The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel
What it is
A centuries-old Georgian estate with a sunlit atrium spa and thermal baths, plus a glamorous, see-and-be-seen cocktail bar and restaurant with afternoon tea.
What it isn't
Lacking in provenance. The hotel was named for rococo painter Sir Thomas Gainsborough; guests have unfettered access to Spa Village Bath’s mineral-stocked thermal water.
What we think
The concept of a much-needed spa day was not lost on the Brits 2,000 years ago, when they would beeline to Bath, England, to soak in piping hot thermal springs. Now, the locale is a UNESCO World Heritage site—and The Gainsborough is one of the jewels in its crown. New York interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud has recently revamped it in grand style: guest rooms are both classic and modern at once, with toile fabric headboards on the two poster beds; traditional wainscoting; and luxe touches, such as Nespresso machines and Elemis toiletries. To feel like you’re presiding over your own private spa, book a Bath Spa Room; they’re fitted with roll-top soaking tubs and eye pillows for your best sleep ever. Want to spread out? King Suites have separate living rooms; while the Two-Bedroom Suite has its own curved staircase within the dreamy bilevel floor plan (complete with a living room, natch).
You're here because
The water in the spa’s thermal pools are as authentic as it gets: they bubble up from Bath’s primeval thermal springs. Plus, they’ve installed some very modern spa delights, such as an ice alcove and treatments like Elemis Pro Glo Smooth Facials.
After a day spent soaking and scrubbing in the spa, you’re practically famished—and you’re nothing less than obsessed with this wild mushroom risotto with parsley puree and poached quail eggs in the buzzing Canvas Room restaurant.
Restaurants & Bars
Dan Moon At The Gainsborough Restaurant - Seasonal ingredients in a sophisticated yet informal environment.
The Gainsborough Bar - Pre-dinner cocktail or after dinner liqueur.
The ancient, winding streets of central Bath, two blocks from The Roman Baths—where locals steeped while worshiping age-old goddesses like celtic deity Sulis Minerva for 2,000-plus years.