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“Great location in heart of Bristol, "Winter Warmer" that delivered on all fronts!”
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The Bristol
Ranked #3 of 38 Hotels in Bristol
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“Great location in heart of Bristol, "Winter Warmer" that delivered on all fronts!”
Reviewed February 1, 2011

Booked this hotel based on price and previous reviews, and was not disappointed.

Took advantage of a "Winter Warmer" package which included breakfast, a bottle of champagne, marshmallows, chocolate sauce and an upgrade to a deluxe room.

Phoned the hotel the day before we arrived to explain that I am allergic to feathers and was pleasantly surprised on check-in to be told that the duvet and pillows in our room had already been changed. Without me having to prompt, I was also asked when the champagne should be delivered. Very good service considering I had only made the internet booking the day before!

Furnishings in the bedroom were good. Very comfortable and luxurious fabrics. Not the biggest room I have stayed in, but more than big enough and with all the standard facilities. A fridge would have been nice, but as we only stayed one night it wasn't a big issue. The coffee maker was a nice bonus. Very good shower, didn't want to get out! The room overlooked the harbour and the only time we heard any noise was when we had the window open - we kept it open to listen to the busker on the bridge below with his trumpet. It was cold outside, so that may have encouraged the people to stay inside the bars on the other side of the harbour :)

We had dinner in the hotel restaurant. The food was not cheap, but was high quality and very enjoyable. My partner was disappointed with the wine we had ordered (too "oaky" for him) and was given a large complimentary glass of a different wine - very good service! Saw people being turned away, so obviously a very popular place to eat.

Breakfast was served in the restaurant and we seemed to arrive at the same time as everyone else! We had a bit of a wait for our coffee, and had to chase it up as people who arrived after us were getting their drinks ahead of us. However, the selection and quality of food on offer was very good, and there were no shortages despite the number of people.

The parking next door was free, quite a saving as Bristol is quite expensive for parking. The location of the hotel is perfect for the city centre and shopping centre. Lots of restaurants around the harbour and in nearby streets. The hotel is not much to look at from the outside, but couldn't find anything to fault on the inside.

Thoroughly enjoyed our time here and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

2nd time in this hotel but disappointed this time. Although this room was bigger, the layout was poor. There were 2 armchairs, both of which had stains on them (they weren't fresh stains but not nice nonetheless). We both found the room cold as there was only one small radiator which was completely obscured by the heavy curtains - we had to ring reception to request an additional heater. After returning from our day out on Saturday we then found the window had been left open when cleaned and the room was freezing - we had to go out again to give the room a chance to warm up! Breakfast choice was lovely (although in the restaurant there were dried coffee/tea stains on the teapot and a milk jug that didn't look as if it had been washed properly). Our evening meal in the River Grill was very good. We had dirty dishes left outside our room for a long time on Saturday which I found unsightly.
The best thing about our stay was that it was very good VFM with the travelzoo deal with champagne thrown in but overall we were very disappointed having had such a great stay the first time. There were no big issues but just small ones which added together meant that our stay was not as good as I would have hoped. I hope this was just a temporary blip however hubby is saying that he doesn't want to stay there again so we may never know!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Retford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

Arrived Saturday lunchtime, free parking next door, check in was easy and the staff were very helpful.
The room was clean, although a little on the small side. We had a great view of the Harbour.
Breakfast was excellent.
A very nice weekend.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

Had a truly excellent experience staying at this hotel, the staff were extremely courteous at all times and were only too pleased to be of assistance. When asked for recommendations of where to eat and what to see etc they took the time to go through a local map and identify the best places and ways to get there, This hotel has been refurbed a couple of years ago but still has the smell of a recent refurb, we asked to be upgraded to a river viewed room and were offered a couple of options, both of which were roomy and very well furnished. The breakfast was good, if one minor critisicm, the breakfast sausage was a little poor in quality. That is the only point I could raise in the negative but the rest of the breakfast was very good. Bristol is a great city and there is plenty to entertain you whatever your tastes. We will go back and definately stay in the Bristol Hotel again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 25, 2011

Spent last saturday night with my boyfriend in this hotel, our room was quite small and looked out onto the not so wonderful site of the courtyard - which looked very run down as did the outside of the hotel. Someone's dirty room service plates remained in the hallway near our room from the moment we checked in until the moment we checked out.

We opted for the dinner bed and breakfast, however the d'hote menu was extremely limited, and food did not live up to the very high expectations I had after reading other reviews - my dish of pork was in tiny portions and overcooked, I felt as though it was a lower standard of food compared to the rest of the menu, which shouldn't have been the case as we paid £45 extra for the privilege - I'd recommend saving your money and get a better meal elsewhere. Breakfast was fine though.

I was looking forward to staying in this hotel as it was rated 2nd in Bristol, however I cannot believe that there is no more than one hotel in bristol that was better than this one, I'd suggest looking elsewhere first.

The location of the Hotel was the best thing about it, good location very near the centre and walking distance to most attractions.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

This hotel has great location, spotless, comfortable rooms and friendly staff. Well reccommended!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

This was an excellent stay with very good service and spotless, well equipped room.

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Property: The Bristol
Address: Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Bristol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Bristol
#2 Business Hotel in Bristol
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bristol
#2 Family Hotel in Bristol
#2 Luxury Hotel in Bristol
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bristol 4*
Number of rooms: 187
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Bristol!Anyone spending any length of time in Bristol is likely to come across The Bristol. 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 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, greatly reduced overnight car park rates of £5 at the adjacent NCP, 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, the finest Bristol Hotel! ... more   less 
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