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MTT Travel: The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath
the royal crescent hotel review

I know it’s not just me who finds the endless winter season difficult. Between the stress of Christmas, the rain of January and the endless short days… urgh. I crave spring and summer like you wouldn’t imagine.

Back in December I was getting close to breaking point. Between all the children’s commitments and my own personal carousel of busyness the whole month had me like the roadrunner. Something had to give – either me or Christmas – and as I had 2 children under 6 and a cupboard full of remote control helicopters and Horrid Henry books, it had to be me.

So I made the decision to get the hell out of dodge (i.e. Milton Keynes) and found myself at The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa in Bath for some desperately needed down time.

the royal crescent hotel review

The Royal Crescent is the exact kind of place you need when you’ve reached breaking point: it’s escapism, pure and simple. Upon arriving and having your motor car whisked away by concierge you’re on a different planet, a planet where nothing is too much trouble. A planet where roaring fires and lazy afternoons with endless cups of tea, magazines and homemade biscuits are the order of the day, a planet that produces the best dirty martinis and bar banter I’ve ever experienced. A planet that should probably be named after me, actually.

the royal crescent hotel review

The first thing I was impressed with at The Royal Crescent was the room. Dominated by a ginormous bed it had three different seating areas and beautiful antique furniture, totally not my taste at home but on planet me it could not have been more welcome or feel more decadent.

First things first, after ogling the room I dumped my luggage and jumped into swimmers and a fluffy towelling robe to head down to the spa.

The bath house royal crescent

If there’s one thing I love more than a bath it’s a swimming pool that’s as warm as a bath, and that’s exactly what you get at The Royal Cresent’s Spa. Situated at the bottom of their garden in a glorious building leading out to a terrace, it’s easy to spend an afternoon floating away your worries in here.

When you get bored of the pool there’s a tepid and hot tub to dip in and out of, as well as a steam room and sauna. Everything your stressed out heart desires.

the royal crescent hotel review

Smoked salmon starter

the royal crescent hotel review

Mushroom soup

the royal crescent hotel review

Venison with berries and beetroot

After an afternoon luxuriating in said pool it was time to eat, but I didn’t have to go far: reservations had been made at the triple AA rosette restaurant, The Dower House, on the hotel property. I went for the seven course tasting menu (because why the hell not?) and enjoyed the sommelier’s recommendation of both white and red wines. I think. It all got fuzzy by the end of the evening and I was happy to have only a little wander upstairs to collapse in that massive bed with a full happy belly.

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The next day Bath was calling and the morning was spent strolling around the gorgeous honey-coloured streets. Bypassing Bath Spa itself (I’d been there once before and this trip was purely for re-fuelling purposes) and instead settled for meandering around the shopping area with cups of mulled wine and, it being England in December, big umbrellas.

the royal crescent hotel review

The afternoon was reserved for spa treatments and I could not wait. The relaxing aromatherapy massage I was given was other worldly, transporting me to somewhere between consciousness and dreamland, a place where I felt I was floating on clouds. My facial was similarly gorgeous, a fact I realised when I woke myself up mid-facial massage by snoring loudly. The therapist promised me it happened all the time.

Dinner that night was The Olive Tree nearby, not such a wonderful experience, wouldn’t return – floating on air, though that may have had something to do with those pesky dirty martinis again. Delicious.

the royal crescent hotel review

All in all The Royal Crescent was the entire package: a dreamy bed, sumptuous room, heavenly spa, snooze-prompting treatments and top-notch restaurant. It’s not a cheap break but I promise you’ll return to real life, as I did, no longer feeling like cancelling Christmas. I re-discovered myself at The Royal Crescent and I’ll most certainly be back the next time I feel a bit lost. Or if I can think of another excuse, much much sooner.

The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS

www.royalcrescent.co.uk

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  • Gorgeous! I love the Royal Crescent. When I was at uni in Bristol I had a boyfriend who lived in Royal York Crescent in Clifton, which has a similar vibe. I think a big part of the attraction for me was his flat, and the view from his bedroom, which was on the top floor.

  • Wow, looks beautiful – I love Bath. AND I love baths…so that pool looks like just the job – how I’d love to be floating about in there right now! I am concerned about where the rest of your venison is though? ;) xox

  • Take me there, quite frankly. Honestly, what a treat! That pool looks like utter bliss. I love Bath (Bristol girl, me) but have never stayed in that hotel. It looks wonderful though!

  • It looks and sounds a dream stay. We keep saying it would be great to have a little getaway to Bath even though it’s just next to Bristol. This sounds like a great hotel to do just that.

  • looks gorgeous- the last two times we’ve been to Bath have been driving through on the way to or back from Camp Bestival…. let’s just say one way systems and rush hour traffic made G swear we were never going there again :D :D If I manage to persuade him otherwise, I may have to pay a visit here….

  • Oh wow this place looks amazing and like you a say, a real treat to rejuvenate and recharge. I really want to go somewhere for our anniversary (possibly without the baby…if I can cut the cord for a whole weekend by May!) so I’ll defo keep this in mind as I’d love to visit Bath so this would be a gorgeous option for a baby-free escape! x

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