We stayed for two nights at the Lansdown and it was a perfectly pleasant experience. My husband had booked a room in the Ambassadore part of the hotel, and as a previous contributor has said, it was a bit disappointing to overlook the carpark, but the benefit was you could wheel your luggage in very easily - there are a lot of stairs in the Lansdown! If you are allocated one of these rooms, do check the french doors are locked - one couple came into our room thinking it was a way into the hotel. I would imagine the rooms on the other side would have spectacular views. There are three carparks, one in front of the hotel, one across the side road, and one at the back - usually ample I should think.
The hotel is a bit tired in parts, but overall it does add to its rather genteel character; there is a lovely Jane Austen style drawing room which no-one appeared to use. There appears to be an ongoing refurb - I suppose if you get a room that is still to be done it would be disappointing. Our room was fine and the bathroom excellent with a power shower that gave you a workout. The TV was a 20" flat screen, and worked as it should. The restaurant was an elegant room, and the food was very good on the whole. The dinner menu is table d'hote with about 6 choices in each section, but you can pay extra for items such as steak, king prawns or duck, for instance, which we did on our second evening, and we were very pleased with the qualify overall, although my husband was disappointed with his salad nicoise - hardly any tuna! But that was our only quibble. The breakfast was excellent: coffee/tea was brought in pots to the table, cereals, fruit juices, fruits, breads, etc was buffet, and the hot choices were again brought to the table. We had the full English both days, and it was very good; everything cooked perfectly. The bar was reasonably priced.
When I have read some of the previous comments I feel they have been a bit unfair, but I suppose in any hotel one's experience depends on the room you have been allocated, which chef on was duty, and whether the receptionist has a headache! Yes the clientele tends to be on the older side,but this is a Shearings hotel - there was one tour staying at the same time as us, but the majority of people - of all ages - seemed to be independent travellers. Our experience was good, and I must say the biggest asset the hotel has is the staff. They are fantastic - highly efficient, very friendly and helpful in all areas: reception, dining room and bar. I would certainly stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lansdown Grove Hotel, Bath is part of the architectural history of Bath and one of the oldest hotels in the city, dating back as far as 1770. Bath itself has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and contains some of the finest architectural sites in Europe, most within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel is a stone built, grade 2 listed mansion, typical of the period, described in The Times of Friday 13th July 1860 as "one of the most delightful houses in Bath." The Hotel is in a magnificent location, just 15 minutes walk from the historic town centre. The hotel enjoys delightful views over the Georgian part of Bath and wooded hills beyond. The interior boasts high ceilings and elegant plaster work, with 56 bedrooms over 3 floors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lansdown Grove Hotel Bath
- Lansdown Grove Bath
- Lansdowne Grove Hotel