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Dukes Hotel
Ranked #2 of 34 Hotels in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
carmarthen
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“What a treat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

Lovely welcome. Charming and helpful staff. Spotless throughout. Room pretty and stylish (lovely thick towels and dressing gowns) with period features lovingly retained. restored - and very very quiet. Joy oh joy - parked right outside and could use Residents Parking permit! Would highly recommend. Staff warn you on booking about the stairs but there are rooms on the ground floor. We will definitely be staying again and wish the new owners great success - they and their colleagues certainly deserve it. Hooray!
(Cost us £120 for a double room B&B)

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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christopher c, Owner at Dukes Hotel, responded to this review, 6 September 2014
Thank you for the ‘highly recommended’ commendation. What a lovely sincere review. We do our best to ensure every guest leaves us feeling content, relaxed and happy. As you note we are Grade 1 listed, with 17 unique rooms located across all floor levels from the ground floor to the mansard rooms with chimney pot views! With thanks.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

We enjoyed a lovely long-weekend at Dukes Bath for our wedding anniversary. It’s always great to find an independent hotel with friendly service and loads of character! We had an anniversary card waiting for us in our room and small gift which was a lovely touch.

The hotel is a five minute walk from the city centre, we took the train and had a twenty minute or so walk from the station and other guests were given street car parking permits on arrival. All of the attractions- the Roman Baths, Thermae Baths and famous streets are all easily walkable. We arrived in the morning to a very friendly welcome and left our bags so we could go exploring unencumbered until the check in time.

The decorations and period furnishings in our room had an oriental theme as did the dressing room. The bed was very comfy, there was a hair dryer, dressing table and plenty of room to get ready in the bedroom. There were two TVs with free-view channels and tea making facilities in the dressing room. When we visited there were a few hot water issues that precluded having a Bath but we both had showers with no drop off in temperature at all.

Breakfast included a continental buffet and cooked breakfast as well. I enjoyed the fry-up immensely thanks to the quality, local ingredients. Again all the staff and owners were very friendly and happy to provide advice on the long list of attractions. We had booked our restaurant and theatre night in advance which is worth doing if you are visiting over a weekend as the centre was very busy.

All in all a lovely stay I would heartily recommend!

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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christopher c, Owner at Dukes Hotel, responded to this review, 6 September 2014
Delighted that we were able to enhance your wedding anniversary celebrations. Dukes proudly stands on Great Pulteney Street, arguably one of the finest Georgian boulevards in Northern Europe. Congratulations on organising the restaurant and theatre at the same time as booking. A wise decision as the most popular seats in Bath are often booked well in advance! With thanks.
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Brighton, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights on a city break in Bath. The hotel itself is in a Georgian building that is several hundred years old, which gives it a charm and history that ties in with the overall feeling of Bath itself. The hotel is located just over the bridge from the city centre, less than a five minute walk away.

The only downside to this was that we had to climb 52 steps (we counted them!) to get to our room. Our room was small yet spacious, but with a large bathroom. We had complimentary bathrobes which came in very useful.

Breakfast each morning was excellent, with a wide range of fruit, yogurt, pastries and cereal as well as hot options cooked to order. But what made this hotel so good was the staff. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, with one gentleman being very chatty, to the point that he was still talking to us as we walked down the steps and out of the hotel! But he gave us directions and recommendations, and remembered everything that we told him about us when talking to us the following day. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, from procuring us cut price vouchers for the Thermae spa or sorting out our parking (you get a guest permit for the duration of your stay which enables you to park on-street beside the hotel).

Overall, it was just a wonderful place to stay and if we return to Bath, we'll definitely come back here.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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christopher c, Owner at Dukes Hotel, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Many thanks for you ‘Just wonderful’ review. Pleased that you found breakfast ‘excellent’ and thoroughly enjoyed your 3 day stay in Bath. We offer 17 unique rooms, our reception team are available from early until late and will do their very best to match up your requirements with the available rooms. Please do not hesitate in phoning ! With thanks.
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

My partner and I have just returned from a two night stay at the Dukes hotel. The location is perfect as it is near bath centre and all of it's sights, shops, bars and restaurants, the free parking permit is definitely an added bonus and you are able to park right outside the hotel. When we arrived the staff were very pleasant and extremely helpful, our room was the Montrose which was spacious, nicely decorated but most importantly very clean. There was a few toiletries in the room which were very nice and tea and coffee with some nice biscuits. Breakfast was excellent especially the full English and there was plenty of choice. I do agree with a previous review that the Dukes would benefit from a little bar, there was one down stairs but it wasn't pointed out to us by staff so I'm assuming it wasn't used. If we return to Bath we would definitely stay here again the hotel and it's period features were beautiful, however we would choose a room at the rear of the hotel as the road could be a little noisy at times.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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christopher c, Owner at Dukes Hotel, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thank you for your comprehensive review. We look forward to welcoming you on your return to Bath. With thanks.
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed here when we went cycling around bath
Staff - first class
Location- excellent
Bedrooms - clean and tidy
Overall - I would recommend this b&b to anyone who would like to discover bath and fell part of its history

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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christopher c, Owner at Dukes Hotel, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
‘first class, excellent, clean and tidy’ thank you for the whole hearted recommendation !
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

Decided to stay here mainly due to Trip Advisor and its central location. We were not disappointed. Checked in around 4pm and parking was made easier due to the permit we were given. We were in the Richmond room which was fine for what we wanted. We had already been around Bath but after check in, we went to the Thermae Spa. David, the front of house, couldn't have done enough to help us during our stay. He recommended The Herd for something to eat as we fancied a steak and then Opium, a little tucked away cocktail bar. In the morning, breakfast was sumptuous and as we had some time to kill before Bath races, we were pointed in the direction of Colonna and Smalls coffee shop. I would definitely return to the hotel and would certainly try one of the four poster rooms. Apart from the location, the fact that the staff were so friendly makes this hotel easily recommended to others we know.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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christopher c, Owner at Dukes Hotel, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thank you for your very positive recommendation. We offer 17 unique bedrooms, ranging from our compact, functional rooms - ideally suited to those who simply want a convenient base in Bath - through to our two ‘four poster’ rooms that are a little more special! Delighted that you found our breakfast ‘sumptuous’ and our team ‘so friendly’. With thanks.
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

Stayed here for a night recently, It is a magic little place. the room was beautiful, felt like I was in a period drama, beautiful antique furniture and the bathroom was lovely. It's such a pity they don't have a little bar as it would be a lovely place to sit and have a drink. The breakfast was fine, not brilliant, but the staff are so lovely and can't do enough for you. It's also really central for exploring Bath.

Room Tip: We paid the little bit extra for a deluxe room and think it was worth it
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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christopher c, Owner at Dukes Hotel, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for the ‘high recommended’ commendation. As you note, most of our rooms are decorated sympathetically for the Georgian building in which we reside. We have a lovely garden terrace, a welcoming reception lounge and a bar adjoining the breakfast room! On your return we will treat you to a ‘glass’, compliments of the house. You need only to have asked. With thanks.
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Property: Dukes Hotel
Address: 53-54 Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DN, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Bath
#5 Business Hotel in Bath
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Dukes Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dukes stands on Great Pulteney Street - one of the finest boulevards in the Heritage City of Bath. Built over 200 years ago, Dukes comprises of two very generously proportioned town houses and has been engaged as a hotel and guest house for over 100 years. Whether it is the high ceilings, sash windows or hand crafted Sanitan bathroom suites, each of our rooms uniquely reflects on an era of craftsmanship, Georgian elegance and charm. Being less than a 10 minute flat walk to the centre, as a guest you can easily access all the attractions that Bath has to offer. ... more   less 
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