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Paradise House B&B
Ranked #4 of 157 Bath B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 17 July 2006

My wife and I arrived at the Paradise Hotel late on Firday evening for our first wedding anniversary and were greated by the owner (who's name escapes me). Even though we arrived at around 10pm he still took the time to talk us through the hotels features, some of the sites that bath had to offer and he remembered that it was our anniversary and offered us a complementary bottle of champagne. The room rate was no more than you would expect to pay for the hotel and the breakfast wonderful. We were only a 10 minute walk from the city center although the walk back took twice as long due to the massive hill the hotel sits on. We both enjoyed bath and can recommend the boat trip around the city, we would not recommend eating at Browns. The food was awful, the service no better and the restaurant was crowded. I would recommend the Paradise Hotel to anyone who asks and it is so refreshing to see such attention to detail in a hotel.

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Reviewed 17 July 2006

Paradise it was not. The "family room" we were given appeared to be a regular sized room with two extra single beds added, resulting in cramped quarters.Safety issues - one bed was placed next to a large window, the bottom frame was at the same level as the top of the child's bed! It was too dangerous to leave the window open at night and there was no air conditioning.The small t.v. did not work Walls were thin and we could hear voices in other rooms. Mix-up with list of dinner reservations we were given resulted in being sent to wrong restaurants 2 nights, and then being scolded by manager upon return. Showed him the list we were given and received a curt apology, Furnishings and decor in room were shabby genteel, not what I expected of an establishment rated so highly.

Good breakfasts and a nice garden.

In summary, they charge a lot and provide two star accomodations.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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6  Thank caroline029
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PARADISEHOUSE, SENIOR MANAGERS at Paradise House B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2006

We were most dissappointed to learn that this family did not enjoy their stay at Paradise House. The room they booked has been recently refurbished with Laura Ashley furnishings (please refer to the photos and review posted on February 17th 2006).
As a listed building which is 270 years old there are restrictions as to what can be done to the building, such as installing air-conditioning (We are consulting with the appropriate departments on this matter). However, all rooms are equipped with fans and all windows are sash windows which can be opened safely from the top aswell as the bottom. Therefore they can be left open for air.
We are very much proactive in trying to ensure all guests enjoy their visit to Paradise and we take any complaint very seriously. It was just a shame that this family did not voice their complaint to the Resident Managers at any time during their stay or when checking out.

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Reviewed 13 July 2006

I booked this room for one night based upon the reviews posted on this site. Overall, I would say most folks are right on with their comments. It is indeed a haul up the hill from the train station, especially if you're pulling luggage. We stayed in a room on the third floor and had a fabulous view of the city. It was nice sized, we had a small sitting area and king sized bed. No air, but windows on both sides so we didn't need it. However, since it is a residential area and you have your windows open you can hear everything that goes on outside. And the plumbing was a bit noisy. But the garden was lovely and the breakfast was really good too.

One thing we found particularly nice -- we had spend the entire day exploring the city, but weren't quite ready for dinner. We knew we wouldn't want to hike back up the hill and then go back down for dinner so we just bought some great Somerset cheddar cheese, a baugette, wonderful english strawberries and some dessert and had a picnic in the garden. The manager was happy to bring us plates and a knife, etc. This is the reason you stay at a B&B!!! And as we ate, we watched the hot air ballons launch over the city. In many ways, one of the nicest meals we had on our two week journey.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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1  Thank fergsj
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Reviewed 13 July 2006

We booked here after reading through Trip Advisor and weren't disappointed. The two rooms we had (for myself and my partner, and his mother) were lovely with views onto the beautiful garden and towards Bath. Breakfast was immaculate, and the lady running the place could not have been more helpful in terms of greeting us and arranging taxis, booking restaurants on our behalf, and so on.

The hotel is located on a short hill up from Bath, which as a result obtains beautiful views over bath, with the one drawback of being up a short but relatively steep hill. We did not find this a problem, as if we weren't up to walking with my partner's elderly mother, a taxi was but 4 pounds.

The gardens were immaculately cared for and enjoyed by all guests. The breakfast was great, with options of cooked breakfasts with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages and even a vegetarian option as well as the usual continental breakfast. Another option was smoked salmon and eggs. A selection of cereals were provided, as well as options of vegemite and marmite (great for us kiwis!), besides the usual English jams.

I couldn't really fault anything about it. The price seemed very reasonable and the setting and garden exceptional. Our room suffered ever so slightly from the noise of the telephone, but if this is an issue for anyone, I would suggest getting the room that my partner's mother had which was in a wing extension off the main house. We slept through it without problem.

The bathrooms had fresh pure white towels, with a bottle of liquid soap by the sink, and in the shower both hair wash and shower gel. Everything was well thought through and attended to. Thus I would highly recommend the place, and have given it the rare 5 out of 5.

Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed 28 June 2006

Stayed here on our last night of a month's stay in England. Hotel has a very nice garden in the back with a lovely view of the city. We were expecting it to be in a more rural area from the description. In fact it is located in a rather congested urban residential area. Walking downhill, it takes only 10-15 minutes to get to the city center but the hike back up hill is strenuous for those of us considered "seniors". Taxis are plentiful and reasonable if you don't want to walk into the city for evening dining. We stayed in room #3 on the first floor which was large and well appointed. The jacuzzi bath was a real luxury as were the amenities that went with it! The absence of a lift makes it difficult with large or weighty luggage but the owner was most gracious in assisting us. We enjoyed the made to order breakfast and were pleased with the variety of choices. Agree with previous reviews that the parking is tight and the floors do squeak! We found it also a bit pricey for what is provided.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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4  Thank Kamainatraveler
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Reviewed 25 June 2006

We had a delightful three day stay here. The staff and the owner are really dedicated to making sure that you are looked after. It's the little things that makes this place stand out from others: the breakfast cooked to individual order; the welcoming briefing accompanied by a tea tray; the willingness to make dinner reservations; accommodating us with an early breakfast; a coffee service in the garden as we were waiting for the taxi to pick us up; huge luxurious bath towels; etc. Their mission it appears is to make your visit memorable, which they accomplished in our case.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 14 June 2006

My family and I recently stayed at the Paradise Hotel in Bath after reading reviews of the bed and breakfast on several sites. Because our party was so large we were able to see four rooms. The decor of the rooms was very nice. However, the floors in our first room sqeaked so badly I felt uncomfortable moving around. The bathrooms all had up to date fixtures. While I'm sure the heated towel rack is appreciated in the winter, the extra heat in an already hot room was not. (The heat of course would have been a factor at any place we were staying.) Each of our rooms came with a fan.The rooms my mother and sister stayed in were nice, but size and noise could have been better. Of course, this is part of the charm in staying in a place that is 300 years old. The only drawback was the overall expense of the rooms. Quite a splurge at about (165 pounds) $300.00 a night. Of the four rooms the one I liked the best was the garden room and it was the least expensive - (100 pounds) $200.00 a night.
Luckily, the garden was exquisite and we spent a lot of time there in the morning before leaving for the day and on our return in the evening. The gardens overlooked the city and the view was fantastic. And it was an easy, quick walk into the city center. In addition, we all really enjoyed the full english breakfast. There were plenty of choices and something to please everyone.The husband and wife that own the establishment were very friendly and accomodating. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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4  Thank RoswellSon
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Address: 86-88 Holloway, Bath BA2 4PX, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 157 B&Bs / Inns in Bath
Price Range: £139 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Paradise House B&B 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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