Need to know
45, including 17 suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $259.60 (£209), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include English breakfast and full use of the spa.
The hotel can arrange cruises along the Kennet and Avon Canal (from April to October). Ask reception to reserve a boat in advance of your stay to ensure a lazy drift through picture-book scenery.
At the hotel
Spa, state-of-the-art gym and exercise studio, croquet lawn, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod docks, free bottled water, Floris toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The grand Sir Percy Blakeney Suite (a Master Suite) has a vast drawing room – all neutrals and golds – and a handsome (decorative) fireplace, and is the only suite with both the hotel’s magnificent views: the park and trees fading into the distance in front, and the hotel’s beautiful gardens and one-time coachhouse buildings at the foot of the city rising up behind. The bedroom’s a tasteful pink-and-white confection, four-poster and all. In the coachhouses’ conservatory extension, the capacious Beau Nash Suite (a Deluxe Suite) has a charming living room that opens out onto the gardens.
A dip in the indoor pool, in the spa building below a high stone ceiling, is so peaceful it’s verging on a religious experience (the church-like vaulted windows add to the effect).
The Bath House is a genteel, wood- and stone-lined spa with seven treatment rooms, including one for couples. It's housed in a converted coach house close to the main hotel; there are two pools to match your mood: the relaxation pool, which lives up to its name; and the vitality pool, which aims soothing massage jets at tense backs; after you've soaked to serenity, head to the sauna infused with Himalayan salt, or the steam room with calming mint and eucalyptus vapours. The spa menu is a tempting read, with facials, spa rituals, massages and body scrub and wraps. Top off your treatment with a mani-pedi.
Bring your binoculars to spy hot-air balloons as they fly by overhead – or to people watch if you’ve a room with a park-side view. Even if you’re not in Bath to take the waters, remember your swimwear – the spa pool here is spectacularly tempting.
Exclusive use of the entire hotel – all 45 rooms, and 110 staff, as well as the gardens, spa and Dower House restaurant – can be arranged.
Four-legged friends can slumber in some of the hotel's rooms for £35 a stay. Beds, bowls and some treats are provided, but pets aren't allowed in public areas. See more pet-friendly hotels in Bath.
Welcome, although it’s quite a grown-up stay. Under-12s aren’t allowed in the spa. Baby cots and toy boxes can be added to your room on request. Extra beds for 3–11 year olds are £45 a night, including breakfast; £150 a night for over-12s.