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MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel

Sydney Road, Bath BA2 6NS England
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#29 of 37 hotels in Bath
Bath Spa Hotel is perfectly situated in historic Bath and is just a short stroll from many of the city's top attractions. The hotel has years and years of history behind its walls and is rich in character which is subtly complimented by modern facilities and amenities. Exquisite food and rolling grounds create the perfect setting for your city break, but it is the outstanding customer service which will set your holiday apart.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Hot tub
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
Non-smoking hotel
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Park View
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Beth H wrote a review Nov 6
Daventry, United Kingdom25 contributions34 helpful votes
As many have said, it is a very grand hotel but it really does need updating and a bit of TLC put back into it. Parking is chargeable which is shocking considering the price of the rooms, should be included. The rooms themselves albeit dated do the job and the bed was nice and comfy, but the room was so stuffy! Unable to open windows and the aircon switched to ‘heat’ resulted in a very uncomfortable night, even when we had a fan. The receptionist just shrugged this off in the morning, saying ‘they are automatically changed to heat’ and ‘we should have asked for a fan’ (which we had, and the noise of it only contributed to the bad sleep!). Not what you’d expect for a hotel which charges so much! We really enjoyed the spa treatments and facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, and couldn’t fault the spa staff either. Yes there are a few tiles missing here and there but otherwise it’s well kept and felt clean and COVID safe - as did the rest of the hotel may I add. The quality of the food I wouldn’t say was of ‘AA rosette’ standard or ‘award winning’ other than the prices. We’d booked a package that specifically stated a ‘two course dinner’, instead of a package ‘with a contribution towards dinner’, but as we sat down we were told it was a £30pp contribution, which barely covered the main meals! Thankfully both the restaurant manager and the night receptionist were very understanding and said the manager would settle it in the morning. Nevertheless this did put a bit of a downer on what was supposed to be a relaxed birthday meal. That aside, couldn’t fault the restaurant manager and his assistants, all were very personable and attentive, and they also arranged a birthday dessert for me which was really sweet of them, thank you to the chap who brought it up to our room, really made my birthday! Granted the hotel settled our dinner bill, but we felt we couldn’t enjoy dinner as much as we’d have liked as we didn’t know if we’d be charged for something we’d already paid for, or not, in the morning. We were told two other parties had this problem the day before, so it was a shame the hotel acted none the wiser to it, and tried to only offer us the £30pp contribution. When we pointed out in the morning that the same package, and others that they ‘don’t offer’, were still on sale, it again was just shrugged off. There didn’t seem to be any urgency of doing anything about it, so goodness knows how many more people will have/had the same issue! Overall we’d have expected better hospitality than received considering the circumstances (would have thought they’d want to deliver 10/10 service for the guests they are getting through the door - I again repeat, hats off to the restaurant manager), and the hotel itself was COVID secure with plenty of sanitiser and clear procedures in place. Just a shame about the heat in the room and ridiculous parking costs, no matter how clear they make it.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Kate H wrote a review Nov 1
Kent, United Kingdom28 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed for two nights at the hotel and could Not recommend it highly enough! Beautiful building very clean and clear Covid guidelines and precautions in place. Although it is annoying having to pay the parking fee this is made very clear when you book so shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. The room was lovely. Big. Clean. Well equipped with refreshments and toiletries. Staff were friendly and approachable. Spa and pool were lovely. Everything was very clean and due to booking your own slot we were able to use all the different sauna/steam rooms without waiting. Breakfast was very nice. Good choice good portion and good service! Absolutely no negatives with our stay and we would love to return!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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DSBTraveller wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom40 contributions12 helpful votes
I stayed here for a two day family break in October. Firstly the positives. The location is good - it's only a 10-15 minute walk along beautiful Bath streets to the centre of the city; the reception staff were very welcoming and polite; the hotel is definitely in the 'grand' category; the spa / pool were lovely, especially the hydro spa and thermal suites (though do note you have to book in advance due to Covid restrictions - we only managed to get one slot and I saw quite a few people being told that there were none available); breakfast in the restaurant was good (though they could do with a few more staff on duty as service was slow and they had run out of pastries by 9:15am); the fluffy robes for the spa were particularly nice; lots of COVID related precautions (gel / staff with masks / visors etc) The negatives. The hotel is tired. I think it was refurbed in 2007, and to be honest it looks like it has been well used. The rooms had plenty of scuffed paint / peeling window sills; the duvets were heavy polyfibre rather than breathable feather / down as would be expected these days in a hotel that charges £250 per night; the main lounge / bar area lacks imagination / atmosphere / staff (we had to go to reception to get someone to order a drink); the bathrooms are dated (and we had to clean a few hairs from the bath before use); the furniture and decor in the rooms is unimaginative - we had a 'Garden View double' which was 'ok' but again nothing special and certainly did not look like a £250 room. The hotel in general seems to lack the necessary extra touches - for example why not light the large fireplace in the entrance hall in autumn / winter months? I suspect this hotel is suffering from being part of a large chain (MacDonald) and whilst I fully understand the current issues with COVID the problems discussed above would have predated the crisis. Essentially I suspect the parent company is reluctant to invest / maintain the hotel and sadly this means that people will seek other options, so it will become a vicious circle of underinvestment vs falling numbers. Finally as discussed on many other reviews the £15 parking charge is a bit much given the room prices. Yes I know that parking in Bath is expensive etc etc, but this is a 'country house hotel' on the outer edges of the city with plenty of parking available. It's easy enough to regulate parking without charging guests for the pleasure.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: Make sure you book the pool in advance if you want to use it
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Response from Bath Spa, General Manager at MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. Our patent company is currently investing in the refurbished of some of our room to bring them up to scratch. Unfortunately many of the extra touches have had to be removed from the rooms due to covid, but we shall certainly reinstate as soon as we feel it is safe.
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ladyhaines wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom41 contributions7 helpful votes
For the price I was a little disappointed with the size of the room and the bathroom cleanliness/scale/dis repair. Managed to get room service once but other attempts failed as calls were not answered. Everything took a bit of effort to be honest. Even had to ask twice for toilet roll in the ladies loo in the gym/pool changing. The breakfast was good and the pool very nice and big. 15 quid for hotel guests parking per day is a bit excessive on top of room cost. Wouldn't stay again based on that really.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Family of 4 wrote a review Oct 2020
17 contributions4 helpful votes
A really fabulous hotel we have visited over 20 years. Rooms excellent, food exceptional, well run spa despite the Covid rules and ...... after a wonderful trip to Cornwall with mediocre hotels this was a refreshing experience
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Roman Baths (0.7 miles), Krowd Keepers: Magic Theatre (0.7 miles), and The Makery (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sotto Sotto, Eight, and Kekolo Coffee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Bath.
Are any cleaning services offered at MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Roman Baths (0.7 miles), Bath Abbey (0.7 miles), and Bath Street (0.8 miles).