Bath’s tourism area is small, with the city’s historic core nestled inside a hairpin bend on the Avon River. Because of the level ground and close proximity, nearly all of Bath’s principal tourism sites are easily accessible on foot.
Those staying slightly across the river to the east, between Sydney Gardens and Henrietta Park, may still easily reach the main attractions by foot through Pulteney Bridge, which is close to important sites such as the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Sally Lunn’s House, and Victoria Art Gallery.
If you plan on driving, make sure to plan ahead for parking at your hotel and any sites you intend to see, as many streets are one-way or pedestrian-only, making it difficult to navigate the historic centre.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa is a five-star luxury hotel with a first-class spa located only one block from the Roman Baths in the heart of Bath’s historic town.
There is a pool for all ages as well as an adults-only pool for splash-free fun. There is also a well-equipped exercise centre, cafeteria, room and laundry service, conference rooms, and babysitter services.
The rooms are outfitted with cutting-edge technology and amenities, such as radiant heating in the bathroom floors, iPod docking stations, Bluetooth-connected stereos, and cordless phones.
The bed-and-breakfast model The Roseate Villa Bath provides luxurious lodgings in a converted Victorian townhouse with extraordinarily big rooms that have been restored and modernised with delicate antique accents.
Guests are greeted with a cup of tea (or coffee) and a piece of cake before being served a freshly prepared breakfast made using local products. Many rooms have views of nearby Henrietta Park, and the Holburne Museum is only a five-minute walk away.
The Ayrlington is located directly on Pulteney Road close to the Recreation Ground, a historic monument, and is a 5-10 minute walk to the centre of Bath and its main attractions.
Guests are offered a full English breakfast and may relax in the historic Georgian lounge, which features a warm fireplace. There is no elevator to the top levels, however staff members will gladly take your stuff to your room. Guests above the age of five are welcome at the Ayrlington.
Bathen House Boutique Hotel offers a luxurious boutique experience. The rooms and suites are decorated in a stunning colour combination of rose, white, and beige and have modern conveniences such as 4K flat-screen TVs.
The bathrooms are a feature, with plenty of marble, separate showers and tubs, and chandeliers suspended from the ceilings.
The hotel is around a 30-minute walk from downtown Bath, making it less expensive than comparable luxury lodgings in the historic city centre. There is a restaurant on the premises, and parking is complimentary.
This Georgian mansion has been a bed & breakfast for almost a century and is filled with vintage antiques. Because there is no elevator, receptionists are pleased to assist with taking bags up the steps to guest rooms.
The Hotel Indigo Bath is set on a peaceful South Parade street, close to the city’s key attractions, including the Pultney Bridge and the Roman Baths.
The 3-star hotel boasts 166 modern rooms and suites that have been decorated to represent the notable writers and architects that have made Bath famous throughout the years. There is valet parking available, as well as 24-hour check-in. There is a fitness facility and a restaurant on-site.
The Queensbury Hotel is located on the northern outskirts of the city centre, close to the Museum of Bath Architecture and the Fashion Museum, and is only a five-minute walk from the Georgian Garden and Royal Victoria Park.
This reasonably priced four-star hotel is set in a series of beautiful Georgian townhouses and provides a variety of services such as an on-site restaurant, room service, and even shoe polish.
There are family rooms and suites available, as well as a wedding suite, and all include complimentary amenities, a safe, and luxury robes.
The Z Hotel Bath is in a prime position, with over a half-dozen restaurants within a two-minute walk, the Bath Royal Theater across the street, and the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey only five minutes away on foot.
Rooms are small, but the space is well-utilized, allowing guests to make the most of their stay. The hotel itself is new and contemporary, with all rooms being non-smoking. Free Wi-Fi is available, as is a nightly social hour with complementary cheese and refreshments.
The Premier Inn Bath City Centre Hotel provides simply decorated, modern rooms that are surprisingly roomy for a budget hotel, as well as a number of wheelchair-accessible rooms.
Its handy position in the historic centre adds to the total value, as it is only a few steps from Westgate Street shopping and a half mile from the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, the Roman Baths & Bath Abbey, and the bus/train station.
The Travelodge Bath City Centre Hotel, which stands on the border of the Bath College campus and near bus stations for numerous routes, is only up the street. The rooms are modestly sized, and while they lack frills, they are clean and pleasant.
The Travelodge Bath Waterside is just across the river from the railway station and only a one-minute walk away from canal lock 8 and a riverfront promenade that leads to Pulteney Bridge.
Recently remodelled rooms offer USB charging points between the bed and desk, as well as an electric kettle for tea and coffee. Those worried by noise can request a room that does not face the river and neighbouring train station.
For a luxurious family vacation to Bath, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa provides facilities including an indoor heated pool that looks like a typical Roman bath. The hotel also features a hot tub and exercise centre and offers facilities like childcare, a restaurant, and a full-service spa.
The property is magnificent, from its calm gardens with umbrella-shaded tables to the elaborate suites with four-poster beds and ceilings covered with exquisite stucco work and moulding.
This hotel is located on the north end of old Bath on the Royal Crescent, near to the Roman Baths and other prominent attractions.
The most romantic sites in Bath are great for solitude seekers, who want to be close to the sights without the distractions of a bustling tourist city just outside.
Just outside the Royal Crescent and a short walk to Royal Victoria Park & Botanical Gardens, the Bath Priory is a 25-minute downhill walk to the historic centre and a short cab ride back up the hill.
Couples will appreciate every part of this luxurious spa hotel, from its ivy-covered stone front to the very spacious suites, which are contemporary but nicely matched with Georgian beauty, featuring romantic fireplaces.
The L’Occitane spa provides a comprehensive range of services and amenities, including an elliptical steam pod and shower, sauna, pool, and fitness centre.
The Apsley House Hotel is located little over a mile from the centre of town, walking for the more ambitious and convenient to bus stations for the rest of us.
Built in 1830 by the Duke of Wellington, this romantic escape is in a Georgian home made of Bath stone that is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and vistas across the countryside.
Rooms are themed, and the “Romantic Room” contains a four-poster bed and a big soaking tub; all rooms include a freshly cooked full breakfast.