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, the iconic Royal Crescent 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.