The ancient spa town of Bath is one of the best-loved cities in England. Encircled by the lush rolling hills of Somerset, this romantic destination is home to some of the United Kingdom’s finest boutique hotels, iconic historic inns, quirky-chic B&Bs, and heritage sites renovated into luxury aparthotels. Find the right accommodation to enjoy an authentic Bathonian escape, so from my many trips, here are my favourite cool and unique hotels in Bath, England…
Abbey Hotel Bath
Abbey Hotel in Bath became one of my favorite places during my visit. Its idyllic setting and central location let me revel in the elegance and charm of Bath, making it the perfect finale for my sightseeing adventures.
This boutique gem captivated me with its head-turning interiors. The glamorous ode to Palladianism, in homage to architect John Wood, made my stay truly special.
The sprawling guest rooms and suites seamlessly blend modern elements with heritage-style furniture, capturing the essence of the building’s antiquated soul. Each room has distinct eclectic art-themed aesthetic profiles – the Print Rooms, Gallery Rooms, and Cinematography Rooms.
I love how the Abbey Hotel thoughtfully crafts its space, making every corner a unique experience. While staying at this charming establishment, I found comfort in the scrumptious meals and indulgently comfortable sleep stations.
Art-themed stunning design
Designed to be a heritage landmark
Special cinematography rooms
The heart of Bath City Centre
A bit pricey
Harington’s Hotel in Bath became one of my favorite places for an authentic Bathonian experience. I love this retreat that seamlessly blends luxury with a keen focus on quality and finesse, evident in every tiny detail.
While visiting, I discovered the hotel nestled in the heart of the city center, tucked away on a charming cobbled side alley adorned with remnants of Bath’s awe-inspiring Roman heritage. It felt like stepping into a piece of history.
I tried one of the 13 guest rooms, each boasting a unique interior profile. The finely crafted furniture, plush bedding, and modern appliances created a perfect cocoon of comfort and style.
I experienced the delight of being in a historic townhouse that offers more than just luxurious accommodation. Its central location brings popular attractions like the Thermae Spa, Roman Baths, and sites along the famous Jane Austen tours within easy reach.
Historic townhouse architecture
No fitness center
Crowded in events
Hotel Indigo – Bath, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo at South Parade is one of my favorite places. The light-amber Georgian exterior and historical significance make it a famous city landmark. While visiting, I fell in love with the quaint location, just a stone’s throw away from Bath center.
The 166 tastefully furnished guest rooms truly captured Bath’s romantic ambiance, historical architecture, and literary heritage. It felt like I was immersed in the rich influences of celebrated novelists, architects, and artists who shaped Bath into the extraordinary destination it is.
Staying at Hotel Indigo, I experienced the majestic interiors that beautifully paid homage to the city’s charm. The onsite Elder Restaurant became my go-to spot for authentic British cuisine in an ambient fine dining venue. I was immediately swept up by Bath’s antiquated charm, enthralling street performances, and numerous historical attractions.
Light-amber georgian exterior
166 furnished rooms
On-site Elder Restaurant
Close to South Parade
Limited breakfast slots
Limited outdoor space
Henrietta House, a member of Radisson Individuals
As a proud member of Radisson Individuals, Henrietta House quickly became one of my favorite places. Nestled near the picturesque Pulteney Bridge, it’s just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant city center and historic quarters.
I chose between two distinct buildings: the traditional wing and the upscale boutique. With 66 uniquely designed rooms, including double and twin rooms, as well as two-bedroom Junior suites, I found the perfect accommodation for my needs.
Opting for the traditional wing, I was immersed in a quintessentially English experience. The spacious rooms exuded a homely warmth that made my stay truly memorable.
The ground floor added to the charm with its eclectic bar and lounging space, conveniently situated right next to the in-house restaurant. I love this setup as it allowed me to unwind in style and enjoy delightful dining experiences while staying at the place.
Two-bedroom Junior suites
66 unique rooms
5-minute walk away from the Roman Baths
Georgian period townhouse
The Yard in Bath Hotel
The AC Hotel by Marriott in Northern Ireland became one of my favorite places for a romantic getaway. Its idyllic waterfront setting sets the perfect scene for a memorable experience.
While visiting, I fell in love with the polished interiors, featuring glass-enclosed double showers, an elegant meeting room, and sleek, intelligent appliances that added a touch of sophistication to my stay. Choosing from standard accommodations to luxurious waterfront suites, I experienced the charm of this urban hotel.
One of my highlights was the Novelli at City Quays, the hotel’s fabulous riverside restaurant. With a Michelin-starred chef and authentic Mediterranean cuisine, it was a culinary delight that I couldn’t get enough of.
During my stay, I took advantage of the option to reserve the expansive event space. It was perfect for hosting business meetings, weddings, and social gatherings.
Food hamper delivered to the door
Kitchen equipped with a dishwasher
Self-service continental and vegan breakfast
Hotel is a bit small
Some rooms do not have AC
No 15 by GuestHouse, Bath
One of my favorite places, No. 15 by GuestHouse, is far from your average boutique hotel. While visiting, I fell in love with its Georgian architecture, seamlessly fitting into the old-world charm of Jane Austen’s Bath.
The 18th-century exterior sets the stage, but once inside, I was captivated by the vibrant displays of modern art, bold murals, and jewel-studded furniture that greeted me at every turn. The interiors provided a striking contrast to the historical facade.
Exploring the townhouse building, I discovered 36 tastefully furnished bedrooms, each a masterpiece of Georgian elegance, featuring fine British furniture and luxurious creature comforts. The Coach House, with its intimate setting, offered sprawling suites, making my experience even more memorable.
I tried the Pulteney Rooms. The plexiglass furniture, high ceilings, and marble washstands added a touch of extravagance to my stay. No. 15 by GuestHouse truly exceeded my expectations with its unique blend of history and modernity.
British furniture in suites
Pulteney Rooms with plexiglass furniture
Coach House suites
Some rooms have noise problems
No outdoor pool
Expensive compared to others
Bathen House Boutique Hotel
Bathen House became one of my favorite places in Bath. During my stay, I fell in love with the elegance of this boutique hotel. From the Deluxe King to the Luxury Suite, the range of bedrooms and spacious suites was impressive.
While visiting, what truly captured my attention were the breathtaking bathrooms. In my room, the spa-like bathroom made me feel like royalty. Glass chandeliers, enormous mirror walls, walk-in rain showers, and roll-top baths created an indulgent atmosphere.
I appreciated the thoughtful details, from air conditioning to 4K flat-screen TVs, ensuring a comfortable stay. The attention to detail extended to the fine linens and the convenience of tea and coffee-making equipment.
One of the highlights of my experience was the Bouvardia Restaurant on-site. The restaurant offered a sumptuous fine dining experience, showcasing locally sourced ingredients.
Onsite Bouvardia Restaurant
Fine linen sheets
4K flat-screen TVs
Bathrooms are small in Junior suites
Too soft mattress
Distant from center
Hiding Space – Trim Street Apartments
The Trim Street Apartments is one of my favorite places, a fantastic project by Hiding Space that boasts ten studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments. While visiting, I found myself nestled close to the central retail district, the Roman Baths, and the Abbey, immersing me in the heart of Bath City.
I loved the eclectic mezzanine apartments, perfect for solo travelers, honeymooners, and small families. However, what stole my heart was the spacious Penthouse suite with a private terrace and hot tub.
I tried out the fully-equipped kitchens with intelligent appliances, and the well-stocked minibar added a delightful touch. Including Cowshed toiletries and efficient housekeeping services made my stay even more enjoyable.
The Trim Street Apartments surprised me with their exciting discounts for corporate retreats, group bookings, and extended vacations, making it an ideal choice for various occasions.
Spacious Penthouse suite
Seagull noise on the terrace
No on-site restaurant
Sofas are a bit uncomfortable
The Queensberry Hotel
Staying at the Queensberry Hotel was an unforgettable experience. One of my favorite places in Bath, it boasts four Georgian-era townhomes with elegantly furnished rooms and suites. I love this place for its unmatched service standards and award-winning cuisine, holding the prestigious AA Red Star for a decade.
While visiting, I couldn’t help but admire the bold Georgian character that defines the Queensberry. The accommodations, from Club to Classic Rooms, cater to various budgets without compromising on luxury. I stayed in the Four Poster suite, experiencing extravagance without breaking the bank. The Queensberry truly stands out with its opulent appointments and the added bonus of Bath’s only Michelin-starred restaurant.
The Club and Classic Rooms
Four Poster suite
There is no lift
The Internet is a bit slow
No coffee machine in the room
The Roseate Villa Bath
The Roseate Villa quickly became one of my favorite places. It houses two meticulously restored Victorian homes, each with a storied and influential history. From this haven, I had the privilege of gazing upon the expansive Henrietta Park, a sprawling 7-acre retreat that added to the charm of this luxury accommodation.
With 21 exquisitely designed guest rooms, the boutique hotel stole my heart with its stunning interiors, bespoke furniture, and modern conveniences. While visiting, I relished the classic British spreads of homemade cakes and teas. The Henrietta Bar, with its eclectic atmosphere, became a favorite spot for lighthearted banter.
What made my stay even more memorable was the thoughtful consideration for pet owners. As a dog-friendly establishment, Roseate Villa went above and beyond to cater to travelers with pets. My furry companion found a playful friend in Muttley, the affable resident dog.
Home-baked cakes and teas
Limited Dining Options
No Mentioned Pool
May Lack Uniqueness
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
I just had the most incredible stay at the Royal Crescent Hotel. This place is a gem with its 1775 Georgian architecture, exuding old-world charm and unmatched hospitality. It’s truly one of my favorite places now, thanks to its quintessential Bathonian ambiance.
Being designed by the renowned Georgian architect John Wood the Younger, the Grade-I listed site boasts two main buildings. I couldn’t help but be in awe of the magnificent interiors and the beautifully landscaped garden surrounding the hotel. The transformation of standard coach houses into these tastefully appointed accommodations is nothing short of remarkable.
During my stay, I explored the 45 beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites, each one a testament to the genius of interior designer Jane Clayton. I love this place for its attention to detail and the seamless blend of historical elegance with modern comfort.
1775 Georgian Architecture
45 furnished rooms
A little bit pricey
Francis Hotel Bath
The Francis Hotel is truly one of my favorite places. I love this charming spot, where traditional British hospitality wraps you in a blanket of nostalgia. While visiting, I immersed myself in the antiquated charm of Bath’s Georgian architecture, and the hotel’s location in the heart of Queen Square adds an extra layer of allure.
Staying at this magnificent 18th-century gem was a delight. I enjoyed the luxury of 98 well-appointed guest rooms, each adorned with exquisitely crafted furniture and modern amenities. The Francis Hotel caters to every need, offering a variety of accommodations, from cozy Classic Rooms to the more expansive Feature Suites.
One of the highlights of my stay was dining at the onsite restaurant, Boho Marché. I tried authentic Moroccan cuisine, which was a culinary experience to remember. The ambiance and flavors combined to create a truly memorable evening.
Distinctive “Feature Suites”
In the heart of Queen Square
On-site Moroccan Cuisine
Bar drinks are expensive
Breakfast lacks food options
Small windows in the room
SACO Bath – St James Parade
One of my favorite places, tucked near the Theater Royal in Bath’s historic quarters, is SACO – a haven of beautifully appointed luxury apartments. While visiting this opulent aparthotel, I loved its recently renovated Georgian terrace.
During my stay, I experienced the allure of uniquely designed accommodations featuring bespoke Italian furniture, state-of-the-art stainless steel kitchens, and sprawling living areas. The dining spaces and luxury bedrooms added a touch of sophistication.
Opting for a two-bedroom apartment, I appreciated the extra space and the additional en-suite bathroom. The bathroom boasted a power shower and spa-like upgrades, elevating the overall comfort of my stay.
SACO’s strategic location made it an ideal base to explore Bath on foot. Walking distance led me to iconic attractions such as Bath Abbey, Bath University, and the Thermae Spa. Exploring the city from this centrally located gem added an extra layer of enjoyment to my visit.
Near Theater Royal
Extremely close to attractions
Noisy at night
No daily housekeeping
Decor is a little bit dated
Lansdown Grove Hotel
Staying at the Lansdown Grove Hotel was an unforgettable experience. Tucked away on Lansdown Hill, this 1770 Georgian mansion captured my heart with its heritage-style guest rooms and breathtaking panoramic views of Bath’s architectural wonders.
One of my favorite places, the hotel’s location near the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, Bath Assembly Rooms, The Circus, and the Roman Baths made exploring the city a breeze. The enchanting blend of old meets new in the 61 recently renovated rooms and suites added a touch of Georgian-era charm to my stay.
I loved the classic yet modern vibe of the accommodations. While visiting, I couldn’t resist trying the exquisite offerings at the 1913 Restaurant & Bar. The sumptuous spreads and romantic candlelit dinners truly elevated the hotel’s extravagance.
61 renovated suites with Georgian-era aesthetics
On-site 1913 Restaurant & Bar
Close to the center
Frequent air conditioning issues
No Gluten-free options available
Homewood Hotel & Spa
The Homewood Hotel is one of my favorite places, offering an incredible blend of Bath City and Freshford Village charm. During my stay, I loved the splendid view of the Avon Valley from this luxurious Georgian-era country home.
While visiting, I explored enchanting nature walks and admired the verdant hedgerows that surround the hotel. The experience was like stepping into a visual feast of art and culture, with beautiful artworks scattered throughout the well-manicured gardens.
While staying at this opulent oasis, I enjoyed the upscale amenities in the 21 bedrooms of the main house, featuring unique artwork, luxurious bathroom toiletries, handy accessories, and statement art pieces.
One highlight of my visit was the Dining Domes, the in-house terrace restaurant, which became a culinary delight. I tried hearty platters of Bathonian classics with a rich Mediterranean twist, making it a memorable dining experience.
On-site terrace restaurant (Dining Domes)
Heated outdoor pool
Superb daily breakfast
The spa facility is small
Best Hotels in Bath Compared
The following table rates the Top 15 Cool and Unique Hotels in Bath for a detailed comparison.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Abbey Hotel Bath||North Parade||$162-$203||No||0.1||262|
|Harington’s Hotel||Queen St||$158-$193||No||0.3||281|
|Hotel Indigo||South Parade||$184-$750||Yes||0.2||217|
|Henrietta House||Henrietta Street||$188-$285||No||0.4||218|
|The Yard in Bath Hotel||Monmouth Place||$177-$200||No||0.4||169|
|No 15 by GuestHouse||Great Pulteney Street||$199-$396||Yes||0.4||133|
|Bathen House Boutique Hotel||Newbridge Hill||$343-$592||No||2||29|
|Hiding Space||Trim Street||$234-$291||No||0.2||291|
|The Queensberry Hotel||Russel Street||$219-$432||No||0.3||106|
|The Roseate Villa Bath||Henrietta Street||$230-$370||No||0.5||145|
|The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa||Royal Crescent||$465-$1856||Yes||0.1||22|
|Francis Hotel Bath||Queen Square||$179-$337||No||0.3||273|
|SACO Bath – St James Parade||James's Parade||--||No||0.2||230|
|Lansdown Grove Hotel||Lansdown Grove||$133-$198||No||0.4||20|
|Homewood Hotel & Spa||Abbey Lane||$281-$723||Yes||4.3||1|
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