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Apsley House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Massachusetts, USA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Like staying with that cousin with a beautiful home . . .”
Reviewed 5 November 2008

Beyond providing guests with a nicely renovated historic building, the owner and staff were remarkably helpful and friendly. The rooms were attractive and comfortable and fully appointed (irons and ironing boards can be hard to come by in Europe), including a way to heat water for tea and coffee in our rooms. Breakfast was terrific and certainly held us through late afternoon; tea came any time we needed it in the drawing room during the day; a well-stocked honors bar was available well into late evening. The walk into town was just right, took us through Victoria Gardens and/or the Royal Crescent and good local pubs, and gave us a good feel for the local community. If I would change anything, this would be to find slightly higher quality toiletries, including, maybe, some body lotion, in the rooms--we had to pick some up in town. Personal service was outstanding, the beds genuinely comfortable. We are looking forward to returning, knowing that whatever we need will be cared for.

  • Liked — Service, local scene expertise, insider's information, breakfast
  • Disliked — Toiletries, some hot water difficulties in the morning
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2008

This is a charming place to stay. It feels more like a house-party than a business. There's even an honesty bar in the glorious Georgian drawing room. I stayed in two separate rooms having extended my stay. Both were beautifully appointed and immaculately clean.

Try the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Never to be beaten. No wonder people rave about the breakfasts.

If you want parking near Bath which doesn't bankrupt you this hotel is a boon.

Nicholas and Claire and their staff are to be congratulated.

The acid test: would I go back? Certainly. Would I recommend it to others? Certainly.

Ruth Baker

Stayed November 2008
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Caerphilly
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2008

Stayed for 1 night, but wish we had booked more.
Very high quality in every aspect. Beautiful accommodation, excellent managers who are pleased to help, but not in your face or a nuisance. Amazing food. Fantastic rooms and garden. Free parking and peaceful.

  • Liked — high quality relaxed accommodation
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2008

Apsley House Hotel is a wonderful find in Bath! From the start there is a car park space per room - highly needed as car parking is VERY expensive in Bath. The 20-30 minute walk into Bath is lovely, and a map is provided of Bath as soon as you arrive.
The staff are friendly and professional. We stayed in the Wellington room - slightly more expensive but well worth it for the views overlooking Bath and the hotel's small secluded garden. The room was clean, and well decorated. The super-king sized bed was great, and the Molten Brown tolietries in the bathroom were a nice touch. There were bottles of water on our bedside tables for when we arrived, a trouser press in the room, a good selection of magazines and tea & coffee choices. The large, flat screen TV in the room (with freeview) was excellent also!
Breakfast was amazing - fresh fruit platter, cereals, and a large choice of cooked food. The breakfast service was also very good.
Although there is no resturant in the hotel for evening meals as such, they were more than happy to recommend good restruants in the area, or let you bring back a take-away and then provide you with plates and cutlery so that you could eat in your room!
Overall Apsley House Hotel is very good value for money, and both my husband and I came back from our couple of days in Bath fully relaxed - and only a hotel with high standards and who thinks of all the litle things can ever truely do that in 2 days!

  • Liked — The professionalism of the staff.
  • Disliked — Nothing - it was all good!
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Merseyside
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2008

Apsley House is set in its own grounds with parking available which is a bonus in Bath. The House is a credit to the owners and they have done a good job of providing the genuine old England feel, particularly appealing to overseas visitors. Set on a main road but in a more residential area and slightly further out of town than we would normally select, a walk of 25/30 minutes gets you into the town centre. The trade off is no real noise at night though. The walk is downhill and can take you adjacent to or through a very nice park or by the River Avon. The hotel's manager's will guide you. We found it best to walk into town and take a taxi back, average cost £6.30 approx from the rank by the Abbey. We stayed in a garden room and were lucky to have a sunny few days so could take advantage of opening the doors to the garden and sitting outside overlooking the garden and views... very pleasant. Nice breakfast, friendly staff, very nice overall. We enjoyed a small discount for a 3 night stay but the hotel is a little expensive but for the money far more personal than some of the chains that provide similarly priced guest rooms. An honesty bar is provided for guests providing a limited range of drinks, but the room is locked around 10pm, presumably ensure guests don't stay in and become too noisy?

  • Liked — Presentation of rooms
  • Disliked — A little far from town
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2008

Great hotel and friendly staff. It is a bit out of Bath city centre, but worth the drive. Breakfast was amazing with a great view. Good parking on site. Rooms are personal and cozy. Would highly recommend!

  • Liked — Friendly and informative staff
  • Disliked — Location outside of city centre
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank JacTravels07
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Bristol
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2008

Stayed on Saturday 20th September for one night, but we are wishing we could have stayed longer!! It was such a lovely hotel, with superb rooms and excellent staff.

We were celebrating our anniversary and when we arrived we were told that we had been upgraded to the Romantic Room!! It was a superb room which had a four poster bed and lovely views. The room, in fact the whole hotel, was spotlessly clean and the ambience was just lovely.

I think it is a credit to Duncan and Anel who run the hotel and who couldn't do enough to make our stay memorable - nothing was too much trouble!!

Would we stay again? - never had an easier question to answer! - without doubt yes!!!

Thank you for making our special day extra special !!!

  • Liked — Room with four poster bed
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Apsley House Hotel
Address: 141 Newbridge Hill, Bath BA1 3PT, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bath
#1 Family Hotel in Bath
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bath
#2 Business Hotel in Bath
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Apsley House Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A privately owned Georgian House built by the Duke of Wellington in 1830. Situated just over a mile from the city, free parking, garden, licensed bar and drawing room. En-suite bedrooms with Super-King Beds and Four-Posters, individually decorated with Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, hospitality trays and Molton Brown products. Freshly cooked breakfast served in the elegant dining room. A taste of Georgian Bath at its finest with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. ... more   less 
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