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A very impressive luxury hotel in the beautiful City of Bath - my husband and I stayed there for our honeymoon and loved it!
The hotel occupies the two central buildings in the Royal crescent, both are Grade I listed. Behind is a completely secluded garden, perfect for afternoon tea. That leads onto what would have been the coach houses, which are now individual bedrooms and suites, the hotel spa and the Dower House restaurant and bar.
The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775 the crescent contains about 30 houses including the hotel. It's situated at the top of the city and it's only a very short walk into the centre.
The Royal Crescent Hotel, 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS
Each room has been carefully restored, recreating the authentic period details - carpets, furnishings and colour schemes are all as they would have been in the 18th century.
These include a collection of paintings from such eighteenth century masters as Reynolds and Gainsborough. Throughout the hotel there are also portraits of famous people who visited Bath, or lived there - Lord Nelson and Charles Dickens amongst others.
There are 45 luxury bedrooms, made up of 16 classic double rooms, 15 deluxe double rooms, 7 classic suites, 4 deluxe suites, 3 master suites.
We stayed in a deluxe room. The entrance takes you into a sitting area with a spacious walk in closet off to your left. Then through some double doors into the spacious bedroom area, with King Size bed and a huge ensuite bathroom.
In every room there is complimentary bottles of water, fresh flowers, business and leisure magazines, a selection of books, TV and DVD player and hairdryer. They use luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets and eiderdown pillows as standard. Dressing gowns, slippers and miniature products from the spa's bespoke range are provided. As I said before, we were there on our honeymoon so we also had a bottle of bubbly and box of thorntons chocolates with a lovely little note from the hotel manager congratulating us.
FOOD & DRINK:
The Dower House Restaurant overlooks the hotels stunning gardens.
The food was out of this world and the staff polite and attentive - nothing was too much trouble.
Children's menus are provided and picnics can be prepared for guests looking to explore all the attractions of Bath. The restaurant is open to non residents.
In the summer months, the sunny terrace makes the perfect setting for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or a quiet drink in the evening.
The cocktails are delicious but extremely expensive; I think 4 of them cost us over £50!!
A number of individually designed rooms are available for private dining.
Personally I wouldn't take my children there - the restaurant was very quiet and relaxed with classical music playing softly in the background - not something which would appeal to my two!
The Bath House is the hotel spa set within a converted coach house and stables accessed through the beautiful gardens.
It has a heated relaxation pool, cool and tepid plunge tubs, sauna and steam rooms, gym and they offer a wide range of holistic treatments and complementary therapies. I had the shiatsu massage, Indian head massage and reflexology and highly recommend all 3!
They do their own range of products called The Numbers Range, developed by local apothecary, which smell and feel gorgeous. There are miniature versions in the hotel room - most of which managed to end up in my suitcase before we left!
The spa is open to non-residents, although as a guest at the hotel the use of the spa is included in your rate - although treatments do cost extra.
Children over 12 are allowed in if accompanied by an adult. Gym use and all treatments are only available to those over 16 years of age.
THINGS TO DO
The hotel can provide a champagne cruise along the Kennet and Avon waterway in the hotel's 1923 Thames river launch, the Lady Sophina - she won the best restored boat at Henley.
Bath and the surrounding area is packed with things to see and do. The city centre is small and easily explored on foot.
The most famous tourist attractions of Bath are the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, Bath Abbey, No1 Royal Crescent, the Assembly Rooms and the Museum of Costume.
There is obviously the Royal Crescent and The Circus, but also Queen Square, Abbey Churchyard, Abbey Green, Pulteney Bridge and the Weir. Victoria Park is also close by.
There are plenty of restaurants and pubs. 2 cinemas and comedy clubs, The Theatre Royal, there's also regular ghost walks and a comedy walk. The Rec - bath rugby clubs home ground is situated on great Pulteney Street.
There is a vast selection of shops - both high street names and more quirky little shops and boutiques hidden away down Baths many back streets and alleyways.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS?
Definitely! My husband and I love Bath. It's a beautiful romantic city with lots to see and do. The Royal Crescent hotel was amazing - we had a magical few nights there and we'd like to return one year for our anniversary. The only thing I would bear in mind is in the summer months it is PACKED with tourists - and also there is a university in the city so lots of students and quite a 'young' nightlife.
It's not cheap....
Classic doubles start from £195; Deluxe doubles from £295, Classic suites from £440, deluxe suites from £620 and master suites from £740.
The above prices are per room, per night and include a full English breakfast and VAT.