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
We stayed for 1 night for my husbands birthday and had a lovely time! We checked in early as we had a 2 hr couples retreat booked in at the spa. The spa is truly lovely! Being a Monday, it was deserted which was lovely! The facilities are good and the treatments were relaxing. Nice greeting with the personalised salts etc. As others mention, the hot chocolate is fabulous!
I booked a junior suite directly through the hotel which meant we had a bottle of champagne waiting on ice for us. The rooms are lovely! Yes they are small but the very high ceiling height stops them feeling so small. The complimentary mini bar is a nice touch. We had a birthday note for my husband which was nice (but many others note complimentary birthday chocolates so I was expecting that which was a little disappointing). Beds were comfy. The radio is nice to have.
We were on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate. The restaurant was very quiet being a Monday night. Bread selection was lovely! My seafood risotto starter was delicious. My husbands smoked fillet of beef was waaay too smoky though, no other flavour. The lamb main was good. The good is very rich though so we were very full at this point. We checked that the rate we booked included a 3 course meal as we didn’t really want dessert and it did so ordered anyway! The service was extremely slow- 2.5 hrs!! And only 1 bottle of wine in that time (unheard of for us!) as it was topped up so infrequently we often had an empty glass. Odd as it was so quiet!
We used the spa again before breakfast which was lovely again. Breakfast was excellent!!! Very full again!!
At checkout, there was a restaurant charge on my bill which I queried. I was told the dinner, bed & breakfast rate only included 2 courses. Having checked this at dinner I was a little confused!! She did agree to waive the charge but annoying it was there at all.
I paid for valet parking. Yes, it’s steep at £38 but not much extra when you are paying a lot for the rest! I had requested the day before that it be back for 10am. We saw it there just after 9 when coming back for breakfast. Mints & water are a nice touch.
Yes I would recommend and stay again. I only love down the road but it felt like we had gone away on a mini break.
Very good hotel and amenities and the location is perfect. there were restricted hours to use the spa, but we asked the staff and they were flexible with the times. the reception staff we just good, and the concierge were brilliant, without being over the top. If there were any problems they would have sorted it......... you can always find fault with something, but not in this case. we had a great time and were there for the music festival and gin making, and the experience was enhanced by the hotel and staff. Well done guys and girls.
This is the best of the best. The hotel staff were excellent, service was A++, spa was unbelievable, facilities were excellent. If you are thinking of going to Bath this is the place to stay. Well worth the price. One of the best hotels I've ever had the pleasure to stay in. I'll definitely be back and explore other other YTL hotels. Extremely impressed!
This is the best hotel to stay in in Bath. I visited with my daughter. It’s beautiful the spa facilities are excellent and felt so relaxed.The rooms have the most comfortable beds ever. What really stood out about this hotel is the impeccable service and amazing staff. The manager/concierge with the Scottish accent who u fortunately didn’t catch is name was so friendly and lovely. In particular Matthew at reception from the moment booking in which he was able to accommodate even though I arrived early. He was always on hand to check and see if we needed anything. And when we accidentally left a passport behind he called us immediately to say he had found it for us which took all stress away from the little time I had left seeing my daughter. Really cannot commend him enough. Can’t wait to visit again.
If you are after one of the best hotels in bath in one of the best locations, with its own thermal bath then you came to the right place! I understand that this is the early thermal bath hotel in the UK and as a guest you are allowed to use the baths between 7-9 and 8-10pm. It is a huge bonus and whilst the times are minimal you do get to experience something truly unique.
Perhaps the restricted hours will give future guests the best indication of what this hotel provides there guests. Exceptional with restrictions! It was our anniversary the hotel left a card for us which is sweet but i have never been to any hotel where they dont give you a cake a bottle of wine or champagne.Whilst this seems petty and also I know you should never expect, its about the gesture. We dont even drink wine! I’m in the hospitality business and its the minimum i do. Secondly i had reached out to the hotel before arriving asking them if they can make it special in anyway. We received a standard room on the 1st level. Again not givers.
The room itself is beautiful and what it lacks in space it makes up in height. Wonderful high ceilings. There clearly spent a fortune renovating this room yet some of the amenities were the cheapest i have ever found in a hotel such as the iron which barely worked or the coffee maker which you had to turn off from the mains as the function had stopped working. The staff were always very pleasant.
I guess these very small points are ultimately the difference between what makes you one of the best hotels in the world and a fine hotel. This would come into the category of a fine hotel and still one of the best you will find in bath.