An unrivalled location, private thermal baths and a Michelin starred Head Chef – once you've done Bath The Gainsborough way, you won't want to do it any other. And don't get us started on the hotel's Christmas spice humidifiers...
It’s In Bath
So everyone knows that Bath is lovely. With Georgian architecture in all its splendour there isn’t another UK city as likely to make you want to rewind the clock to the Regency era. If you needed a reason to spend a weekend (or even a night is doable from London) enjoying the city in all its glory then The Gainsborough, recent winner of UK hotel of the year, is it.
It Is Actually IN Bath
There are a couple of other good hotels in the area, but The Gainsborough’s General Manager put it best when he recounted how American guests hadn’t been at all that happy with the "long 10-minute walk into town". Amusing but true. The Gainsborough is right there, step out the door and it’s all going on around you.
You Can Take The Waters
We could talk about ‘taking the waters’ for quite some time. But the crux of it is that in Bath today the Pump Room (once frequented by Jane Austen types, now a must-visit tourist attraction) has water that would make you ill were you even allowed to get in it. Today your options are limited to the Thermae Bath – the public baths where anyone can book in and pay £35 for the pleasure. They’re hugely popular but busy – they fit in over 600 massages a week. And then there’s The Gainsborough Bath Spa way to do it. Its unrivalled location bang in the middle of a World Heritage Site means you'll get the full benefit of the mineral-rich waters, in a much more civilised fashion. It's pumped straight into the baths at a warm 35℃ and has countless health benefits.
After all that time in the water you'll work up quite an appetite, so its fortunate The Gainsborough's restaurant has Head Chef Dan Moon at the helm. On top of exceptional, innovative modern British cuisine (scallops are a must, as is the salted caramel tart and a really good breakfast), the bread on offer is some of the most moreish you’re likely to have eaten, thanks to an in-house patisserie chef.
The Bar Has A Gin Menu
We too wondered why this doesn’t come as standard in every hotel bar. Gin lovers will be in seventh heaven, as will fans of an awesome Bloody Mary. Tell them your cocktail of choice and they’ll do their own version, guaranteed to knock your socks off.
You’ll Sleep Really Well
And not just due to the water, all that bread and really lovely rooms, but because of the pillow menu by your bed. Like it firm? No problem. More of a luxury goose feather kind of gal? Us too…. Up for trying something new? Then there’s an innovative cooling pillow that mixes things up.
The Hotel Pumps Christmas Spices Out Of Its Humidifiers And It Smells Sooo Good
So good that when they swapped the cinnamon scent for something more spring-like in February this year, their regulars complained. Now it features all year round and we reckon you’ll be as entranced by it as we were.
There’s Lots To Do
After the Spa (give yourself plenty of time, there are several pools), there's the Jane Austen Museum, the Pump Room, really nice shops and, if The Gainsborough’s cinnamon-spiced fragrance does to you what it did to us, a Christmas Market to really get you in the festive spirit.
Nightly rates at The Gainsborough Bath Spa start from £285 on a room-only basis.