Bath

Romance in the city | three romantic hotel breaks in Bath

Bath, the city of Roman spas, honey-hued buildings and lush landscape surrounds- and travel blogger Laura's favourite place to whisk her loved one away for a romantic break.

Back in the 1800s, the Georgian elite flocked to Bath, leaving behind a city of grand architecture that now sets the tone for history, arts, food and shopping. So whether your idea of romance is a candlelit dinner, a classical music recital, a theatre show or some pampering in a swish spa, a dreamy trip to Bath is just what Cupid ordered.

One of my favourite facts about Bath is that it was once home to the literary great, Jane Austen. So where better to escape to with my very own Mr Darcy?

Bath’s beautiful buildings hide some stunning places to stay, and I’ve picked my favourite hotels to suit every type of budget, whether you want to splurge or save for your romantic Bath break.

A luxury romantic weekend of indulging like the Romans at the Gainsborough.

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If you’re going to splash out on a romantic break in Bath, it may as well be in style. Do it as the Romans did, and head to the Gainsborough for unparalleled luxury and spa bliss.

Found in the heart of town, this impressive hotel extends over three ancient buildings – one Elizabethan, one Georgian and a Victorian. Perhaps most impressive is its Roman spa remains, which have inspired the Romanesque Spa Village, which gives off grand vibes with its stone columns, mosaic and glass roof.

We’ve all heard about Bath’s healing thermal waters, and the real treat here is that the hotel is one of only two places in the city that enjoys access. The other is the Thermae day spa across the road, and having been to both, I will say that the Gainsborough is a far more relaxing and luxurious experience.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

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Bath
9.4 Excellent (787 reviews)

A romantic weekend in a grand old manor at Macdonald Bath Spa

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I actually visited the Macdonald Bath Spa on a hen weekend, but as I wandered around the hotel and relaxed in the spa I definitely picked up some romantic vibes.

The hotel exudes luxury from the off, with a long driveway leading up to an old manor house (visit in the summer and you’ll see croquet set up on the front lawn). Inside is just as grand, with period features such as stone columns, high ornate ceilings, marble floors and oil paintings on the walls. This hotel definitely captures that ancient romantic mood of Bath.

Macdonald Bath Spa

Bath
8.1 Very good (2177 reviews)

An affordable romantic weekend in an eccentric townhouse at the Queensberry

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Bath was a destination for the high society back in the 18th century, but you don’t have to be regal to take in its elegant surrounds. With so many beautiful Georgian buildings, it’s hard to find a hotel that isn’t fancy in this town, and there are some boutique places that give great value for money.

The Queensberry offers just that, and it’s definitely a steal for what you get. Set on one of those glorious honey-stoned Georgian streets, The Queensberry sits in a striking old townhouse. Inside is quirky but chic, and the rooms feel chilled and private, great if you’re looking for your own romantic bolthole for the weekend.

Queensberry Hotel

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Bath
9.0 Excellent (577 reviews)

Laura Feasey

A writer living in London, Laura is currently working on her debut novel – a fictional tale inspired by her travels across America. When she’s not checking out the ideal hotel bed thread-count, she’s penning short stories, writing for various publications & brands, and sharing fashion tales on her blog, LauLauLand.