The city of Bath is one of the most picturesque across the whole of Britain
It’s said that Bath is home to one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world: the Roman Baths.
But the city is much more than simply the site of this stunning 70 AD construction.
Every crooked paving stone and each stunning Georgian house lining the streets makes the atmosphere in the city electric with a quintessentially British buzz.
Pulling into Charlotte Street carpark, it was quite clear my home for the weekend was going to be an entirely different experience to my usual cosmopolitan Zone 2 London lifestyle.
Ditching the car, I decided to venture into the city on foot to check into the hotel.
The winding paths and cobbled streets were reminiscent of quant old England – something not always all too obvious back home in the capital.
I found myself absorbing the peace and tranquillity of the River Avon as I strolled, the late summer sun beating down.
A table laid out in front of the Abbey Hotel was the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and a spot of people watching as I got my bearings of the city.
The city itself is a mere 29K; although it may be small it’s certainly mighty.
It boasts the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, a plethora of museums and art galleries – not to mention all the incredible architecture.
Bath: The Thermae Spa has the most incredible rooftop pool to lounge around in
The Apex hotel was home for the night. It’s a new hotel in the city and on paper had the potential to stick out like a newly-furnished sore thumb in such a traditional town.
But the building, on James Street West, blends in with no problem.
So new is the hotel that the pavement isn’t quite finished out front. But what it lacks in paving stones outside it certainly makes up for in style, elegance and friendliness inside.
The modern style sees an open-plan reception and bar welcome visitors off the street.
I’d checked-in within minutes and was escorted up to my room on the first floor.
Opening the door, the floor-to-ceiling window gave a great view of the nightlife in Bath with revellers spilling in and out of local pubs on the high street.
Despite this, there wasn’t a noise from the outside keeping up the calm and tranquil appearance of the hotel.
Modern décor is merged with technology – including a 49” TV with Sky Sports and Sky Movies, and a walk-in spacious shower, bath and Elemis toiletries.
Bath: The Royal Crescent is a must for any tourist visiting the city
Bath: The Apex Hotel in the centre of Bath is a great spot for the night
The bed was huge with a top-notch duvet, comfortable pillows and a robe for lounging around in. Breakfast is served downstairs in a large dining room; a huge selection of continental and traditionally English food was served. You name it, they do it.
Punters can also order off a breakfast menu and have a freshly-made meal created for them by the chef in the kitchen.
A stone’s throw – 200 meters to be precise – from hotel was the Thermae Bath Spa.
The spa is one of the most Instagrammable spots in the UK thanks to its impressive roof-top pool. Just don’t expect to be taking your own pictures of the spa as phones are banned.
Set over several floors, the spa is luxurious but extremely busy; if you don’t book your two-hour slot in advance you could well queue for up to an hour at the weekend for entry.
Each session includes two hours in the spa, the use of a towel, a robe and flip-flops (which you can take home!).
If relaxing in a gloriously warm rooftop pool with views of the rolling green countryside doesn’t float your boat, there’s plenty of history to keep even the least inspired history buff interested.
Bath Abbey is a breath-taking sight, and absolutely has to be on any itinerary for a weekend in the city.
Wandering around the outside of the impressive former Benedictine monastery was a highlight of the weekend.
A pianist performed a jazzy rendition of Your Song by Elton John as people bustled around me.
Bath: Apex offers a package that includes entry to all the local tourist hotspots
Walking through the city centre, with its flourishing hanging baskets and beautiful protected shop fronts, I was heading for the Royal Crescent.
Nowhere else in the world is a row of 30 terraced houses so famous. The sweeping crescent, and it’s sister the Royal Circus just around the corner, attracts visitors from across the globe.
The Georgian architecture is consistent throughout Bath and is certainly a jewel in its crown.
As the night drew in and the sun set on the John Wood-designed homes, I gently strolled back through the city centre.
Couples walked hand-in-hand, weaving in and out of the local pubs and wine bars. And the sun finally set on the city of Bath as I pottered along the pedestrian-only path back to the sanctuary of my luxury hotel for the evening.
Top tip: For dinner book into the Thai Balcony. Tables on the balcony can’t be reserved but if you ask nicely, and time it right, it’s the best view of Bath nightlife. And the food’s amazing.
The Apex Hotel Bath Ultimate City Break is bookable until 13th November 2017, starts from £269 and includes:
- A one-night stay for two, including full cooked and continental breakfast
- A complimentary glass of prosecco each on arrival
- Access to the Roman Baths, The Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery
- A two-hour spa voucher, per person, for the Thermae Bath Spa
For more info on the Ultimate City Break package, and to book, click here