The phrase “English spa town getaway” sounds posh in every way — including monetarily. But in the historic Somerset city of Bath, you’ll find almost as many affordable hotel options as you will luxury landmarks and pastoral manors. We’ve highlighted the Bath hotels that offer the best value in the area.
This charming mid-range boutique hotel has reasonable rates, which seem all the more reasonable when you realize the attractiveness of the 29 rooms. Each spacious one is uniquely decorated, and all have marble bathrooms with fluffy bathrobes, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Queensberry allows one child (18 and under) to stay for free in a parent's room, a policy which may temper the fact that Queensberry doesn't offer free breakfast, unlike many local hotels. Guests can relax in the lovely garden patio and lobby (with free coffee) and, for food and drink, choose from an on-site restaurant, intimate bar with sandwiches and snacks, and room service -- a feature not found at any other hotel on this list.
On the flip side of Bath's many 19th-century-style hotel rooms are The Halcyon's streamlined units. The rooms and fully furnished apartments here are definitely hipper than most area accommodations, and come with quality mattresses with luxury bedding, large flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers free welcome drinks and free breakfast, even for those staying in apartments, but it’s mostly continental. Perks like loaner bicycles and drink discounts at Circo -- one of the best bars in Bath -- help give Halcyon the upper hand over other value hotels listed here.
Clean, comfy, and modern interiors and a convenient location make this 108-room budget chain hotel a good value for the area. Opposite a charming square in this historic city center, Premier Inn is ideally placed for easily walking to many Bath attractions, like the shops, food scene, and world-famous baths. Air-conditioned rooms come with flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Kids can eat at the hotel's breakfast buffet for free with a paying adult; note that the other hotels here that offer free breakfast do so for all guests.
The Wheelwrights Arms is a charming, rustic country inn located in Monkton Combe, a picturesque village a short drive from Bath's center. Its seven rooms have contemporary country style (some feature exposed wood beams and barn doors), and standard amenities like tea and coffee service, and flat-screen TVs, and extra beds or cots can be provided. Little jars of candies and homemade, self-serve cake in the hall make for nice personal touches. Other than some pleasant outdoor seating areas, the main amenity and common space in the inn is the classic English country pub, which is popular with both guests and locals. The pub serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and light snacks. Breakfast is included in the room rate and features standard continental options plus cooked-to-order menu items. On-site parking and Wi-Fi are both free. Wheelwrights Arms' appeal and authenticity beat Premier Inn hands down (of course), but the chain hotel has a very small lead thanks to its location in central Bath.
Built in 1789, this Grade 1 listed (essentially: historic) Georgian town house sits on one of Bath's most beautiful boulevard-style streets, a 10-minute walk to the city center and Roman Baths. The budget bed-and-breakfast has 18 small but classy rooms, each one with a flat-screen TV offering 80 Freeview channels, electric kettle with a variety of tea and coffee, and hairdryers. Upgraded rooms have mini-fridges. Rates include free (and well-liked) breakfast options and free Wi-Fi (though the signal is reportedly weak on the higher floors). The hotel offers street parking permits for a reasonable cost; Wheelwrights Arms' parking is free, but that hotel is outside of Bath proper.
This mid-range bed-and-breakfast is in a Georgian home in the English countryside, about a 20-minute drive from the heart of Bath. Only one of the four rooms has a private bathroom, and some are on the small side (thus the lower ranking), but all are individually decorated with charming country decor and come with flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, and bathrobes. Guests rave about the owners, who offer a friendly, home-away-from-home experience. The free breakfast served in the dining room or outdoor garden terrace is a real highlight. Like at Wheelwright Arms, parking and Wi-Fi are both free.
First opened in 1846, Royal Hotel is a Victorian hotel overlooking Bath's main railway station. It's not the quietest of areas, but the city's main attractions are within easy walking distance, and the hotel is especially convenient for those arriving by train. The 31 traditional rooms feel a little old-fashioned and tired in places, though they include quality bedding, iPod docks, free tea and coffee, and free Wi-Fi. Flat-screen TVs come with digital channels and DVD players (a free movie library is also available). All in all, the Royal packs plenty of creature comforts -- along with a few creaking floorboards and a temperamental elevator.
A trafitional 18th-century coaching inn with 11 rooms, the budget Radstock Hotel is known for its Old-English style pub, cozy restaurant, and eccentric skittle alley, frequented by local teams. Though its need of refurbishment puts it in the last position here, it's got plenty of character -- as well as some of the lowest rates around. Rooms are spacious but dated, outfitted with flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and en-suite bathrooms. All rates include a well-reviewed, cooked-to-order breakfast, as well as on-site parking and Wi-Fi.