Chose this "hotel" based on Trip Advisor reviews and it was well recommended.
The house is not particularly attractive from the front approach but the back is fantastic with tremendous views and well stocked terraced gardens.
We were welcomed to the hotel in a way that made us feel really wanted and not just another guest. Time was taken to show us, on a map, where the local places of interest were and recommended places to eat and then we were shown to our room.
Our room was the superior deluxe 4 poster which had views across the garden. Room was large with smallish but more than adequate bathroom. Shower was over the bath and there was a TV set into the wall, great for watching Wimbledon whilst getting ready! Toiletries were Moulton Brown as advertised and there was shampoo and conditioner ladies, along with a relaxing and an invigorating bath/shower gel. A hospitality tray with the usual on was provided and a flask of milk was readily brought on request so need to make do with the horrible UHT pots. The hairdryer was a proper one too.
Breakfast was a simple, non-complicated affair with a help yourself fruit juice, yoghurts and a fruit salad selection which appeared freshly made each morning and a selection of cereals on your table. Cooked breakfast (English and vegetarian) were made to individual orders and there was the option of scrambled eggs with salmon too. A continental type breakfast was offered but I never saw anyone have it so cant comment. Although the portions were not huge they were tasty, more than adequate and very well presented and a good start to the day. Toast was also made freshly for each guest with a choice of brown or white bread, and you could choose tea or coffee, pots of which were replaced if required.
There was a selection of daily newspapers and a small notebook (laptop) for free use in the drawing room and there was free wifi for guests, a thoughtful touch.
The owners and the staff were polite and helpful without being gushing or over the top, just right for us.
The hotel was clean and tastefully decorated throughout. It was, as previous reviewers have remarked upon, situated on a steep hill which may be a challenge for the unfit or infirm, approx 10 mins downhill on the way into the city of Bath and a bit longer uphill on the way back. We counted it as a fitness opportunity!!!
Parking was easy with the hotel having a few off road spaces and permits for the remaining guests to park on the road.
Tourist wise we did the open top bus tours which were interesting but not very stimulating....I don't think there is enough in Bath to comment on although there were great views from the Skyline tour. The tickets are inclusive for 2 tours city and skyline. The skyline just takes you outside the city and is pleasant enough but more an opportunity for you to sit down than learn a tremendous amount.
Went to the Thermae Spa which had to be done. I had read about it being a disappointment and too busy but we went on a Friday afternoon and it was fine. All of the areas were clean. I would recommend taking your own towel though (and "slippers"/robe if you are that way inclined) as it is £9 per person to hire these. There is a warm pool area on the lowest level and then 4 steam rooms with different coloured lights and different smells (there is no information about what is what in that area so be careful if you are pregnant), foot plunges and hot or cold showers. The roof top pool was not shown off to its best advantage whilst we were there as it clouded over and was raining but in the sun would give good views of the city. My husband and I had the express massage which was 25mins on the back, neck and shoulders which was great. The relaxing area post- treatment was too small for the amount of treatments though and there were not enough spaces at times (or people lingered there too long!
Eating wise we ate at the Eastern Eye (not one of the restaurants recommended by the hotel) which won the Les Routiers award 2011 for best restaurant. Although the meal was absolutely fine I am not quite sure what was so spectacular that it won that accolade.
All in all, Bath is a very clean city, not as beautiful as I had imagined, but with enough to do to keep you busy for a couple of days and Paradise Hotel is a great choice for a peaceful, elegant and yet charming base. An example of how to get things right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant Georgian House, dating back to 1735, built of classic honey coloured Bath stone. The dignified exterior conceals more than half an acre of magnificent walled gardens with splendid views out over the city of Bath. Small and privately owned, our aim is to offer the best personal service with attention to every detail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise House Hotel Bath