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“4 star? bit of a stretch...”
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The Griffin Inn
Ranked #50 of 157 Bath B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“4 star? bit of a stretch...”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

A nice, clean, comfortable B&B in a great location. The building is old, has great history and great use has been made of the space. The bedrooms are comfortable and clean and the shower was powerful, easy to figure out and clean as a whistle.
Service is the issue here with the self styled 4 star rating - achingly cool hipsters might be fun to spend time with as people, they're probably very charming, but it's awfully tiresome watching and waiting while they wrestle with with the till, the coffee machine, the basic tools of the job.
Decent place, and if the location suits then book it, but nothing special.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is our second stay and this time we took friends with us. Still a fabulous experience. The welcome was first class. Our bags were taken to our rooms for us. A welcome drink was offered. We ended up having a meal there for our first night. The rooms were lovely, very clean and modern. Lovely en suites with lots of hot water and a powerful shower. Breakfast is very nice with a wide and flexible choice on the menu. Close walk to the central attractions of Bath. Cannot praise enough and will definitely return to The Griffin Inn. Love to you all. Penny and Gary. Room 7.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Stayed here over the New Year period with wife, baby daughter and several friends. Staff were extremely friendly, accomodating and genuine especially Ade and the part time Chef( forgotten his name sorry). Nothing was too much trouble for them and there were nice little touches like having the highchair out on the table for brekfast every morning but also providing a bigger room to fit our travel cot.

Brekfast itself was most probably the best I have had in any UK establishment. A good selection of fresh Fruit, toast, several cereals, yogurts, orange juice and several jars of high end preserves. What made the brekfast was the cooked hot brekfast, fresh to order, sourced locally and again much choice and variety here. Simply amazing scrambled eggs for which the chef kindly gave me the recipe.

You cant really get a more perfect location so within a minute walk you are in central Bath. The Inn itself is mainly used by locals so provides a very welcoming and friendly ambience and does not get overly busy so you will always find a seat. They provide a fantastic selection of local ales, cider and wines, even the house wine was very good, which is not normally the case with most establishments. We found the food offerings so good that we mainly ate at the Griffin, Definitely several cuts above the normal pub food with quality sourced ingredients freshly made to order.

I noticed that some previous guests have commented on the narrow winding stair cases, as a man of quite big build, I did not find this an issue and was perfectly able to carry the pushchair up and down without any inconvenience. The Inn is a period building and this is the charm of staying here. You feel part of the history.

We actually delayed our return home and stayed an extra night which was a very last minute decision made on the morning of our original departure! This shows how much we loved the place!

We are already planning another trip there in the Summer.

The Griffin Inn is certainly a home away from home so well done on the food, decor and your staff.

Well worth a visit for anyone whom wants to stay in a historical building with all the modern conveniences and great staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Lovely little pub with rooms located just off the city centre, max 5 mins walk in!

Pub can be loud at night, but it does close by 12. Personally I found the most noise to be in the morning, with doors slamming from about 7am!

Rooms was small, no telephone - this is a standard 3* requirement for tourist boards, which led me to discover that the '4*' grading is self-issued. Room was clean, but could be cleaner, however nice hot shower with good water pressure!

Would highly recommend the food, however they don't serve on a Sat night! Bar staff all (but one on our second night) very friendly and eager to get on with guests. We were a little disappointed with the bar lady on the second (Sat) night who seemed more interested in her phone and one customer in particular?!

Don't think this place would suit everyone, however we found it perfect for our needs, and when we come back to Bath we will certainly be booking to stay here!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

Staff were very friendly and welcoming, the food is from local farms and suppliers and excellent. would love to just pop in for breakfast if possible. Rooms are above the pub, up cute little staircases. You can hear the noise, so not good if you are looking for an early night.

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

My second visit to the lovely City of Bath and once again we decided to Stay at the Griffin. Staff were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. After a full day sight- seeing if was a pleasure to relax in our room overlooking the very quaint Beauford Street.
The rooms are fine for a weekend away, nice and clean and have everything you can wish for. Breakfast and Sunday lunch were delicious. I'm sure a third visit will be on the cards in the future.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kenora, Canada
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

My mother and I were over from Canada visiting Bath. We were staying down the road but we needed something. As we walked along we finally settled on the Griffin Inn and what a great choice it was. Homemade fresh food was amazing. Some delicious Ales on tap which made the whole experience all the better. It was a tad bit slow but I think it was due to the 4 or 5 tables in before us (at the exact start of dinner) and only 1 or 2 kitchen staff. Was well worth the wait and will return again someday!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Griffin Inn

Property: The Griffin Inn
Address: Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2AP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 157 B&Bs / Inns in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Griffin Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At nearly 300 years old, The Griffin Inn has never looked so good - founded in 1730, it has changed a lot since then - comfortable en-suite rooms, free wifi & a wholesome breakfast, delicious fresh cooked food, 18 craft ales & ciders and a wine list fit for a king! Welcome to our Home. ... more   less 
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The Griffin Hotel Bath

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