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City of Bath any been thermal baths spa where to stay ???

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grove1234 Fri 31-Jan-20 15:36:32

Planing to go in the next week or so has anyone experience to give

NotSpaghetti Sat 01-Feb-20 06:53:45

My son and partner stayed there about six months ago and had the most fabulous time. Lots of relaxing!
No advice but hope you enjoy yourselves.

Beechnut Sat 01-Feb-20 07:07:37

I’ve been to Thermae Bath Spa and enjoyed it very much.

Purpledaffodil Sat 01-Feb-20 07:48:50

Lovely city. We usually stay at the Hilton. Looks very ugly outside, but fine inside and a view of Poultney Bridge from the dining room. Very central, next door to a car park too. Ugly but convenient. Recommend the Big Bus tour, good to get your bearings and the second day driving in hills outside Bath is interesting too. I tried the spa but as I went on my own, DH not a spa man☹️, I found it a bit underwhelming. The view from the pool on the roof is amazing though and well worth going for that alone. Enjoy!

TerriBull Sat 01-Feb-20 07:55:16

Bath is a lovely city, I haven't been to thermal baths, but the Roman ones are worth a visit. We were there back in the Autumn stayed at Bath Spa Hotel, very nice. There are lots of good hotels in Bath, it's much visited by tourists, almost as popular as London I believe.

Have a great time there.

LullyDully Sat 01-Feb-20 08:00:24

Look out for the angels climbing up the ladders on Bath Abbey.

M0nica Sat 01-Feb-20 08:02:05

Love the Fashion Museum.

Farmor15 Sat 01-Feb-20 08:13:46

Stayed in Travelodge, (Waterside), and found it very good. Nice location by canal and reasonably priced.

grove1234 Sat 01-Feb-20 09:42:28

Thank you all. I,m going thru the spa options and checking hotels .

JessK Sat 01-Feb-20 09:45:58

I just loved the spa. If you can use the swimming pool on the roof. The view over Bath is terrific.
If you want treatments make sure you book before you go as it's very popular.

Greyduster Sat 01-Feb-20 09:50:25

We went to Bath some years ago on the way back from Cornwall. The Roman Baths are impressive; but you shouldn’t miss the Assembly Rooms; wonderful.

lemongrove Sat 01-Feb-20 10:05:00

I went to Bath last year for three days with a small group of other Gransnetters? we had a great time.Stayed in a very central hotel near the theatre, and did the bus tour, visited the fashion museum and the assembly rooms ( which has a nice cafe.)We also pottered around all the many lovely shops and did lots of eatings and drinkings?
Never got to the actual ‘baths’ though.It really is a beautiful

Nannarose Sat 01-Feb-20 11:53:53

I absolutely love the spa, and bathing in the water on the rooftop (including in the rain) is one of my top experiences.
Staying in the City is expensive, so I think you need to decide if it is worthwhile for you.
As I like the thermal pool, but don't want any 'treatments' I wouldn't pay to stay at the Spa Hotel.
We found the Travelodge very good - you do have to pay for parking in addition to the hotel, but it is still much cheaper than almost anywhere else, and easy walking to excellent restaurants for dinner and breakfast.

Suki70 Sat 01-Feb-20 20:58:59

We love Bath and have been going there for many years as DD and family live quite near. In recent years we've stayed at Duke's Hotel and The Francis, both quite expensive but they often have offers. Family members have been to the thermal baths and loved the experience. They also say there are good Air b&bs .

grove1234 Mon 03-Feb-20 10:21:41

Thank you all .Lots to plan for will report back .

Sparklefizz Mon 03-Feb-20 13:37:13

I went to Bath last year for three days with a small group of other Gransnetters? we had a great time.

I wish I'd known. I live a 15 minute drive from Bath. It's my local go-to place.

BabyLayla Mon 03-Feb-20 13:54:48

Bath is beautiful, we stayed in a hotel opposite the station, I can’t remember the name ( found it on Trip Advisor) it’s very old and was designed by Brunel it creaked beautifuly and the staff and breakfast were all very good. I much prefer older buildings with history but each to their own, we were on a deal which included afternoon tea on arrival. Also there are free city walks available which were really interesting. Again I found out about them via Trip Advisor seem to remember meeting place was outside The Pump House.
The Roman Baths were well worth visiting and we enjoyed thermea spa, it was just before Christmas and to see the skyline from the rooftop pool was a delight. We were an overweight white couple surrounded by Japanese tourists ?

Ellianne Mon 03-Feb-20 14:30:21

If you like a spa type hotel we stay at The Combe Grove Manor Hotel. The pool is lovely and there are several areas to unwind and relax after a day in Bath. We get a taxi into town, the hotel is 3 miles out on a hill with nice views and gardens to walk round. Make sure you ask for a room in the manor building, the ones in the annexe are not as nice in terms of character and luxury. The food is good too.
Have a lovely time.

TerriBull Tue 04-Feb-20 11:01:50

I'll second your recommendation Elliane, have also stayed at the Combe Grove Manor, and it is every bit as you describe, particularly the wonderful views, we were there one hot summer and sitting around the outside pool it almost felt like Tuscany. Just a tad too far out of town to walk and as many of us know, parking in Bath is problematic, so taxi is the best option from there.

PernillaVanilla Tue 04-Feb-20 11:06:00

Bath Priory is the most wonderful hotel if you are minted.
If less minted have dinner there and stay at Henrietta House which is a very up market B&B, lovely furniture and ambience and the best breakfast I have ever had. If it is an economy excursion the new Travel Lodge at Westgate Buildings is fine.

JenniferEccles Wed 05-Feb-20 10:48:59

Bath is wonderful!
It is just about possible for us to go for the day, distance wise but we have stayed in hotels there in the past for a longer visit.

There are a couple of nice National Trust properties nearby.

In Bath itself, one thing I would strongly recommend is to treat yourselves to lunch in the Pump Rooms right by the old baths.

It a wonderful experience, very good food and service, and a wonderfully old fashioned atmosphere.

Not the cheapest place to eat of course but well worth it.

Sparklefizz Sat 08-Feb-20 16:28:29

And The Pump Rooms often have someone playing the piano on the stage there. But be prepared that at peak times there will be a queue out of the door (best to book ahead) ..... and also long queues and huge school groups for the Roman Baths.

Sparklefizz Sat 08-Feb-20 16:29:52

and as many of us know, parking in Bath is problematic, so taxi is the best option from there

There are 3 excellent Park and Rides outside Bath which are well used.

Sparklefizz Sat 08-Feb-20 16:31:04

The Combe Grove Manor Hotel is lovely, and on a clear day you can see one of the white horses carved into the chalk at Westbury.

grove1234 Tue 11-Feb-20 11:07:35

Thank you all for the excellent infomation Unfortunately the trip is postponed ,will do it though .