I had booked this hotel – The Wellington Room for New Years Eve night and New Years day night at the rate of £170 per night when the usual rate is £95 – this was ok given the time of year.
We arrived in Bath and went straight to the Royal Cresent Hotel for our Spa appointments which I had booked. The Spa here is small and cosy and feels exclusive.
We opted for the:
THE BATH HOUSE TREATMENT
1hour 55 minutes £85
The Bath House signature treatment offers a coordinated treatment which combines many of the spa s special features and is highly recommended for guests visiting the spa for the first time.
The Bath House Treatment takes you through a sequence of bathing, cleansing and body exfoliation. The first 45 minutes is divided between visits to the wet and dry heat Karahafus (steam and sauna), relaxation in the teak–lined tubs and a full body sea salt and essential oil exfoliation. This is followed by a full body massage using one of our unique personally blended Bath House oils.
It was exactly as described and well worth the money.
After the treatment we then went to check in to Apsley House Hotel and were met by Duncan who graciously welcomed us and told us about the local tourist attractions upon check and then delivered our bags to our room which was the Welling ton room. The room was very large with high ceilings. I was a bit disappointed with the cushions and bed spread as they didn’t look like they were washed as part of the laundry process but I easily moved them away to reveal a very large comfortable and clean bed. One must remember that this is an old building and the rooms are in character and not modern contemporary. The bathrooms however are contemporary with large slipper baths. I wouldn’t recommend the Wellington room for disabled people as it is on the first floor and the bath room is in my opinion a little bit congested with the sink, bath, loo and shower cubicle. I couldn’t get into the slipper bath as it is quite a high large bath as I wear artificial legs and its quite a large, high bath. The large ceramic floor tiles are also very slippery when wet. There is however a shower cubicle in the room.
Dinner for New Years Eve night was at the amazing Italian Café Martini’s – please see my review on Trip Advisor for this restarant if you are an Italian food fan.
After returning from dinner my wife and I went into the communal lounge where there is an honesty bar where you can get a drink and record yourself what you had so it can be appropriately charged. I played the piano in the room and my wife sat by a roaring log fire – picturesque and cheesy yes, but true! It was at this point that Duncan came in for a chat and I asked him if Apsley House was haunted – and indeed it was. By an old man opening the main glass door near reception, a few cats and a couple of howling dogs, not to mention the young girl and things moving in the Wellington Room !!! – my fault for asking. We slept the first night amazingly well, but not so the second due to us feeling a presence! More like paranoia!
Breakfast the next morning was delightful and I had two soft boiled eggs with soldiers which was served in two silver egg cups.
The next day was spent at Cheddar Gorge – lovely caves and a good active day out.
Overall the hotel is lovely if you like character and quality but I wouldn’t recommend it for disabled people.
- 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