The Bath Priory Hotel & Restaurant

, Bath, United Kingdom
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The Bath Priory Hotel & Restaurant

4 star

Rooms: 36

Weston Road - Bath - England - BA1 2XT - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01225331922
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Wonderful stay

from Anne050
This is a lovely hotel with absolutely beautiful gardens and yet just a 15 -20 minute walk into Bath. One of the highlights would have to be the fantastic food. We've eaten at quite a number of Michelin starred restaurants and this has to be one of the best. We also spotted Penelope Keith dining there on the first night.

As we were staying for 3 nights and the menu changes just slightly each day, on our 2nd night they presented us with an alternative menu for our 3rd night. This was very thoughtful and we really appreciated it. It might not suit everyone as you need to order in advance so they can order in the ingredients that are not part of the main menu but it worked very well for us.

We had a lovely Premier Deluxe room on the second floor (Heather) with a great view of the gardens, although it should have been lovely at the price we paid! We noticed fans in the corridor and in our room which made us think that in hot weather it must get rather too warm when the hot air rises up from the ground floor, through the first floor and then to the top floor.
My mother came with us and had an equally good room (Lilac)with a generous discount for single person occupancy which was very welcome.

Most of the rooms are on the first floor and you can go onto the hotel's website to see floorplans and look at photos of many of the rooms so you can request a particular room by name. This is a really helpful service if, like me, you're fussy about the decor and general ambience of your room.

We stayed at Lucknam Park recently too and would rate their beautiful public rooms a little more highly than the Bath Priory but preferred the Bath Priory's bedrooms.

The manager was very helpful when we were planning a day in Bath and recommended a route through the nearby park, taking in the Royal Crescent and a quirky little shop called Hansel und Gretel where you can have strudel and coffee in their tiny cafe.

A lovely memory - We shall return.

from AlfamaleHampshire
We plan a 'special weekend' every November around the time of my partners birthday. We have stayed at a number of top flight establishments - right up to Raymond Blanc's Manoir aux Quatre Saison. The Bath Priory is up there with the best, From the moment of arrival you are made to feel individual and treated with great warmth. The general ambience is of a slightly under-stated club, the true value of which is known only to those who have experienced it's charm and quality.
We arrived for Sunday lunch. The lunch was excellent, well cooked and presented with compatible ingredients (not always the case with some of the more extreme chef offerings in top level kitchens!) Also impressive was the advice of the Somelier, not steering automatically towards the more expensive bins, but offering solid recommendations to accompany our meal. For cheese freaks, the cheese trolley was THE best I have ever come across, anywhere.
The suite we had booked was every bit as good as described. Spotlessly clean and well supplied with good quality towels, robes, hospitality tray etc. A nice touch - during the course of the afternoon/evening a member of the hotel staff had realised we were on a celebration and we returned to our room later to find candles in the bathroom!
We were unable to return last November but have every intention of returning this year.
Highly recommended and good value for the level of luxury and detailed attention provided.

Simply wonderful!

from OhmMelody
I had the great good fortune to be given a stay at The Bath Priory as a birthday gift from my children. What a treat it turned out to be! We were spoiled from the moment we arrived to the point of departure; it seemed like nothing was too much trouble for any member of the staff.

The place itself is gorgeous: a beautiful old building that has been sensitively restored and very sumptuously decorated. Our room was lovely and large, with a 6 foot four-poster bed, supremely comfy! The separate dressing room and bathroom allowed for a very spacious feeling; much appreciated as we were staying for 3 nights.

The public areas are also very relaxing, with plenty of over-stuffed couches, fresh flowers and warm fires. The food was amazing, each course was a work of art in itself. As vegetarians, we appreciated a separate menu, and while we were a little concerned that the portions were going to be small (they were), somehow, we ended up thoroughly full and satisfied!

We started off with yummy nibbles with our pre dinner drink and between that and an unexpected "amuse bouche" and the wonderful selection of home baked breads, we were completely satisfied. Mind you, it is very rich food, so I don't think you would want to eat there every night, as it might just be too much.

I could go on and on about all the little touches and the things we enjoyed there, but suffice it to say, it was a fantastic experience. I shudder to think how much my kids paid, but it was most thoroughly enoyed.

If you can afford the rates, let me assure you it is top class. Over the years, I have stayed at some very expensive hotels, some good and some quite frankly overpriced. The Bath Priory is expensive, but it really delivers on every level.

5 Star Bliss and Relaxation!

from Karen7
I just got back from a wonderful weekend at the Bath Priory. It is truly blissful there. Attentive and efficient service and staff who remember you and go the extra mile to make your stay perfect.

We stayed on a discount winter break but were upgraded free to a deluxe room overlooking the magnificent gardens. We read newspapers over coffee in the ornate lounges and swam in the quiet indoor pool and just chilled out after Christmas shopping in Bath! Wonderful, thank you to all there. We shall return!

Lovely hotel but word of warning

from Roaming_far
This is a beautiful hotel in a great location. The SPA is on the small side for a hotel of this standard, but my wife and I both found the treatments to be extremely good.

However, a word of warning. Don't let them put you in the Briar room. It's a beautiful room and when we saw it we thought it was an upgrade on what we booked. BUT, it's right above the kitchens. The noise starts around 7am and doesn't stop until midnight, so getting to sleep before then was not an option. The hotel were very gracious in not charging us for the night, but it was clear that they knew this room suffered from noise and they put us in there anyway. Presumably they just hoped we wouldn't complain.

So overall an excellent hotel, but make sure your room is at the end of the hotel away from the kitchens.

Very high class!

from TracyJerram
I won a fully inclusive weekend at this luxury hotel at a Somerfield Ball way back in 1996. My friend drove her Metro and we laughed while parking it next to a Lamborghini. We had such a great time. We had a fantastic room, the staff were friendly if not a little put out that my friend and I were on a freebee. The restaurant waiter was a real chatterbox. We ate such beautiful food. However at the time the cheapest bottle of wine on the menu was roughly £45 (we had to pay for drinks). It was January when we stayed and the hotel was not very busy. I think I would be disappointed if I had paid a lot of money to stay and the hotel was full as it's not a very big building. The grounds are lovely and the leisure centre wonderful

Real class!

from Mattfx
A last minute night away without the kids. Great location, just 10 minute walk or so from central Bath itself. Lovely entrance and a genuine welcome from the staff. Bags wisked up to our room, and a tour of the hotel by the staff member who checked us in. Used the spa, which was very nice, although not that big. Enjoyed afternoon tea, and a bottle of champers pre-dinner, before dining in the hotel resturaunt. They have a michelin star, and we were very impressed with the food, and the wine list. Like all country house style hotels, they are occasionally slightly worn around the edges, although our room (premium supirior or something) was immaculate. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay and would return again in a heartbeat. Be aware though that for the 20 hours or so we were there we came away with a bill for over £500.00 - so be prepared!

What a treat...

from hellsheaven
This hotel really is something special. The staff are friendly and efficient. The hotel is beautifully decorated and within easy walking distance of the centre of Bath. Admitedly when my boyfriend and I arrived, there had been some confusion with the booking. We had booked via their online website and somehow the booking had gone missing. But, that wasn't to be a problem and they even upgraded us to one of the dulux rooms as compensation. I had one of the most perfect, relaxing and enjoyable weekends in a long time. I would also recommend the hour long relax massage - well worth the money. I will be back!

Superb, child friendly Hotel

from sdh1412
Enjoyed a fantastic stay with our two children (2 yrs and 4 yrs). Staff went out of their way to talk to and involve the children at all times. A nice box of toys was provided in the room and children are catered for with a special 'high tea'. Swimming facilities inside and out were enjoyed by all, particularly the pleasently warm outdoor pool. Food was excellent particularly the lavish breakfast. The location of the Hotel is ideal for children in that it is a short walk away from the City centre. The walk takes you through Victoria Park which has a wonderful, large, childrens play area. Town centre is 15 - 20 mins walk. Victoria Park is 5 minutes from the Hotel entrance. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable stay and one I would certainly recommend with or without children.

Horrible stay!

from ontheroadsurlaroute
The place is beautiful, but what a disappointment ! We stayed there with our two children... and apparently families are not welcome! First we were told to leave the swimming pool because an old lady wanted to swim there and didn't want to be bothered by our children, then once the children were in bed, we were told that we couldn't have eat at the restaurant because we were wearing jeans (they could have told us that there was a dress code when we booked and they asked us to make reservations for diner), we couldn't sleep because our bedroom was above the kitchen and there was horrendous noise all evening... and to top it off, service was horrible, employees treated us like we were less than zero, I mean, it is a 300 pound a night hotel, you would expect better... plus the breakfast was lousy...
Aside from the beautiful surroundings, service was terrible! If you like to wear jeans on the weekend, and if you have children (even if they are very well behaved), stay away from this hotel, it was one of our worst experiences ever! We've stayed at much higher end places and we've never been treated like this!

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