The Best Hotels to Book Near Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Brooks Guesthouse Bristol is a charming place to stay close to Clifton Suspension Bridge
Brooks Guesthouse Bristol is a charming place to stay close to Clifton Suspension Bridge | Courtesy of Brooks Guesthouse Bristol / Expedia
Elle Redman

No city break to Bristol is complete without visiting Clifton Suspension Bridge, towering high over the Avon Gorge. Stay at one of these stylish hotels nearby – all bookable with Culture Trip.

Clifton Suspension Bridge is a defining part of the Bristol landscape, symbolising the city’s bold and independent spirit. It was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831, and, today, it is one of the oldest surviving iron suspension bridges in the world. The bridge offers commanding views over the Avon Gorge, best admired at sunrise or sunset. Book one of these top places to stay for easy access to this Bristol icon.

1. The Rodney Hotel

Budget Hotel

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Located just minutes from Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Rodney Hotel is as convenient as it is charming. The hotel dates back to 1798 and, centuries later, still upholds its classic Georgian style. Tuck into local produce from the seasonal menu at the AA Rosette-awarded No.4 Restaurant on site, which boasts a quaint walled garden terrace for al fresco dining in the warmer months.

2. The Bristol Hotel

Hotel, Luxury

Comfy sofas, armchairs and a low coffee table under an abstract image of a house in an ornate lounge area at Bristol Hotel
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The highly praised Bristol Hotel features 187 sleek rooms and is only a 13-minute drive from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Each room comes with duck down duvets and marble bathrooms as standard. The hotel occupies a central spot in the waterside creative quarter of the city. Make sure you dine on fresh seafood, sourced from the nearby fishing port of Brixham, at the hotel’s riverfront brasserie.

3. Number 38 Clifton

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Brushed metal bathtub at Number Thirty Eight with blue wood panel walls bearing classic artwork
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This contemporary Georgian townhouse in Clifton has a home-away-from-home feel. Ring the doorbell, and you’ll be shown to one of 12 cosy bedrooms, kitted out with Hypnos pocket-sprung beds, waffle bathrobes, and toiletries by the British botanical brand 100 Acres. Snuggle up at the library with a good read, or enjoy a G&T on the sun terrace overlooking Clifton Downs. A traditional breakfast awaits the next morning.

4. Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Large double bed with gold-toned sheets and Chesterfield-style headboard at Bristol Harbour Hotel
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Just over 2mi (3.2km) away from the Clifton Suspension Bridge lies this 42-room boutique hotel and luxury spa, housed in two grand Venetian-style former banks. After exploring the city, take a dip in the indoor pool, or enjoy a complimentary sherry nightcap in your suite. Come morning, snuggle up with a Nespresso coffee in bed while planning your itinerary for the day.

5. Hotel du Vin & Bistro Bristol

Bistro, Seafood

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This former sugar factory was transformed into the Bristol outpost of Hotel du Vin. High ceilings, wooden floors and 18th-century architecture create a chic romantic vibe. Bedrooms brim with character and are all named after wines, ports, champagnes or whiskies. Dig into steamed mussels or braised rabbit at the candlelit Bistro du Vin, which serves classic French dishes in the heart of Bristol.

6. Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

Chain Hotel

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You can’t miss the 18-storey-high Radisson Blu; the glass and steel façade towers over the harbour. Enjoy a glass of red at the waterfront bar on arrival. Floor-to-ceiling windows from the rooms offer sweeping views across Bristol. This hotel is conveniently located within steps of the main attractions in the city, including Cabot Circus. Catch the bus to nearby Clifton Village. From here, it’s only a short walk to the Suspension Bridge.

7. Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Guesthouse

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This is a quirky, affordable bed and breakfast burrowed between the historic churches, street markets and food stalls of Bristol Old City. Brooks Guesthouse has 23 bedrooms, as well as four British-made Airstream-style caravans perched on the rooftop. Breakfast is delivered to your door in a picnic hamper. Come nightfall, pop over to the garden courtyard for a drink from the honesty bar.

8. Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Chain Hotel

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Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel has been welcoming guests in its marble foyer for more than 150 years. Catch the sunset at Clifton Suspension Bridge before enjoying dinner at the hotel restaurant, Miller & Carter. Alternatively, flop into bed with a movie and room service; don’t be surprised if you’re distracted by the views overlooking the river, College Green or Bristol Cathedral. Perks include onsite parking, which is especially handy given the central location.

9. Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

Hotel, Luxury

Dining room at Avon Gorge restaurant with large windows looking out onto the Clifton Suspension Bridge
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The Avon Gorge stretches out below this grand Victorian hotel in Clifton, offering arguably the best view of the Suspension Bridge. It’s best enjoyed from the Signature Suite, featuring twin freestanding baths overlooking Brunel’s creation below. Dry off, and head down to the White Lion Bar for a gin cocktail – we recommend the gimlet – served in a glass goblet. Book the Goram & Vincent restaurant for baked scallop pie or roasted Welsh lamb.

10. Victoria Square Hotel


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Just a 10-minute stroll from Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Victoria Square Hotel spreads across two Victorian villas. 41 ensuite rooms overlook a leafy square in Clifton. Rooms range from singles for solo travellers to family suites sleeping three. Downstairs, there’s a cosy restaurant serving breakfast and dinner – opt for the full English to set you up for the day ahead.

From bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, to authentic stays to make you feel like a local, Bristol has it all – bookable now with Culture Trip. Fill your day with all the must-see landmarks, or even head to one of the nearby beaches, if the weather is nice, before taking advantage of the nightlife Bristol is becoming renowned for.

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