Before I get into the specifics of our holiday in Bath over the next week or so, I just want to take a minute to talk about how pleased we were with where we stayed while we were there. Our trip was a bit impromptu, so I wasn’t sure how many options we’d have available to us given the popularity of the city. When I saw an open room at Hawkins of Bath Hotel, a beautiful B&B right outside of the city, I felt like I’d hit the jackpot.
What happens when I typically choose a hotel for our trips is this – I research and research and research some more, finally decide to book a room, and then proceed to spend the following weeks until we arrive at our destination worrying about whether or not I’ve picked the right place. I didn’t have to do any of that with Hawkins of Bath Hotel. After reading raving reviews and seeing its #1 B&B rating on Tripadvisor, I booked immediately without giving it a second thought. And boy, did this place deliver – from the tastefully decorated rooms in this recently refurbished Victorian home to the genuine kindness shown to us by our gracious hosts, Glyn and Diane. It is absolutely where I’ll stay every time we visit the city of Bath.
Hawkins of Bath Hotel
We were able to walk to Hawkins of Bath Hotel from our train stop at Oldfield Park which was very convenient. Upon our arrival, Diane was there to greet us with tea and information about everything we could possibly need to know about Bath. We used many of her helpful suggestions, especially in regards to where we would eat.
Hawkins of Bath is a small luxury B&B, offering only four different rooms, each with an en-suite bath. I particularly liked the limited rooms aspect since I can be a very finicky sleeper. The least bit of noise can keep me awake for hours. This is almost always a problem for me at larger hotels, but with very few guests at a time and its location further outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, this wasn’t an issue at Hawkins of Bath Hotel.
The ground floor of the hotel features an exquisitely detailed entry hall, a lounge at the front for relaxing after a long day in the city, two guest rooms, and a kitchen and dining area located in a bright, sunroom-style addition at the back of the hotel. Our breakfasts here were just phenomenal – a full English breakfast cooked to order, with vegetarian options available as well. Sitting at our table with the sun shining in (on the one sunny day we got, anyway) and filling ourselves with a hearty breakfast was the perfect way to start every day.
Widcombe Suite at Hawkins of Bath Hotel
Our guest room was located up the first flight of stairs. It really felt much like coming home. The light shade of color on the walls combined with the natural wood furniture and simple, yet elegant decor – it’s exactly how I would have done it myself. Provided with such a peaceful hide-away, it’s a miracle we left the room at all!
What we didn’t realize when we booked the last room available at Hawkins of Bath Hotel was that we were actually booking a two-room suite! We stayed in the Widcombe Suite, absolutely perfect for families as it offered a second bedroom at the far end of the hall with two twin beds. (And a door for privacy!) Lexie was quite annoyed with us for staying in such a nice place that would have offered her her own space while she wasn’t even there. Normally she is lucky to get a cot or a sofa bed – this would have been quite the upgrade!
In between both bedrooms is a good-sized en-suite bathroom with a heated towel rack and one of my favorite things – a clawfoot bathtub. If only I could have brought it home with me.
I really can’t think of a negative thing to say about Hawkins of Bath Hotel. It was just the right place for us. I know that some people prefer to stay right in the city, so this B&B being a mile outside of Bath might seem like a hindrance, but the walk is lovely. And if you’re not up for the walk into town, a bus is available that will get you there in under ten minutes. For us, it was an absolute pleasure to stay here and we are already looking forward to a return visit. We can’t thank Glyn and Diane enough for making this trip such a memorable one!
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