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The History of The Royal Crescent Hotel

The iconic Royal Crescent Hotel is situated in one of the most famous crescents in the world. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom, the Georgian stone facade remains much as it was when it was first built.

The Royal Crescent has been home to many notable residents over the years. We are delighted to be able to offer an extensive booklet detailing our historical residents in each of our luxurious Suites. Click here to view.

The hotel occupies no’s 15 & 16 of The Royal Crescent. Number 16 The Royal Crescent became a guest house in 1950, but it wasn’t until 1971 that it was combined with number 15 to become The Royal Crescent Hotel. Since then the hotel has had three owners, with Topland Group acquiring the property in 2012.

Famous sightings of the Royal Crescent in film and television

  • Catch Us If You Can (1965)
  • The Wrong Box (1966)
  • Time Team (2003)
  • Jane Austen’s Persuasion- TV edition (2007)
  • The Duchess (2008) featuring Kiera Knightley
  • Our Girl (2014)


“The beautiful situation of the crescent cannot be understood by any comparison with anything in any town whatsoever.” Famous literary hostess, Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu, 1780

“I consider that staying at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath is one of my great luxuries. Whether I am performing at the Theatre Royal or visiting the great city of Bath, I always look forward to having my favourite hotel as my base.” David Suchet MBE


  • The Drawing Room with Afternoon Tea
    Exclusive Use Venue

    For important social gatherings and celebrations, large business events, weddings and other special occasions

    The Library set for Evening Private Dining
    Private Weddings

    Make your wedding even more special by your guests being the only others in the hotel with our Exclusive Use offers

    Master Suite - The Sir Percy Blakeney Suite_Drawing Room view
    Civil Ceremonies

    The unique character of this remarkable hotel makes it the perfect setting for your Civil Ceremony.

    New Year’s Party

    The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is the most iconic location in Bath to bid farewell to 2015 and to welcome the New Year, 2016.

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    Taittinger Spa Garden

    To celebrate the opening of the Spa Garden,we have created the perfect Spa Retreats.

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