The title really says it all. What a treat staying here. The moment the taxi pulled up to the front doors we were warmly greeted by the doorman/concierge, who assisted with our bags and check-in before walking us to our room. All very genuine and friendly - not at all formal or stiff as one might expect (or certainly as I've experienced at other hotels).
The room was on the main floor and had a pretty Juliette balcony overlooking the truly spectacular grounds. The bathroom was spacious and well-appointed. Lots of marble. Nice toiletries. Good towels. No complaints.
We stayed two nights - a Thursday and a Friday - and on the Friday evening we were disturbed at 4:00 am by an extended loud, slightly drunken conversation directly outside our door. Unfortunate, but not the hotel's fault.
We were traveling with our 8-year old and while this isn't a family-friendly spot, we were made to feel welcome by the staff. The pool and spa area is a treat - though if you are traveling with children expect a bit of the "hairy eyeball" from the mostly senior-citizen users of the pool. I believe the hotel sells memberships in the spa to the local community and I understand that they aren't necessarily happy with sharing the space with kids. We did our best to keep to ourselves and not disturb other guests, but we did feel a little conspicuous in the pool area.
The spa/hyrdrotherapy rooms (which are included with the room charge) are wonderful (not open to kids) and I encourage any guests to avail themselves of them.
The hotel has beautiful, gracious grounds that sit on a hill about a 20 minute walk into the main part of town. Very doable for someone in decent shape with comfy shoes.
I hope I have the chance to stay here again - definitely a favourite of mine.
- 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
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