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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Hotel Bath
If You Love Trains, Then This Hotel Is A Real Treasure
We booked this relaxing weekend break a couple of months ago before I read the reports on Trip Advisor and then I was filled with horror what had I done??? Well, apart from the fact this hotel is directly situated opposite the Train Station and behind the Bus Station, it really is an ideal place to stay if you are travelling via Public Transport and only a five minute walk into Central Bath. We booked the hotel and also booked a car parking space, but when we arrived late on Friday night, you've guessed it, our booked car parking space had already been taken and we had to park our car in the Station Car Park for the duration of the weekend.
Our family room was up on the third floor and there is a lift and this only holds two people, but it does save climbing the stairs. The decor in our room was very dark the walls were cranberry coloured, not only in the bedroom but the paintwork in the bathroom completed the set. There was no bath but a stand-up shower with a fixed showerhead. A nice selection of toiletries to hand in the bathroom. A warming towel rail which only got warm at the bottom. The bathroom was tiny. There were tea and coffee facilities in the room, also bottled water which we felt was a nice touch. A hairdryer was found in the wardrobe along with an iron and an ironing board. A small colour television and an alarm clock radio. We found at night that the room got very very hot and if you opened the window the noise was unbearable at two o'clock in the morning when the nightclubs emptied and the youngster wend their way back to their homes via the train station or the buses, oblivious to the fact that people lay sleeping in their beds in hotel rooms way above their heads whilst they hollered at their mates 100yds down the road.
The hotel breakfasts were plentiful. Full grilled breakfast consisted of bacon, beans, half a cooked tomato, fried egg and a hash brown. Tea and toast to complete the meal. The tea is loose leaf and not teabag. In the corner of the dining room was a large table which held other breakfast foodstuffs such as cereals, muesli, grapefruit segments, prunes, yoghurts, croissants, pain au chocolat, pieces of fresh fruit and five different fruit juices.
We had a nice weekend in Bath, but are really pleased to be home if only to have a quiet night and some decent sleep!!!
In need of a revolution
2 nights at the Royal 24-26 Nov 2006. Royal by name but unfortunately nothing Regal about it. On the plus side, it's close to the station so you can listen to the trains at night if you wish. The place is looking very tired and belies the images on the hotel website. I've only ever heard more squeaky floorboards in a cheesy horror movie. TV was tiny and very old with no sign of any type of satelite programme. The water pressure in the shower was very poor and the thermostat was almost non existant with the water ranging from hot to cold in a matter of seconds. Maybe this was intentional as a sample of Bath's 'Thermae Spa' experience. Full English breakfast on Saturday was adequate but the fried egg was burnt and crispy on the outside and runny on the inside. Selection of cereals and croissants was good though. I particularly enjoyed the muesli which had good quality oats. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast on Sunday but the salmon had a flavour of smoked haddock about it which was unusual to say the least. Overall, at £100 per night it was considered very poor value.
I booked this at the last minute, and was initially concerned that it seemed to be the only place available, however I needn't have worried. Everyone was friendly (I couldnt' work the lock out to start with but someone came & looked at it straight away!) and I had a very good night's sleep. It was very quiet - suprising for being so near the station!
Breakfast was lovely the next morning, a choice, including scrambled eggs & salmon, although I went for the full english.
Only downside was shower was very weak, however this was made up for, by the very large bath towels - something lacking in most other hotels around the world!
Friendly, convenient, good food
The location is right outside the rail station, but we had no trouble with noise, either from there or from the nearby bus station.
We had dinner in the hotel every night, and it was always excellent.
Our only criticism was that the beds were rather narrow by modern standards.
Does what it says on the box
We stayed for one night in the middle of June
Location was ideal (city centre only a 5 minute walk)
We had a 'superior' room with 4 poster which was great. Although you needed to be a mountaineer to actually get on the bed.
No air con but large floor fan was provided. management also supplied an ice cold bottle of still water when we arrived.
Breakfast was OK, would have been nice to get an extra egg/bacon in place of the mushrooms, tomatoes etc.. that I didn't want. Plenty of cereal available.
Guest bar was very nice.
Would certainly stay again.
Not impressed - although I live in the US I am from the UK and this hotel really needs to be updated. This hotel was probably a very nice place to stay in the 70's but 70's decor in 2006 come on - for the money you charge (300.00 USD per night for a family room) the hotel standard really needs to improve.
We left it to the last minute to book a hotel in Bath and everywhere was fully booked. So it was with some trepidation when we found that this hotel still had rooms for a Saturday night. We needn't have worried as it was fine. The hotel is directly opposite the train station so it is ideal for anyone with lots of heavy luggage or someone who is planning on doing lots of trips out of town. Bath is not a huge town so it is only a short walk from the hotel to the sights.
The room was a reasonable size, nicely decorated and clean. The bathroom was large too. There was plenty of room for a bath but there was only a shower. The room was very hot and every single floorboard creaked. The wardrobe was too small for a double room too. However, on the plus side, there was a trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, TV and radio/alarm clock. There were also a sewing kit and a shoe shine sponge so a big plus on the freebies side. Our room was at the back of the hotel and noise was not a problem (or wouldn't have been if the room had not been so hot that we had to have the window open!).
The breakfast was a big disappointment. As a vegetarian, the only cooked option I had was eggs on toast cooked in various ways with baked beans. Annoying as the full English breakfast included mushrooms, hash browns and tomatoes but none of these items could be added to the eggs on toast or substituted for the beans! My gripe was made worse by only having one slice of toast on which to put my scrambled eggs! Breakfast should not be a problem if you are a meat eater though and to be fair there were cereals, fruit, yoghurts, croissants and toast available to help fill you up.
Other facilities - a restaurant, a guest only bar and a sports bar are all on site. There is a lift but it only carries 2 people.
To sum up, this hotel is perfectly OK and if the price had been a bit lower (it cost £180 for Saturday and Sunday) I would have had no complaints.
Loved the Royal Hotel!
I stayed at the Royal Hotel with a group of girlfriends last June , and we found the price (especially taking into account its central location) and staff absolutely brilliant! The rooms were large , comfortable and clean and the bar manager Gary made us welcome the minute we arrived . The only thing that caused some comment was the breakfast , where the vegetarian option seemed miserly in comparison with the full english breakfast on offer . However , this was a minor complaint in an otherwise fantastic stay . Next time we visit Bath , we'll definitely be staying at the Royal Hotel .
We only stayed one night in this little gem, but it was great! This is not to be confused with the Royal Crescent Hotel, which is also in Bath, but is much pricier. We traveled by train from London, so had our luggage in tow. The pleasant surprise was that the Royal Hotel was directly across from the station! It's only a short walk to the Roman Baths and the city center. The rooms were small, but cosy and very clean. They are big on florals, but it's the true English atmosphere. The hotel bar was friendly and we had drinks with other guests there. I traveled with my two daughters and two nephews - college students, and even they enjoyed the stay. I'd highly recommend this little terrific hotel.
Are you a train spotter?
I stayed for a weekend in this hotel in a standard room which was adequate, if not on the small side.
Food was included, was plain but acceptable.
The hotel is next to the train and bus station, anyone who likes to sleep in the mornings will not appreciate the noise level that can be achieved by these two forms of transport first thing every morning!!
It does have the convenience of being in the heart of the city close to everything a tourist likes to see.
Very standard hotel could be a little keener priced given the noise problem.
TripAdvisor Reviews Royal Hotel Bath
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