Bath is my hometown and so I frequent the restaurants, bars and spas of the local hotels on a regular basis. I selected my shortlist by choosing places that friends recommended; hotels that I knew from personal experience and ones that had good reputations online and in the media. I also threw in a few wildcards to check out.
My final 20 are the best from different sections – I’ve mainly considered leisure travellers, but there are also options there for budget and business travellers, larger parties, wedding guests and honeymooners. Budget wise I’ve tried to get a spread of chain hotels that are more likely to have special offers, independent boutique hotels, small b&bs and luxury options that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Geographically I’ve tried to stay central and all can be reached easily with public transport, are within walking distance of transport hubs or have good parking. Those on the outskirts are all within a 30-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride of the centre.
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