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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Magdala Bath
I have just returned from the Villa Magdala in Bath where I stayed with my parents and two brothers. It is in a very nice location just opposite Henrietta Park. There is no traffic noise even though it is only a 3 minute walk into the centre where there are some great shops. We had 3 rooms- two on the ground floor and one upstairs. My room was a standard one and was quite small and the bathroom was not very good. It was very small and the bath and shower curtain were mouldy. The other two rooms were better. We were particularly impressed by the size of one of the bathrooms as you could easily have fitted another bed in it, although 2 of our rooms had no lock on the bathroom door so make sure you sing loudly! Breakfast is at 8.00 to 9.30 but don't worry, these times are not very strict. The food is very nice, though the menu could do with a bit more variety and sometimes you are brought the wrong thing or it takes a while to arrive. The staff are friendly and will give you directions if you are heading out into town or will recommend restaurants and things to do. However, we couldn't help noticing that it is not really a hotel but more like a guesthouse. Apart from the breakfast room and a very small lounge, there is nothing else there to set it apart from a B&B. The T.V. only has a few channels and there is no Teletext so unless you go out and buy a T.V. guide, you don't know what you're watching. The premises is not licensed and the rooms can get extremely warm as there is no air conditioning. There is free parking which is convenient as the entire street is covered with parked cars, but if we retured to Bath we would probably stay somewhere else.
Stayed here with my sisters for a long weekend in August. The rooms we had were very large as they were on the top floor and very clean. Staff very helpful and polite. Would have to agree with some of the other postings, they could do better with the cooked breakfast. Fantastic location, especially as we did a lot of shopping so we could pop back to upload the parcels... About a 5 minute walk from Milsom Street... Great restaurant on the corner as well, Clarkes...
Stayed at the Villa Magdala with my wife and two children. The manager and workers were great. The manager was always available to help me plan what we were going to see and gave me super directions back to Gatwick. We all loved it. It was a super ending to a three week stay in the UK.
My parents and I stayed at the hotel in July 2005. They got a Superior Double and my sister and I had a twin. Both rooms were fine for what we wanted. They were comfortable and clean. The only true noise we experienced was nature. The seagulls are quite vocal in the morning in Bath. The location is excellent and once we parked our car we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go. It was close to restaurants, the Roman Bath, a grocery store and a convenience store.
Not bad, but breakfast could be better
We visited the Villa Magdala in May 2005. The reviewer who said the breakfasts were disappointing if you don't like eggs and are a vegetarian had a point - one morning the promised warm croissants, plural, for breakfast turned out to e croissant, singular, (although two were served the next day). They could perhaps take a leaf out of Oldfields' book for breakfast. I couldn't fault the rooms, although the packet of complimentary biscuits were found to be half eaten.
We stayed at the Villa Magdala in February for one Saturday night. The manager of the hotel was extremely helpful and polite. We had a superior room which was large, clean and very pleasant with a nice bathroom. The breakfast was lovely - and not at all rushed. Would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Stay away from this Villa Magdala!
Be warned about staying at the Villa Magdala in Henrietta Street, Bath! The breakfast is all rush, rush, rush, and one has very little time to relax and enjoy one's food without a waitress swooping in on your table at the sight of an empty plate. If one is a vegetarian, bad luck if you don't like eggs! Because there is no alternative. No 'Linda McCartney'/ 'Quorn'-type sausages or hash browns...just less on one's plate! And if you enjoy cereal before an ordered cooked meal, try eating your flakes in about a minute, because one's cooked food is plonked at your table before there's any chance of finishing it! It's all too regimented and formal. Non-smoking hotel? We smelt smoke through our window at night! So stay away!
Charming guest house, great location
Our family (2 adults, 2 school-age kids) stayed at the Villa Magdala for 2 nights in mid-June. We could not have been more pleased. A wonderful, historical mansion on a quiet street across from a park. Our family room was spacious and easily slept 4. Everything was spotless, the furnishings were beautiful, and even the en-suite bathroom was large. The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful. Delicious breakfast included. Free off-street parking, and only a few minutes level (and very pleasant) walk to the center of Bath's attractions - close to restaurants, shopping, the Abbey, and the Roman Baths. We would definitely stay here again.
A great location - and parking, too!
The Villa Magdala has something that very few other Bath hotels can offer: free city-centre parking! I've stayed there several times in a variety of decent sized rooms - some are smaller than others, but they told me this when I booked, so I wasn't bothered - and have always enjoyed it. Breakfast is good, too.
The rooms are lovely, as is the breakfast. They serve breakfast at 0800 but will accommodate early risers if needs be.Although the Bed and Breakfast aspects were of an "above-average" to "excellent" calibre, my rating of "neutral/average" is based on the "vibe" that the hotel gives off. It is typical of so many British hotels that have contributed to the "Rip-off Britain" term. For example, if you wish to book a single room in high season (i.e. July) for one night only, they could very well inform you that they can only rent for two nights. I know, it has happened! And this is not the only hotel that does this. (Oh, and there's that condescending English attitude to those who have an "American" accent [i.e. anyone from the US or Canada].)Once they get rid of this irritating Basil Fawlty-ism they would certainly deserve an "excellent" rating.