The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath
Reviews - The Royal Crescent Hotel
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Not a five star experiencefrom mpatc
We had booked a dinner for the first night. The restaurant is in the dower house, so no further weather risks. After taking our order in the bar/ante room we were invited into the dining room within a reasonable time as “ the kitchen was now ready for us”. A selection of excellent breads was quickly produced as was some mineral water which had been ordered. After quite a long delay a pleasant amuse gueule was brought to the table. After another considerable delay our starters and our wine arrived. The cooking in general, with the exception of a braised cheek of beef and medallions of fillet combination, never managed to exceed the sum of its parts and in the case of my wife’s john dory it is strongly suspected that a heating lamp was responsible for the overdoing of part of the dish. The sommelier topped up our wine glasses removing the bottle from the table after each visit. (Why? ) Close to the end of our main course, our glasses empty for some time, I asked the waiter, a most pleasant person, if the wine had all gone. He returned with about half a bottle poured me a glass and brought the remaining wine back to base. At this stage my wife did not want any more (wine). A few seconds later the sommelier arrived apologising profusely and offered a complimentary glass of port which was accepted. (It provided a most pleasant accompaniment to the cheese board after the last of the wine had been quaffed.)
We retired to bed. After a few minutes we were surprised by a groaning flatulent sound. The noise repeated a few times throughout the night and increased dramatically in frequency as morning broke. (We later discovered that it was the self closing mechanism on the main door to the dower house.)
The breakfasts were good but on the second morning we experienced a wait of about ten minutes before we got a table. In the hotel’s defence it was at 9.30 on a Saturday when everyone turns up that bit later.
The staff were all very friendly, the stay was quite enjoyable and Bath was a star even if the hotel had too many.
More than a little frayed round the edges!from A TripAdvisor Member
First the plusses. The location is fabulous and the Crescent itself is awesome. Bed was comfy and towels fluffy, good shower. Room service pleasant.
Minuses.Our room was across the garden up a seedy staircase. I think they have staff rooms or offices here. The room itself was a fine size but the decor was a little sad..perhaps last done in the eighties. The bathroom was particularly depressing with poor lighting and horrid orange striped tiles with a floral border. I accept that they still want to keep the English country house look but there is no denying this room needs a refurb and quickly. My daughter wouldn't even sit on the sofa..it was dated and stained.
We had one breakfast in the hotel which was very so- so. The other day we had breakfast in the Pump Rooms in Bath which was lovely, with live classical music and all for a fraction of the cost. Definately a better option and just a few minutes stroll down the hill. We also had champagne tea in the Pump Rooms. Fab.
The Spa was ok but not huge. Have seen much better.
I can also recommend the Moon& Sixpence restaurant in Broad Street, but book ahead.
Overall I'm glad we stayed for convenience and safety, but I would not rate this hotel as highly as others and am very glad we did not pay a higher rate.A shame really. It could be amazing with money invested in it.
Marvellous location, lovely place, some things not goodfrom WearyTravellor
Relaxing luxury but a bit expensivefrom A TripAdvisor Member
My first impression wasn't good - we were left waiting in the lobby for ten minutes as no-one was about and unsure where the reception desk was. But as soon as they realised we hadn't been seen to - three people pounced and helped us with our car/bags and and sat us down in the lounge.
Our room was lovely and luxurious but the bathroom was tiny for what I was expecting!! Bit of a disappointment - though I suppose you don't spend much time in there. The bed was huge and one of the best I have slept in!
We had dinner at the hotel restaurant and food was really delicious - service was very good, atmosphere was relaxed.
I have to give the concierge the top award. We wanted to go on a balloon flight and both day and evening concierges were extremely helpful calling around all the companies and calling us on our mobiles while we were out sightseeing for updates - unfortunately the weather wasn't right - and the one company who would take us quoted an extortionate amount - the concierge telling us that he didn't reccommend us to go for that price.
Overall a great place to stay.
Pleasant but overpricedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic hotelfrom wirral_carl
Wonderful experience and excellent service!from A TripAdvisor Member
On arrival to the hotel the discrete entrance hides the retreat that lies behind the facade. The welcome we received was warm, friendly yet highly professional - what you would expect from a true 5 star hotel.
Travelling around Europe with my job I tend to spend many nights in 4/5 star accommodation, so I am happy to say that unlike so many other hotels of this rating the hotel had a wonderful boutique and intimate feel to it. The service was personal, the hotel was beautifully decorated and in keeping with the period of the building and the Spa was a total haven - the treatments were excellent, highly recommended!
I would recommend the Royal Crescent without question, after spending only a weekend there I felt rejuvinated and relaxed and will definitely be going back in the future.
Not Worth It!from A TripAdvisor Member
As we had travelled from overseas, we decided to dismiss the problems for now and to enjoy ourselves. We swam in the spa hot pool - fantastic!!! Had treatments (mine was a Bath Spa Massage and it was out of this world), and later walked along the Bath Crescent for some fresh air.
We dined in the Pimperknicles restauarnt, which we found to be disappointing. We were a few minutes late for our table and were 'told off' by a senior staff member. This was not acceptable and we had to remind this man we telephoned the restaurant to let them know. The decoration was old and worn, the corner seating was uncomfortable, the plates were chipped and the food was over priced (£50ph). The whole stay was worthless! The reception staff were apologetic and as they were unable to contact the manager they promised us a letter or phone call - nothing received to this day. This hotel has left a bad sour in our mouths for Bath in general which is a great shame...
Overrated; little value for moneyfrom LondonHolidayHunter
We stayed at the Sullivan suite and the bed mattress was the softest I've ever seen - it was so gooey you could barely sit on it. The housekeeping service was lacking. They have one English person on the waitstaff (she proudly told us she's the only one) - the rest are from Central Europe and Spain, which is fine, but when you have to repeat 3 times "House vodka, tonic, easy on the ice" and have to explain what "easy on the ice" means to 3 different people, it gets damn annoying in a place like that.
The spa building is gorgeous, the pool is superb but the spa treatments very disappointing... I thought the masseuse was a trainee and couldn't get to give me a deeper tissue massage. The facial was ok, although it should be called "face massage". They don't do steam or extraction there, just a lot of caressing with nice oils. A soak in the beautiful pool is a must though!! Extremely relaxing on a cold winter evening, although you have to dress warmly for the walk back to the main building.
The food was nice, but they only have 1 restaurant with 1 menu (the bar and the spa use the same menu), so after you've had a lunch and dinner there it gets really boring. We stayed there for 4 days with a little baby and didn't want to move much and got seriously bored with the food. Having said that, the seafood tortellini are to die for! Maybe they in themselves are worth the trip! My husband and I raved and raved about them to the waitress with the request to repeat the compliments to the chef. I guess an American guy on the table next to us must have heard us and ordered them but he completely outdid us on inspired and eloquent raving about them as well. I hope the Slovak waitress managed to convey to the chef the emotions. The porridge for breakfast is also world class!
To summarise: don't bother with spa treatments; do try the pool; the rooms are uninspiring, I'm sure one can find similar in Bath at a better price; if you don't like soft mattresses make sure you tell them; if you have a soft spot for the seafood tortellini or porridge, this is your place!
Honeymoon memoriesfrom TropT
We were lucky enough to spend 3 weeks at the hotel, and were married just down the road at the Register Office.
I cannot say too many good things about the hotel, from the kindness of the staff, to the delight and beauty of the Beckford suite that we occupied, with its view over the Crescent and the town. Just lovely.
Everything was perfect, including the help that was given to us on our wedding day. We entertained many of the staff to a little 'do' in our suite after our marriage and hope that that day is at least partly as memorable to them as it is to us. In all our travels around the United States in the past few years we have found no hotels to match it.
We both long to go back - and am sure that we will one of these fine days.
Top Local Tips for Bath
It's so small you can walk everywhere Don't bother with taxis. Bath is so small that walking from the station to even the most northerly hotel (Royal Crescent) takes no longer than 20-25 minutes.
Open top bus Def do the open top bus tour, great way to see what Bath has to offer
Loch Fyne Even though this is a chain restaurant, we had a very good meal there and it is apparently always busy.
Other names for The Royal Crescent Hotel
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- Address: 16 Royal Crescent - Bath - England - BA1 2LS - United Kingdom
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