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
This stay was a surprise birthday treat and I take no credit for all the prior arrangements but I can say it was a wonderful experience from start to finish. I was made to feel special from checkin and throughout my short stay. This hotel has an excellent city centre location close to the shops and all the major attractions. My room was comfortable, spacious and well appointed with all the modern amenities expected from a hotel of this class. The spa is also first class. I would also highly recommend the restaurant by Dan Moon located at the hotel (amongst the best in Bath) for exceptional food and wine.
Stayed 3 nights. Had the best time. Staff are amazing, super friendly, welcoming, nothing too much trouble. Had a little issue with the air con on the first night, they moved me and upgraded me to a suite without any fuss. The first room was beautiful but the suite was something else. Amazing amenities in the rooms anf beautiful toiletries. The spa is beautiful and there is a small fitness room. I had a facial and a full massage. Both treatments were amazing, relaxing and the therapists super professional and friendly. Bought a couple of beauty products from the Isun range. I didn’t eat at the hotel so can’t say anything about the food. Used the bar a couple of times, friendly device and good drinks selection. An all round perfect stay, highly recommend.
A beautiful hotel set in the heart of Bath City.
Wonderfully decorated, fabulous staff all around the hotel and very welcoming.
Just can’t fault it....clean, comfortable and incredibly relaxing.
Bed was comfortable and very clean.
Tea, coffee, water, soft drinks and beer available in the room.
Small spa on lower ground offering plenty of treatments.