There are good and bad things about the Rodney. If you are a single traveler, expect a room that is self-contained (small but well laid out). The staff at the hotel are quite friendly and the public spaces are quite inviting. Despite the small room you may get, you can stretch out in their lounge with a cup of coffee and/or a glass of wine. Moreover, the hotel is in a very pleasant location. There are many restaurants, cafes, shops within a few blocks of the hotel.
Their biggest problem, however, is noise. If you are unlucky and get a room that faces the street, you will be woken up very early in the morning as trucks stop to make deliveries and traffic gets rolling along. But even if you are successful in securing a room that overlooks the courtyard (which is quite pleasant) -- there is quite a bit of noise that filters into the room when the guests of other rooms close their doors, walk in the hall, etc.
And then there are some rooms that really should not be given out unless one is deaf. Room number 4 is close to the dining room, a public washroom, and seems to sit on top of the furnace/boiler and so it sounds like a plane about to take off (with the sound switching on and off). I was given this room the first night of my stay. I asked to be moved that night but was told nothing was available. The next day, the staff were very gracious and moved me -- they, however, moved me to a room that faced the street and which had a bathroom with a pungent odor. This made for a rather unpleasant stay. (that said, the week before a friend stayed at the Rodney and was given a very pleasant room).
Thus, in the end -- while I would recommend the Rodney to friends for its location and friendly staff, there are some serious misgivings about the hotel.
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- Rodney Hotel Bristol
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