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.
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!
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 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.
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 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 .
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!
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