Bath has a plethora of city centre hotels that make a great base for exploring. Gleaming Georgian townhouses, budget staples, quirky boutiques, thermal-pool-access luxury boltholes, even a luxury hotel inside a famous city landmark.
To help you choose where you lay your head, we’ve rounded up some of the best city centre hotels right in the buzzing heart of Bath.
Francis Hotel Bath – MGallery Collection
Interiors riff on Regency style, with fun contemporary twists. Bedrooms are individually designed – go for a feature room if you want a four poster and views. Blue plaques on the walls reveal esteemed former residents.
For meals, Moroccan/Mediterranean/French-styled café restaurant Boho Marché overlooks Queen Square and has an alfresco terrace.
The Bird, Bath
Run by seasoned hoteliers (who also have countryside mansion Homewood in their brood), this joyful boutique hotel fills a four-storey Victorian villa with vivacious artworks, snazzy furnishings, whimsical charm and avian inspiration. Bodacious bedrooms wear theatrical touches with swagger, many have wide-reaching views, one has room for a family, another an al fresco hot tub.
Food is foraged, locally sourced and made for sharing – dine inside at Plate or gaze out over Bath from the outdoor pavilions and dining domes. There’s even a larder full of free snacks that guests are welcome to raid. With free parking and big attractions a short stroll away, this place will have you feeling happy as a lark.
Bursting with personality, this cosy little hotel on a cobbled side street in Bath’s centre is spread over three interconnecting Georgian houses.
Classic seventeenth-century frontage hides 13 fabulously furnished, boldly wallpapered bedrooms and a coffee lounge. There’s also a rather delightful courtyard hot tub – available for private one hour time slots, plus fluffy robe, slippers and champagne (if you want to splash out).
Breakfast is brilliant, light bites are available throughout the day and there’s a bar for relaxing with your favourite beverage after a day sightseeing in Bath. Guests also get discounted entry to Stanza gym (100m away) and it’s pooch-friendly too.
Hotel Indigo Bath
Once five separate townhouses that housed lodgers like Sir Walter Scott and William Wilberforce, this 166-room hotel now takes up most of the Georgian-terraced South Parade. Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, it’s boutique in style with quirky Georgian Bath-inspired décor.
Bedrooms are themed and come with spa-inspired bathrooms, and there’s a separate private townhouse on adjacent Pierrepont Street, which is perfect for a small gathering. The Elder restaurant run by Chef Mike Robinson – the UK’s leading authority on wild food and game – is a big draw, celebrating British dining with a strong ‘field to fork’ philosophy.
Broad Street Townhouse
This Grade II listed boutique bolthole in the heart of Bath was deemed one of the best Hotels in the South West by The Sunday Times in 2020. The building dates back to 1885 and the hoteliers have retained many of its original architectural features, but upped the funk factor.
11 impeccably designed bedrooms ranging from snug to superior, are split over three storeys and boast individual artwork, organic Bramley toiletries and mini fridges stocked with local goodies. For food, coffee and cocktails, head to café bar The Blind Pig on the ground floor or pop next door to sister venue, The Pig & Fiddle.
The Roseate Villa Bath
Complimentary tea and cake, a friendly team and Muttley the canine host welcome guests to this boutique-style Victorian house hotel. Hidden away on a quiet side street overlooking Henrietta Park, you’ll find smart, elegant and unfussy interiors here, spacious bedrooms, a lovely light dining room and a garden for afternoon tea, or indeed, pizza!
Breakfast is excellent, with bread baked overnight by the in-house bakers (they make the cakes and pizza too) and there are expert mixologists on hand in Henrietta’s bar, ready to whip you up your favourite tipple.
Tucked away down a cobbled side street, this independent boutique hotel occupies an ancient townhouse that dates back to the 1400s. Its basement (now the bar) was once a refectory for the monks of Bath Abbey and the building’s medieval past makes itself known with winding stone staircases and dramatic fireplaces, alongside stylish modern furnishing.
Eight bedrooms are set over three floors - the larger ones benefit from high ceilings, some catch a glimpse of Bath Abbey, while the cosier rooms on the top floor bagsy the furthest views.
Big bay windows frame the dinky restaurant, which is often buzzing with non-residents thanks to the eight (see what they did there) artful, seasonal dishes on the menu.
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Want to be close to the action in Bath? How about staying in an iconic attraction itself? The Royal Crescent Hotel is one of the only landmark buildings in the world you can sleep in. Spread across two Georgian townhouses on Bath’s spectacular Royal Crescent, you can’t get a much better location than this luxury city sanctuary.
Sitting in an acre of pristine gardens (where you can dine al fresco), the hotel is famed for its dreamy spa (indoor pool, vitality pool, sauna, steam room, fitness room and five treatment rooms), exemplary service and afternoon teas.
Roughly half of the bedrooms are in the main crescent townhouses, while the other half are in buildings at the end of the garden. They range from palatial suites to cosier accommodation, but all have lovely views and are brimming with five-star splendour. If you’re really pushing the boat out, check out the glorious Garden Villa – a private residence within the hotel for up to 8 guests.
Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel
*Spa and leisure facilities will hopefully be open soon, but in the meantime, guests can find a range of outdoor fitness classes.
Just a 15-minute walk from the city centre, this majestic Georgian mansion – formerly a family home – is set in seven acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. The hotel has 131 bedrooms, many with beautiful views across the city and all with ensuite marble bathrooms.
Once the magnificent ballroom of the original house, the award-winning Vellore Restaurant has a canopied outdoor terrace, there’s also a drawing room with garden views and a couple of bars.
The hotel’s major plus point is its sleek spa with outdoor hydrotherapy pool, heated indoor pool, thermal suite with infrared cabin, sauna, salt infusion room, sensations shower, ice room and aroma steam room.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa
Make like the Romans and tap into Bath’s famous hot springs – The Gainsborough is the only hotel in the UK that gives guests access to the city’s natural thermal waters. Guests get a complimentary Bath House experience at the Spa Village, where you can wallow in the three colonnaded thermal pools of the hotel’s spectacular Romanesque Spa Village. Or choose one of three exclusive spa bedrooms, which offer in-bathroom access to the steaming waters.
There are 99 custom-furnished guest rooms with views across the city to surrounding countryside inside this luxury hotel. Decor nods to period details and there’s even a ‘pillow menu’ for the best night’s sleep.
Chef Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant uses only fresh and locally sourced produce to create inventive modern British dishes and afternoon teas here are top notch.
The Queensberry Hotel
If you’re looking for gourmet getaway, The Queensberry Hotel has some of the finest food in town. Home to Bath’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, Olive Tree, Chef Chris Cleghorn serves impeccable, innovative food – try the tasting menus or order a la carte.
The hotel itself is quite delicious too. Spread across four Georgian townhouses, the hotel is quite modern in looks. Stylish fabrics merge with bold colours and contemporary art hangs on the walls.
There are 29 bedrooms, the smallest are cosy and have garden views, one has side-by-side showers, another a four poster. There’s also an elegant sitting room, bar and beautiful courtyard garden for guests to enjoy. If you’re travelling with kids, a baby listening service, mini robes and toy and activity packs are a lovely extra.
The Bath Priory Hotel
This luxury bolthole has all the trappings of an upmarket country house hotel yet is within walking distance of the city centre. It’s incredibly spoily, with four acres of lovely gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the only L'Occitane spa in the UK, luxurious treatments, fine dining, 33 beautiful bedrooms and plush spaces for guests. In fine weather, the large terrace is put to good use, big roaring fires are lit during the colder months.
Families are welcome and the hotel can hook you up with all the kit (think monitors, steriliser, bottle warmer etc). Play boules or croquet, follow a nature trail or have a go at yoga in the gardens. Although dining is formal (headed up by Michael Nizzero, formerly of The Ritz), there’s a dedicated kids menu and guests can choose their own picnic hamper to tuck into outdoors or back in the room.
Apex City of Bath Hotel
Popular with families and businesspeople, Bath's biggest hotel has 177 bedrooms, some of which feature balconies and gorgeous city views. Stylish, modern, convenient and comfortable, there’s also an indoor heated pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room, restaurant, and large bar lounge.
Bedrooms are chic, spacious and have a Scandinavian air about them, with plenty suitable for a family. All come with an Apex rubber duck!
Abbey Hotel Bath
The characterful Abbey Hotel encompasses three interconnected Georgian townhouses and a big outdoor terrace. Inside, streamlined interior design is inspired by the building's architect, John Wood, in appreciation for his love for Palladianism.
Regular curated exhibitions of eye-catching works by local artists (all for sale) grace communal areas, notably in the natty ArtBar and large restaurant. 65 bedrooms have all been revamped under three themes, which reflect a clever appreciation towards the arts – photography, gallery, and cinematography. Of these, there are eight Family Gallery Rooms which can sleep up to four.
Doubletree by Hilton Bath City
For families wanting a central location, Doubletree by Hilton Bath City is a great option. Set on the banks of the River Avon, some rooms have views of the city, river and countryside beyond. The hotel has 173 bedrooms – including family rooms – a 24-hour fitness room (if you’re not worn out from exploring the city all day), restaurant and Lobby Bar serving light meals, afternoon tea and cocktails. Their signature chocolate chip cookie welcome is a nice touch too!
Part of Radisson Individuals, this 66-room B&B is spread over three townhouses on a curvaceous residential Georgian terrace near Great Pulteney Street. A hotel of two halves – the ‘boutique wing’ has been revamped in an eye-catching Art Deco Georgian style, while the ‘traditional wing’ awaits a makeover and has a simpler look and feel.
Three bedrooms cater for families, the largest – a suite on the top floor is the most spacious. Cots and Z-beds can be put in some other rooms. You’ll be spoilt for choice at breakfast, served on the ground floor next to a trendy mirror-backed bar.
No.15 Great Pulteney
Located on one of Bath’s grandest streets, No.15 is a stone’s throw from the magnificent Pulteney Bridge and Holburne Museum. There are 37 bedrooms in the main townhouses and separate charming Coach House across the garden, all are playfully designed, blending original Georgian features with quirky artworks.
Café 15, the in-house restaurant, is a go-to for locals as well as guests and serves up imaginative dishes that celebrate British produce. Don’t miss the impressive gin list at Bar 15 or the afternoon tea, which can be eaten in-house or delivered as a picnic to Henrietta Park, just behind the hotel.
Young guests have been thoughtfully considered and the hotel can provide baby cots, a ‘goodies’ menu, instant cameras, mini tipi hideouts and arrange babysitters. Grownups have their own treats in the subterranean spa set in the stone vaults of the building. There’s also a larder on each floor with complimentary drinks and snacks.
The Royal Hotel
Designed by Victorian genius Brunel (of Bristol’s SS Great Britain and Clifton Suspension Bridge fame) in 1846, The Royal Hotel counts Queen Victoria among its visitors. Located just across the street from Bath Spa station, it’s especially convenient for those arriving by train. 31 bedrooms have period touches and the Parisian-style brasserie is known for dishing out some of the city’s tastiest steak plates. The hotel also offers good-value spa packages with treatments at nearby Thermae Bath Spa.
Holiday Inn Express
This modern hotel is a one-mile stroll away from Bath city centre and is particularly handy for those with a car, thanks to its easy M4 motorway and A4 access. There are 145 rooms altogether with Freeview TVs, bedside USB ports and free WiFi access. Breakfast is included with your stay and guests can order light meals (which can be taken to your room) and drinks from the bar and relax in the hotel's stylish lounge.
The Z Hotel Bath
In a prime location opposite the Theatre Royal, the Z hotel Bath is part of an affordable boutique group that offers a slightly hipper alternative to budget chain hotels. Ideal for short breaks, the assumption is you’ll spend much of your time out exploring the city, so the design is compact no-frills.
Despite the minimalist approach, a bright cafe serves food and drink 24/7 (which you can order to your room), there are comfy beds, power showers, fluffy towels and in-room drink-making facilities. Bedrooms range from small Inside Doubles (with no window), to big Queens with fine views over the city’s rooftops to the hills beyond.