This was the most expensive hotel we have booked in the UK and were a little anxious as to whether we would get value for money after reading some of the mixed reviews....... The original booking was just for a private dining experience for my friends 40th birthday. We were booked into a B & B in bath but after a horrendous few weeks we decided this wasn't in keeping with the occasion so booked a room at the hotel. When we checked in we were taken on a personal tour of the hotel and by the time we were shown to our room our luggage had miraculously appeared there before us. We were lucky enough to be given an upgrade to Begonia. It is a beautifully chintzy room overlooking the gardens. After unpacking we went to the drawing room for afternoon champagne. Other guests and diners were having afternoon tea and with the log fire burning it was perfect (a little longer and I would have fallen asleep on the couch). We then dressed for dinner and awaited the arrival of the other party guests (and they do have Bombay Sapphire gin if you are interested!) We were shown to the pavilion private dining room and, to cut a long story short had a very special evening. The food was great and the service? Well, I must apologise to Sarah, Jess and Antonio for our raucous behaviour but they put up with us and gave us excellent service. I can't agree with the review that the staff think they are more important than the guests, this wasn't our experience and were were made to feel very welcome. The evening was topped off by meeting the Chef, Chris which made my friends birthday (he happened to appear on Saturday Kitchen the next morning which was quite surreal!) All in all if you are looking for a special treat please consider this hotel. You will feel as though you are staying with (quite rich) friends.
- 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 and is proud to hold the city’s only Michelin Star for its exceptional cuisine. 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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