Despite not having its own car park we found a convenient (and reasonably charged) car park within a very short walk of the hotel. So short, in fact, we didn’t bother exploiting the ten minute set-down allowed outside the hotel for its guests.
Check-in was short and sweet, and we were given all the information we needed. Passes for the high-speed internet, times for breakfast and we made our first booking for dinner.
Unlike other hotels that take their names from attractions they actually are nowhere near, The BEST WESTERN Abbey Hotel virtually neighbours Bath Abbey.
Despite being interested in that, and Bath’s other famous landmarks like the Pump Room and The Jane Austen Centre, we were more interested in finding things that my seven year-old boy may enjoy too.
While we deliberated we enjoyed a picnic in the little park opposite the Abbey, on the banks of the river. Then we had an ice-cream from one of the parlours we found on our short walk to the Royal Victoria Park.
Whilst at the park we enjoyed a game of mini-golf. We don’t consider it a holiday unless there’s a round of mini-golf, and this one in Bath is one of the finest we’ve played on.
Food in the hotel was superb and bistro-esq, as was the service accompanying it. My boy ate off the adult menu, but the hotel were happy to offer children’s meals, even though there wasn’t a specific children’s menu. Our own little deviations from the menu were also accommodated, and we genuinely felt very well looked after.
The room we stayed in was great too. Comfortable. A giant bed for us adults, and a single that my son soon took to. Plenty of space for us all, a bathroom with all you’d expect, plasma TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee, internet good enough for us to stream 4oD.
We visited Longleat Safari Park, which wasn’t too far, an approximate 30 minute drive and I think only about five driving directions from the car park we were in.
There’s so much to do in Bath, and the BEST WESTERN Abbey Hotel seems to be near it all. I may be back for a sporting break with the rugby and cricket grounds being so close.
With us having a good idea of what we were going to do beforehand, we didn’t really make great use of the Bath guide hardback provided in the room, or the City channel available on our bedroom TV.
Ian Newbold – Year of Get Up and Go Blogging Panel