Have stayed in this wonderful hotel many times now, and being an unashamed lover of Bath and all it has to offer, i can honestly say that there is no where else I will book for the many repeat visits I intend to have in the future.
It is a very strange place this hotel, one of those rare gems that both truly impresses in terms of the grandeur of the building, whilst at the same time makes you feel totally comfortable and at ease. Where to start then in my unrelenting admiration for this place i wonder..
Firstly the building itself.. in keeping with what draws us all to Bath itself, the Building is so exquisitely beautiful in its classically grand Georgian style. This is England's heritage at its very best and reminds me of a romantic past from a classic novel.
Then the staff, very polite and well trained, always keen to offer a helping hand, and in the case of our butler, very knowledgeable of the local area and its ancient history (and believe me, the history of this part of the world is fascinating)
Then we have the rooms, I'm not going to say they are state of the art high end ultra modern affairs that you normally associate with 5 star places, but this is Bath.. who wants all that stuff here??!! They are instead beautifully understated and comfortable, with luxurious bedding and decent views.
Next we have the spa itself... this is a problem area for some i think.. meaning that it is so good that you have to ask yourself why bother visiting the historic bath spa in the city itself, and secondly quite frankly, when you are sitting in the hotels outdoor spa pool, why bother doing anything other than sit there for the whole of your break!! It really is such a luxury that it would be quite easy to spend the whole time there.
Then of course is the grand finale.. the signature cocktails in the bar!! check them out.. each bar tender has their own speciality cocktail or two, they really are special, and just too good to refuse.
Of course the fact that you are in one of the most beautiful cities in the world helps as well. The city centre is only a short walk away for the hotel, an easy walk down, and on the way back..an even shorter taxi journey.
Now im not going to say that this hotel is perfect. It has its quirks, one night we ordered a bottle of wine for room service, and got literally the bottle of wine only.. no glasses..no ice bucket etc..i was in such a good mood i just saw it as the quirkiness of the hotel. Frankly, i find the restaurant too expensive for what it is, but again this is a good excuse to go and check out the town.
The fact is though that i have stayed in all the other hotels in Bath worth staying in, and this is easily the best. It really does feel like i am going home when i go to this place, just a very grand, massively opulent, quintessentially English home!
One last point. If you fancy a cheeky break, then book a midweek deal, it really is so cheap for what you get its a steal!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly situated in the heart of historic Bath and within walking distance of the major attractions and city centre, Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is one of the leading five-star hotels is this popular destination. With years and years of history behind its wall and rich in character, the history is subtly complimented by modern facilities and amenities such as a relaxing spa and outdoor hydrotherapy pool. The food at Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is simply outstanding and awarded two AA rosettes for quality and service in the popular Vellore Restaurant. Unwind overlooking the fabulous grounds with stunning views over the city. For that extra special treat, consider booking an Imperial Suite with its very own butler service, one of the best ways to stay in historic Bath. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Bath Hotel Bath
- Macdonald Hotel Bath
- Bath Hotel Spa
- Macdonald Bath Spa