Hotel Watch: Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Bath, England hotel offers a new package for 250th anniversary.  

Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

For 250 years the Royal Crescent, a dramatic row of houses built by John Wood, the Younger, has stood over Bath. The thirty terraced houses, most of which of are now apartments, stand as an icon of Georgian architecture – and of the luxurious possibilities of the British city. In honor of this anniversary the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, which is housed within the Crescent itself, is enticing travelers with a package dubbed the RC250 Suite Stay. For £2,500 (approximately $3,045 USD), you can book yourself in two for nights that include suite accommodations, a pre-dinner cocktail, a spa treatment for two people, the RC250 Tasting Menu with Taittinger Champagnes for two people and various commemorative goodies that include an exclusive bottle of RC250 Bath Gin.

Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa Vitality Pool with Jets

It’s a worthwhile opportunity, especially since Bath is only two hours from London via train and is a World Heritage Site known for its historical landmarks. Once you’ve unloaded your luggage at the Royal Crescent, pay a visit to the Roman Baths, built around 60 AD, and the Bath Abbey, which dates back to the 7th century. The downtown is full of shopping, too, and seasonal restaurant The Circus is perfect for a lunch stop. Back at the hotel, the spa offers a sauna, steam room, hot tub and pool, as well as various treatments, and if it’s not pouring down rain you can relax in the gardens in your robe and slippers (everyone does it, so it’s not strange). Coffee and tea are complimentary when ordered to your room, making it easy to relax before dinner.

The Montagu Bar and Champagne Lounge

The RC250 Tasting Menu, offered at the hotel’s Dower House Restaurant, focuses on a gastronomic tour of Britain, using seasonal and local ingredients like lamb, English sorrel and peas. There’s a contemporary sheen to the menu and presentation (and perhaps a few too many Top Chef-inspired gels throughout the courses), and the wine selection is solid. After dinner you should head to nearby cocktail bar the Dark Horse, which also uses local ingredients, albeit in a different way. Try the Green Park, a boozy cocktail perfect to accompany the highly addictive popcorn that arrives consistently to your table.

While at the hotel, which is easily walkable to everywhere in town and offers an endless supply of high-tech umbrellas in case of rain, be sure to flip through the guest book in your suite. It could uncover one of the famous guests, which include John Cleese and Homeland actor F. Murray Abraham, who spent a month in the hotel this spring and referred to it as his “second home.”

Deluxe Suite at Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Bath doesn’t need to be your only stop in the U.K., too. If you’ve rented a car, the Cotswolds are only a short journey away and would be a logical addition to your British holiday, as is Stonehenge. It’s also worth investing in a few days in London (book into the Connaught or the Savoy) to see the new Giacometti exhibition at the Tate Modern or the revival of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at the Young Vic starring Sienna Miller.

The RC250 Suite Stay is on offer through October and can be booked via the hotel’s website. The 250th anniversary will be celebrated at various events in Bath throughout the year, including the Hope Ball on June 17 and Picnic In the Park on July 29.

For more information, visit royalcrescenet.co.uk.

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