating in the bathroom, iPod docking stations, Bluetooth-connected stereos and cordless telephones.

The bed and breakfast style The Roseate Villa Bath offers luxurious accommodation in a converted Victorian mansion with exceptionally large rooms that have been updated and modern with subtle antique touches. Guests are welcomed with a welcome tea (or coffee) and cake and treated to a freshly cooked breakfast made from local ingredients. Many rooms overlook the surroundings adjacent Henrietta Parkand the Holburne Museum is just a five-minute walk away.

Near and also east of the Avon River, located directly on Pulteney Road In addition to the recreation room, the historic landmark The Ayrlington is a 5-10 minute walk from Bath city center and main attractions. Guests are served a full English breakfast and can enjoy the atmosphere of the authentic Georgian lounge with its cozy fireplace. There is no lift to the upper floors, but staff are happy to carry your luggage to your room. The Ayrlington welcomes guests over the age of five.

Where to stay: Mid-range

Roman baths
Roman baths

The eco-conscious Hilton Bath City offers views of the river just north of Pulteney Bridge and the Victoria Art Gallery in the historic area, less than a five minute walk to the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Amenities at this reliable chain include a fitness center, concierge, and business and conference facilities. Conveniently located parking is available to guests for a fee.

Across the river Great Pulteney Street Located near Sydney Gardens, Dukes Hotel offers free parking and free breakfast with traditional British options such as black pudding, kipper and smoked haddock. This Georgian mansion houses more than a century of history and is furnished with period antiques. Reception staff are happy to help you take luggage up the stairs to the rooms as there is no lift.

Just east of here, the Tasburgh House is a reasonably priced five-star boutique hotel, with a terrace overlooking extensive gardens and beautiful views of the English countryside. Family rooms are available in this well-maintained Victorian town house. The nearby canal towpath is ideal for a longer walk into the center of town.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge

The Premier Inn Bath City Center Hotel has simply furnished, modern rooms that are surprisingly spacious for a budget hotel and offers several wheelchair-accessible rooms. The convenient location in the historic district adding to the overall value, being just a stone’s throw from the shops of Westgate Street and less than half a mile from the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, the Abbey Roman Baths & Bath and the bus/train station.

Travelodge Bath Waterside is located across the river from the train station and just a 1-minute walk from the hotel. It is located near canal lock 8 and a riverside path leading to Pulteney Bridge. The recently updated rooms feature USB charging plugs at the bed and desk, as well as a kettle for tea and coffee. Those who are bothered by noise should request a room that does not face the river and adjacent train station.

Where to stay for families

Royal Crescent
Royal Crescent

For a luxurious family visit to Bath, the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa has amenities including an indoor heated pool that looks like a traditional Roman bath. The hotel also has a hot tub and fitness center and offers services such as babysitting, a restaurant and a full-service spa. The accommodation is breathtaking, from the tranquil gardens with shaded tables to the ornate rooms with four-poster beds and ceilings adorned with detailed plasterwork and mouldings. This hotel is located on the north side of historic Bath in the Royal Crescent, close to the Roman Baths and other central attractions.

Harington’s City Hotel is close to Queen Square and surrounded by restaurants and shops on Milson Street. Family rooms and loft apartments are available for larger groups and are perfect for longer stays. Each room is uniquely decorated with nice wallpaper. Parking can be arranged in advance by the hotel after booking.

Where to stay for romance

Tulips in the botanical garden
Tulips in the botanical garden

The most romantic spots in Bath are perfect for those seeking seclusion, who want to be close to the attractions without the distractions of a bustling tourist town just outside the city. Just past the Royal Crescent and a short walk to Royal Victoria Park & ​​Botanical Gardens, the Bath Priory is a 25 minute stroll to the historic center and a short taxi ride back up the hill. Couples will love every element of this luxury spa hotel, from the ivy-covered stone exterior to the incredibly spacious rooms, which are modern yet well-balanced with Georgian elegance, including romantic fireplaces. The L’Occitane spa offers a full range of treatments and facilities, including an elliptical steam room and shower, sauna, swimming pool and fitness centre.

The Apsley House Hotel is located just over a mile from the center of town, walkable for the more ambitious and close to bus stops for the rest of us. Built in 1830 by the Duke of Wellington, this romantic getaway is set in a Georgian house made of Bath stone, surrounded by manicured gardens and countryside views. The rooms are themed and the ‘Romantic Room’ features a four-poster bed and a huge bath; all rooms include a freshly cooked, extensive breakfast.

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