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 from London Paddington head directly to Bath Spa and take an hour and 20 minutes. From the station, the distance is under a mile.
The nearest motorway is the M4, which will deliver you all the way to and from London, and connect you to the M40. Valet parking is available for £25 per car, for 24 hours from 12pm on the day of arrival (leaving your car for longer is subject to availability and at an additional cost).
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 riverside mooching; £2 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 stop by the historic Bath Sweet Shop (01225 428 040) on North Parade Passage. Sherbet pips and aniseed balls in huge jars? What's not to love?
The hotel's own Olive Tree Restaurant is such a culinary star that you may not want to venture further. Chef Chris Cleghorn's five- and seven-course tasting menus are composed of dreamy dishes: fallow deer with pickled blackberry and bitter chocolate, Burford Brown egg with black truffle and 36-month-aged parmesan, black treacle and rye bread with clotted-cream butter… There are vegetarian and vegan menus too. If you're the sort who wants to be truly surprised by a meal, head to Menu Gordon Jones where diners don't know what they'll be eating until it's served. For a mod-Med menu and views across 'green Bath' beyond Pulteney Bridge, book a table at Browns Restaurant & Bar on Orange Grove. Bath's vegan dining options are legion: try Acorn for cruelty-free treats (mushroom parfait with hazelnut and pea sorbet with burnt cucumber), Nourish for laksas and bean burgers, and the Green Rocket for ginger-beer battered halloumi, Vietnamese coconut curry and the like.
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. Or, 'take the waters': a cup of Bath's famous 43-mineral-enriched spa water can be bought from the Pump Room's fountain for a small sum. And, one simply cannot come to Bath and miss Sally Lunn's tea room, where the city's historic 'bunns' are served in savoury and sweet styles.
The Raven on Queen Street is a messy, cosy pub chocka with rambling book shelves and old mismatched chairs. The Salamander 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.