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Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, Bath

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Bath, England, Europe
Sydney Road
Tel: 44 870 400 8222
Tel: 888 892 0038's insider take:

This 129-room Georgian mansion, set among seven acres of landscaped gardens, is a mostly peaceful getaway in the hills outside the city. Rooms in the original house, built in 1848, have period details and furnishings (like the four-poster beds in the 27 spacious suites) that can evoke a Jane Austen-ish reverie, while those in the 20th-century addition have a more contemporary feel. All have polished marble and mahogany bathrooms. In recent years, it's become a favorite destination for conference attendees—and delegates with name badges tend to spoil the sense of historic nostalgia. The good news: You can escape the hordes by hitting the pool, the large spa, the gym, or the croquet lawn—or by booking one of the butler-serviced Imperial Suites, housed in a structure set apart from the main building.

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