Stay in a B&B
B&Bs in Bath used to be an inferior option to the convenient hotels in the town centre. But standards have risen and now you can find good quality – even luxurious – bed and breakfast accommodation all around the town and the surrounding area.
A B&B can offer the chance of a cheaper stay in Bath, although you may be less conveniently located. The newer breed of boutique B&Bs aren’t always cheaper than a hotel room, but they often offer more intimacy, a friendly, personalised service and quirkier, more stylish accommodation than a hotel.
The cheapest B&B options are generally the ones further from the town centre. This can be a good way to save money, if you are prepared to walk or catch a bus into central Bath. Note that Bath buses, operated by First, are expensive so visitors without free bus passes should factor bus fares into their budget.
Always read the rules of the house and fine print provided. While some B&Bs are run like small hotels or guest houses, others are more idiosyncratic and may still feel like the owners’ home. Children are welcomed by some, but not all, B&Bs. Reading the information and rules provided should help you to decide if a B&B will suit you.
Selected bed and breakfasts
The Bath House Luxury Bed and Breakfast – A short walk from the heart of town, this B&B has four high-standard bedrooms with a few fancy extras such as i-pod docks and four-poster beds. The free car-parking for guests will be useful if you are driving.
Henrietta House – Stay in style (but affordably) in a historic townhouse on one of Bath’s attractive Georgian streets. It’s just over Pulteney Bridge from Bath’s Abbey and shops, so is very handily placed. Rooms are a blend of the contemporary and traditional.
Oldfields House – A bus ride (or ten-fifteen minute walk) uphill from the centre of Bath, this popular and spacious B&B has the advantages of a garden and onsite parking.
Forester and Flower – Upstairs accommodation in a traditional local pub which has had a modern make-over. Located in Combe Down, on one of Bath’s hills (the town centre is half-an-hour’s walk downhill) near Prior Park Gardens. Bus number 1 runs from the bus station.
One Three Nine – There’s a choice of stylish rooms (and prices to match) at this smart B&B a 15-minute walk from the town centre. The house has a drawing room and garden.