We wanted a city centre hotel for just one night when attending a concert in the Louisiana. We didn’t want to fork out a lot for an expensive hotel room on top of the travel and tickets so we chose an advance purchase standard internal view room in the Mercure Brigstow. This is a very nice circa 2000 conversion of a former office block overlooking the floating harbour very near to Bristol Bridge.
Parking’s always been expensive in Bristol but if you park for up to 24 hours in the NCP Queen Charlotte St multi-storey car park behind the hotel, you get a £5 discount from Mercure, which reduces the price to £15.10. Check-in was easy and as the hotel wasn’t too busy the Friday night we stayed, we got upgraded from an internal courtyard view standard room to a superior room with river view, which was quieter than we expected once the live music from across the water finished about midnight. We thought revellers in the street might have disturbed us but they were pretty well behaved for a Friday night.
Most of the rooms here aren’t very big – they’re only 20 sq meters – but the design makes them feel bigger than they are. The 5 foot bed was nice but as so often happens, the duvet was a much higher tog rating than needed. We’d read that the flat screen TV’s were 33 inches but ours was only 26, so that info should be corrected. You get an empty mini fridge in the room, which is useful to chill down bottles of water. The bathroom’s pretty small but given the overall room size, that’s probably to be expected. Sound insulation between rooms was OK, certainly better than some places, but it was terrible between bathrooms as plenty of sound travels too easily through the back to back extractor vents – we’d prefer not to hear so much of other guests in their bathroom.
We can’t comment on the restaurant as we didn’t fancy the menu and ate out in the evening at Aqua Italian, a stone’s throw from the hotel – we’d recommend Aqua in Welsh Back to anyone – see our separate review. We booked Accor’s advance purchase non-refundable room only rate, which is their best rate. If we’d booked at the normal unrestricted rate we could have had breakfast added for just £10 per person. That sounds good, but added to the advance purchase rate, it means pre-booked breakfast would have cost us a whopping £21 each - fine if corporate expenses are paying but nuts for self-funding punters. As it is, we could have paid £16.50 per head on the day to have had breakfast – that’s still too much in our view, which is possibly why there were relatively few people eating on Saturday morning when we looked. Surely Mercure could offer an incentive breakfast price to guests who don’t pre-book, say £12.50 a head – we might have chosen to eat in if they had. As it is, we walked up past St Nicholas market and had breakfast in Wetherspoons in Corn St – there was nothing wrong with it at all, and at less than £10 for two, it works for us – so buck up your ideas on breakfast Mercure, a lot of guests like us are probably voting with their feet.
Overall, we’d happily stay here in future, even if we again walked out for meals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique four star boutique style hotel with FREE WIFI throughout. Standing on Welsh Back a tree lined boulevard overlooking the river and historic Bristol Bridge in the heart of the old city which is one of the most desirable addresses in Bristol. The hotel offers 116 contemporary & quirky designed bedrooms each with a queen size bed, en-suite bath and separate shower with many extras such as a television and heated mirror in every bathroom. The hotel also offers a limited number of twin rooms, Mercure Privilege rooms and also a modern Suite with an amazing dual aspect view over the city and river. The ellipse bar & restaurant opens daily offering an array of scrumptious dishes, from light meals to gastronomic delights accompanied by an excellent choice of wines and champagnes. Alternatively, just enjoy a coffee, traditional afternoon tea or sip cocktails from the bar whilst watching the boats sail by. Whether you are planning to stay for leisure, a personal reason or business, this city centre Hotel will be the perfect location and prides itself on offering the highest standard of service with an eye for detail to ensure great quality with a local flair. For those wishing to exercise, take advantage of the facilities at the nearby Welsh Back Gym, a real working gym - not for posers - where the hotel has made arrangements for their guests to take advantage of their facilities with their compliments. This hotel is just a short ten minute stroll from Bristol Temple Meads railway station or if travelling by car, the adjacent Queen Charlotte Street NCP car park is ideal for parking where you will enjoy a twenty five percent discount from their tariff as a guest of this hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Brigstow Bristol Hotel Bristol
- Accor Brigstow Bristol
- Mercure Bristol