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“Nice Place - rooms too hot, better value for money elsewhere”
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The Bath Priory
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 March 2011

Nice place, visited with our 14th mont old, most staff were great, some (reception staff on Sunday didn't bother to ask if we enjoyed our stay - all she was interested in was taking our money).
Spa was good, rooms nice - though way too warm, made for not a very comfortable nights sleep. Restaurant food was good - though quite pricey.
Overall - nice stay, but average for the price - nothing that would make me want to return.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 March 2011

Bath maybe a World Heritage Site but it isn’t looking at its best right now. Indeed, it’s looking pretty scruffy and unloved. Even houses right by the architectural showpieces of Royal Crescent and The Circus are suffering from neglect, mainly because of the high costs of maintenance. And just walk behind Royal Crescent and you see another, slummier side to Bath altogether.

So it’s nice to slip back to The Priory, a solidly traditional hotel whose large garden makes it a sort of oasis within this busy, traffic-choked city. It’s now a sister hotel to Gidleigh Park in Devon where we stayed once about ten years ago . That hotel felt like a funeral parlour and the speed bumps on their driveway cracked the exhaust on my Maserati, so I’ll never go back. But The Priory - where we have also stayed before - reminds us most of Hambleton Hall, another creaky old building that probably costs a fortune to maintain and where the lounges are bursting with overstuffed sofas and more paintings than the National Gallery. It’s dreadfully old fashioned yet somehow reassuring and the atmosphere here isn’t dead as it can be at other similar places. Good heavens, the restaurant was even busy.

Our room - Marigold - was in the cheapest category and cost £195 B&B, booked by phone that morning. It was a dullish room, but generous in size with a good if plasticky bathroom which had a tub and a step-in shower. The only thing we didn’t like was the enormous and heavy duvet on the bed and the six cushions which we had to stack somewhere. There was a turndown service which is always a plus with us, as was the complimentary water and free wi-fi.

Gidleigh Park’s chef, Michael Caines, oversees the cuisine here, though the actual cooking is done by Sam Goody and, my word, he’s a talented bloke. Now, I’ve had so many disappointing dinners at fancy Michelin-starred restaurants - for example, Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham on this same trip - that it doesn’t bother me in the slightest that Mr Goody hasn't any stars. It probably bothers him, though, as most chefs these days are enslaved to the little red book and no longer cook English food or French food. They cook Michelin food which is quite different. Goody’s menu is priced, though, as if he already has two or even three stars under his toque - expect to pay about £250 for dinner for two with a decent bottle of wine, such as our excellent Portuguese red from CARM, suggested by the sommelier. To eat I had some tasty scallops with couscous, cumin and cauliflower, followed by a ‘plate of lamb’ which contained loin, shoulder, kidney and sweetbread with a tapenade, and to finish a wonderful assiette of rhubarb. A truly great dinner in a room that - commendably - is much more contemporary than the rest of the hotel.

The buffet breakfast was by far the best we have encountered outside London for a long time - cold meats, smoked salmon, fresh fruit and good pastries. Service levels were very high throughout the hotel. I would give it five stars if they lighten things up a bit.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

We visited the hotel with our 7 month daughter. The hotel staff were exceptionally helpful and accomodating of our various requests. The garden was splendid, the restuarant phenominal, food absolutely world class and the fact that our young daughter slept through to 8am testimount to the sleep quality of the lovely peaceful room we had. Highly recommended - we will certainly be back.

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Reviewed 1 March 2011

I had a sublime dinner at the Bath Priory with a fantastic tasting menu with wines matching selected by a fantastic Sommelier that complement the menu very well, was very interesting wines and unique, service was very personal and worming. I can't wait for my next visit.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

What a fabulous hotel, attentive and smiling staff, beautiful rooms, enormous beds, charming garden, excellent position for wandering into Bath through a lovely park. But for me undoubtedly the highlight of my stay was the food. We had the most amazing dinner, twice. The chef is truly gifted and I am incredulous that he has not already been given a Michelin star. Sam Moody is a young man to watch, move over Jamie Oliver and other ageing/swearing 'celebrity' chefs you have met your match!

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Reviewed 22 February 2011

The quality of service was exceptional: attentive, efficient and friendly with a real desire to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. We were celebrating an anniversary and the staff arranged some lovely little extra touches to make our weekend really special. The room was immaculate, the lounges sumptuously appointed and the food and wine were perfect. We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay, re-ignited an old association with Bath and will definitely be back.

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Reviewed 21 February 2011

My friend and I took advantage of the exceptional value for money-current lunch menu ie: 3 courses for £25.50. The good news is that the Priory are extending it throughout March. The meal was comparable with anything served by the Walnut Tree and the Crown @ Whitebrook, both of which have Michelin stars, so no such accolade for this jewel of a restaurant.
The Hotel is quintesentially English, delightful ambience, lovely grounds, admittedly not a their best on a miserable February day, supremely professional staff who are attentive but not obsequeous, and last but not least the food.
The bread, particularly the tomato and black olive and the amuses bouche perfectly complimented but not over-powered each course and were perfectly judged.
I started with the pressed terrine of confit chicken, accompanied by an apricot chutney and pickled mushroms, subtle flavors that worked a treat and gave a fair indication of the delights to come. For the main, slow roast rump of local lamb that was cooked as per my instructions-delicious and finally a hot blackcurrant souffle that the waiter pierced and poured in a blackcurrant coulis, not to mention the mouth-watering sorbet. Quite frankly, it was one of the best deserts I have ever tasted. So, Hat's off to the Priory ces't manifique!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Weston Road, Bath BA1 2XT, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in Bath
Price Range: £157 - £458 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Bath Priory 5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled within four acres of mature award-winning gardens and spacious terraces, The Bath Priory sets itself apart as a peaceful haven in a bustling city. The Georgian house of honey-coloured Bath stone enjoys a tranquil location just a short walk through Royal Victoria Park to Bath’s city centre. The award-winning spa has a selection of luxurious treatments, an indoor pool, pool-side sauna, elliptical steam pod and shower. From the moment you enter The Garden Spa by L’OCCITANE, fragrances transport you to Provence; the escape begins with scent. Every gesture, every ingredient, every ritual is drawn from a page of the L’OCCITANE grand herbarium, a resource of hundreds of essential oils and natural ingredients. Steeped in Roman history, the city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Roman Baths, Pump Rooms and Theatre Royal are noteworthy highlights alongside the city’s architectural merits including the Royal Crescent and The Circus. ... more   less 
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