We stayed at The Bristol Hotel on Saturday 15th March in celebration of my partner's 40th birthday. We chose the hotel after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor and really, we could not have picked a better hotel!
We booked direct with the hotel and then asked them for some help to get the most out of our first time, overnight stay in Bristol. The reply from General Manager Mark Payne was prompt and full of helpful ideas and, because it was a special celebration, he also offered us a complimentary upgrade on our room!
We arrived around 1.30pm and a member of front of house advised that our room was not ready yet, she advised that we'd been allocated a great room on the 6th floor, but if we wanted to go up now she could offer us an alternative. Being in no hurry to check in, we said we were happy to go with the room that had been allocated and would head off to do some sightseeing. They took our bag from us and stored it, and said they'd give us a call when the room was ready.
As we tucked into some lunch in one of the many nearby eateries we missed the call from the hotel, no matter there's so much to see / experience within a stone's throw of the hotel you forget all about a phone call.
When we arrived back at the hotel around 5pm our bag had already been taken up to our room. We were offered a complimentary newspaper the following morning which, we happily accepted, and headed on up. Well, the room was beautiful, finished to a high standard, spotlessly clean, with bathrobe and slippers waiting on the bed and fabulous views over the harbourside - amazing! There was even a note from Mark in the room that enclosed a voucher for 2 free cocktails at The Shore Bar! How kind!
We had made a dinner reservation at the hotel and again, we weren't disappointed. All of the tables in the Riviera Grille overlook the harbourside which at night is lit up and looks very pretty. We ate from the specials board and the food was gorgeous and reasonably priced. At the end of our meal, too full for desert, our waiter presented us with a complimentary plate of handmade chocolates with "happy birthday" written on in chocolate! It felt for us that the hotel really cared that we had a great stay, nothing was too much trouble.
Having read about the noise from the bars opposite I did wonder how our night's sleep would be and we both slept like babies! The room has a secondary glazing system installed and yes, if open you can hear the music being carried on the wind, but when shut we didn't hear anything. Plus the bed was uber comfortable! We slept through until 7.30am when we plucked our complimentary newspaper from its sleeve on the outer door handle!
Breakfast was another treat, a gentleman played the piano while you were seated promptly and made your choices between the vast array of delicious foods on offer, hot cold, fruit, smoothies, juice, f.e.b. croissants , cereals......... so much choice!
Check out was a relaxed anytime before 12 noon so no need to rush about, and when settling our bill we were given the "free ticket" for the car park which meant that even that was taken care of by the hotel.
If you feel you need a bit of looking after, book into The Bristol Hotel, you won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Bristol Hotel!Anyone spending any length of time in Bristol is likely to come across The Bristol Hotel. Sitting pretty on the quayside of the Floating Harbour, this luxury Bristol hotel is surrounded by the best of Bristol’s Old City and maritime history: Bristol Old Vic and the beautifully restored Queen Square, Bristol Cathedral and at Bristol across Pero’s Bridge and of course The Arnolfini, Bristol's celebrated contemporary arts centre, right next door.For all these reasons, The Bristol Hotel is hard to avoid, even by visitors who are staying elsewhere. Those who do stay at our hotel in Bristol get to experience our great location, complimentary car park, the fresh, modern luxury of our bedrooms, and the chic cuisine and quayside ambience of The River Grille and Shore Café Bar.Make sure you are among them and choose The Bristol Hotel, The finest Bristol Hotels! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Bristol
- Bristol The Hotel