Looking for a hotel in Bath, but after a cheap one? You won’t be alone. The Somerset spa town is a little gem, but as with many such towns, it’s a pricey one – especially if you’re here to take in its Roman Baths or Thermae Bath Spa. Still, there are many cheap hotels to choose from when it comes to staying here, especially if you're used to London hotel prices. Enjoy all that the town has to offer, from the Jane Austen Centre and Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent to the abbey or Wells Cathedral, and still have money to spare by bagging a room at one of the best cheap hotels in Bath.
Bath's best cheap hotels
The Griffin is a pub with accomodation in a restored Georgian house, just a few minutes away from the Thermae Bath Spa and the Roman Baths. There’s much going for this place, including free wi-fi and a full English breakfast included in the price. Their bright, modern rooms have flatscreen TVs, iPod docks and tea and coffee-making facilities. Their on-site restaurant is good for rustic fare.
One way of getting round costly hotels is to seek out self-catering places like these modern, swish studios and apartments at Bath University. They’re great value for money, and have free wi-fi and fully fitted and serviced kitchens, plus complimentary tea and coffee. Private bathrooms here come with free toiletries and towels, and it’s a short walk to the baths and abbey. You can rent a bike here, too, should you want to explore Bath that way.
Like your hotels with a spot of celebrity association? This old-school set-up is owned by a consortium that includes Welsh pop don Tom Jones and crooning lounge legend Engelbert Humperdinck. It’s converted from three Georgian townhouses near Henrietta Park, and has 40 en-suite rooms, each with TV tea and coffee-making facilities. Okay, the decor and styling has a touch of the timewarp about them, but given the prices you’re paying, you really can’t complain.
Billing itself as Bath's only independent design hotel and wine bar, the Thief offers a series of simply styled double rooms. Dispensing with trendy accent colours in favour of clean, crisp white bed linens, handsome painted panelwork and vintage radiators, they’re genuinely very likeable spaces for such cheap rates. All rooms come with free wifi, flatscreen TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities. Breakfast, served in the stylish restaurant/bar, is included (and on warms day you can head to the lovely courtyard). Best of all, it’s dog-friendly! You can shake a paw with resident mutts Mollie and Dexter.
As the name suggests, this hotel is based in an old millhouse on the River Avon. It’s about three miles out of Bath, but it’s worth that minor inconvenience for the lovely views, outdoor spaces and timeless sense of rural England at its prettiest. (Also, a bus stop just outside will take you on a route straight into the city centre.) Modern, smart rooms are housed across two buildings, with those in the annexe offering mod cons like underfloor heating. Do bear in mind that wi-fi comes at a little extra cost each day, though.
This centrally located YMCA is based across a Victorian building replete with a newer extension on Broad Street. It has range of rooms, from singles to family rooms and dorms – but note that there are no en-suite options. There’s free wi-fi, breakfast and access to a fitness centre, all of which is included in the room rates. In the pleasant public areas, guests have access to a terrace, café and washing machine, and the reception is manned around the clock.