I can understand some of the previous comments made, but what we found was an excellent well-run hotel with excellent service. Of course it is not cheap - if you pay £150+ for a room then don't expect cheap wine in the restaurant.
The hotel was facelifted in February 2007 and everywhere we went was in excellent condition. We had a large room with king size bed on the ground floor facing the front with a partial view over Bath. The gardens at the front are well established, and lead down to the road. At the back and immediately surrounding the hotel they have been recently but thoughtfully planted.
The spa we found delightful - not large but of high quality and certainly not a council leisure centre. We realised that staying at the weekend might be a mistake at this time of year, and so went Sunday to Wednesday. It was never really busy; by Wednesday we almost had the place to ourselves.
My wife and I had pre-booked treatments and these were excellent. Maybe not the cheapest you can get, but less than you can pay in London hotels. Be warned that the reception said that treatments are fully booked for the next 4 weekends so check this before you book a room! We had no problems getting Tuesday times of our choice less than a week ahead.
We dined one night in the Vellore restaurant, incidentally without being asked or pressurised by staff. The table d'hote menu at £37.50 for 3 courses had 3 options for each course, and we were told we could substitute any from the a la carte menu with credit given. The quality of the food was excellent, although my wife said that her twice-baked souffle main course was a little bland, but then she did have to choose a vegetarian dish! There are several wines at around £20 a bottle.
Our only grouse was the over-efficient housekeeping - our barely read Sunday newspaper was cleared from our room on Monday. We hid them the other days!
We parked the car during our stay and just walked the 10-15 minutes into town, although the final haul up through the gardens to the hotel entrance was a little effort after a late night feed and watering!
Overall we wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay there for a few nights of luxury in a delightful town.
- 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