Ahhh Bath! Nestled in amongst the hills of Southwest England, the city of Bath is a Unesco World Heritage site and it becomes clear why as soon as you arrive. It is somewhere I have always wanted to explore; the architecture, cobbled streets and history has always drawn me to it. So, when my boyfriend surprised me with a roadtrip to Bath for my birthday I was over the moon. Bath is only a 4-hour drive from Kent, and only a 90-minute train journey from London. It’s a city you could probably explore in a day, but for a more leisurely visit, I recommend staying for a weekend.
Opting to stay at one of Bath’s newest hotels, built in 2017, the Apex City of Bath Hotel curves around James Street West and Charles Street. Offering a contemporary stay with its stone exterior and clean lines, the four-star hotel unexpectantly blends well into the Georgian landscape.
The lobby oozes sophistication with warm mood lighting and a neutral colour scheme, it was the perfect entrance and start to my stay in Bath, with the staff on the main desk being both friendly and helpful. To make matters better, not only is this hotel in the perfect location with it being a stones throw away from the main streets, it also has it’s own spa facilities- including a pool, sauna and steam room, which is the ultimate way to relax after a busy day wandering around this charming city.
What to expect from the Apex rooms
The rooms at the Apex have a unique colour palette with accents of bright yellow toned down by muted greys and navys. The hotel boasts 177 rooms, with a mixture of family, twin and doubles- some even having a balcony with a cityscape view (perfect for a summer visit). Each room has a stylish, no-fuss-design for anyone just wanting a nice hotel to spend a couple of nights in.
I recommend popping into Lush on your travels around the city and picking up a bath bomb to enjoy the rooms massive bath-tub- speaking from experience here, trust me it was one of the most relaxing baths I’ve ever had. Or if you’re not so into baths each room has a luxury walk-in shower with a waterfall showerhead, which is also lovely.
What’s for breakfast?
Leading on from the lobby, you’ll find the hotels restaurant. Fitting into the hotels contemporary styling with clever lighting and a modern colour palette of oranges and greys.
Well, of course, I had to have the hotel breakfast- there’s nothing better than a hotel breakfast in my opinion. The menu consisted of homemade crumpets to poached eggs on sourdough bread. I, however, opted for the buffet which offered up the most amazing homemade granola and yogurt. It can get a little hectic in the mornings, but it depends what time you get down there and we didn’t really have to wait too long for a table, but be sure to snap up a pan au chocolat – before they’re all gone!
We ate breakfast in the hotel every morning before we headed out to explore the city. However, there are some super cute places to grab breakfast in the city. I’ve listed a few places I spotted that did some really nice breakfast options –
• Boston Tea Party – http://www.bostonteaparty.co.uk
• Same Same but Different – http://same-same.co.uk
• Rosarios – http://www.rosarioscafe.co.uk
• Wild Cafe – http://www.wildcafe.co.uk
What about lunch and dinner?
We actually didn’t eat lunch or dinner at the hotel, opting to explore and enjoy the restaurants Bath had to offer because one of the things I love to do when I’m in a new city is to eat…and try new restaurants.
For lunch, we tried the Boston Tea Party which is a west country chain, alike to Bill’s. The menu has a mixture of things on offer from burgers to avocado on toast. The food is lovely but it’s a tiny place, so you may need to wait a little while for a table, but once seated it makes for a lovely place to chat and take a break from exploring – If you have room for more, the cakes looked incredible! Other places we visited for lunch or a coffee break-
• Society Café – http://www.society-cafe.com – they do the most amazing Almond Milk Mocha!
• Colonna & Small – http://www.colonnaandsmalls.co.uk – an Instagrammer’s dream
• Hunter & Sons – http://hunter-sons.co.uk – marble tables and the perfect latte art need I say more
And for dinner, I cannot recommend the restaurant, Aqua enough. The elegant Italian restaurant resides in a former church house, which explains it’s high ceiling and stained glass windows above the main bar area. The food was yummy, I recommend the Linguine Gamberoni, the portion was just the right amount to fill me up- unfortunately, that meant I had no room for dessert! But, I can also recommend trying out the cocktails on offer, the Positano is too die for. Other places to try out for dinner –
• The Stable – https://stablepizza.com – pizza and cider, a pairing that will never disappoint
• Sam’s Kitchen – http://www.samskitchendeli.co.uk – the name is great and the food looks even better
• Yen Sushi – http://yensushi.co.uk/menu.php – Mcfly have been so, it must be good.
Within a short walk of the hotel, you can find Bath’s famous Roman Baths. They topped the list of the UK’s most visited attractions and are one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world- It’s got to be on your list of places to visit whilst in Bath. Expect a lot of people and A LOT of cameras…
The Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex surrounding the only hot spring in Britain which still has hot water flowing through it, hence the name Roman Bath. It makes for an interesting visit to learn all about the ruins of the temple of Sulis Minerva and what the Romans believed in- It’s like time has stood still as you wander through the uneven grounds and small archways. Also, you can actually have a little taste of the natural hot spring water.
The Roman Bath has had a huge responsibility for the cities popularity, history and development- So, if you’re in Bath it’s well worth a visit.
Weekend packing seems easy- It’s just two days and two nights, what’s so hard about that?
Well, after 2 seconds of good intentions I looked at my weather app and see snow, rain and a little bit of sun?! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!?…It means by the end I was throwing clothes in I hadn’t worn for a good year or so.
So, I did what anyone else would do and ask Vogue and every Instagram influencer I could find on Instagram for some cute outfit inspiration that hopefully, I could replicate.
So, here is my packing list if you’re off to Bath for a weekend in March…
I usually start from the bottom and work up so- Cobbled streets mean flat boots are a must, simple black chelsea boots are a good choice as they’re easy to dress up and down for an evening of dinner and drinks and a day busy of exploring in the city.
For bottoms, always pack one pair of jeans, I chose black skinnies for ease of everything matching. I find skinny jeans always look better when paired with oversized jumpers and coats on me. I also always pack an alternative (because I’m so clumsy), so I went for a midi skirt to wear with tights for the evening.
Layer, layer & more layers. A vest top is a complete must for any holiday, I always pack one- they’re a great base layer to any outfit. For, this trip I had two outfits in mind so I opted to bring two jumpers, one oversized grey knit (in the photo) to pair with jeans and the other a beige rollneck to wear with the midi skirt. I also packed two coats, which I wouldn’t normally have done if it weren’t for taking a car. Normally, I would only take one neutral coloured long line coat as it’s easy to chuck on and matches everything.
Taking inspiration from pretty much everyone on Instagram I took a baker boy hat. A trend that is actually very practical in snowy/rainy/windy weather conditions! Wearing one keeps your hair out of your face, and the cap shields your face from any rain meaning your makeup stays intact. Plus your ears are kept toasty warm as well. Bag? Opt for a hands-free crossbody. They don’t get in the way and the size means they never get too heavy.
My overall top tip on packing for a weekend away at any time of the year is to keep the colour scheme neutral, so that each item can be worn in any combination!
I would highly recommend Bath to couples, who want a relaxing weekend in a charming British city, even though my face in the photo above suggests otherwise, it was freezing, snowing in fact! So, can you blame me?
From wandering the streets in complete awe to roaming around the Roman Baths, Bath is the perfect location for a weekend getaway.
Hello, I’m Samantha. A twenty-two-year-old fashion communication and promotion graduate. An avid shopper, lover of interiors and good coffee addict.