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The Windsor
Ranked #46 of 157 Bath B&B and Inns
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lauramaria82
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“Lovely, original features”
Reviewed July 15, 2009

A lovely guest house. We stayed here in a superior room (which was worth the money for the upgrade as it was HUGE). The rooms were clean, bathroom was a little on the small side but still adequate. We stayed in the Bathwick room. The hotel has kept most of its original features which really adds to the charm of the place.

Centrally located it's excellent for seeing the sights of Bath. The lady on reception was very helpful and recommended the most beautiful French restaurant to us (Cassanis), it was well worth asking for advice on what sights to see. There is no parking for the hotel but you can obtain a permit from them at the cost of £8. Then you'll have to find a space too! We arrived after 6 on Saturday night, so were able to park for free.

Breakfast is a continental breakfast rather than a full English which is extra, so be prepared to pay for that. I can recommend the kippers which were delicious.

We'd definitely stay here again if we were visiting Bath.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

My husband and I have been to Bath several times before and have stayed in some pretty poor places. This time we were determined to get it right, so we researched extensively to find the best that Bath had to offer.

What a find The Windsor was! We loved everythng about it - The location was really excellent - literally 2 minutes' walk into the centre. We didn't have to use the car at all which was a welcome relief considering the parking in Bath! The girl who checked us in was fantastic, so friendly and willing to help. The room was gorgeous, full of character, a very comfortable bed and lovely spacious bathroom. There were lots of extras in the room such as a generous hostess tray, mini safe, free wifi and air conditioning - bliss in the heat! I was pleasantly surprised to find conditioner in the bathroom - something we don't come across very often in hotels. Breakfast was delicious, a full continental with fresh fruit salad for me, and my husband chose smoked salmon and scrambled eggs from the a la carte menu which he said was the nicest he'd ever had.

We really loved this place and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone else.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed July 4, 2009

I always choose to stay at The Windsor when I visit Bath and I always will. The staff are always helpful and polite, they give great recommendations on things to do and places to eat out. The rooms are clean and to a good standard and the breakfast is exceptional. It's very central to all the attractions so great for a sight seeing holiday and everywhere is reachable on foot. I look forward to visiting the Windsor Guest House again later in the year.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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New York, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2009

Do not stay at this hotel. The staff was unfriendly, the breakfast was unappealing, the cost was exorbitant for the size of the room. NO ELEVATOR - I had to carry my own bags up 5 flights of stairs with the last flight circular. Quite a difficult thing to do. The room was TINY and quite shabby. The bed was old and lumpy. It was one of the most unpleasant stays. I couldn't wait to get out of the place.

Do not stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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East Anglia
2 reviews
Reviewed June 7, 2009

Fantastic location, literally a few minutes walk from the centre of Bath (about 5 mins from the Roman Baths). Nicely decorated throughout. Breakfast room was very welcoming and cosy. The room itself (a single) was very small, but comfortable, and nice and ligth and airy. The ensuite showeroom was fantastic, very modern and clean and well appointed. Parking is charged at £8 a day, they provide you with a parking permit, which is much handier than driving round looking for more parking. The reception staff were helpful and provided me with a map of the city centre listing some recommended restaurants.

Breakfast could have been better. Continental was included in the price (I paid £60) but this was just a choice from the buffet table of cereals, yoghurt, compote, grapefruit, fruit salad (looked tinned) and juice. The waitress offers you a choice of tea/coffee and toast to accompany this. The coffee was very poor and weak. However, they do offer a homemade muesli which was excellent and the compote (prune on the day I stayed) was also homemade. They do give a choice of preserves/condiments on the buffet table to go with the toast including honey, golden syrup, peanut butter and marmite - there is marmelade, jam and butter already on the tables. However, it would have been nice if there had been croissants/danish pastries/brioche on offer, or at least fresh rolls to have with the jam as an alternative to the toast. However, the cooked breakfast menu looked good with the usual English breakfast but also other items like scrambled eggs adn salmon and omlettes - so the cooked menu lived up to what you would expect from a 5* but of course this is charged seperately. The conclusion is that they seem more willing to offer the full 5* experience for those things than they charge extra for, which to my mind is contrary to the overall experience which a 5* should offer. I noticed that everyone else in the breakfast room was ordering a cooked breakfast and not making use of the buffet, other than for juice.

Breakfast timings were 7.30-9am (or 9.30 on a Sat/Sun). They could do with extending the weekday time to 9.30 as I was the first down in the breakfast room at 8.50 and the other guests only scraped in around 9 and it really filled up then, so presumably other guests would prefer a later end, this may have meant a wait for the optional cooked breakfast options, although I didn't order this so couldn't comment.

However, for a 5* I thought it lacked some attention to detail. For example:
1. The bedside light had not been plugged back in after the room was cleaned, as the plug socket was behind the bed headboard is was quite akward and fiddly to plug in and necessitated shifting the heavy bed.
2. The kettle didn't work properly, it only worked if you manually held it pressed down over the heating element for the entire time whilst it boiled
3. The pack of biscuits (3 pack of plain digestives) were all broken and one of them was crushed.
4. The hotel info brochure didn't contain the wireless internet info. I had to phone reception to get the pin, and they failed to inform me waht the network name was or what to enter to get the connection working. This meant that even after 2 calls to reception I couldn't access the internet, and gave up at that point.
5. The breakfast choice as discussed above.

Overall, a good hotel, comfortable, clean, fantastic location - just slightly lacking in the details I would expect from a 5*

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
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Somerset
2 reviews
Reviewed June 7, 2009

Quite disappointing. Lovely Georgian townhouse in Bath so didn't expect to be put in a very small magnolia box for a room. Bathroom about 2 foot wide , we kept banging our elbows on door frame. It was also a bit shabby. Can't fault the cleanliness of the hotel, however it is starting to look a bit tired in certain areas and certainly represents poor value for money at £165 per night.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Oxford
1 review
Reviewed May 18, 2009

Great location and very friendly staff.
The room (Orchard) was rather small but nicely decorated.
Last time we stayed here, parking and English breakfast were included - now extra.
The 'delicious continental breakfast' should include more, I would expect cheese, ham and croissants. Expensive for what it is.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Windsor
Address: 69 Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 157 B&Bs / Inns in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Windsor 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location, Location, Location. The Windsor, a truly superb Grade 1 listed Georgian Townhouse on Great Pulteney Street, arguably one of the best streets in Bath and one of the finest boulevards in Europe.Just two minutes level walk to the city centre and tourist attractions such as the famous Roman Baths, Abbey and Thermae Spa. Two minutes to the huge variety of shops and diverse range of restaurants Bath has to offer, we are the perfect choice for both leisure and business guests.The Windsor houses 15 individually styled ensuite bedrooms. Period features, free wifi, air conditioning, flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, mini safe and ironing board come as standard. The addition of thick soft fluffy towels, cosy dorma duvets, pillows and luxury Gilchrist and Soames toiletries complete tha package and add to the guest experience. Acclaimed for our warm and friendly staff, we are always ready with a smile and happy to help with anything from restaurant suggestions to planning your onward journey. We pride ourselves in our customer service and along with our award winning breakfasts, our aim is to send you home with a desire to return. ... more   less 
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