I spent a night at the Radisson Blu (while in Bristol for far too short a time on my recent vacation) and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The clean, modern facility towers over the center of town without imposing itself unnecessarily on the surroundings.
I checked in extremely late, but it was a breeze and the man at the front desk was friendly and very professional. I was hoping for a room with a view over the Floating Harbour but was far too late for one of those, so I was given a room on the 14th floor with a nearly-as-impressive view of the city.
The room was spacious and well appointed with a comfy bed, desk, and chair. The bathroom was spacious too, and the entrance alcove included a small fridge. Included in the cost of the night's stay were wi-fi Internet access as well as bottles of water and cans of Coke from the fridge. How thoughtful!
The only challenge I had was figuring out how to operate the shower. (They don't make 'em like this in America!) A quick call to the front desk solved the problem quickly and professionally, although a good laugh at my expense would have been completely justified.
Did I mention how great the location is? Right on Broad Quay in the center of the city, across from the Floating Harbour and a block from late-night dining, drinking, and dancing options. (The map shown here on TA is not correct, so check on Google Maps instead.) I ventured out well past midnight on a Wednesday night and had no trouble getting dinner, then a drink and dancing, within a few blocks.
Overall, I was very happy I opted for this property instead of something closer to Temple Meads. Speaking of which, I recommend taking a taxi or the bus to get to the Radisson Blu from the train station. I attempted to walk it and got lost (not a problem I typically experience), so I ended up having to catch a bus anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol is a first-class accommodation choice in England's sixth most populous city. A total of 176 stylish, comfortable rooms provide ample amenities, including Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Many of the rooms also overlook the picturesque harbour as well. Filini Restaurant helps supercharge your morning with the expansive Super Breakfast Buffet, complete with pastries, fruit and coffee. Lunch and dinner specialities include Mediterranean favourites. For exceptional events, the flexible and sophisticated meeting facilities can be customised to suit your hosting needs. - Only 20 minutes from Bristol Airport - A total of 176 Bristol hotel rooms and suites in three design styles: Chic, Fashion and Fresh - On-site Filini Restaurant offering the Super Breakfast Buffet and delicious Mediterranean cuisine - Free high-speed, wireless Internet throughout the hotel - Convenient on-site features like a business centre, which provides secretarial services including printing and copying - Five meeting rooms for personal and business events ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol Hotel Bristol