I stayed at Bailbrook House recently with my partner, we stayed for two nights. We booked a classic room which we found to pleasantly furnished, spotlessly clean, cold, dark, and with a view of a grassy mound and a gravel path. It was impossible to warm the room as the heating was ineffective and difficult to control. As the room was so cold we asked for a heater, but instead we were upgraded to an executive room on the first floor. This room was identical in every way to the classic except that it was decorated with a different colour scheme, and had a coffee machine. The view was very slightly improved as it was on a higher floor, but was certainly not a view of rolling countryside as depicted in the hotel's photos. The room was still cool and dark, but after about an hour my partner was finally able to operate the heating system to heat the room. The bathrooms in both rooms were identical, clean and functional, definitely not luxury.
The breakfast room is located in the new wing, and is somewhat characterless. The breakfast was a very average spread of hot and cold food, the hot food incidentally, was not hot but luke warm. As food ran out it was not refilled. Service was good on day one, average on day two.
The hotel hosts a good many corporate events, including many from the University of Bath. If you are staying whilst on business, the new wing will probably suffice, assuming you don't mind being cold. If you are looking for a special, personal celebration, you may find that the rooms in the old house suit your purpose better. For those staying in the new wing, the hotel is essentially a modern, purpose built block, devoid of the character the hotel markets itself as having. I found that after check in I didn't set foot in the original manor house again. Obviously, if having dinner in the Cloisters Restaurant, guests would walk through the old house.
To conclude, my overall experience was disappointing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the top 5 hotels near bath and one of the top hotels in Bath on Tripadvisor. Bailbrook House Hotel a historic grade II* listed mansion has recently completed a £10 million refurbishment. Welcome to Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath, located just a few minutes from the centre of historic Bath. We are the only Grade II* listed hotels in Bath, set within 20 acres of private grounds with commanding views towards central Bath and the adjoining countryside. The property was originally built as a private residence in the early 1790s and has had a number of uses over the years. In less than one year since re-opening Bailbrook House Hotel is now one of the leading hotels in Bath. ... more less
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