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
My girlfriend booked this hotel for my birthday, she contacted them before we arrived asking could they do something special to make the occasion memorable. The person she spoke seem disinterested and rude 1 sentence email but she managed arrange for champagne to be in the room on ice. When we checked in the staff there lovely but when we arrived up to the room there was champagne at all in the room. We had to contact recption to have this then brought up to us.
The room was small and didn't offer much of a 5 star experience.
The bar was nice and intermit. The bar staff even made a drink for us that wasnt on the menu which was nice of them.
We have stayed in better hotels.
This new hotel opened in 2015 and is right in the the The hotel is situated in the very centre of bath, less than 100m from the ancient Roman baths and right next to the public Thermae Spa. In fact, apart from the Thermae Spa Complex, this is the only other place that draws hot thermal waters to feed its own spa, which not only saves one the 36 Pound entry fee at the Thermae, but the soa is superb and not crowded with tourists like Thermae, although the hours that residents can use it are restricted to morning & evenings if you are not paying for massage treatments. The spa has separate male & female changing rooms, then communal facilities consisting of a large thermal pool with multiple different types of jets, smaller hot and warm pools, infra-red and traditional sauna, steam room, and a cold room. It’s a very, very nice and upmarket place to enjoy.
The hotel rooms are spacious, with a couch, desk, complementary mini bar beer & soft drinks, and typically a small bathroom with single vanity basin and shower over the bath, but really nice quality aromatherapy brand amenities. The bed is supersized, extremely comfortable with gorgeous soft linen. There is an aircon, but disappointingly even set to it’s coldest setting it couldn’t get the room below 24 degrees C.
There is a large flat screen TV and I must admit that my only disappointment with this hotel is that it only receives a standard definition feed (576i) so watching the Wimbledon tennis final in low resolution was a real let down and not something you expect in a 5 star hotel.
Room service food was excellent.
Tip- the Mayors Office has volunteer guides that offer free walking tours of Bath from outside the Roman spa, really free-no tips or gratuities accepted, They start at 10.30 am and take about 2.5 hours and are well worthwhile doing, Monday’s to Saturday’s they also do an afternoon tour, around 2.30 pm I think. A visit to the old Roman baths is an absolute must do, and will take about 2 hours, entry ticket includes an audio guide.
The hotel offers valet parking at 38 Pounds, yes it’s expensive, there are long stay public parking facilities within an easy walk say 300-400m, if you drop your bags off first.
Stayed at the Gainsborough 12-14th July. Right from the moment we stepped foot in the hotel we were welcomed with amazing service. Stayed in deleux double room. Very spacious with every amenity needed. The bed was extremely comfortable. By booking direct we also received a free bottle of champagne which was silvered to our room.
The first evening we went down to the bar and had a drink before we wondered out for dinner. Got some great recommendations from the freindly bar staff. We however decided to dine at the hotel restaurant. Dan moon at the Gainsborough. Wow what a treat that was we went for the Five course taking menu exceptional.
We woke up and went out around bath For breakfast and to explore. In the afternoon We headed down to the spa village to take advantage of the special spa facility's that the hotel offer. As a suprise I had arranged for a treatment for my partner as it was his birthday. (He thoroughly enjoyed his Swedish massage).
We decided to order breakfast to our room the final morning. Was amazing and very filling. After breakfast we checked out but we took advantage of the spa one last time For a couple of hours before heading home.
Overall 10 out 10 very special hotel and the staff are so freindly and you are made to feel at home.
We booked multiple rooms in this hotel. None lived up to their descriptions, and each was disappointing in some way - noise, no view, small bath, etc.
The staff were friendly but SO inefficient. They were supposed to ship some bags for us which was a long string of errors - everything from a crazy price estimate to simply stashing the bags in a back closet and not informing us that they had not shipped them.
At check-in, the staff were so busy sticking gooey (hard to fully remove even with effort) stickers on our bags that they gave us erroneous information about the spa usage and hours, so we thought we couldn't use the spa facilities at all without an appointment for a service, and all appointments were fully booked.
The in-room telephones are hard to operate, perhaps in part because one was broken - and over the course of our stay they never repaired or replaced it.
The only bright spot was a helpful fellow at breakfast, although the breakfast buffet is not outstanding.
Wow what an experience! After waiting 35 minutes for a sandwich I was told by a rude 20 something woman to just wait they were busy! The second morning we woke to cold showers! Answer: Sorry it's not working! Everything had to be repeated twice (nobody speaks English) when ordering as all the staff thank were foreign - thank you Orlandra (My winner of the rudest staff member). Only to be followed up by the middle aged white blonde haired woman in the spa who was so condescending telling us did we couldn't possibly have all hours access to the spa! Yes we did so move away big girl!!! Then another crazy blonde told my 72 year old mother she could not put her feet into the spa water as she was upsetting the 'Karma". Really what about the 2 english teenage girls who then jumped in screaming and laughing. Hows their Karma??
OMG the room cost over two thousand pounds for 2 nights and we were treated like morons! Dinner that's another story. We asked if we could have dinner on Tuesday evening - so sorry I will have to check with my boss. Are you for real we sat in that restaurant from 6pm until 8pm on our own!! So busy really!!! Then we ask the same woman (winner of my rudest service person ever - Orlandra for a bottle opener.) We were told we couldn't have one! She would come to our room to open a Coke for my children! Really just give me the opener that your staff took when cleaning our room! Or here's a tip don't put soft drinks in the fridge that need a bottle opener just screw tops people. All of t was like out of 1962 stepping back in time with a strange superiority over certain guests.