7 of the best city spa hotels in the UK

Sep 8, 2020

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You don’t have to escape to the countryside or go abroad to indulge in the finest of spa experiences.

In fact, there’s a good chance you’ll find an amazing spa hotel in a city close to you. With staycations and weekend city breaks on the rise in 2020, we thought we’d do the hard work for you and find some of the top city spa hotels that will have you feeling like you’ve left the hustle and bustle behind.

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1. The Gainsborough — Bath

Where better to have one of the best spa hotels in the country than in the U.K.’s very own spa city. The Gainsborough is the spot to indulge in if you’re looking for some serious rest and relaxation. Your experience won’t get much more authentic than this, as the hotel’s spa waters come directly from the original Roman thermal springs.

The space is called the Spa Village and has all the facilities you could imagine. Guests are invited to “take the waters” from a circuit of natural thermal pools, saunas, steam room and if you’re brave enough, an ice alcove.

(Photo courtesy of the Gainsborough Bath Spa)

In terms of treatments, the only one currently on offer due to COVID-19 is the Gainsborough Signature Massage, which combines the art of aromatherapy and massage to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. The treatment lasts 60 minutes and costs £150.

Rooms start at £250 per night.

Getting there: The hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city only a few minutes walk from Bath Spa train station.

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2. The Kimpton Blythswood Square — Glasgow

The 10,000-square-foot space at the Kimpton Blythswood Square is a haven for both hotel guests and locals alike. As well as all the usual massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, the Kimpton offers some select specialist treatments. Guests can choose from hot stone massages, reflexology and even reiki. There are even hydrotherapy treatments such as Rhassoul clay and seaweed baths. Want to try something new? The Kimpton is definitely the place for you.

The relaxation can continue post-treatment by checking out the thermal suite as well as two relaxation pools.

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The relaxation pool. (Photo courtesy of Kimpton Blythswood Square)

The hotel’s Signature Spa day would be a great treat for a friend or loved one. It includes one 55-minute spa treatment, a 90-minute thermal experience and afternoon tea or lunch all for £135 per person Monday to Thursday and £150 Friday to Saturday.

Rooms start at around £137 per night. Better still, members of the IHG Rewards Club can redeem as few as 27,000 points per night.

Getting there: Glasgow is very well connected to the rest of the U.K. with flights to Belfast (BFS/BHD), Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), East Midlands (EMA), London (LCY/LGW/LHR/LTN/STN) and Manchester (MAN).

3. The King Street Townhouse — Manchester

The King Street Townhouse is a gem of a hotel in the heart of Manchester. The spa is great for locals who want to escape for an hour or two without staying overnight, but also perfect for those looking to get away on a weekend city break.

As well as full-body massages, facials, hot stone therapy and more, the Saving Grace spa option offers express 25-minute packages from £40 for those whose busy schedules won’t allow for a full hour or longer. Treatments can be booked directly through Saving Grace.

(Photo courtesy of Eclectic Hotels)

The Signature treatment is £198 for 90 minutes. It includes the Body Sensation full body massage, which comprises a foot and scalp massage as well as a mini facial. Afterwards, you’ll be invited for a spot of Champagne afternoon tea. The hotel also featured on TPG’s list of top hotels with outdoor pools in the U.K.

Rooms start at £162 per night.

Getting there: The hotel is very well located in the centre of Manchester. The nearest Metrolink tram stop is St Peter’s Square.

4. The Ned — London

The Ned is more than just a hotel. It’s a luxurious sanctuary in the heart of London where you could easily spend a weekend indulging without having to leave.

Its Cowshed spa has one of the widest varieties of treatments that I’ve seen. From facials to skincare to manicures and pedicures to full-body massages, specialised maternity treatments, holistic treatments and physiotherapy, I challenge you to be able to choose just one. You can even get a hair cut, too.

The spa’s special is a CBD signature massage and will set you back £120 for 60 minutes.

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(Photo courtesy of The Ned)

After you’ve indulged in a little rest and relaxation at the spa, I’d highly recommend dining in one of The Ned’s eight restaurants. The lobster at Millie’s is quite a treat.

Room rates start at around £250 per night.

Getting there: The Ned is located in the heart of the City of London, a stone’s throw from Bank underground station.

5. Ramside Hall — Durham

The Ramside Hall spa has it all. It’s more than just about the spa treatments here. With a total of five pools, including an outdoor infinity pool, you really can spend the day or even a whole weekend relaxing.

Skincare is a real speciality, as there are both ESPA and Natura Bisse treatments available. If massage is more your thing, why not go all out on a deep tissue massage that promises to alleviate any joint or muscle pain as well as increasing the blood flow around the body.

(Photo courtesy of Ramside Hall Hotel)

The “Make My Day” package starts at £140 and includes a welcome drink, a two-course brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, a full treatment plus use of the spa facilities and fluffy robes and slippers.

If you really want to treat yourself, within the grounds of Ramside Hall there are luxury, boutique treehouses that are perfect for a special occasion. Standard rooms start at £98 and the treehouses start at £350.

Getting there: The hotel is situated on the edge of the city, less than a minute from junction 62 off the A1(M).

6. The Titanic Hotel — Liverpool

This one-of-a-kind Liverpool hotel is set in a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the city’s iconic Stanley Dock.

Its Maya Blue Wellness spa is housed deep underground amid the classic red brick arches of the dock. Facials, body wraps and pre-natal treatments, massage, beauty and express treatments are available.

(Photo courtesy Titanic Hotel)
(Photo courtesy of Titanic Hotel)

Wellness packages come highly recommended. The All About You one includes a 55-minute skin health facial, a 25-minute personalised back, neck and shoulder massage followed by two hours thermal access and afternoon tea in Stanley’s Bar and Grill. At £120 per person, it’s an absolute steal.

Room rates start at around £99 per night.

Getting there: The Titanic Hotel is located on Liverpool’s famous Stanley Dock, which is just over a mile out of the city towards Bootle.

7. The Waldorf Astoria — Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria is ideally located at the end of the city’s famous Princes Street. Not only is this luxury hotel surrounded by great bars and eateries where you can indulge after a hard day’s exploring, the Guerlain spa is also well worth a visit. Once you’ve finished your pampering, the Edinburgh gin distillery is just around the corner and comes highly recommended — booking is advised.

The spa itself is everything you’d expect from a Waldorf — exclusive and exquisite. Treatments include massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps as well as manicures and pedicures.

Rates start at around £184 per night. Hilton Honors members can also redeem points, starting at 75,000 points per night.

(Photo courtesy Hilton)
(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Getting there: There are flights to Edinburgh (EDI) from airports across the south of the U.K. including Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), East Midlands (EMA). Exeter (EXT), London (LCY/LGW/LHR/LTN/STN) and Norwich (NWI). The hotel is situated within walking distance of West End tram stop.

Bottom line

When travel is reduced and staying home is a better option, the need to escape and unwind is paramount. Thankfully, there are a number of amazing spa hotels right in the heart of our cities in the U.K. Go on, treat yourself.

Featured photo courtesy of The Ned

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