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A Stay At The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath, England

The 5-star Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa is situated in arguably the best location in Bath, the centre of the Grade I listed Georgian terrace overlooking Royal Victoria Park.

Many say to fully appreciate travel you have to immerse yourself in the local culture, so we got ready to indulge in some 5-star luxury, general weekend laziness and yes, cocktails. We like to suffer for our art.

Arrival & Check-In

The Royal Crescent is not that busy so there is no issue with pulling up and leaving your car on the road while the doorman collects your bags, they will also valet park your car at no charge. This is a nice touch and not that common in the UK, even in 5-star hotels.

The Entrance

Welcome to the Royal Crescent Hotel

Prior to visiting we were asked our arrival time, which was 11:30. When we actually arrived we knew the room wasn’t going to be ready but we wanted to see the City of Bath first. They did give us complimentary coffee and homemade biscuits and informed that we would receive a  text as soon as the room became available.

However, the room was not ready until 3.30pm despite the official check-in time being 3.00pm. This was our only minor complaint during our stay and I think the previous occupants were very late checking out. We are sure they were in the Spa all afternoon as when we visited the pool we noticed our room number further up the sign-in sheet!

The Drawing Room

The Drawing room

We were personally shown to our room by a member of the check-in staff and all the features of the room were explained. We were also offered some more fresh coffee or tea. Once settled, the check-in process was conducted in the room and not at the public front desk.

There was also a personalised name plate on the room door which was a nice touch.

The Study

The study at the Royal Crescent Hotel

The hotel had a beautiful private garden but being England in July we did not get the chance to fully enjoy it. We weren’t lucky enough to have the one day of sun instead we had the usual UK summer weather – grey skies and rain.

Royal Crescent Gardens

The Royal Crescent rooms overlooking the gardens

The Gardens

The hotel’s gardens


The Georgian building is 250 years old

Our Rooms

Our room was on the top floor, today the top floor is associated with the penthouse and the most expensive rooms but in Georgian times, these were for the staff. Therefore these are the most reasonably priced smaller rooms. They are still excellent rooms with a sofa area, desk, quality fixtures and a definite attention to detail.

The RCH Bedrooms

The Royal Crescent Hotel bedrooms

The Bar & Restaurant

As we had dinner booked in Bath we didn’t get the chance to try the hotel’s ‘Dower House’ restaurant. A bit of a shame as we did have a look and a pre-dinner drink in the bar. The restaurant menu and setting looked refined without being pretentious. We had a couple of ‘Twinkle’ cocktails in the Montagu Bar which also has all day dining available.

The drinks and service were excellent and we did return after our dinner for a cheeky nightcap.

Although we didn’t have dinner in the restaurant we did have the breakfast which had a fresh continental buffet service. English breakfast, kippers, waffles and eggs were all cooked to order .

Montagu Bar

Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge

We really enjoyed our all too brief stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel, we could have easily stayed longer. The service was professional without being stuffy and the subtle English styling was perfect for the location.

We would love to return soon, maybe in the Autumn – fingers crossed!

Have you recently stayed in an outstanding hotel (luxury or value), let us know below.


The Royal Crescent Hotel And Spa, Bath

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  • Marion Halliday (Red Nomad OZ)
    August 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

    SO appreciate how you suffered to bring us this story, haha! I visited Bath for the first time last year, and would have loved to stay – especially in 5 star luxury – instead of catching the train from Warminster for a couple of visits!! Interesting how the servants were shunted to the top of the house back in Georgian times, but these days it’s the most sought after (and expensive) part of the property! I bet the servants didn’t appreciate it at the time, though!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Yes, sometimes you have to suffer to get the big story and embed yourself in the field. We had to try at least two different cocktails!!

  • Natasha Amar
    August 12, 2017 at 9:55 am

    What a classic and luxurious hotel, I can’t remember the last time I stayed at a place that looked like this!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 12, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      The problem with staying in a hotel like this is that it’s hard to go back to a budget hotel, down to earth with a bump.

  • Lucy
    August 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    This hotel looks beautiful, shame about the weather! Pleased to hear the service was good there, I might have to go and stay in the future!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Although the weather wasn’t too good (typical English summer) it’s not a bad place in which to shelter from the rain.

  • Eoin Dolly
    August 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I’ve never had the pleasure of staying in a 5-star hotel. I am still most definitely on the backpacking side of things, but it is something I will definitely do in the future. This place looked quite nice. Pity about the weather though, being form Ireland I understand.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Yes, it is a bit nicer than most hostels and backpackers accommodation but staying here does bring its own problems – which cocktail to choose can be a nightmare!

  • Karla
    August 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Wow, this definitely feels like Royalty. I have been to several 5 star hotels and It’s just good for staycation with a loved one. I would really like to try this out.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 16, 2017 at 10:12 am

      The service was really good, highly recommended.

  • Katherine
    August 13, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Bath is so beautiful, I’d love to stay on the Royal Cresent one day. The hotel looks luxurious! Thanks for sharing.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Yes, Bath is one of our favourite cities, we love it.

  • Fiona Maclean
    August 13, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I love Bath – I used to live in Wiltshire and I’d go there quite regularly for ‘shopping’. The Royal Crescent Hotel looks stunning too – and the advantage of the top floor rooms must have been the view and the peace and quiet?

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 16, 2017 at 10:17 am

      The hotel was really quiet and peaceful. We did have quite a good view but there the Georgian balustrade around the top of the building and passing part of the window.

  • Megan Jerrard
    August 15, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Holy wow, you even had a drawing room! What a stunning property, I’ve visted Bath on a day trip from London and it was one of my favorite parts of the UK – when I left I committed to myself that I would head back and spend a couple of nights, so I’ll definitely check into the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa. The building has so much Georgian authenticity – I’m glad they’ve kept the heritage alive 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 16, 2017 at 10:19 am

      The building is Grade I listed so there are strict rules regarding what can be altered. However, it doesn’t feel old fashioned just elegant.

  • Mansoureh
    August 15, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    valet car park in the UK without charge!!! interesting! I have been to Bath just once for a Xmas Market, I promised myself to go back and still haven’t done it. Maybe I should consider staying in this hotel. It annoys me when the check in is late but to be honest it was not too late, just 30 mins.

  • Trisha Velarmino
    August 16, 2017 at 7:59 am

    It looks so fancy! Perfect for those who want to experience being a royalty for a few days! I guess your visit in Autumn *fingers crossed* will give a different vibe of the place. Hopefully, no more gray skies and rain by that time!