The Gainsborough Bath Spa
What We Love
- The natural thermal waters that fuel its spa (it’s the only hotel in Bath with direct access)
- The Alexandra Champalimaud-designed interiors
- A hearty, German-inspired breakfast menu (courtesy of head chef, Johann Lafer), which includes Bavarian white sausage and pretzels
- Turndown service includes daily sonnets, left on your bedside
What To Know
- -The alcove roll-top bathtubs in each of the three Spa Suites (Rooms 123, 124, 223) have a direct connection to the hotel’s thermal water supply
- You’re a short walk from the historic Roman baths
- When the property was being redeveloped, archaeologists discovered 17,000 ancient coins—some are now on display in the reception area
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Roman legionnaires, one of the first to soak in the mineral-rich waters of this now UNESCO World Heritage City, would be slack-jawed to see the Gainsborough’s grandiose take on their bathing circuit. Set beneath a glass atrium, the Spa Village Bath is complete with a lavender ice alcove, three thermal pools, a sauna, and 11 treatment rooms, where you can indulge in everything from peppermint and rose facials to a 90-minute magnesium wrap. Delightful perks like spiced drinking chocolate and rosemary-scented ice, which you can rub on yourself between sauna sessions, up the ante. Thankfully, the hotel doesn’t limit the indulgence to its destination spa: the 99 Champalimaud–designed guest rooms have soothing splashes of powder blue and white, with high ceilings, crown molding, two poster beds, and—the pièce de résistance—a complimentary minibar. The extravagant odyssey continues at the hotel’s brasserie where the Austrian star chef, dubbed Germany’s Jamie Oliver, whips up delicate, Asian-accented spins on classic European plates. Much like a memorable afternoon at the property’s subterranean spa, a meal here is equal parts swanky, restorative, and impeccably serviced.
In the Area
Thanks to a super central address, a stay here means you’re a short walk away from nearly all of Bath’s major architectural attractions, including Palladian masterpieces like The Royal Crescent and The Circus. If it’s retail therapy you’re craving, you’ll find plenty of options (including a mix of international brands and quirky local retailers) in the Milsom Quarter, which borders a pretty cobblestoned courtyard. Couples shouldn’t miss a romantic stroll across Pulteney Bridge, an 18th-century marvel known for its signature horseshoe dam now dotted with quaint bars and cafés.
How to Get There
Made to feel very welcome, and given a very personal service even though this is a good sized hotel with plenty of guests.
Thanks to hotel manager Brian and his team for making us feel special!
Great location - walk out the door and your in the heart of beautiful Bath.
Wonderfully quiet and relaxing once your inside the hotel - great lounges to relax and read the paper (or look at the results of your shopping....).
We where blessed by excellent weather during both our trips, so spent a lot of time outside, but the hotel would be good to hole up in during a dull rainy winter's day if you need an escape.
All the staff was extremely courteous, professional. as an exdirector of a LHof the World can assure their quality is amazing
Hotel is not super modern but very comfortable, spa very clean and aplealling
Highly recommend it ......
Picked this hotel as relaxing break and on site spa made this our choice. Disappoints to find that guests cannot use spa pool facilities in afternoon or mid morning as access times are limited to antisocial times -on holiday I don’t wish to use spa between 7am and 9 or late evening - breakfast price of £30 per head is outrageous - we never had breakfast there on principle. Attn to detail in rooms - iron did not work, heated towel rail and bathroom floor either did not work or switched off. Three miserable coffee capsules for two people. For these reasons this hotel is 4 star not 5 star