Want to spend a weekend in St Paul’s, explore the Somerset countryside, or just chill out in Bristol city centre? There’s a wide range of hotel options on offer – not least because of the number of tourists who come here, but also because it’s one of the UK’s foremost business hubs. Here’s our pick of the best Bristol hotels.
One of the advantages of staying in Bristol is that the countryside experience is nearby. Berwick Lodge, a privately owned manor house with 14 rooms, a fine dining restaurant and views across to South Wales, is only 15 minutes from the city centre, via the M5. Each room has its own personality, and the emphasis is very much on the classic and the luxurious, featuring open fires and large stained windows. The grounds even feature a marble statuary. If your ideal stay involves playing a character in a Jane Austen novel, this is the place for you.
There’s nothing quite as quintessentially British as booking a room in a historic pub. Bristol has a few, but for our money, the Wellington is the best. Run by local brewer Bath Ales, this place is big on convenience without compromising on style. The eight rooms are thoughtfully laid out, with trendy touches such as retro light fixtures and brick-effect tiles. In the pub downstairs, you’ll find a short but excellent menu of locally sourced food and a long list of locally sourced booze. Attractions including Bristol Memorial Stadium and Horfield Common are well within walking distance.
Set in the epicentre of Bristol Old Town, this Grade II-listed building has a colourful 150-year history, with famous guests including the Rolling Stones and Winston Churchill. The Mercure has really worked to keep up with Bristol’s changing dynamic, and now it strikes a near-perfect balance between classic and contemporary. In conjunction with the city’s Upfest festival, the hotel commissioned 500 pieces of street art that can be seen in rooms, corridors and common areas. With 182 rooms on offer, there’s the full range – from singles to suites – and the Keepers Kitchen and Bar features creative twists on traditional dishes in a changeable menu that provides plenty of reason to keep coming back.
Set against the rolling green backdrop of Somerset, Backwell House is a former Georgian estate that has been transformed into an idyllic nine-bedroom hotel, just a few miles east of Bristol. The 120-acre (49ha) grounds include a rose garden and a herb garden, and the hotel itself boasts a restaurant and a cinema room, as well as a variety of in-room treatments including Swedish massage and Indian head massage. If you’re keen to explore the area beyond the city, the quaint little village of Flax Bourton is on the doorstop, and the seaside town of Clevedon a short drive away.
Just a hop from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the 122-year-old Avon Gorge is both stylish and well located. For years this spot had a terrible reputation, but Hotel du Vin has breathed new life into what was originally built as a spa – and a lot of that character has been retained. The bar offers views of the bridge, the restaurant is glass-walled and the staircases are marble. The 78 rooms include three suites and two garden rooms, and many feature quirky portraits of Victorian dandies with iPods and other modern paraphernalia. Guests will also find aromatherapy products in the tiled bathrooms, and a Nespresso machine on the desk.
St Paul’s is one of the trendiest districts in Bristol, once a low-income area that has been elevated in recent years by independent businesses, street art and music venues moving in. There are plenty of places to stay here, but none can rival Artist Residence for charm. This 23-room former Victorian boot factory features a blend of industrial, vintage and modern decor, alongside high-quality creature comforts and a lounge area that also attracts a decent local crowd. If you really want to immerse yourself in the bohemian Bristolian atmosphere, this is the place to stay.
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