The Royal Crescent Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel and Grade I listed townhouse in Bath and is part of the Royal Crescent – a famous Georgian landmark in the city. It was built by architect John Wood between 1757 and 1775 and underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment and restoration in 2014. As a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux family – and home to beautiful private gardens and the multi-award winning Spa & Bath House – this hotel ‘haven’ is definitely on the radar of couples planning a UK honeymoon, mini-moon or a romantic getaway.
With a couple of weeks to go until our own wedding, a weekend escape to the Royal Crescent Hotel was an opportunity that BC and I couldn’t turn down. We could get away from the distractions of work and go through some last minute wedding lists. We could also write our wedding vows and – eventually – switch our wedding-busy minds off for a bit of R&R.
After a 1.5 hour train journey from Paddington, it was a 15 minute walk from the station to The Royal Crescent Hotel, taking us through the main streets of the city centre. Just before you reach the hotel, you will see the spectacular Circus, a circle of Georgian architecture that begs to be photographed as you pass through.
The hotel itself occupies number 15 and 16 of the Crescent – you’ll spot the huge magnolia tree that crawls up the front of the building (and apparently displays blooms as large as dinner plates during the summer). The potted trees create a grand welcome at the front door and you then arrive to a warm and friendly greeting from the hotel’s front of house staff (They also offer concierge service here and valet parking within the Crescent itself if you are driving.)
We were invited to take a seat in the antique-filled drawing room where many visitors come for afternoon tea.
After meeting the front of house manager, we were then taken up an impressive staircase overlooked by vast portrait paintings to the John Wood Suite, named after the architect. It joins 45 other luxury suites and rooms and we later found out that each guest room is slightly different, but in keeping with the Royal Crescent elegant style. As we walked through our own entrance hall, we opened the door to a huge open plan bedroom complete with a bathroom and lounge area resplendent in classic blue and gold interiors.
As the sunlight streamed in through four separate shuttered windows, we spotted the interrupted views over the Crescent lawn and over the valley. The place looked stunning. The slightly elevated bedroom was dominated by a spectacular four-poster bed. We also had beautiful dark wooden wardrobes (which were very spacious) a lovely dressing table and bedside tables topped with elegant blue china lamps.
The lounge area was filled with a sofa and armchairs, large desk, TV and a gorgeous fireplace and coffee table.
We had a selection of glossy magazines, tray of tea and biscuits, a Nespresso machine and beautiful marble bathroom complete with an over-bath shower, Floris toiletries (exclusive to the hotel) and the heaviest his ‘n’ hers bathrobes I’ve ever had the pleasure of snuggling into.
With beautiful hand-stitched silk wall paper and various antique style ornaments, this felt more like being in someone’s very grand home than a hotel. If we didn’t have an appointment with the Thermae Bath Spa, Mr C and I could have very easily put our feet up and enjoyed an afternoon in these gorgeous surrounds.
After a dip in the rooftop pool of the Thermae Spa and quick tour around the city, it was back to the hotel in time for cocktail hour at The Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge. Accessed through the back of the hotel, across the one-acre gardens, this area feels just as intimate and relaxed as the main hotel building but with plenty of classic, almost art-deco style, sophistication. It’s open to both hotel guests and non-hotel guests too.
The head barman here, Orlando Garcia, has picked up many awards so he knows his stuff. Alas, he wasn’t in The Montagu Bar when we visited, but his colleagues did a fine job of mixing me up their signature Queen of the Blues cocktail (tequila, elderflower cordial, blue curaçao and champagne.)
This followed by the Raspberry Lash (vodka, chambord, fresh raspberries and champagne) which was absolutely delicious, while Mr C was very happy with a bottle of the local Bath Ale. You will also find a wide selection of wines and Taittinger champagnes. Because it’s not a romantic getaway without bubbles, is it?
Ahead of dinner in the adjacent Dower House Restaurant (which you can hire out for weddings and private functions), we were served a lovely slate of delicate and flavoursome canopés and handed the menu.
Once inside the fine-dining restaurant, we were led to one of the tables that had views over the gardens and enjoyed a romantic three-course meal from the à la carte menu. Read the full review on Oh So London here.
The next morning we woke feeling like royalty in our four-poster bed, to a bright, frosty day and it was back to the same table at The Dower House Restaurant (they must have known we like our garden view) for the hotel breakfast.
It was lively but calm and guests were walking their dogs in the gardens while we tucked into a buffet of fresh fruit and muesli, pastries, tea and fresh juices.
Mr C enjoyed a hearty Full English and I was recommended the scrambled eggs ahead of my trip, so I ordered exactly that with smoked salmon. It was creamy and delicious and a fantastic precursor to our morning walk, tour of the Wedding Garden and ever-so-energetic visit to the spa (if you can call a few laps of the pool and a ‘Hero’ spa treatment energetic).
After 24 hours of delicious food, a relaxing ambience and a blissful spa treatment, it was time for a (very reluctant) departure of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. It’s serene, luxurious and makes the perfect place for couples to enjoy a honeymoon or romantic city break. You will feel so at home, you won’t want to leave.
Until next time x