We spent two nights here, in this large detached house about 2 miles from the centre of Bath.
The room was very nice, dominated by an impressive four poster. (We were in room 12, and as the web site acknowledges, because it is directly off the main reception and next to the breakfast room, we were woken early. It was a little dark and had no real view (although it is a garden room it is at the side of the house and looked out on to a gravel area and fence). But in rainy February this is not a concern!) The room had no bath, but the shower was large and the toiletries were all Molton Brown. There was a wardrobe, with iron and ironing board (always useful), fan and electric radiator. And in a large chest of drawers there was also a hairdryer. Teas, coffee and amazing Marshfield shortbread were very welcome additions (the only drawback being as there was no fridge there was only UHT milk.)
The breakfast room featured a huge window that overlooked a beautiful view and what would be a very nice garden at any other time of year. It also opened into the lounge, which featured an honesty bar and comfy sofas and chairs as well as a small dining table and chairs.
Breakfast included a good range of juices, cereals, fruit and yogurt. The menu had a good range of cooked options (a vegetarian cooked breakfast of sausage, tomato, egg, mushrooms and beans was also available) plus toast or croissant. (My only complaint was the weak coffee.)
The staff were all very friendly and helpful - offering advice on the best parking in town, using the nearby Park and Ride or buses.
The hotel offered a range of leaflets about the area, available near reception, as well as some nice reference books.
For those guests staying long enough to get bored with Bath's restaurants, the management will supply cutlery and crockery for you to enjoy a take-away.
There is parking for all the rooms, and if the weather is fine, just about half a mile down the road, past the cemetery, you can take a nice walk through Victoria Park, which will take you directly to the Royal Crescent.
All in all a nice place to stay - particularly if you are driving and the lack of parking in town proves a challenge. My only regret is not knowing there would be a dog roaming aoround.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Apsley Hotel Bath