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“A Really lovely place to stay.”
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The Bath Priory
Ranked #10 of 34 Hotels in Bath
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“A Really lovely place to stay.”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We were en route to Devon and stopped over as a treat for my Birthday and what a lovely treat, I even had a card and present from the hotel! The hotel buildings are beautiful and the gardens superb although the car park is a little on the tight side. The staff were very friendly, efficient but not intrusive and our room was attractive with a small balcony overlooking the garden. The bed and bedding was of a good standard and the curtains and blinds ensured it was dark.
We enjoyed a stroll in the gardens before dinner and enjoyed a delicious meal, I even managed three courses and coffee with petit fours. In the morning we had a swim in the indoor pool and then enjoyed a cooked breakfast . I had no complaints at all and I would recommend a stay here, it is so close and an easy walk into Bath.

Room Tip: We had Lilac which was on the top floor so a bit of a walk but worth it for the lovely views. If yo...
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Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

The end of our bike trip through the Cotswolds took us on a rainy Thursday down the canal path from Melksham into Bath, past the Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent and through Victoria Park up the hill to this gem of a hotel with a truly extraordinary restaurant. An old priory joined with neighboring houses, covered in vines and flowers, with magnificent gardens behind, the hotel is staffed with kind, thoughtful, efficient young experts who instantly made us feel welcome, despite our wet, muddy appearance. They helped us park our bikes in the greenhouse, then pushed our dinner reservation as late as possible so we could clean up. Our GoPro got ruined in the rain and they responded quickly (if politely amused) at our request for a bowl of uncooked rice to try to save it. They treated kids as respectfully as adults. The towels and robes were the plushest we've seen. The rooms were capacious and quiet and serenely lit. Seemingly no detail had been overlooked. Dinner was a gourmet feast, though at indulgent prices. We had duck and steak and sea bass, all beautifully prepared and presented. The breads alone were worth the price of admission and the chocolate dessert garnished with golf leaf was magnificent. We slept like babies. Breakfast the next morning was nearly dinner's equal. One highlight was the hot chocolate, hand made at the table by stirring a chunk of chocolate into the warm milk. A walk in the garden, some tree-climbing, a game of croquet on the vast lawn, a tour of the rich and sumptuous parlor rooms decorated with old portraits and gorgeous depictions of Bath, and then, sadly, it was time to leave. We could've stayed much, much longer.

Stayed June 2014
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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We stayed at the Bath Priory for 3 nights in May 2014 while visiting family in the area, and I'm finding it really hard to know what to write about this hotel.

Let's start with the positives: Lovely old buildings; the gardens are truly SPECTACTULAR (our room had a nice balcony overlooking one of the gardens); the restaurant was very good (reviewed separately); afternoon tea was nice; we quite liked the location being a little bit out of the hustle & bustle of busy Bath; and the check-in/check-out processes were smooth & painless. But other than the gardens, where's the wow? For 440 pounds/night, we were expecting WOW.

On the down side: while the room/bed/bathroom were adequate, the couch was shabby - like, REALLY shabby - and even the carpet looked a little shabby. Much of the woodwork in the hallways looked like it could use a coat of paint, and while the staff were very responsive when we asked for something, we felt they were lacking in initiative. For example, on two separate occasions, we ordered room service and had to specifically ask the staff member to take the previous meal's dirty dishes with them - (literally, they had one foot out the door, and we had to call after them and say, "Could you please take that tray of dirty dishes WITH YOU - yes, the one you just walked past..."). One really shouldn't have to ask, should one?

We have stayed in lots of lovely hotels in all different parts of the world, and while this is certainly a very nice and unique spot, for the price that we paid, I think we should have had WOW.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

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.

Room Tip: Worth paying for a room facing the garden if you are going to have time to appreciate it. You can a...
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful weekend. The hotel is superb, the room we had overlooked the garden and was as good as we could have wished for. The staff were excellent, catering for your every need, always on hand but never intrusive. We ate in the bar one night and the food was excellent. Our only gripe was the breakfast, the continental buffet was good, but "cooked to order" items were poor and the filter coffee surprisingly tasteless. To be fair I mentioned this at checkout and they took the charge for breakfast off the bill. Otherwise well worth it

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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We have just had a wonderful stay in a garden spa suite with dinner and wine flight - highly recommend the experience for a special occasion - everything was superb - especially the staff. can't wait to go back!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We stayed in May in the weekend after our wedding as we needed a break. This is a really wonderful place to have an indulgent few days. The room we stayed in was filled with interesting aspects of Africa and had a fabulous slipper bath in the room itself- which was immaculately clean , well stocked and looked directly onto the gorgeous and well maintained gardens, which reminded my a little of the Draughtsmans Contract.
There is a pool and steam room etc but I wouldn't recommend it for a spa-type break.
We each had the tasting menu which was absolutely first class- though the restaurant itself was the least interesting of the public rooms
The service throughout our stay was excellent without being snobby or over done
All in all a brilliant place for an indulgent few days

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Property: The Bath Priory
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 34 Hotels in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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 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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