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The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath
Right in the centre of Bath, this indulgent spa hotel is steeped in history from the hoard of Roman coins found under the foundations to the hot Hetling spring water feeding the hotel's spa and three pools. The hotel spa is one-of-a-kind in the UK with thermal mineral springs pumping directly into both the spa and specially designed spa rooms. Occupying five adjoining buildings, one which was the United Hospital dating from 1826, the hotel's design showcases the best of its story and adds contemporary elegance. This is reflected in the way the buildings wrap around the spa to the marble-clad lobby with five-storey staircase and the swish rooms and suites complete with underfloor heating.
Perfectly placed, the location of the hotel is faultless allowing you to make the most of everything the city offers.
Gainsborough is tucked down a quiet side street in the centre of Bath.
By car: the hotel is just 40 mins from Bristol, 2 hours from Southampton or Coventry, 3 hours from London. There is some valet parking avaliable for a fee.
By train: Bath Spa station is a 5-minute walk away, serviced by trains from London Paddington (1 hour 30 mins), Portsmouth Harbour (2 hours 15 mins) and Cardiff Central (1 hour). trainline.com
Style & Character
Gainsborough is perfect for those seeking an upscale city break that ticks all the boxes from history and culture to wellness, shopping and gastronomy. Look out for the impressive five-storey-height chandelier whose giant lightbulbs illuminate the grand staircase and marble-filled lobby.
Service & Facilities
The spa's holistic offerings include Georgian-inspired spiced hot chocolate and personalised pouches of Himalayan salt infused with aromatherapy oils.
- Spa & wellness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
- Family rooms
- Fitness centre
Book a spa room for unlimited spa access and soak in your own roll-top bath filled with the healing waters. Classic rooms on upper floors have high ceilings and large picture windows giving a sense of grandeur without feeling ostentatious.
Deluxe, Executive, Courtyard & Bath Spa rooms, Junior, Gainsborough, Two-Bedroom and Bath Spa suites, The Townhouse
Facilities include: en-suite with bath robe and slippers, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee-making facilites.
Food & Drink
The cosy cocktail bar feels like your own personal bar and is the perfect place to start off an evening. The succulent duck dish is topped with innovative Asian flavours including spring roll, plum puree and crunchy sesame seeds.
Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Restaurant: Sophisticated, with Georgian architecture, original artwork and wine wall. 3 AA Rosettes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Two courses for £52 or three Courses for £62.
The Canvas Room: Relaxed, modern, elegant, quintessentially British. Afternoon teas serves 3pm - 5.30pm.