My wife and I stayed at this lovely hotel for our wedding anniversary at the beginning of November for two nights.
The check-in was extremely efficient and I ensured we had a reservation in the restaurant for the evening - which we had. By the time we had been shown around the hotel and to our room (Lavender), our cases were already in the room - Again, impressive. The room, which is on the ground floor, is large, with a comfortable sitting area, flat screen TV, and queen-size bed. The bathroom has a roll-top bath and a double-size shower (complete with leaking shower which was reported but not repaired whilst we were there, but it was the end of the week). The room was very private a had a "limited" view of the garden. There have been comments made about a school being nearby and the noise - Yes it's there, yes you hear children playing, annoying - no, ruin the experience - no! Pre dinner drinks served in a "rustic" reception room, with "antique furniture/pictures etc. There is no bar at the hotel, which makes a nice change and to have the "personal" service is much better, and very relaxed. Evening meal - What do you say! ... Like everyone else who has commented on the food you can't fault it and anyone who does is being very harsh. Large tables, lavish surroundings and very attentive service. Following morning, breakfast served in the room - Perfection! The next morning, after another breakfast in the room (not as good as the day before, but still ot bad!), we wandered into Bath. As has been commented before, it takes about 20/25 minutes to walk - which helps walk off some of the food from the night before! After a bit of retail theropy, returned to the hotel at about 2pm and asked for a table for dinner, but was disappointed to be told the only available tables were available at either 6pm or 9pm. I would have thought the hotel might like to ask their residents if they want a table before taking the "prime slots" for presumably "outside bookings", but also in their defense they can't turn bookings away, and I guess I should have asked for a table when I booked the room, or immediately after breakfast (lesson learned!). Therefore, rather than enjoying our anniversary meal in the hotels restaurant, as planned, we booked to eat at the Queensbury Hotel instead. Again, excellent food and the head waitor was excellent.
The Spa was only opened a couple of months ago and so looks as it should - spick and span. There's a smallish pool, steam room and sauna in the main part of the building. However, if you want to go to the gym, or the treatment rooms, you have to walk out of the hotel, up some steps, over a gravelled path etc, to get to them - If it's raining or it's cold not too nice, but I understand it might be covered-in in the future, but wasn't done so when the spa was being developed due to the cost. My wife had several treatments and said they were all really good, and the staff were really professional and friendly.
In summary, a great "experience" which has to be recommended. If you want to be pampered, hang the expense and go for it! After all, you only get what you pay for these days, and I reckon it's worth it, if nothing else for the food!
- 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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