Best hotels in Bath from the Good Hotel Guide

World-famous architecture and a welcoming thermal spa

Sloping gently down Somerset hills, Bath is one of the most visited cities in Britain, and as it's easily reached by train from London it's great for a short hotel break. Its hot springs, known to the Celts and said to have Britain's only natural thermal waters, brought the Romans here. The baths they built fell into disrepair when they left, but were restored in the 17th century. The recent construction of the Thermae Bath Spa brings 21st Century visitors seeking all manner of treatments.

In the 18th century, Bath reached its heyday. Its graceful Palladian mansions and town houses, designed by John Wood and his son, also John, were built of the local honey-coloured stone. The Royal Crescent, The Circus and Queen Square are the most beautiful of its streets. Bath is the only destination in the UK to have the whole city designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The heroines of Jane Austen’s novels (she wrote Persuasion and Northanger Abbey here), and later of Georgette Heyer’s made assignations in the Pump Room, the Assembly Rooms (this now houses a fashion museum), and Sydney Gardens.

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Hotels in BATH

  • Apsley House, BATH, Somerset

    Built in 1830 by the Duke of Wellington as a (rumoured) retreat for his mistress, this elegant Georgian B&B is ‘a model of its kind’. Owned by Claire and Nicholas Potts, managed by

  • Harington's Hotel, BATH, Somerset

    In a listed Georgian building on a cobbled side street, Melissa and Peter O’Sullivan’s stylish small hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions. The brightly decorated bedrooms

  • Paradise House, BATH, Somerset

    There are panoramic views across the city from this elegantly furnished, honey-coloured Georgian mansion standing in award-winning walled gardens. It is owned by David and Annie Lanz. B&B

  • The Queensberry, BATH, Somerset

    A conversion of four 18th-century town houses in a handsome street off the Circus, Laurence and Helen Beere’s hotel is ‘excellent and good value’, says a visitor in 2015. The ‘positive, friendly’

  • Tasburgh House, BATH, Somerset

    With wide views over Bath and the surrounding countryside, this hilltop red brick Victorian guest house is owned and run by Susan Keeling, ‘a kind hostess’ who provides ‘a personal

  • Aquae Sulis, BATH, Somerset

    David and Jane Carnegie’s traditional guest house, in an Edwardian building two miles west of the centre, is a pleasant 30-minute stroll along the river, or a short bus ride into town; there is easy

  • Dorian House, BATH, Somerset

    Up the hill from the city centre, this modern B&B has ‘fabulous’ views over the Royal Crescent. It is owned by Timothy Hugh, a cellist; Robert and Lize Briers are the managers. The Victorian stone

  • The Kennard, BATH, Somerset

    In a ‘superb location’ just across Pulteney Bridge, this long-established hotel is ‘clearly in safe hands’ under its ‘delightful’ new owners, Natalie and Guy Woods.

  • Three Abbey Green, BATH, Somerset

    Nici and Alan Jones run their ‘very comfortable’ B&B in a Grade II listed town house on a quiet square in the centre of the city. Handsome bedrooms retain original features such as

  • Brindleys, BATH, Somerset

    In a peaceful residential area, this ‘attractive’ Victorian villa is within walking distance of the city centre. It is owned by Michael and Sarah Jones, and run by David Roberts and Laura Warington,

  • Abbey Hotel, BATH, Somerset

    In a ‘very convenient setting’, within walking distance of the Abbey and the Roman Baths, Christa and Ian Taylor have refurbished this large hotel with style. The light and airy public areas are

  • Grays, BATH, Somerset

    A short downhill walk to the centre, this charming B&B is in a large Victorian villa with good views over Bath. It is under the same ownership as Brindleys (see left). Light, bright rooms, painted in

  • The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, BATH, Somerset

    In the middle of John Wood’s glorious crescent with ‘a magical vista’ across the city, this luxury hotel returns to the Guide under the ownership of the Topland group, which has

  • Villa Magdala, BATH, Somerset

    Overlooking Henrietta Park, this Victorian villa was recently acquired by Ian and Christa Taylor, owners of Abbey Hotel, nearby where guests can stroll for lunch and dinner.