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Hotel Highlights

  • Strolling distance from the city’s shops and spas
  • Savour premium whiskies in the hotel’s hidden terrace gardens
  • Head chef Chris Cleghorn's exquisite Modern British food in the renowned Olive Tree restaurant

Overview

A welcoming blend of its historic Bath Stone exterior and clean-lined modern décor, Bath's Queensberry Hotel pleasantly updates the restorative tradition of this famous spa city. A combination of four impressive 18th-century houses, this charmer includes an excellent restaurant with an easy-to-navigate wine list and an eager staff happy to offer whisky tasting tips.

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A bottle of prosecco

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

29, including two Junior Suites and one Four-poster Suite.

Check–out

11.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $142.67 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Continental breakfast is an extra £10 a person, £15 for full English (you can get two full Englishes for £25, if you arrange when booking).

Also

Owner Laurence Beere is a big whisky fan – and happy to share his taste. There’s a mighty selection of artisan brands in the lounge and all staff are brimming with connoisseur’s tips.

At the hotel

Terrace gardens, free WiFi throughout. In-room amenities: flatscreen TV, CD player and DAB radio, Vi-Spring beds, Mrs White's toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The spacious Junior Suites (rooms 7 and 8) were originally the townhouses’ drawing rooms and have original Georgian plasterwork and ornate fireplaces. We also like rooms 20 and 21. Numbers 22 and 24 have inspiring views of bath’s rooftops and room 6 has a lovely high ceiling.

Packing tips

No trip to Bath could be complete without dabbling in Jane Austen. Settle into one of the Queensberry’s many nooks and niches with a copy of Mansfield Park.

Also

Valet parking is available for £10 a car, for each night. There's a two-night minimum stay at weekends.

Children

Are welcome – there are even activity packs and child-sized bathrobes for youngsters. Cribs can be provided free and extra beds cost an extra £25 a night. Babysitting should be booked a day in advance and costs from £7.50 an hour.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

At the Olive Tree restaurant, head chef Chris Cleghorn (protégé of Heston Blumenthal, Gidleigh Park's Michael Caines and Adam Simmonds) sources seasonal and local ingredients to create a mouthwatering menu. Starters such as duck liver with toffee apple purée, and truffled confit chicken with sweetcorn and chicory, seem particularly inventive. 

 

Hotel Bar

Drinks are available throughout the hotel’s lounges and there’s a selection of spirits available on an honesty basis.

Last orders

You can order in the Olive Tree until 10pm.

Room service

A variety of dishes from the restaurant menu are available between 12pm and 10pm. Sandwiches and drinks are available at other times.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Up for dinner, down for drinks.

Top table

Nab a banquette in the corner.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Pack a picnic and head to the green in front of Bath's Royal Crescent – or at the sprawling Royal Victoria Park nearby. On a sunny afternoon, the Parade Gardens are ideal for some river-side mooching; £1 gets you entry, a stripy deckchair and a patch of green green grass by the river. Open 10am–8pm on a summer's evening (or until 4pm during the winter months). Call 01225 394 041 for information on concerts at the bandstand. For a dose of the heebie-jeebies, tread the ancient Roman Bath streets on a Ghost Walks of Bath tour (www.ghostwalksofbath.co.uk) or for something a bit sweeter, visit the oldest sweet shop in Britain: The Bath Sweet Shop (01225 428 040) on North Parade Passage. Sherbet pips and aniseed balls in huge jars? What's not to love?

Local restaurants

Bath city centre is stuffed with eateries. Vaults Restaurant & Bar (01225 442 265) underneath the Theatre Royal on Sawclose is great for a piece of afternoon amaretti chocolate cake, or for a supper of steamed mussels. The lemongrass fragrance wafting from Thai vegetarian restaurant Shangri-La (01225 338 200) on George Street is too tempting to pass by. For a mod-Med menu and views across 'green Bath' beyond Pulteney Bridge, book a table at Browns Restaurant & Bar (01225 461 199) on Orange Grove. Afternoon tea is served 2pm5pm.

 

Local bars

A precious rarity in Bath, Bamboo Bar (01225 462 276 on Barton Court, Upper Borough Walls boasts a courtyard treasure. Hidden from the main street, it doesn't get too busy offering lunchtime noodles under umbrellas, or evening tipples under heaters. Inside is an Oriental-themed bar. The Raven (01225 425 045) on Queen Street is a messy, cosy pub chocka with rambling book shelves and old mismatched chairs. Food is served 12pm–2.30pm and 6pm–8.30pm (Saturday: 12pm–8.30pm, Sunday: 12.30pm–4pm). The Salamander (01225 428 889) on John Street, Queens Square, is a little pub with wood-panelled booths at the back, just perfect for fish and chips or a lunchtime steak sandwich. For a Manhatten or a Mint Julep, Central Bar (01225 333 939) on Upper Borough Walls is a chilled cocktailerie, also offering paninis, salads and lashings of tagliatelle.

Local cafés

When in Bath, an afternoon visit to The Pump Room (01225 444 477) in the Roman Baths on Stall Street is obligatory. To complete the Jane Austen experience of live strings, chandaliers, foxgloves and imperial columns, order the three tiers of afternoon tea for two. (Bookings are only taken Monday–Friday). For great coffee and rows and rows of handmade chocolates to pick from, Bar Chocolate next to Bang & Olufsen on Argyle Street is open 09h–18h (11h–17h Sunday). Try their choc-coated, sun-dried banana. Riverside Cafe (01225 480 532) below Pulteney Bridge is a great watery spot for lunch or a coffee overlooking the river. The House of Minerva (01225 464 999) on Abbey Church Yard is the only licensed chocolate shop in the UK; they make chocolates in front of you, then serve it to you with champagne. Open 10.30pm–6pm. Click www.chocolatemaster.co.uk to find out about chocolate and champagne tastings. The pavement tables of Le Flamma (01225 443 900) on George Street catch the last rays of evening sun, before the party moves inside to its leather and suede bar until 11pm (5pm on Sunday).

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Heart of historic Bath

Queensberry Hotel

4–7 Russel Street, Bath, BA1 2QF, United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is Bristol International, which is a 40-minute drive from the hotel. London Heathrow is an hour and a half away and Gatwick is three hours.

Trains

Trains from London Paddington head directly to Bath Spa and take an hour and 20 minutes. From the station, the distance is under a mile.

Automobiles

The nearest motorway is the M4, which will deliver you all the way to and from London, and connect you to the M40.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Josa Young , Editorial doyenne

‘You’ve missed a vista,’ mentioned my Mr Smith as we sank into the green bowl within which Bath squats. Spinning round, I captured another rare, precious moment on camera. Having abandoned our three children, we were intent on celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary – with the first child-free weekend in ten of those years. Drawing up outside the honey-stone terrace, …
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Queensberry Hotel

Anonymous review by Josa Young, Editorial doyenne

‘You’ve missed a vista,’ mentioned my Mr Smith as we sank into the green bowl within which Bath squats. Spinning round, I captured another rare, precious moment on camera. Having abandoned our three children, we were intent on celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary – with the first child-free weekend in ten of those years. Drawing up outside the honey-stone terrace, where this boutique hotel in Bath cunningly occupies three of the golden, flat-fronted Georgian houses, he suggested that in true Smith style we should really be arriving separately – and that having a single suitcase with our clothes pressed together was a bit, well, married and uncool. Frankly after all these years, we probably share a single immune system – never mind luggage.

The adaptation for intrigue at this lovely Bath hotel was immediately apparent. The décor is pale and discreet, with original features in the public areas. There are sitting rooms, notably unoccupied, but no bumping-into-hello-how-are-you-embarrassment zones. There’s no pressure to be sociable, no bar to make chums in – and everyone is ever so slightly evasive; eyes are lowered as you creep past. The reception area is so squirreled away that you could check in alone, whilst your partner in marital crime rushed past up the stairs, no problem. Even if the most famous illicit couple rocked up here, no one would take the slightest bit of notice. This is a hotel where doors close softly.

We scuttled furtively up the pretty double staircase to our room on the first floor feeling happy and anonymous – and slightly wicked; you don’t go away on a child-free weekend for nothing. The room, a perfect cube having been lightly trimmed to accommodate a bathroom, was painted the kind of grey you get when a storm is coming; modern, but not out of place with the period of the room. The cornice, thick with ancient whitewash, had been replaced along the top of the new wall with a crisp copy. Technology was discreet – a flatscreen television hovering on the wall and a digital radio blended into the background of polished period-furniture pieces.

We didn’t loiter at the hotel for long as we had an appointment at the Thermae Bath Spa. But before immersing ourselves in Bath’s famous hot waters, we stopped for lunch at Same, Same But Different – a little tapas café we discovered lurking in a passage just off George Street. Fuelling us with frosted San Miguel, a delicious goats cheese salad and what they claim is the best freshly-brewed Java in Bath, we drifted on down the hill to the spa – full, but ready to float.

Bath’s naturally hot springs bubble over several floors of a modern building built within an ancient one. Designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, the New Royal Bath is made of glass and reflects the golden sandstone of the surrounding buildings. For about £20 you can spend several blissful hours, starting in the open roof-top pool, bathing in healthful minerals to your heart’s content. Maybe it was an illusion, but the minerals seemed to make us float effortlessly – perhaps the tensions of 18 years of child-rearing had simply been soaked out of us. Mr Smith carried me around through the water from bubbling spa to bubbling spa, like a plank under his arm. Shutting my eyes and letting him hold me up in the water was terribly romantic, like the kind of trust game you try on management courses – only without the worry of being ‘caught’ by Gareth from Accounts.

Stepping into a Calvin Klein black linen dress from my honeymoon, that evening we headed down to the Olive Tree restaurant in the hotel’s basement. There, in a room occupied by a desperately young – but highly civilized – hen party, dressed in a mixed metaphor of red feathery wings and halos, we settled down to eat asparagus and ravioli of chicken and mushroom, red mullet and some small fillets of brill. All good and rather delicate. We drank wine by the glass so we could try several bottles, I had a fresh mint tea – and then came the highlight of the gustatory experience: the best fudge I have ever eaten, rendered even more divine after a dipping in sea-salt crystals. Then we simply had to go upstairs to our sheets with a thread-count so high that you couldn’t see the threads – we suspect White Company’s finest, as that’s where the delicious toiletries hailed from.

The novelty of a small tousled person not appearing at 5am was even more relaxing and romantic than flopping around in hot mineral water. This is not a hotel where you breakfast in the dining room – I imagine you’d catch staff on the hop, they must be so used to couples making the most of their room. Croissants with butter, jam, coffee and fruit were delivered to our bed, whereupon we almost felt moved to re-enact the seminal scene from Richard Curtis’ first film, The Tall Guy – where Emma Thompson gets her shapely behind plastered with butter while having riotous sex with the divine Jeff Goldblum… Only, it was their first time – and our – oh goodness I don’t know. So we promptly moved the butter to one side in our tidy, irritating, married sort of way.

Packing up and checking out later that morning, we were back to being parents again – infinitely refreshed by being Mr & Mrs Smith just for one night at this Bath boutique hotel. So are we tempted to get another adults-only break in the diary? Absolutely. Only we're determined not to leave it another ten years before escaping again, that’s for sure.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Queensberry Hotel from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service was wonderful, the check-in was organised and prompt and the lady checking us in took us straight to our room. It meant there were no stresses and we could start relaxing straight away.

Don’t expect

The room we were in was overlooked by houses and the windows in the room had no screens unless you closed the blinds, which then made the room dark. Maybe the bathroom could have frosted panels on the window for privacy?

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very pleasant and helpful staff in all areas. The restaurant was xcellent in every way.

Don’t expect

Breakfast in the room was initially incomplete, but corrected promptly.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very good food: you get what you pay for. I enjoyed the excellent service and good location.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The bathroom was lovely, there was nice decor in the room and it was quiet at night.

Don’t expect

It would be nice to have a kettle in the room.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the quirky, comfortable room, good cocktails, great food, good service and great location.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room we had was beautifully decorated and very welcoming. The hotel is in a very quiet residential street. When you arrive there is someone at the door immediately to greet you, take your luggage and park your car. The breakfast was superb.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Very agreeable staff and helpful at all times. Excellent valet parking. Their own Olive Tree restaurant was booked up on our evening there, but they booked for us at another local restaurant (which was also full) and then at a third (Bistro Rustica Italia) which was fine.

Don’t expect

WiFi does not work in rooms – one has to go to a sometimes crowded lounge.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

An incredible find; such good value, great service and a perfect location. Couldn't recommend highly enough!

Don’t expect

Tea and coffee facilities in the room would be appreciated.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Arriving at the hotel was a doddle thanks to their valet parking system (they will deliver the car back to the front door within 15 minutes when required). The hotel plays up its 'fastidious service' and it is truly exceptional – everything is thought of and nothing is too much trouble, wherever you happen to be. The staff also come across as genuinely enthusiastic about the hotel and Bath itself, and that rubbed off on us, making us even more excited about getting out and exploring. It was particularly good to be given free spa packs for use in Thermae Bath Spa, saving us the cost of hiring directly from the spa itself. The breakfasts are outstanding – great ingredients, perfectly cooked, in a calming and relaxed setting. And, you should definitely try the Olive Tree restaurant for lunch or dinner too. As for location, the hotel is situated just far enough out of the town centre for privacy and peace (although there were some boisterous people out on Saturday night), but close enough that everything is an easy walk. Ideal!

Don’t expect

Others will have made this point, but having te-a and coffee-making facilities in the room would, on balance, be an improvement on the free drinks available in the lounge during the day. Most people will not be in the hotel for much of the time between 9.30-5.30, so presumably it is cheaper for the hotel to do things this way, but it is the only slightly jarring note given the generous approach taken with the rest of the hotel's services.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's slightly off the beaten path, in a less touristy area of Bath. Great decor, nice sized rooms (#21).

Don’t expect

There was no air conditioning in any rooms.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were all exceptionally helpful. Lovely room and great breakfast. Brilliant location.

Don’t expect

Bathroom was spotlessly clean, but a bit tired round the edges. Tea and coffee was available in the lounge during the day, but tea/coffee-making facilities in the room would have meant we could have had a cuppa first thing – rather than having to wait until we made it down for breakfast.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I absolutely loved Queensberry Hotel. From the moment we arrived we were blown away by the hospitality of the staff. When we were shown to our room, it really did have the wow factor! I felt extremely pampered and relaxed at Queensberry and will definitely be returning for another visit! The best thing about Queensberry is the attention to detail put into everything. From the soft, fluffy dressing gowns in the room and the White Company toiletries; right down to the delicious breakfast with excellent pastries.

 

Don’t expect

It would have been ideal if we'd had tea and coffee making facilities in our room. It was lovely having complimentary tea in the communal lounge (Teapigs, no less) – but I like to lounge in bed with a nice cuppa. This also meant that after 5.30 we had to order tea through room service, which was on the expensive side!

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Luxurious room and ensuite, accommodating and friendly staff, lovely bar and dining room for the evening, parking facilities in central Bath (they park your car for you).

Don’t expect

No complaints, although on both occasions I have visited, I have felt service in the bar can often be a little slow and it ought to be manned full-time during peak-hours.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Nice, interesting and spacious room with an exceptionally comfortable bed – we were upgraded for free from a standard room to a superior. Very good service, very close to the centre, great restaurant called the Olive Tree downstairs, which also did an excellent breakfast in the morning. Would most definitely use again.

Don’t expect

Nearly £9 for 2 teas in the evening was a bit cheeky, especially as there is no way for you to make one yourself in the room, although it was very nice tea. On the flipside they do provide free tea and coffee between 9.30am and 5.30pm in one of the lounges.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Queensbury is in a perfect position to enjoy Bath, just off from the town centre in a beautiful area. We stayed in room 28, a deluxe double on the second floor, at the front of the building. The room's are really large and spacious with a comfortable bed and sofa area.  The garden at the rear is lovely and a nice place to sit and enjoy a drink. We only had breakfast at the hotel, which was good, but cannot comment on the restaurant.  Staff were friendly and very helpful and the valet parking is another great perk of the hotel as Bath is always a difficult town to park in.

Don’t expect

The bathroom is in much need of refurbishment, yellowing tiles and just a bit shabby. The hotel could really make something of such a big bathroom, so a bit disappointing and on the expensive side for the quality of the decor of the room. If I returned to the hotel, I would ask for a room at the back as we were disturbed all night long on Saturday by late night revelers walking past the hotel.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Far enough from the centre of Bath to be quiet and relaxing, but close enough to have a gentle (downhill) walk into the city. We received a complimentary room upgrade, that despite being on the ground floor, exceeded our expectations in all respects (size, lighting, furnishing – all fab). Breakfasts were excellent and service efficient and pleasant at all times. We will definitely return.

 

 

Don’t expect

Very difficult to be critical of anything.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Queensberry Hotel is a strange beast really... and we weren't (that's me and the special one) sure what it was trying to be... It has a bit of a personality crisis if I'm honest and I think that has something to do with just how many staircases and small rooms it has... in fact I don't think we had seen so many stairs in one place. We both said that after one too many wines from their very good wine list, finding yourself faced with a staircase leading to not sure where, made for a very amusing experience. Are you a house pretending to be a hotel, are you a boutique hotel trying to be grown up... we were a bit confused (and that's not difficult). It's not all bad... in fact we had a rather lovely time there - the decor is chic, the furnishing on the mark and we were in the very freshly painted room 20. How lovely to enter a room with the fresh smelly of paint... at least you know the place is well looked after. Gold stars all round... The special one loved the sausages and he said that it was one of the best breakfasts he'd ever had and that the sausages were to die for... Call me old fashioned, but I do like my tea and coffee making facilities in my room (god I sound like my mother!), and this could be a real winner in upping the experience at the Queensberry. Great staff, and customer service was excellent... they could not have done enough for us, so thank you, thank you for a great weekend.

Don’t expect

We were staying in Room 20, and whilst it was really well finished and comfortable, it is not recommended for guests taller than me (I'm 5ft 9). Both the special one and I had real trouble with the shower, as it has been built with short (very) people in mind... Seeing the special one with a crooked neck while he soaped up was rather amusing, until it was my turn !!! :) Nothing else could have been better... it's a lovely hotel and we had a great weekend. It's perfect for that last minute short break and is within walking distance of everything that's great about Bath. Thanks all x

Rating: 6/10 stars