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
- 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
If I could only recommend one hotel you MUST stay at in the UK, it has to be the beautiful Gainsborough hotel. It’s a five star hotel, but the experience is beyond magical. It’s been on my bucket list for ages and Joe (my husband) was an absolute babe and booked it for my 29th birthday!
They made me feel pampered – like I was floating on a cloud and felt like I was an actual princess. I mean who doesn’t want to feel like a princess?
When we arrived, Matthew on reception was so lovely and upgraded us to a suite (say what!), you know when you try to stay calm but you want to jump up and down with excitement… well this was one of those moments.
Not only did we get an upgrade, but we got a complimentary 60 minute bliss massage (these are very spendy – over £100), a bottle of champagne and chocolates with a birthday message. As well as a tour of the hotel! If that isn’t excellent service… I don’t know what is.
The suite was beautiful – we had a lounge area, a free mini bar (amaze balls), heated floored bathroom complimented with Aromatherapy Associates goodies (one of my fave beauty brands) and the most insane bed!
And the spa… oh my gosh, it’s dreamy, so magical and serene – I felt like I was floating on a cloud.
They also have two saunas – an infrared (say what!) and dry sauna, an ice cold room and steam room, as well as private massage treatment rooms.
The treatment was outstanding, I asked for a deep massage and the therapist did her thang! It was a full on body massage, arms, legs and back – both sides. After my bliss massage, the lady took me to a chill-out area and provided me with a sweet fruity tea and a macaroon. I chilled there for a little while, before heading back to our beautiful suite.
Tip: book directly through the hotel to get a complimentary massage and bottle of champagne. Also try going on a Sunday or during the week as it’s quieter and a lot cheaper!
The welcome was warm and friendly, much needed after a long and difficult journey. The staff unpacked the car for us and did everything to ease our stress. The room contained everything needed to make this stay special. Once the staff discovered this was my seventh birthday they ensured our time would be memorable. The food was outstanding in the restaurant as were the number of different gins served in the bar.
We can certainly recommend the Gainsborough as a hotel to send those special times when you want the certainty of a perfect experience.
We came here for my wife’s surprise 30th birthday and it turned into one of the nicest hotel stays we’ve ever had.
Firstly the suite with thermal waters for the bath is f**king incredible. Felt like a right spoilt little Roman splashing around in the bathroom at a perfect 40 degrees. Then you’ve got the complimentary mini bar which is a nice touch with all your favourites (Coke, Fanta and some boring stuff like water). Can’t forget the shoe horn, god forbid I had to bend down to slip my shoe on, there would’ve been hell to pay. The bed, pillows and seating area were nice, oh and the bath robes are epic, prancing around the room like a wannabe Hugh Hefner was fun for bit until my wife told me to wind my neck in. The staff at reception and at breakfast were great, turns out you can’t order your eggs fertilised so I wouldn’t try that joke, went down like a lead balloon.
The spa is like what I imagine the Roman baths should’ve looked like back in the day minus the slaves (which is obvs a good thing). You can try the Georgian drinking chocolate which caught me waaaaay off guard. Being a silly, silly boy, I didn’t read the information, I just saw drinking chocolate and gulped it back only to realise that a little bonfire had been ignited in my throat. It’s got chilli in it! Chilli and I do not get on, we have a dark past which I won’t mention here. I think salt and vinegar crisps are spicy so this was like a little shot of lava. The massage jets are amazing, they’ve sorted my back right out. Be careful on the air seats, the Crown Jewels will take a bashing if you are not careful.
Overall this place is exceptional and you will not be disappointed. You will be spoilt and looked after by all the staff. If you are disappointed, please don’t waste your time writing a review because it basically doesn’t count. Highly recommended.
We spent one night at this hotel. We had booked it as a treat andwere expecting five star service and facilities.
The welcome was indeed warm and the hotel itself is a beautiful building.
However when we got to our room it was disappointing. Overall it looked dark, tired and pretty basic.
The bed itself was comfortable and it was a nice touch for the bed to be turned down and radio left on to greet you in the evening.
However some small points:
The air conditioning was loud
Coffee selection poor - just two pods left for the coffee machine
Complimentary mini bar consisted of just two bottles of water, Coca Cola, Fanta, and a Peroni. Not very luxurious.
Our stay included a bottle of champagne - we had to remind them twice to bring this up to the room
We had to ask twice for our luggage to be brought up to our room.
Bathroom again tired - not very luxurious. Meagre selection of toiletries. Again not very luxurious. Also no fluffy robes, just thin cotton robe.
Breakfast was highly priced - £30pp - and not included in room rate. We chose to have lunch at the Pump Room instead.
The spa itself was disappointing. I also think that for a hotel that prides itself on being a spa hotel and having thermal waters to have set times when guests can visit unless treatments are booked is ridiculous. I would expect to have open access.
We did thankfully have treatments booked and can say that they were wonderful. My massage was one of the best I've had and the technician was very thorough and friendly. It was the best bit of the stay for me.
Overall i think i just expected more, especially for the cost of this hotel. The location is perfect, the staff very helpful and friendly but i've had to give three stars due to the luggage and champagne taking so long to reach our room and sadly it just didn't hit the spot for me.
The hotel is gorgeous. The photos (which are amazing) do not do this property total justice. The spa is phenomenal - lounging in the pools was an amazing experience. Wonderful service, great thoughtful touches, and luxurious accommodations. If you are at all tempted to visit, you will not regret it.