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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 Spa at dusk
    Spa Breaks

    Get away from it all with a relaxing Spa Break making full use of all that our Spa can offer

    Food green
    Diners Delight

    Indulge in a two night stay that includes the ultimate gastronomic dining experience in our Dower House Restaurant.

    Dower House Restaurant
    Dower House & Garden View

    Our stunning gardens are the perfect venue for any social occasion that you will never forget.

    The Drawing Room with Afternoon Tea
    Exclusive Use Venue

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

  • Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
    Afternoon Tea

    Afternoon tea taken in the stunning gardens of The Royal Crescent Hotel or in one of the cosy lounges is a ritual.

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