The Royal Crescent Hotel

Classic and Britain's finest Hotels

An architectural jewel in the heart of an ancient spa city

The Royal Crescent Hotel sits in the centre of one of the world’s most exceptional architectural prospects. This hotel has a location to be envied, at the epicentre of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cultural site of universal value. 

The City of Bath has always been a place to visit; the hot springs had drawn people from around Britain long before Roman’s arrived. As you may well know, the Roman’s harnessed the springs by creating a large and magnificent spa. People from around the Empire travelled to Britain to experience the waters of Minerva. 

Re-building of the City of Bath started in the mid 18th Century. The transformation of the crumbling medieval City turned Bath into a majestic resort for the rich. Building began on grand squares, circuses (circular streets) and crescents of elegant and large townhouses. Accommodation for Britain’s elite to stay, enjoy the waters, play cards and dance. The Royal Crescent became the prime location.  



Roman times
Following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43, the construction of roads across Britannia became vital to maintain control of this newly conquered land. One such road crossed the River Avon; locals worshipped a nearby hot spring, and the Roman’s tamed the spring, proving to the British their remarkable engineering skills. The Spa City of Bath now founded and on the map. 

The waters gained a reputation for healing properties; visitors flooded to the City from around the Roman Empire to experience the waters and pray to the goddess Minerva. According to legend, Roman goddess of wisdom, military strategy, commerce and music, but not violence. 

The Re-building of Bath
Health and well-being is not a modern trend; people have always sort ways to feel good. In the 18th Century, Britain was becoming increasingly prosperous, leisure time, and your health is now of utmost importance, at least for the wealthy. The prestige of a Royal interest in the spring waters as a way of improving fertility, financial investment and promotion of Bath as a fashionable resort prompted the re-construction of the entire City.  The cherry on the cake is, of course, the Royal Crescent; John Wood the Younger designed one of the most awe-inspiring street-scapes in the world, the Royal Crescent, a façade of perfectly organised levels, a mathematically planned classical frontage of columns, balustrades and windows.  

The Royal Crescent today
The classical style remains with modern amenities. Relax in the Montague Bar and Champagne Lounge. Have dinner in the Dower House Restaurant and spend time in the Spa. We love the grand suites; the elegance of the  Georgian style interiors design will make you feel like you are in a Jane Austen novel or period drama. You can go high-end with Champagne Afternoon tea, and fine dining or have a superb club sandwich or Fish and Chips in the Montague Bar. We recommend The Royal Crescent Hotel for various suggested tours including The Town and Country Tour, The Classic Tour of England and England and Wales Tour


The Royal Crescent Hotel - Classic and Britain's finest hotels

The Best hotel in Bath, in the best location within a world-famous architectural gem of a City

  • Bespoke amenities
  • Room upgrade upon arrival subject to availability
  • UNESCO World Heritage location
  • Grade 1 listed 
  • Spa
  • Two restaurants