Bath has been a favorite destination for visitors to the British Isles since Roman times, when it was first embraced for its thermal spas. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city combines centuries of history with modern chef-driven restaurants, trendy shops, and cushy boutique hotels. For those who want a taste of local life, whole-home Airbnb rentals average about $185/night, but you’ll find plenty for much less than that. Here are 10 of our favorites for right around $150/night or less.
1. One-bedroom apartment 2. Daniel and Anna’s spacious apartment 3. Bijou flat 4. Eclectic flat 5. Little Studio in Widcombe 6. Jennifer’s quirky cottage 7. Zeynep’s one-bedroom apartment 8. Katherine’s second-floor spot 9. John’s studio apartment 10. The Vaults
Paste’s Airbnb columnist Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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Built in 1789 for Samuel Ward, the Salt Merchant of Bath, this one-bedroom apartment is located on a grand Georgian street five minutes from the city center. From the back, there are views over the hills of Prior Park, while the front windows overlook the bustling street. A parking permit is included in the nightly rate, and the apartment is also located on a bus route.
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Daniel and Anna's spacious apartment occupies the entire first floor of a 1750s-era Georgian building. There's a large, sunny living room with three bay windows overlooking the Avon Valley and central Bath, plus a modern kitchen (with homemade bread and teas) and bathroom. The bedroom has a king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets. The hosts provide a map of their favorite places nearby, including the characteristic King William pub.
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Estera's little "Bijou" flat has all the high ceilings, period fixtures, and huge sash windows of Bath's beautiful Georgian-style homes. The bedroom has a luxe velvet king-sized bed and a fireplace, the kitchen is fully equipped for cooking (and doing laundry), and the living room has a TV with a YouView box for on-demand entertainment. The host recommends getting around the city by foot—there's plenty nearby—but they also offer an electronic parking permit if it's needed.
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This eclectic flat is located smack dab in the middle of Milsom Street, Bath's premier shopping artery. The open concept floor plan includes multiple seating areas, a large dining room, and a modern kitchen. The bedroom has an en-suite bath. The Circus (one of the city's iconic buildings), the thermal baths, and the Royal Crescent are a quick walk away.
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Susie's Little Studio is in Widcombe, a neighborhood in central Bath near the train station. Inspired by the décor of a boutique hotel, the apartment has a snug little bedroom with a log burner and period artwork, plus a kitchenette and a table for two. The host can provide pre-cooked meals for an extra fee, for guests who want to eat in without cooking. Nearby, there are a couple of gastropubs, a supermarket, shops, and cafes.
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Jennifer's quirky cottage is a Grade II listed building, which means it's historically significant—it was a milliner's shop in a former life. The upside-down floor plan has a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor level and a sitting room upstairs, plus a cute little kitchen and bathroom. Past guests praise the convenient location five minutes from the heart of the city, and the helpful hosts.
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Zeynep's one-bedroom apartment is a two-minute walk from Milsom Street and the Circus, making it an ideal hub for exploring the city. The host lives in the flat when she's not renting it out, which gives is a homey vibe, from the extensive book collection to the well-stocked kitchen. A longtime resident of the city, she recommends nearby pub The Raven for its pie and cider, along with the Canary Gin Bar.
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Located about 15 minutes from the city center, Katherine's second-floor spot is well-situated to explore the antique shops of Walcot Street and the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal. It has a living room with a dining table, a bedroom with a double bed, and full kitchen with basics like milk and coffee provided. There's a supermarket next door along with several pubs, and street parking is free.
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The best part of John's studio apartment may just be the spa-like bathroom, which has a deep soaking tub and a cozy cave-like ceiling. It has a super king-sized bed as well as a sofa bed, plus a courtyard garden and private parking. It's on Great Pulteney Street, which is famous for its Georgian homes, and within walking distance of the Jane Austen Center, Royal Victoria Park, the Holburne Museum, and several art galleries.
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"The Vaults" is a fitting name for this two-bedroom basement apartment with arched ceilings and bright modern furnishings. Besides the two bedrooms with full-sized beds, there's a cool kids' "hideaway" bedroom in a closet perfect for toddlers and smaller children (though we wish it was big enough for adults). The whimsy continues in the living room, where you'll find two comfy couches and a swinging egg-shaped chair. Floors are heated to keep the space extra warm on cold English nights.