Last week my wife and I stayed at The Priory for the second time, and it was every bit as good as the first - that's why we went back. The customer care at this hotel is nothing short of superb: for instance, our room on the first floor was subject to a good deal of noise from the room above - as if people were deliberately stomping around - and the hotel quickly invited us to move to a different room well away from the noise. I believe we had been upgraded, but of course we were not expected to pay any extra, and all our chattels were taken to the new room on our behalf.
Additionally the attentiveness we received from the restaurant was wonderful. It was my step-daughter's 50th birthday and they provided us with a lovely collection of canapes to accompany our opening bottle of champagne, and didn't object when we went without dessert in order to save some space for the gorgeous cup-cakes that one of our party had brought with them.
Needless to say, the quality of the food in the restaurant was superb, and I would single out the very special bottle of Burgundy and the elegant Chablis which were arranged for us by the hotel's sommelier.
My only mild criticism concerns the fact that the main course took some time to arrive, but this is a very minor point given that as a family party we weren't in a hurry anyway.
Breakfast the following day was also excellent. I don't often get the opportunity to enjoy corned beef hash, and my wife chose eggs benedict - both were delicious.
I'd recommend the Priory with only three reservations. First, you'll need a deep pocket because it's not cheap, but then such hospitality seldom is. Second, though you can get into Bath by walking, it's a long walk, and even longer when you're walking back because it's mostly uphill. Also you have to walk along a quite narrow pavement for a while before you can enter the park and escape traffic fumes. Third, there's not a great deal of parking space in the front of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within four acres of mature award-winning gardens and spacious terraces, The Bath Priory sets itself apart as a peaceful haven in a bustling city. The Georgian house of honey-coloured Bath stone enjoys a tranquil location just a short walk through Royal Victoria Park to Bath’s city centre and is proud to hold the city’s only Michelin Star for its exceptional cuisine. The award-winning spa has a selection of luxurious treatments, an indoor pool, pool-side sauna, elliptical steam pod and shower. From the moment you enter The Garden Spa by L’OCCITANE, fragrances transport you to Provence; the escape begins with scent. Every gesture, every ingredient, every ritual is drawn from a page of the L’OCCITANE grand herbarium, a resource of hundreds of essential oils and natural ingredients. Steeped in Roman history, the city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Roman Baths, Pump Rooms and Theatre Royal are noteworthy highlights alongside the city’s architectural merits including the Royal Crescent and The Circus. ... more less
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