Enjoyed 5 nights at the Bristol the first week in November with a group of over 50 people. Season ends October 31, so weather was still nice, but hotel and whole area were winding down for the "winter".Hotel was full with guest on a couple bus tours. Our plan included breakfast and dinner each day, both of which were OK as far as food, very good as far as service.Fabulous staff, experienced, obviously been at hotel many years and care about it and the guest. The food was convenience only, almost like banquet food, but again, it was good, just not the type of food you go to Italy for. The rooms were lovely, comfortable and large.Baths were nice.Hotel built into/on a mountainside overlooking bay/Vesuvius, so all rooms face out and have amazing views. Less than 10 minutes walk into town. About 5 minute walk down toward town to reach a grocery store, a "not just fruit" store(convenience/wine/water,produce,snacks) where we purchase bottled water 6 for a euro rather than a euro per bottle. Again, convenient location close to town without being "in town". We liked this hotel for the comfortable beds, the view, the convenience, and the friendly, professional staff. You need to explore this property a bit-since it is situated on/against a cliff, it is not straight up and down-so you can wander down a hall, take another stairway, and find yourself on a rooftop terrace with cozy covered seating, soft lighting, along with an amazing view- we brought a bottle of wine up there one night to just sit and talk and enjoy the surroundings. Priceless. A gated garden and a pool are available, but we didn't see them due to time constraints and seasonal closure. I cannot imagine how incredible this property must be in late Summer, but seeing it in the early off season made it affordable for us. We loved it and would stay again. Things American travelers should know- an expensive box voltage converter($50, not the little plug-in one that just converts the plug size) is your safest bet to "step down" the (220)voltage so you don't fry your plug-in items. We fried a flat-iron by not using our converter(generally, we found that american flat irons just don't work here.Get an italian one if you need it that bad), but phone charging went well with the step-down converter. There are no clocks in the room- bring a travel alarm so you aren't relying on your phone, which in Italy always seemed to be running out of charge. Use ATM for best value to get euros- but the hotel also converted our US dollars(cash) at a good rate (better than airport). When we were there, most places in town wanted euros, and were not keen on taking credit cards-this may have been due to "off season", but we were told by our travel co. everyone took credit cards, and it wasn't the case. Altogether, Hotel Bristol was fabulous-we would love to be so lucky as to travel to this gorgeous area again. and to stay at this well run, pretty hotel.
all rooms have a balcony with grand view
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