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Paradise House
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   86 - 88 Holloway, Bath BA2 4PX, England   |  
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Ranked #3 of 193 Bath B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Brecon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

A friend and I returned to Paradise House at the end of November, for a visit to the Christmas Market and the Ballet. As usual, we were welcomed into the Drawing Room and given tea, whilst being given information about Bath, restaurants, etc., and a map.When we returned to the hall, our bags had been taken to our room and there was a bottle of prosecco in the room, as returning guests.
Our room was spacious, tastefully decorated, with the facilities one would expect. But it is the extra touches which make Paradise House special - milk for the tea is requested, and brought up in a small flask, so that it is cold and fresh; we were offered tea and a mince pie when we returned in the late afternoon; there is a fire in the drawing room and the breakfasts are cooked to personal taste.
It has a personal approach without being intrusive, and there is the bonus that the building itself is interesting historically.
Like many others, we have booked this year for next, although it would be lovely to see the gardens in the summer months.

Room Tip: I think all rooms would be quiet. Some have a view across Bath.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

The best way to see Bath and the Cotswolds, in my experience, is to book into a hotel or B&B outside of Bath (tip from Trip Advisor) where it is quiet at night -We chose Paradise House Hotel and booked from Australia a week or so before leaving – Really more a B&B (which we prefer to a hotel) and the room was very nice (although the requirement of the man greeting us to produce our passports seemed a bit of “just a pommy being a pommy”)

And have a private tour – We had Jo Clifford of Star Chauffers (Found in Trip Advisor) to pick us up at our hotel in London (Park Plaza Victoria) with us taking only a change of clothes in a back pack – Jo drove us through the country for the day at 25 pounds an hour in a late model Mercedes (I told Jo that us being Aussie was the reason it was me in the front wife in the back- But it is really the most comfortable way and allows both of us to view the countryside and take photos)

Leaving the tour up to Jo ensures a excellent and comprehensive tour and then we got dropped off in Bath at night at a pre booked restaurant - We chose The Circus (After reading TA review) asking to sit downstairs to not be at a table with people walking past (another tip from Trip Advisor)– We relied on the owners recommendation as to wine and were not disappointed – The meal was great – wandered around a bit and then caught a taxi to the Paradise Hotel.

The next morning after a wander in the garden (delightful) the full English breakfast at The Paradise Hotel was superb, excellent service, clean fresh linen with a window seat with a very nice young lady serving us.

Leaving about 9 allowed us to arrive at the Baths before any crowds – there were very few there at that hour – Very glad we saw the Baths well worth the money.

Had prearranged for Jo to pick us up at about 11; and wife was able to do a bit of shopping over the road from the Baths before she arrived –Jo then drove us further around the Cotswolds (excellent safe knowledgeable driver).

Giving Stonehenge a miss at our request (Like Ayres Rock – You aren’t missing much if you “never never go”) and dropping us at Windsor Castle.

We wandered through the Castle – had an Australian beer or two at the pub over the road and caught a prebooked Black taxi back to our hotel in London

All up about A$1200 (About 400 pounds to Jo 175 to the hotel 100 restaurant and 100 other stuff) – Our trip to and from Sydney airport at home (admittedly by limousine) was $200 – And considering that it costs about $5000 to fly there and back cattle class this was money very well spent – If the cost of any other method of two people seeing the same things is taken away from the $600 we paid Jo it will be seen that you are paying very little extra for a tailor made private tour in a limousine with pick up from your London hotel door

175 pounds for the Paradise Hotel worked out about A$250 which struck us a very good value by Australian standards – a breakfast like that would cost $80 odd in Oz and the ambiance of the hotel was just what we came for

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We stayed at Paradise House with friends (four of us) over a weekend in November and have nothing but praise for the hotel and the warm welcome we received. Our room on the first floor was comfortable and the bathroom stunning. It's rare to find such a large bathroom with a separate walk-in shower as well as a jacuzzi bath plus a TV ! Our friends had a pleasant room on the ground floor overlooking the delightful garden but found the bed too high. It was difficult for them to climb into it. We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Avoid the room with the very high bed unless you are tall and agile.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
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4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

My friend and I stayed here last year and had to return this year! We have also booked for next year! It really is a very special place - the service is discreet, welcoming and superb. Breakfast is delicious - freshly cooked and served. The two rooms which we have been given have been immaculately clean and attractive - individual but the ultimate in comfort. The drawing room is so comfortable but did miss the Xmas tree this year!
It is difficult to find words to express the individuality of Paradise Hotel; every little detail is attended to with care and consistency. I think that maybe the essential factor is that those who run the business GENUINELY care about their guests.
It is not cheap but it is well worth it- you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I've stayed at this Paradise House with friends twice and would love to go back again. The service is consistently warm, with nothing seeming too much trouble for the staff, and the ambience is calm and relaxed. Breakfast is really worth getting up for!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

What a wonderful place this is. The staff greet you with friendly smiles and put you at your easy. Our room was beautifully decorated and had top class facilities. Breakfast was well presented and there was plenty of choice.
This B & B is a treasure, a retreat from hurley burley of modern living , where the staff and surroundings make sure you are well looked after and nothing is to much trouble.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wivenhoe, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Paradise House declares itself to be a B&B, but that's to hugely undervalue the experience of staying there. The friendly service, standard of decor, food and drink are well up to the highest standards of the best of hotels. On entering the room, classical music was gently playing in the background. Afternoon tea was quickly served in the lounge by the fire (and turned out to be complimentary, as was the coffee the next evening).

The room was warm and comfortable, with new four poster bed and an excellent newly-fitted bathroom, complete with Molton Brown toiletries.

There was a wide range of choices for breakfast, with generous portions (we split our smoked salmon & (soft) scrambled eggs on muffin between two).

Reasonably close to the town centre (easy walking distance) and pretty quiet, even with the windows open.

Not cheap for a B&B, but worth every £

Room Tip: Rooms to rear have the views
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 86 - 88 Holloway, Bath BA2 4PX, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 193 B&Bs / Inns in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Paradise House 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An elegant Georgian House, dating back to 1735, built of classic honey coloured Bath stone. The dignified exterior conceals more than half an acre of magnificent walled gardens with splendid views out over the city of Bath. Small and privately owned, our aim is to offer the best personal service with attention to every detail. ... more   less 
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