Ambassador Hotel Review – The Royal Crescent Hotel Bath

- Kathy Lette, Author

Kathy Lette


Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major motion picture by Oscar-winning director Bruce Beresford. Since then, she’s penned a plethora of bestsellers, including Mad Cows , Nip ‘n’ Tuck, Dead Sexy, and most recently, Men – A User’s Guide.


Holidaying with children can often leave parents needing a holiday to recuperate from the holiday. But not only is the Royal Crescent hotel child-friendly, it’s proximity to Stonehenge, Cheddar Gore, Longleat House, Prior Park and the Cotswold’s means there’s much to distract irritable offspring.

Built in 1767 by John Wood the Younger, the elegant Royal Crescent is a Georgian architectural gem. The honey-golden hue of the local stone makes the Crescent resemble a giant slab of cake. A giant sweep of billiard baize lawn slopes down to the botanical gardens and the pretty city below. The settings are so Jane Austen-esque, you keep expecting Darcy to get down on bended knee to ask you to knot your nuptials.

The hotel is a collection of magnificent terraces and beautiful gardens. It’s a composition that reflects a bygone era of gracious living; a time when Bath was the epicenter of the civilized world.

The spacious rooms and suites are sumptuously and individually decorated with an elegant nod towards period detail. However, the Royal Crescent manages to maintain an informal cosines. I’ve often thought that the English people prefer canines to kids. They keep their dogs at home and send their children off to high-class kennels called Eton and Harrow. But at the Royal Crescent little ones are made welcome from the grand gardens to the indoor pool.

The contemporary British cuisine, drawing on French, Mediterranean and the Far East, proved to be deliciously inventive. The menu changes with the seasons to make the best of local, fresh ingredients.

The hotel promised an elegant, romantic (albeit family friendly) experience and they delivered with impeccable style. And you won’t need a holiday to recover from your holiday.

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