Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, Bath, England
What’s so great about this pool?
This is probably the only hotel with a thermal mineral pool in Britain. Since Roman times, visitors to Bath have come to take the waters. This pool is filled with water – direct from the mineral springs. The water is deliciously warm, though it tastes a bit peculiar, and it’s a great place to bathe. But it’s not somewhere to do vigorous laps. It’s supposed to do wonders for aching joints and skin conditions and sore muscles. It’s beautifully designed – on the lines of the original Roman baths – with mosaics and Roman columns.
- There are three pools. The main one is at 35 Degrees Centigrade, and the others are at 38 Degrees and 40 Degrees. The water is naturally heated – it comes hot out of the ground.
- The main pool has gentle steps and goes to depth of 1.1 metres.
- The water contains around 40 minerals – primarily magnesium and iron. It has a strong taste.
- All hotel guests are able to use the pools between 7am- 9pm and 8-10pm. Use of the pool is restricted to these times, because water is only lightly chlorinated. Outside of those times, the pool has to be booked and is used primarily for various water therapies.
- The main pool is roughly hexagonal. The largest side is 10m long.
- The spa area also has a state of the art fitness centre
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So the pool’s fab – what about the hotel?
The hotel – one of the most luxurious in Bath – is created out of two traditional Georgian buildings. It has 99 rooms and suites – with tall ceilings and the highest standards of accommodation.
There are two restaurants. The Canvas restaurant offers fairly simple all day dining – deli sandwiches, soups, burgers etc. The Gainsborough restaurant is top European cuisine with a six course tasting menu, for which the hotel has recruited a Michelin starred chef.
What else is there to do around there?
Bath is one of the most interesting historical cities in Britain. It was created by the Romans who built the old Roman baths – close to where the Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel is now situated. The Roman baths are a major tourist attraction. And the city was immensely popular as a health resort during Georgian times – from about 1750 to 1820. It’s a wonderful place to stroll around, there are great shops and restaurants as well as some incredible historic buildings, such as the famous Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and the Holburne Museum. And the surrounding countryside is stunning. And it’s a short drive from Stonehenge if you fancy seeing one of Britain’s most famous monuments.
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