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Home > > THE ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL & SPA, Bath, Somerset


At-a-Glance Guide

5*, Relais & Chateaux
45 bedrms inc 18 suites, in main house and former coach houses
bar, AA 3 Rosette restaurant, private dining
drawing room, library
spa, indoor pool, treatments
heated patio, gardens
valet parking, car park
B&B from £199 per double, per night



An architectural masterpiece, The Royal Crescent in Bath was begun in 1767, by John Wood the Younger. It took eight years to complete, and included 30 of the grandest houses in Bath. Wood was determined to create a prospect of total uniformity and understated gracefulness. With sweeping vision, and scrupulous attention to detail, he created a great elliptical curve almost 50’ high and 500’ long which epitomises harmony, restraint and elegance.


The hotel occupies two of the original houses, numbers 15 and 16 - both Grade 1 listed - at the centre of the crescent, and so has impeccable architectural credentials in this UNESCO World Heritage site city. Outside, the buildings and their stunning setting have remained unchanged since the 18th Century. Inside, the hotel is the epitome of refined Regency elegance, with many superb period features, a mannered air of 21st-Century luxury, comforts to match, and a reputation for first-class service.


Offering a style of gracious living as experienced in this unique city's golden era, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is an excellent choice for a special occasion, celebration or family gathering, for a private escape or a spa break. Located just a 10-minute walk from Bath’s centre, it would also add greater authenticity to a stay in the city than probably any other address. The Royal Crescent is licensed to perform civil wedding ceremonies.


The Drawing Room, Library and Lounges are beautifully appointed, and like all rooms in the Royal Crescent, have been restored to their original splendour with infinite care, recreating the authentic period details from fabrics and furnishings, to colour schemes as they would have been in the 18th-Century – Bath’s Georgian heyday. The hotel also displays an exceptional collection of paintings from such 18th Century masters as Reynolds, Gainsborough, and the satirical cartoonist Thomas Rowlandson, as well as contemporary portraits of famous people who visited or lived in Bath – among them George III, Admiral Lord Nelson, William Pitt, Charles Dickens and the celebrated actress Sarah Siddons. Fresh flowers are placed in every room, including bedrooms.

In the AA 3 Rosette Dower House restaurant, overlooking the leafy, secluded gardens behind the hotel - and open to non-residents - Head Chef David Campbell offers traditional British food with a contemporary twist, alongside champagnes and wines from an extensive cellar. Al fresco dining is offered during the summer months. Children's menus are provided, and picinics can be prepared for hotel guests.
Also open to non-residents, and ideal for pre-dinner drinks, the Montagu Bar serves cocktails, specially selected wines, light bites and hearty dishes.
Traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily, from 3pm until 5pm, in the hotel's gardens or public rooms. Advance booking is essential. As well as finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and home-made cake, Bath buns are, of course, included. The Royal Crescent Afternoon Tea consists of the full menu above plus a glass of chilled champagne. Also available is a Cream Tea of scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream. A wide selection of teas is offered with each of these options.

The 45 luxury bedrooms are located throughout the five buildings that now comprise the hotel. Each has been individually decorated to create its own unique character, and most have views over the surrounding gardens, lawns and parkland. All feature antique furniture and pictures, luxuriously appointed en-suite bathrooms, seasonal displays of fresh flowers and free internet access.

The 10 Classic bedrooms have queen-size or double beds. Most are located in the coach houses with views of the city of Bath.
B&B per room, per night: from £199.

The 17 Deluxe bedrooms have king-size or twin beds, and can be found in all five buildings. Views are of the gardens or of the Crescent and Royal Victoria Park.
B&B per room, per night: from £299.

All but one of the 18 opulent suites is named after an historic personality connected to the Royal Crescent, or to Bath in its heyday.
There are five Classic suites, each with a separate sitting area.
B&B per room, per night: from £449.

The nine Deluxe Suites are among the most spacious, and each has a separate sitting area. The John Wood Suite has a four-poster bed and a working fireplace. The Lord Nelson suite, decorated in a naval theme, has its own balcony.
B&B per room, per night: from £634.

There are also four Master suites: the two-room Sir Percy Blakeney suite has an antique four-poster bed and a working fireplace; the spacious, one-room Duke of York suite also has a working fireplace. The Royal Crescent Suite has a four-poster bed and a working fireplace.
B&B per room, per night: from £789.

All rates are per room per night, and include full English breakfast, use of The Spa and VAT. Please use the BOOK NOW button or the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below to obtain a price quote for your stay.

Innovatively fashioned in the former coach house and stables, the renowned Spa opens onto its own private herb garden. Natural woods, bamboo, pebbles and slate have been used to create a contemporary holistic haven - just the place to relax and unwind. Open 7am - 9pm weekdays and 8am - 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays*, it features a 12-metre, heated relaxation pool, cool and tepid plunge tubs, sauna and steam rooms and a fully equipped gymnasium with Power Plate, with personal training sessions available. The Spa offers a wide range of holistic treatments and complementary therapies, available from 9am to 7pm daily.
Half-day, full-day and evening Spa Retreats - including Time for Men, Mother-to-Be and Lemon Detox - are available to non-residents.
*Opening times may vary during Bank Holidays, and the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

The stunning one-acre gardens claim to be Bath’s best-kept secret. Mature trees and well-tended beds create a tranquil haven, where you can enjoy a game of croquet and, in summer, sit at a parasol-shaded table on the lawns.
The hotel's immaculate, restored, 1923 mahogany-and- teak Thames river launch, the Lady Sophina, does champagne cruises along the historic Kennet and Avon waterway, and is additionally available for private daytime charter.
There is also a hotel hot-air balloon. With take-off during early morning or evening - weather permitting - from the nearby Royal Victoria Park, passengers can experience breathtaking views of Bath and the surrounding countryside.
Chauffered service is available to guests for tours and visits to places of interest, as well as airport and railway-station transfers.

The stunning setting of the hotel and the historic city of Bath are ideal and inspiring for business meetings and events, and offer privacy, comfort and exacting service. The Royal Crescent has the space, surrounds and flexibility to host up to 150 people for a marquee event or champagne-and-canapé reception.
There are three meeting rooms. The largest is the Montagu Suite, which can hold up to 18 in a boardroom configuration, 50 in a theatre set-up, 20 in cabaret set-up, 40 for private dining, and 60 for cocktails.
The Sir Percy Blakeney Suite holds up to 15 in a boardroom configuration, 40 in a theatre set-up, 10 in cabaret set-up, 15 for private dining, and 30 for cocktails.
The Library holds up to 10 in a boardroom configuration, 12 in a theatre set-up, 10 for private dining and 15 for cocktails. This room cannot be cabaret configured.
The Day Delegate Rate includes meeting room hire, LCD projector, screen and flipchart; tea, coffee and Danish pastries or homemade biscuits on arrival, and again mid-moring; working lunch; afternoon tea and coffee with scones, cream and jam; mineral water and cordials (1 bottle per delegate).
The 24-hour Delegate Rate includes accommodation (single occupancy) inclusive of full English breakfast; use of the Spa; meeting room hire, LCD projector, screen and flipchart; tea, coffee and Danish pastries or homemade biscuits on arrival, and again mid-moring; working lunch; afternoon tea and coffee with scones, cream and jam; mineral water and cordials (1 bottle per delegate); three-course delegate dinner.
Please contact the Special Events Team, using the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below, for more information and to arrange your business meeting or event.

By train: London Paddington to Bath Spa is 1 hour 20 minutes. The station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

By air: London Heathrow Airport is 90 minutes by car. Gatwick Airport is three hours by car. Bristol International Airport is 40 minutes by car.

By car: Driving time from Central London is 2 hours 15 minutes. The hotel is 20 minutes from the M4.
Directions from Junction 18:
Follow A46 towards Bath for approximately 2.5 miles, passing The Crown Inn on your left, then Dyrham Park and the Tollgate Teashop on your right. Immediately after The Tollgate Teashop, turn right (there are no directional signs). Follow the twisting road for approximately 1.5 miles until you reach a T-junction. Turn right (signposted Bristol A420), then immediately left to Hamswell. Follow this twisting road past Toghill Farm on your right, down the hill and up another to a T-junction (approximately 1.5 miles). Turn left up the hill, following the signs to Lansdown and Bath. Continue along this road for two miles, passing Lansdown Golf Club and Bath Racecourse on the right. Continue past The Blathwayt Arms pub on the right and then on to the outskirts of Bath.
Entering the city, you will pass the Hare and Hounds pub on the left. Continue downhill to another T-junction with a church to the left. Turn right at the T-junction, and drive down the hill, passing The Farmhouse Inn on the left, then two pubs on the right: The Belvedere on the corner of Morford Street and The Grappa bar near the corner of Julian Road. Continue past Julian Road on your right. Take the right turn into Bennett Street (street name is carved into the stone at first-floor level). Pass Russell Street and Circus Mews on your right. Drive into The Circus - a circle of Georgian houses - and take the second exit out of it into Brock Street. At the end of Brock Street, by the telephone box, drive onto the cobbled Royal Crescent and towards the centre. The hotel is Number 16, adjacent to the large magnolia tree.

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