Hilton Bath City

Walcot Street, Bath, BANES, England, BA1 5BJ

Price from: £68

Double business room

By Amy Watkins, your Bath expert

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#18 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Bath
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4.2
4.2
Eating/drinking:
3.9
3.9
Public areas:
3.8
3.8
Leisure facilities:
3.9
3.9
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Nightlife, No fuss, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Hilton Bath City

Comfortable business hotel in Bath city centre.

Hilton Bath City is about to get a £1.8m facelift, but even now it’s a comfortable and central hotel from a well-known chain that’s popular with business guests. I like how straightforward it is: this is a good hotel to use as a base and there’s none of the fuss and bluster that you sometimes get at smaller hotels that are trying too hard to impress.

Location: 

It’s a miracle that the Hilton ever got built in a city that’s so obsessive about buildings being in-keeping with the Georgian style. The bad news is that the hotel looks like a 70s office block, but the good news is that once you’re inside you don’t have to look at it. It’s next door to the Podium complex, which has restaurants and shops and is a stone’s throw from attractions like the Abbey and the main shopping streets. Walcot’s ‘artisan quarter’ is just up the road and the Roman Baths are five minutes away.

Bedrooms: 

As part of its facelift, the Hilton Bath City has already spent £2m on refurbishing its bedrooms and I love the decor of the 11 new deluxe rooms as they have trendy wallpaper, sleek glass-topped desks, added air-con and yummy candy-striped bedding. This year more of the 167 rooms will also be undergoing a refurbishment until May 2011 and six more will be added – so check when you book whether you’re in an older or refurbished room. The hotel was built in the 70s so rooms are on the smaller side – rooms vary from 16.5-28msq and refurbished ones are larger. Family rooms are also more spacious, as are the split-level junior suites. Deluxe rooms and suites come with free chocolates and half a bottle of red wine. Rooms on the ‘plaza side’ of the hotel are older with dark wood and maroon colour schemes.

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Public areas: 

At present there is an open-plan restaurant, bar and lounge area, but this is due to be split into smaller, more intimate sections during the refurbishment and should be completed by the summer. So watch this space...

Eating and drinking: 

Friendly service and pleasant food in Zuccotta restaurant with Mediterranean influenced fare, good veggie options, and views of the back of Pulteney Bridge. Children under 10 eat free with an adult.

Leisure facilities: 

Another part of the hotel that’s had an overhaul is the compact 24 hour Living Express gym, which is now open after a refurbishment in November 2010.

Service: 

Staff are well-trained and polite, there’s a concierge desk and porters are on hand to help with bags.

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Who stays there: 

Popular with business guests and Hilton HHonours (loyalty scheme) visitors, as well as those attending weddings and larger international parties. Weekends are 96% leisure guests and mid-week this drops to 60%.

Price advice: 

Parking in the shopping centre car park next door costs £21 for 24 hours (it’s usually £25). Attraction packages (for Thermae Bath Spa, the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms) are available, as are breakfast and dinner packages and loyalty scheme rewards.

Pros: 
Good for business guests
Upcoming refurbishment
Cons: 
Pricey parking
Noisy seagulls on the river behind

More information on Hilton Bath City:

Price from:
£68
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Walcot Street, Bath, BANES, England, BA1 5BJ
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Central (Walcot)

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