The Royal Crescent at Bath is an architectural masterpiece by anyone’s standards. The Royal Crescent Hotel at its heart has to be the finest location of all Bath hotels with its beautiful 'secret' one acre of grounds and gardens, the truly fabulous spa, the renowned restaurant and the luxuriously wonderful accommodation, as well as the superb service and attention to detail.
Begun in 1767 by John Wood the Younger, the crescent took eight years to complete and included some of the grandest houses in Bath. John Wood was utterly determined that his masterpiece should present a prospect of total uniformity and understated gracefulness. His sweeping vision and scrupulous attention to every detail has created a great elliptical curve almost fifty feet high and five hundred feet long that comprises thirty houses of grand proportions.
Such harmony, restraint and elegance, plus the gently sloping sweep of grass that stretches before it, always has the same effect; whether you are seeing the crescent for the very first time, or for the hundredth, it is a sight that never fails to draw a gasp of amazement.
When the famous literary hostess, Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, came to live at No.16 in 1780, she declared that, “The beautiful situation of the crescent cannot be understood by any comparison with anything in any town whatsoever.”
Over two centuries later it is hard to see how any sensible observer could reasonably challenge this bold claim. Indeed a stay in this elegant hotel is a rare privilege. However, this iconic hotel is far more than a remarkable collection of buildings and beautiful gardens. It offers the opportunity to experience a style of gracious living from the age when bath was the very centre of the civilised world.
The forty five luxury bedrooms; include sixteen classic double rooms, fifteen deluxe double rooms, seven, classic suites, four deluxe suites and three master suites. The bedrooms are arranged throughout the five elegant buildings that have been combined to create this remarkable hotel. Every room has its own unique character, but each has certain items in common. All the rooms have luxuriously appointed en suite bathrooms and are graced with fresh flowers. The majority of the rooms enjoy lovely views over the surrounding gardens, lawns and parkland.
The suites are all named after historic people who were either directly connected to the Royal Crescent or Bath in its spectacular heyday – Ralph Allen, William Beckford, The Duke of York, Sir Percy Blakeney, Jane Austen and Sir Thomas Gainsborough, to name a few.
Each of the bedrooms and suites truly recreates the ambience and indulgence of Bath in its Georgian heyday, but with all the latest creature comforts that the discerning twenty first century guest could wish for. These include complimentary leisure and business magazines, books, TV and DVD player as well as products from the Aquae Sulis range. Larger rooms and suites also have facilities to provide for man (and woman’s) best friend with dog baskets and bowls. Special facilities for younger members of the family include cots, extra beds and toy boxes.
Facilities at the hotel include; award-winning dining, the unique Bath House Spa, the Lady Sophina, a beautiful vintage Thames river launch for private charter. The hotel is proud of its special events team, the members of which can help plan any occasion including weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and naming ceremonies that are truly unique and memorable.
Gourmet dining is a key feature of a stay at The Royal Crescent. The Dower House overlooks the leafy and secluded gardens, one of Bath’s best kept secrets. In the summer months, the sunny terrace and manicured lawns make the perfect setting for idyllic al fresco dining. In fact, there is nowhere else in Bath more pleasurable for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or a quiet drink in the evening than the hotel’s stunning gardens. Children’s menus are provided and scrumptious picnics can be provided for guests wanting to explore Bath and the surrounding countryside. Rooms such as The Library and The Pavilion Conservatory are available for private dining and special occasions. These rooms can also be used for business gatherings and corporate events.
For hosts who would like their guests to feel extra special, there are a number of options to explore; either reserving the hotel for Exclusive use or retaining one it its individual houses for private use. The Montague room in the Dower House is equipped with air conditioning, while the Garden Villa and The Pavilion also provide a perfect private retreat that is secluded from the rest of the hotel.
The Bath House Spa embraces both Ancient and Modern day spa culture. Set within the beautiful Georgian buildings of the hotel this little known gem in the heart of the city is truly a secret to be shared. With an extensive range of therapies using world renowned product ranges, therapists are able to soothe mind, body and spirit. The Spa opens onto the beautiful gardens. Guests can enjoy the wonderful relaxation pool heated to 35 degrees centigrade, cool and tepid plunge tubs, sauna and steam Karahafus, as well as the fully equipped gymnasium. Treatments range from soothing massages to full aromatherapy facials, and from fruit enzyme wraps to holistic foot and nail treatments.
Whatever the reason for your stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel you will leave feeling relaxed and special. Thoughts of how soon you might return will be a priority.
Events within 30 miles from Royal Crescent Hotel
Europe’s largest annual Hot Air Balloon event is taking place on the 8th - 11th August in Bristol. Attracting over 500,000 visitors, this incredible event is completely free to attend and offers… More
This grand celebration of reading attracts literature lovers of all ages and the literary line-up includes 600 speakers and esteemed writers who entertain the masses with their lectures and workshops. … More
"The Royal Crescent was a magical way to spend a few days in one of my favourite cities. Bath is beautiful and the hotel is a wonderful example of the local architecture." - Mrs Hindle, Oxon
"A wonderfully gracious hotel, in a gracious city. The staff could not have been more polite and considerate of me and my sister. We were at the hotel to celebrate her recent seventieth birthday. We have stayed, in numerous, top hotels but none as excellent as this. The Royal Crescent is now our favourite." - Ms Watkins, York
“A beautiful hotel in a beautiful city”. – N Redmond – Warrington.
“I cannot speak highly enough about this hotel. I have stayed in many hotels but I would rate this as one of the best. The room was beautifully decorated, spacious and clean. The service was first class, very friendly and made us feel extremely welcome.” Mr Greer - Jersey
“Hotel is in a great location. Beautiful city, beautiful hotel and friendly staff. What more could you want?” - S. Piers, Cornwall