Bath, United Kingdom

Queensberry Hotel

Rates per night from$102.72

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP80.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Quartet of Georgian townhouses

Setting

Heart of historic Bath

A welcoming blend of its historic Bath Stone exterior and clean-lined modern décor, Bath's Queensberry Hotel pleasantly updates the restorative tradition of this famous spa city. A combination of four impressive 18th-century houses, this charmer includes an excellent restaurant with an easy-to-navigate wine list and an eager staff happy to offer whisky tasting tips.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

29, including two Junior Suites and one Four-poster Suite.

Check–Out

11.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $102.72 (£80), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Continental breakfast is an extra £10 a person, £17.50 for full English. An optional five per cent service charge can be paid at check-out.

Also

Owner Laurence Beere is a big whisky fan – and happy to share his taste. There’s a mighty selection of artisan brands in the lounge and all staff are brimming with connoisseur’s tips.

At the hotel

Terrace gardens, free WiFi throughout. In-room amenities: flatscreen TV, CD player and DAB radio, Vi-Spring beds, Mrs White's toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The spacious Junior Suites (rooms 7 and 8) were originally the townhouses’ drawing rooms and have original Georgian plasterwork and ornate fireplaces. We also like rooms 20 and 21. Numbers 22 and 24 have inspiring views of bath’s rooftops and room 6 has a lovely high ceiling.

Packing tips

No trip to Bath could be complete without dabbling in Jane Austen. Settle into one of the Queensberry’s many nooks and niches with a copy of Mansfield Park.

Also

Valet parking is available for £14 a car, for each night. There's a two-night minimum stay at weekends.

Children

Welcome. Activity packs, child-sized bathrobes and free baby listening is available for youngsters. Cots can be provided free and extra beds cost an extra £25 a night. Babysitting should be booked a day in advance and costs from £10 an hour.

Food and Drink

Photos Queensberry Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Nab a banquette in the corner.

Dress Code

Up for dinner, down for drinks.

Hotel restaurant

At the Olive Tree restaurant, head chef Chris Cleghorn (protégé of Heston Blumenthal, Michael Caines and Adam Simmonds) sources seasonal and local ingredients to create a mouthwatering dinner menu. Starters such as duck liver with toffee apple purée, and truffled confit chicken with sweetcorn and chicory, seem particularly inventive. Weekend lunches are served Friday–Sunday; the restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Hotel bar

Drinks are available throughout the hotel’s lounges and there’s a selection of spirits available on an honesty basis.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am (8am on Sundays) to 10am; lunch from noon (12.30pm on Sundays) to 2pm; dinner from 7pm to 9.30pm (6.30pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

Room service

A variety of dishes from the restaurant menu are available between noon and 10pm. Sandwiches and drinks are available at other times.

Location

Photos Queensberry Hotel location
Address
Queensberry Hotel
4–7 Russel Street
Bath
BA1 2QF
United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is Bristol International, which is a 40-minute drive from the hotel. London Heathrow is an hour and a half away and Gatwick is three hours.

Trains

Trains from London Paddington head directly to Bath Spa and take an hour and 20 minutes. From the station, the distance is under a mile.

Automobiles

The nearest motorway is the M4, which will deliver you all the way to and from London, and connect you to the M40.

Worth getting out of bed for

Pack a picnic and head to the green in front of Bath's Royal Crescent – or at the sprawling Royal Victoria Park nearby. On a sunny afternoon, the Parade Gardens are ideal for some river-side mooching; £1 gets you entry, a stripy deckchair and a patch of green green grass by the river. Open 10am–8pm on a summer's evening (or until 4pm during the winter months). Call 01225 394 041 for information on concerts at the bandstand. For a dose of the heebie-jeebies, tread the ancient Roman Bath streets on a Ghost Walks of Bath tour or for something a bit sweeter, visit the oldest sweet shop in Britain: The Bath Sweet Shop (01225 428 040) on North Parade Passage. Sherbet pips and aniseed balls in huge jars? What's not to love?

Local restaurants

Bath city centre is stuffed with eateries. Vaults Restaurant & Bar underneath the Theatre Royal on Sawclose is great for a piece of afternoon amaretti chocolate cake, or for a supper of steamed mussels. The lemongrass fragrance wafting from Panasia Oriental Restaurant on George Street is too tempting to pass by. For a mod-Med menu and views across 'green Bath' beyond Pulteney Bridge, book a table at Browns Restaurant & Bar on Orange Grove. Afternoon tea is served 2pm5pm.

 

Local cafés

When in Bath, an afternoon visit to The Pump Room in the Roman Baths on Stall Street is obligatory. To complete the Jane Austen experience of live strings, chandaliers, foxgloves and imperial columns, order the three tiers of afternoon tea for two. (Bookings are only taken Monday–Friday). Riverside Cafe (01225 480 532) below Pulteney Bridge is a great watery spot for lunch or a coffee overlooking the river. 

Local bars

The Raven on Queen Street is a messy, cosy pub chocka with rambling book shelves and old mismatched chairs. Food is served 12pm–2.30pm and 6pm–8.30pm (Saturday: 12pm–8.30pm, Sunday: 12.30pm–4pm). The Salamander (01225 428 889) on John Street, Queens Square, is a little pub with wood-panelled booths at the back, just perfect for fish and chips or a lunchtime steak sandwich.

Reviews

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Josa Young

Anonymous review

By Josa Young, Editorial doyenne

‘You’ve missed a vista,’ mentioned my Mr Smith as we sank into the green bowl within which Bath squats. Spinning round, I captured another rare, precious moment on camera. Having abandoned our three children, we were intent on celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary – with the first child-free weekend in ten of those years. Drawing up outside the honey-stone terrace, where this boutique hotel in Bath cunningly occupies three of the golden, flat-fronted Georgian houses, he suggested that in true Smith style we should really be arriving separately – and that having a single suitcase with our clothes pressed together was a bit, well, married and uncool. Frankly after all these years, we probably share a single immune system – never mind luggage.

The adaptation for intrigue at this lovely Bath hotel was immediately apparent. The decor is pale and discreet, with original features in the public areas. There are sitting rooms, notably unoccupied, but no bumping-into-hello-how-are-you-embarrassment zones. There’s no pressure to be sociable, no bar to make chums in – and everyone is ever so slightly evasive; eyes are lowered as you creep past. The reception area is so squirreled away that you could check in alone, whilst your partner in marital crime rushed past up the stairs, no problem. Even if the most famous illicit couple rocked up here, no one would take the slightest bit of notice. This is a hotel where doors close softly.

We scuttled furtively up the pretty double staircase to our room on the first floor feeling happy and anonymous – and slightly wicked; you don’t go away on a child-free weekend for nothing. The room, a perfect cube having been lightly trimmed to accommodate a bathroom, was painted the kind of grey you get when a storm is coming; modern, but not out of place with the period of the room. The cornice, thick with ancient whitewash, had been replaced along the top of the new wall with a crisp copy. Technology was discreet – a flatscreen television hovering on the wall and a digital radio blended into the background of polished period-furniture pieces.

We didn’t loiter at the hotel for long as we had an appointment at the Thermae Bath Spa. But before immersing ourselves in Bath’s famous hot waters, we stopped for lunch at Same, Same But Different – a little tapas café we discovered lurking in a passage just off George Street. Fuelling us with frosted San Miguel, a delicious goats cheese salad and what they claim is the best freshly-brewed Java in Bath, we drifted on down the hill to the spa – full, but ready to float.

Bath’s naturally hot springs bubble over several floors of a modern building built within an ancient one. Designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, the New Royal Bath is made of glass and reflects the golden sandstone of the surrounding buildings. For about £20 you can spend several blissful hours, starting in the open roof-top pool, bathing in healthful minerals to your heart’s content. Maybe it was an illusion, but the minerals seemed to make us float effortlessly – perhaps the tensions of 18 years of child-rearing had simply been soaked out of us. Mr Smith carried me around through the water from bubbling spa to bubbling spa, like a plank under his arm. Shutting my eyes and letting him hold me up in the water was terribly romantic, like the kind of trust game you try on management courses – only without the worry of being ‘caught’ by Gareth from Accounts.

Stepping into a Calvin Klein black linen dress from my honeymoon, that evening we headed down to the Olive Tree restaurant in the hotel’s basement. There, in a room occupied by a desperately young – but highly civilized – hen party, dressed in a mixed metaphor of red feathery wings and halos, we settled down to eat asparagus and ravioli of chicken and mushroom, red mullet and some small fillets of brill. All good and rather delicate. We drank wine by the glass so we could try several bottles, I had a fresh mint tea – and then came the highlight of the gustatory experience: the best fudge I have ever eaten, rendered even more divine after a dipping in sea-salt crystals. Then we simply had to go upstairs to our sheets with a thread-count so high that you couldn’t see the threads – we suspect White Company’s finest, as that’s where the delicious toiletries hailed from.

The novelty of a small tousled person not appearing at 5am was even more relaxing and romantic than flopping around in hot mineral water. This is not a hotel where you breakfast in the dining room – I imagine you’d catch staff on the hop, they must be so used to couples making the most of their room. Croissants with butter, jam, coffee and fruit were delivered to our bed, whereupon we almost felt moved to re-enact the seminal scene from Richard Curtis’ first film, The Tall Guy – where Emma Thompson gets her shapely behind plastered with butter while having riotous sex with the divine Jeff Goldblum… Only, it was their first time – and our – oh goodness I don’t know. So we promptly moved the butter to one side in our tidy, irritating, married sort of way.

Packing up and checking out later that morning, we were back to being parents again – infinitely refreshed by being Mr & Mrs Smith just for one night at this Bath boutique hotel. So are we tempted to get another adults-only break in the diary? Absolutely. Only we're determined not to leave it another ten years before escaping again, that’s for sure.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Queensberry Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff are great – friendly and helpful. The car parking service is vital. The location is perfect set in a quiet street in central Bath – easy walking distance to sights, shops, bars, restaurants, theatre. The hotel has a lovely character.

Don’t expect

Tea and coffee making facilities in the bedroom. There are these facilities in the main sitting room, but it is an extra charge to have tea/coffee in your room. Not ideal for first thing in the morning. WiFi (certainly on the top floor) even after asking about this in reception we still couldn't get WiFiin our bedroom – Room 21. Having stayed at The Queensberry over many years it is now looking very tired in the bedrooms. We stayed last December and thought the same but returned last week and sadly nothing had changed.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Oct 2018

We loved

This hotel is wonderful, from the greeting at the door from Atilla, to the barman, front desk in fact everybody. Valet parking a huge advantage in Bath where parking is often an issue. Great position in the heart of the city, but quiet. Lovely comfortable bedroom. A hearty breakfast in the morning completed a great stay.

Don’t expect

It's an old building, so do not expect a glitzy 5 .

Rating

Stayed on 15 Aug 2018

We loved

We stayed midweek and this was the perfect location, the check-in was seamless and friendly, with the car being parked off-site. The room was full of character, comfort with a luxurious feel, also the perfect location to explore the city. The breakfast was excellent with high quality ingredients, overall would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

Don’t expect

Tea/coffee in room, however there are facilities around the hotel to use.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Apr 2018

We loved

We LOVED the room – the biggest four poster bed I've ever seen and the most incredible bathroom with a double shower and huge roll top bath. We could easily just have stayed in the room the whole time. The hotel is really beautifully and carefully decorated and the staff were all really friendly. The location is perfect – a really easy walk to everything in Bath. The Olive Tree restaurant at the hotel was great – a delicious tasting menu and seemingly only one sitting so you dont feel at all rushed.

Don’t expect

A minibar or tea/coffee in the room.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Feb 2018

We loved

Perfect proximity to the centre. Fine period architecture and cosy interior. Stress free parking service. Excellent, attentive, intuitive staff.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Feb 2018

We loved

We loved, and always have, our breaks away in Bath. The Queensbury is a fabulous hotel, where you feel you have been spoilt and that its a treat! The food is great and we have every intention of coming back! Love love love the Queensbury! Thank you so much for such a fantastic break xx

Rating

Stayed on 12 Feb 2018

We loved

The helpful, family-friendly staff. Incredibly comfy beds. Lovely sitting areas for tea, coffee or an evening drink. Breakfast and dinner at the Olive Tree restaurant were exceptional.

Don’t expect

A lively bar, in-room refrigerator or coffee maker.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Feb 2018

We loved

Great location, nice spacious rooms and the Olive Tree restaurant is really something special.

Don’t expect

A hot bath! The hot water ran out while we were there, they had some problems with boiler capacity. Hopefully sorted now, the staff were very apologetic about it.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Jan 2018

We loved

The room, the service, the bar and the breakfast. Chez Dominique restaurant. Lovely food.

Don’t expect

Tea facilities in your room, it's downstairs in reception.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Dec 2017

We loved

The hotel made everything so easy and nothing was too much trouble. We called from outside the hotel on arrival about parking and they came out straight away, took our bags and parked our car in their valet for £12.50 per day which was cheaper than the road parking. We had a fabulous 4 poster room (an upgrade) with a bathroom bigger than the spacious bedroom. With frustrating consistency I had packed badly in 5 mins and had forgotten cuff links (they had some) and my shaving kit. I called to ask if they had an emergency set and they said leave it with them and they went to a shop in town and bought a set and delivered it to my room (and amazingly didn't charge me). Delightful staff, lovely room, great location in a quiet street but walking distance to centre of Bath. It was just a great boutique experience.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Oct 2017

We loved

The perfectly appointed rooms, no matter what size. 

Don’t expect

Loud music and clubbing!

Rating

Stayed on 6 Jun 2017

We loved

A fantastic location for our stay in Bath, a five minute stroll from the Royal Crescent and a short walk from the shops, restaurants and, of course, the sites. The staff were friendly and courteous, the room was spacious and the bed very comfortable. We loved the walled garden behind the bar: a perfect spot to enjoy a drink in tranquil surroundings after a busy day. Great brunch served at the Boston Tea Party cafe, just down the road.

Don’t expect

To want to go home!

Rating

Stayed on 7 Apr 2017

We loved

Friendliness and helpfulness of staff, proximity to town and the local attractions, lovely little extras provided - free tea/coffee in the lounge all day, valet parking, bed turn down service.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Mar 2017

We loved

The service was second to none, and the food was lovely too.

Don’t expect

To rock up without a restaurant reservation – a rookie error on our part, but it means we'll be back.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Mar 2017

We loved

The staff were more than helpful. They greeted our 2-year-old with as much enthusiasm as us after our 2-hour car journey. Valet parking on arrival, cot already set-up in the room, tea and coffee waiting in the lounge, and offered to keep our buggy at reception – they made it super easy for us as parents! Breakfast was delicious – best cheese omelette! Would love to go back for dinner – the food is highly rated. Beautiful old architecture in Bath, and just a few minutes walk from the city centre (without the noise).

Rating

Stayed on 25 Feb 2017

We loved

The comfortable clean beds, the wonderful staff, the attention to detail for guests comfort. The water pressure! The Olive Tree restaurant is serving delicious food with great service. No 1 Royal Crescent and the bus tour were brilliant. Roman baths a must visit.

Don’t expect

Plush corridors.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Feb 2017

We loved

The staff were extremely accommodating and even opened the bar when it was closed! The restaurant part of the hotel The Olive Tree is amazing. You will be close enough to wander around Bath and enjoy the culture, shops and bars.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed!

Rating

Stayed on 18 Feb 2017

We loved

Room 7, spacious and beautiful room, comfy sofa for reading the Sunday papers, THE most comfortable bed. Great sitting room with real flame fire was the perfect place for a nightcap!

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jan 2017

We loved

How close the hotel was to The Crescent and the centre of Bath. Large room with lots of space for lounging around in.

Don’t expect

Peace quiet. This was the noisiest hotel we have stayed in!

Rating

Stayed on 26 Dec 2016

We loved

The old fashioned style; its a lovely Georgian house in a lovely area of Bath. Clayton at The Porter, for a superb meal in relaxed surroundings - really excellent and close by.

Don’t expect

...didn't like the service charge added on to the room rate.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Dec 2016

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