Bath, United Kingdom

Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Rates from (ex tax)$302.75

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP280.50), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Georgian perfection


Atmospheric Bath

The neoclassical finery of Bath’s Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, in the centre of one of the country’s most evocative streets, makes it the English escape of which elegant dreams are made. Add the first-class food and top-notch spa, and you’ll never want to leave.

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Need to know


45, including 17 suites.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $302.75 (£234), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP280.50), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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.

Packing tips

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.

Food and Drink

Photos Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa food and drink

Top Table

Grab a table in the garden, weather permitting. The colour of the sun setting on Bath stone makes for a delightful backdrop.

Dress Code

You don’t technically need to dress for dinner (although the restaurant’s the one place you can’t wander into in your robe, fresh from the spa), but it’s quite an elegant setting so you can break out your finery without feeling overdressed.

Hotel restaurant

The award-winning Dower House serves a Modern British menu; chef David Campbell and his team love their all-new kitchen, and that enthusiasm translates into exquisite, creative dishes. Who knew chocolate and eucalyptus go together? (You may hear your fellow diners marvelling loudly over the chef’s artistry – the praise is fully deserved.)

Hotel bar

They’ll mix anything you like (the classic negronis are perfect) and the blue-and-gold bar across the hall from the restaurant’s a pleasant place to sit and sip a while.

Last orders

Breakfast is available from 7.30am to 10am; Sundays until 10.30am. For dinner, get your order in before 9.45pm.

Room service

Snacks are available any time you like.


Photos Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa location
Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
16 Royal Crescent
United Kingdom


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 from London. Valet parking is available.

Worth getting out of bed for

Bath is best known for its baths, of course, but it’s home to a host of other genteel-city-stay attractions, too. For a start, just strolling the streets and admiring the elegant architecture is a delight, and the park rolling gently downhill from the crescent is a glorious spot for picnics, kickabouts or just lazing around.

The famed Roman Baths & Pump Room Royal, with their natural hot springs, are worth a visit, and if you’re a fan of genteel literary heroines then you’re probably already planning your pilgrammage to the Jane Austen Centre, a few minutes’ walk from the crescent. The hotel reserves the best two seats in the house for Saturday night performances at the Theatre Royal. Right on your doorstep (well, slightly to the left) is No 1 Royal Crescent museum, where you’ll learn everything there is to know about the history of your prestigious address.

If you're keen to see the city from a different perspective then consider the hotel's balloon flight partnership with Taittinger, which will see you drift over Bath's higgledy-piggledy streets Mary Poppins-style at dawn or (a more sociable) dusk. The flight includes champagne (but of course) and either breakfast, afternoon tea or dinner at the Dower House Restaurant.

Local restaurants

You don’t traditionally think of tapas when you’re visiting Bath, but Madrid ((0)1225 423 417) on Chapel Row serves up bite-size delights well worth trying (and it’s only a 10-minute walk from the hotel); if you’d prefer French cuisine, go to husband-and-wife-run Casanis at 4 Saville Row, six minutes away on foot. If staying at an historic hotel’s got you feeling old-fashioned and you have a car at your disposal, head to the George Inn at Norton St Philip (+44 (0)1373 834224), one of the oldest pubs in the country (the fine-dining menu’s excellent, and it’s a 20-minute drive from the Royal Crescent).


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Anonymous review

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man and his wife in possession of a free weekend, must be in want of a fine hotel to spend it in. So it was that Mr and Mrs Smith, along with Master Smith took to the sunny Western highway in the direction of the Royal Crescent Hotel at Bath.

Not only is Bath famed by acolytes of Jane Austen and all things Georgian, its spa waters are reputed as among the most tonic in Britain. Our first question when we alighted at the columned entrance of this elegant townhouse, our car discreetly parked for us and bags carried, was ‘Is the pool open? And can Master Smith come?’ Seated in the drawing room, surrounded by lavish cornicing, crystal chandeliers and walls the colour of sugared almonds, we waited for our answer. Perhaps not used to boisterous three year olds, they nevertheless quickly returned to say yes, as long as the pool was quiet that was fine, and would we like to see our room now. As if we needed it, our instincts about a glorious weekend ahead were confirmed.

The hotel’s setting deserves its boast of sitting in the centre of the world’s most famous crescent. At the front, where our pistachio and dove-grey rooms looked out, identical and imposing townhouses in neoclassical style encircle a rolling green, overlooking the town beyond and the Somerset hills in the distance. At the back, a surprisingly large garden opens out, leading to the restaurant and spa. It is a quintessentially English garden, mellow with pink roses, lavender-fringed paths, sculpted box and grass strewn with half-finished games of croquet. We adored the enormous round copper seat that swings from a tree, like an off-cut from a Henry Moore piece and just as relaxing to be around.

In the pool, I discovered my alter ego might be a lady of a certain age in flowered swimming hat and enormous glasses. I lolled on the surface of 37-degrees water. At eight-and-a-half-months pregnant, why break a sweat, particularly in the inner sanctum of what looks like an old stone chapel, with tall windows pouring sunlight onto the water. Master Smith could not believe his luck, as this pool for post-therapy lolling was ideal for a boy of his proportions, especially with just us his two doting parents a captive audience to his delight in the warm water.

Nothing could follow a dip in English spa waters better than an excellent cup of tea. We emerged into the garden, found a table under a white parasol and sat down to read the extensive list of teas, from classic Earl Grey to exotic combinations of herbs and chai. The detoxifying aromatic Pu-erh chai from the Yunnan did not stop me wrestling with said small boy for more of the buttery home-baked biscuits that came with it. In other respects, the restaurant and setting had a strangely deceptive effect. It was so elegant, and the food so subtly combined, it made me think I was not in England, but in France. High praise, Mr Smith will testify. Loire Valley rabbit, cèpes mushrooms, a sip of his Sancerre, and sides involving emulsions, purees, foam, jellies and compotes fitted perfectly with Bath’s style of neoclassical order. The desserts cluster two key flavours together in a medley of techniques; one called Lavender and Strawberry was a particularly brilliant combination of different textures and deliciousness.

Thankfully, Mr Smith and I shared the same approach to tourism on our Bath weekend: a very minimal one. It was Sunday afternoon before we ventured across the cobbles and green, down the hilly streets and crescents into the town centre. Bath’s single architectural vision is on display everywhere. Despite the ubiquity of chains like Garfunkel’s and Whittards here as on every other British high street, peeking from gorgeous facades, I was assailed again by the city’s serenity and stylistic order – and the sense we must have popped up in France. The world’s worst street performers – a classical orchestra pre-recorded in the background while mimed, yes mimed by a group of delusionists – could probably have taken place anywhere on earth. They didn’t ruin the view.

But we were in merry England after all, and back at the hotel for another swing from the tree, we decided to order fish and chips for an early supper together in the garden. Master Smith had rummaged in the wicker toy box you can request by age group and produced a box of dominoes for us to play meanwhile. It was the perfect Sunday evening, before retiring to our room for baths and dousing ourselves in Penhaligon’s lotions. It was time to recline under the moulded chandeliered ceiling of our bedroom, the view above perhaps even more important for a weekend in a romantic hotel as the view from the window. We also hear the Jane Austen Cultural Centre is well worth a visit too… But as the author herself said: ‘There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.’ So I’m sure she’ll forgive us for not having budged further from this home from home.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The service from the valet parking to being waved off by the staff! Loved the Afternoon Tea too... Had fab supper at The Circus!

Don’t expect

Loud music... hurrah!


Stayed on 26 Jan 2017

We loved

The service, the style, the quality of the food. Go to the Olive Tree restaurant – delicious food, really good, though slow and with variable service, it is worth the wait.

Don’t expect

Good bedlinen


Stayed on 25 Nov 2016

We loved

The beautiful setting and tranquil gardens. Gordon Jones restaurant has a lovely set menu which is divine when accompanied by the wine flight!

Don’t expect

noisy guests


Stayed on 17 Sep 2016

We loved

The quiet garden behind the Royal Crescent. The staff were excellent, dedicated, polite and timely. The tasting menu had a great lamb dish. Breakfasts were ample and superb. Quality of the spa, igood for the set up albeit not the biggest or most pampering. Recommend the Royal Crescent Gardens, Circus restaurant, the Roman Bath museum

Don’t expect

Nightlife. Modern rooms - this is a period hotel


Stayed on 22 Aug 2016

We loved

Restaurant and spa

Don’t expect

Wild entertainment


Stayed on 10 Aug 2016

We loved

The location, spa and the room. Hotel staff in general were great. Brilliant shopping, hotel is perfectly located for walking into central Bath

Don’t expect

Prompt service in the restaurant, we weren't impressed with the wait at dinner or breakfast.


Stayed on 3 Aug 2016

We loved

The garden is amazing, so peaceful yet only a 10 walk to the city centre.

Don’t expect

Sometimes you just need a mini bar :(


Stayed on 4 Jul 2016

We loved

Possibly the most iconic address anywhere in the UK and the hotel doesn't let the neighbourhood down. Don't miss the chance to let top sommelier Pierre guide your wine choice at dinner - he really knows his stuff! There are lots of local restaurants within five minutes walk but you won't go far wrong with the hotel's own dining options either.

Don’t expect

To wear jeans and t-shirts. It's not a stuffy hotel but it's not the place for them either, so remember to dress the part.


Stayed on 3 Mar 2016

We loved

Sitting drinking coffee in the sunshine in the lovely secluded garden. Delicious tapas for lunch at the cafe.

Don’t expect

Poor service


Stayed on 16 Feb 2016

We loved

The bedroom!

Don’t expect

There to be no waiting list for a massage; book ahead.


Stayed on 6 Feb 2016

We loved

The garden, the friendly staff, the perfect Eggs Benedict, the very comfy bed and fine linens.

Don’t expect

A really big, relaxing spa. Its actually quite small and very crowded at weekends. Book treatments in advance. If you're really looking for a spa break I'd go elsewhere but if you want a delightful, luxurious hotel in Bath this is perfect.


Stayed on 30 Jan 2016

We loved

The food! Had a wonderful dinner. The breakfast was delish!

Don’t expect

Good internet service, although they promised it will be up and running soon


Stayed on 25 Sep 2015

We loved

The welcome and attentive service including parking our car!

Don’t expect

Anything to be cheap


Stayed on 4 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything! The staff were amazing. Food was exceptional. spa was heavenly.


Stayed on 6 Jul 2015

We loved

Excellent and attentive service, location of the hotel and view from the room was beautiful. Local bike race passing in front of the hotel and was able watch in the comfort of the room.


Stayed on 11 Jun 2015