We had booked a classic room facing the courtyard side of the hotel. I should have enquired beforehand (though we had only booked the night before) but, on arrival, we discovered the room was up two flights of stairs and then, in the room itself, up another flight of stairs to the bedroom and bathroom area - not ideal for older guests, though an ingenious use of the original building, nevertheless.
Vicky and her colleagues could not have been more helpful and, at no extra cost, we were upgraded to a superior room facing the beautiful gardens. So far so good we thought. However, we discovered that there were problems with wifi reception (except in the bathroom) and, to cut a long story short, we were further upgraded to a superior deluxe room facing the garden where our devices worked perfectly, as they did throughout the hotel. I am sure that our wifi problem will have been sorted out by now.
So what of our stay? Delightful room on the first floor with a comfortable settee, a table and three other chairs. Good lighting (not the case in all hotels) and a sensible sized safe. But a paucity of accessible plugs. Surprisingly, there was no general information about the hotel in this third room, nor indeed our second, which is usually the first thing we look for. Nowadays it is a surprise not be asked whether you wish your towels to be changed each day.
We ate in the Pantry on one evening which was ideal for us but there is also a Michelin star restaurant. We seem not to be alone in finding the cost of breakfast somewhat on the high side.
There is a spa, which we did not try, but a heated outdoor pool which I did. I appreciate that it is not easy to cater for all tastes but I have to say that I found it far too warm for proper swimming, a view that was shared by another swimmer. I would have thought that a few degrees cooler would still have been acceptable, as well as being more eco-friendly.
The hotel is well placed out of the bustle of central Bath but within easy reach of the city centre. Once settled, we had a very relaxing stay and would certainly consider a further visit.
- 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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