Bath’s Royal Crescent Hotel

The 18th-century, five-star hotel–which spans two of 30 Grade 1 listed buildings in the unmistakable architectural half-moon–is the ideal base from which to explore the World Heritage city.

Arguably the finest example of Georgian architecture in the UK, Bath’s Royal Crescent is a national gem. The iconic curve, meticulous uniformity, and towering columns proudly watch over the Somerset city. Constructed in the mid-18th century, the pair of grade 1 listed buildings housing the Royal Crescent Hotel are two of thirty in the row, each of which tells its own fascinating story.

The hotel was founded in the 1970s. In 2014, local interior designer Jane Clayton refreshed its period credentials and upgraded all facilities. The atmosphere harbours no pretentiousness, despite the grand setting, and the friendly staff pulls out all the stops to make sure guests have everything they need.

The luxury hotel’s 18th-century heritage is striking, stunning neo-classic architecture, lovingly designed suites, and unparalleled service. It sets the benchmark for five stars in the hospitality industry.


It is hard to imagine a better spot in Bath. The Royal Crescent overlooks the entire city from an elevated position, so guests view several landmarks from the comfort of their room. The crescent itself is residential and quiet, with a real added bonus: no passing traffic. What is more, it is possible to stroll into the centre–through Royal Victoria Park–in just 10 minutes.


One of the hotel’s trump cards is its brilliant Spa and Bath House. The city is famous for its natural thermal waters so the standard for both traditional and state-of-the-art spa facilities is high, but the Royal Crescent’s offering certainly matches, if not beats, the competition. The welcoming communal area is decked out with a 12-metre indoor pool, sauna, and steam room for ultimate relaxation.

There is an acre of pristine garden hidden away behind the hotel where guests can sip anapéritif or digestif, or both. The concierge service is also second to none.


All rooms are spacious, airy, and beautifully designed with period features and charming touches. The Royal Crescent Suite is the piècee résistance; it is huge, has a separate lounge and drawing-room, and oozes luxury. All rooms are decked out with A/C, televisions, and generous bathrooms, as you might expect.

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