The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Peaceful location on one of Britain’s most beautiful streets
- Fresh flowers in the guestrooms
- Taking a trip down the river on the hotel’s 1920's teak boat, the Lady Sophina
What To Know
- Free WiFi and parking
- It’s only a 10-minute walk to Bath's city center
- Children 12 and under are not permitted in the spa
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located in the middle of Bath’s Georgian Royal Crescent, the Royal Crescent Hotel (made up of two honey-hued townhouses) is a masterpiece in British architecture. A doorman in top hat and tails, a sweeping staircase, roaring open fireplaces, and chandeliers set the scene. The 45 guestrooms range from Classic to Deluxe and are traditionally decked out with neutral tones, antique furnishings, gilded mirrors, roll-top baths and Penhaligon’s products. Swathed in mink-colored silk, the Dower House Restaurant serves both elaborate three-course meals and afternoon teas. Overlooking the garden, the bamboo-and-slate-clad spa provides a relaxing haven with a full list of treatments and a 32-degree heated pool.
In the Area
This is Jane Austen’s town as well as the set of many a costume drama, so try Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, tucked away at 14/15 John Street, which stocks beautiful and unusual books and has a special “Bibliotherapy Room.” Of course, Bath is also famous for its spas. Once you’ve tried the hotel spa, visit the ancient Roman baths, and then relax at the modern Thermae Bath Spa, where the open-air rooftop pool is fed by ancient springs. For a soak complete with wonderful scenery, visit at sunset as the town glows golden. Bath’s architecture is enough to make you swoon: Wander up and down the streets and you’ll see Georgian squares, mansions and townhouses. The best are on the Royal Crescent, the Abbey and the Circus.
How to Get There
Having visited Bath and walked past this hotel on numerous occasions, we decided to push the boat out and book a room for a couple of nights. It was nothing short of amazing. When we drove up and got out of the car, the door man approached us, he was friendly and professional and already knew who we were - he may have had a list of number plates but nevertheless we were impressed and that very high standard of customer service was evident throughout our stay. From the General Manager who came up and introduced himself to us, the superb waiters, friendly reception staff through to the very accommodating chamber maid, the customer service was a delight to be on the receiving end of and was second to none. The accommodation was quirky and rather lovely. We ate from the fine dining menu which was incredible. We chose and paid for two courses but ended up having four with all the little extra treats (no charge on bill) produced by the chef. Handmade chocolates were produced at the end of the meal but we could not eat them so they were boxed up for us to enjoy later. It is well worth spending time sitting in the acre of hotel garden, there are many trees and so lots of birdsong which was really lovely. If you like period architecture and tasteful English classical decor then you'll love this hotel. It is traditional but not old fashioned, there are contemporary touches keeping it well & truly in the 21st century while retaining an English country house feel. As for cost, while it's not cheap the price is comparable with other high end hotels in Bath, whilst in our experience the "experience" is so much more. It would be easy to get through a four digit amount in a couple of days but we kept ours far under this as we booked early and direct with the hotel, giving us a special room rate with breakfast and parking included. The a la carte two courses in the Dower House Restaurant were £50/head but the restaurant also offers casual dining in the same restaurant at less £. Cannot comment on the spa facilities as we did not try them. Our stay was fabulous and it was like experiencing a different world. We will definitely be going back and would highly recommend.
We had a wonderful two night stay at the Royal Crescent, we being a mid fifties couple and our 23 year old daughter. The location is obviously ideal and as lovely as it’s reputation. We were able to walk into Bath for meals, a bespoke tour, and being adjacent to Victoria Park makes exercise and strolling easy and pleasant. The only snafu was the WiFi in our rooms was non existent during our entire stay and they could not get it sorted out. As we were on a US limited data plan, this was a bit of an inconvenience (we were able to use the WiFi if we walked to the main building/reception area), some might have been more worked up about it but since I had no business to do it was really just a bother. The rooms were quite nice, bathroom not surprisingly a bit tight but all was very luxurious and proper. We did not eat at the acclaimed restaurant there but we did enjoy a very nice afternoon tea there with all the accoutrements (scones, finger sandwiches, petit fours) and a wide selection of teas. I used the exercise facilities both days, adequate but not exceptional. The staff were quite helpful and friendly. The historic building is the highlight, however, and it never failed to give us a thrill when we walked up the hill to the beautiful lawn and the incredible building!
Another wonderful experience at the RCH. Stepping through the door is like stepping into another (better) world.
The staff were warm and attentive, providing the level of service you would expect from a hotel of this calibre, whilst being genuinely unstuffy and interested in their guests.
Our room was beyond all expectations, with stunning views of the gardens.
An ideal stay. I can't wait to visit again.
We have stayed at the Royal Crescent Hotel many times over the years and overall its been everything one would hope for , high standards , good food and importantly good nights sleep. Our second to last visit was noticeably short on staff so reflexing on the quality of our stay. Believing this could just of been a one off we took advantage of a one night offer in April . On arrival we were ingnored by the person on door , this not being the normal standards set by the hotel. We are more than able to open the door for ourselves but not RC standards, the same happened when we left .
We were giving a upgrade and shown the room from a very pleasant member off staff , very nicely furnish room just left of the spa. Now imagine having a bed along side of a industrial air con unit then add in members of staff coming and going late at night and early hours of the morning then throw in delivery lorries unloading goods into the garages below your room . Lastly to the mix high volumes of traffic speeding by = No sleep !
Made a call early hours of the morning to complain. The prices set by RC should reflect on the quality of ones stay but in our case no! No apology from the manager he did not patronise us with his presents as told he was busy and left a message with a member of staff offering us quite room the next time we stayed . This to my thinking was an admission that he was aware that out room was unacceptable noisy .
So Jonathan we have been visitors for over 10 years to RCH we will not visit a again , WORD OF CAUTION do not take an upgrade just left of the spa facilities .
This hotel is located in the middle of the famous Royal Crescent in Bath. It is a beautiful building, and well maintained. The staff is very friendly, courteous and professional, but some of them were obviously in training. The room was not huge, but well appointed. Here was our biggest gripe: we booked - and this clearly marked in the confirmation - a room with city view. What we had was a view of a stone balustrade. We did remark on this and were informed that this is what city view meant. Perhaps it does for the Royal Crescent, but in the English language it certainly does not. This is the reason why the property did not get 5 points. It does get 4 because the rest was excellent. They have a beautiful garden (and as the weather was excellent we had a few drinks and breakfast there). Their restaurant is also very good with good advice and delicious food, although the menu is limited.