Although the Abbey Hotel’s roots as a hotel date back to 1890, it is thoroughly modern and provides its guests with contemporary comforts and luxury along with outstanding service.
Gainsborough Bath Spa
The centrally located Gainsborough Bath Spa sits within walking distance of Bath’s major sights. Built in the 1800s, this grand hotel’s Georgian and Victorian façades reference the property’s historic character. Marble floors create a grand interior, coming together with modern elements to create a contemporary yet classic style.
The hotel’s spa, the Bath House, has exclusive access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters of Bath and also contains saunas, a steam room, and an ice alcove. You can also get a supply of the waters in the bathrooms of the Bath Spa rooms and the Bath Spa Suite.
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The rooms and suites at the Gainsborough Bath Spa were conceived by award-winning Champalimaud Design, in a contemporary yet classic style. All the rooms include complimentary minibars and coffee makers, and some have views of Bath’s skyline. An iPod docking station, flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi all come as standard in every room. Access to the natural thermal waters of Bath is provided in the bathrooms of the Bath Spa rooms and the Bath Spa Suite, an amenity that’s exclusive to this property.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa is within walking distance of the major sights of the city. The Roman Baths can be reached on foot in less than five minutes, and the Thermae Bath Spa is so close you can see into it from the hotel.
Food and drink
Cuisine inspired by seasonal ingredients is served for lunch and dinner at the Gainsborough Restaurant, while all-day dining and afternoon tea are available in the hotel’s Canvas Room. The Gainsborough Bar is a good on-site option for afternoon or evening drinks, serving traditional drinks as well as modern, bespoke cocktails.
Facilities and activities
Bathed in natural light and decorated with cool marble, the hotel’s Bath House features three natural thermal-water baths, multiple saunas, a steam room, an ice alcove and a 24-hour fitness room, which guests can all use on a complimentary basis. You can also book spa treatments.
The only hotel in Bath with access to the city’s hot thermal waters, this is a fantastic option if you want to relax as well as explore.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Dating back to 1890 but modern and historic in style, the Francis Hotel spans seven Georgian townhouses in the heart of Bath. The property is close to the main sights, yet situated in a quieter residential area.
Lucknam Park provides every modern comfort, from luxurious spa treatments to Michelin-starred dining, housed within the beauty and charm of an 18th-century country manor.
The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is an elegant property that prides itself on its excellent service, cuisine and extensive spa facilities. It’s also a convenient base for all the main historic sites of Bath.
Playfully artistic yet elegantly refined, No. 15 Great Pulteney blends historic sophistication with contemporary design. With remarkable attention to detail and a bold individual style, the hotel manages to pamper guests while making them feel warmly welcomed in a home from home.
The Manor House welcomes guests with both comfort and luxury in the charming Cotswolds style. The hotel is well-located for both quiet retreat and access to the nearby city of Bath.
Connecting up four Georgian townhouses, the Queensberry Hotel is a contemporary property with warm, vibrant rooms and suites. It also boasts a lounge, an award-winning restaurant and gardens.
A luxurious option within the historic Royal Crescent, this property is just a 15-minute walk of the main sights of Bath. Unusually for a centrally positioned hotel, it boasts private gardens.
The Villa at Henrietta Park provides small touches that make a big difference. This 1868 mansion provides a laid-back retreat near the heart of historic Bath.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent are among the sights on this full-day guided walking tour of Bath. You tour the baths first built by the Romans to tap into the local hot springs before visiting some of the meeting places for Georgian high society.
Explore England’s long history, written in stone. Your private guide takes you to the ancient stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury, with a stop at Lacock Abbey, a former nunnery turned stately Tudor home.