We stayed at the Clifton Hotel for one night to attend a wedding, and booked from a list given to us by the organisers.
The hotel looks very different from the pictures on their corporate website, in fact when we arrived it was in the process of being renovated by builders and access to reception was through the cellar bar or up steep and narrow outdoor concrete steps. The temporary replacement reception was a guest room that had been commandeered. I guess we were unlucky that all this was going on at the time we arrived, but it is a real shame this wasn't being done many years sooner as it was sorely needed and the hotel was showing obvious signs of severe neglect both outside and inside.
The windows were on the point of falling out and the room was scruffy, everything dented and scratched, and had not had really any attention for a number of years. The room was quite roomy, but the en suite bathroom was tiny.
We were woken up several times in the early hours by other guests passing our room on the way to theirs as we could clearly hear everything outside in the hallway. To be fair to the hotel, they cannot be held responsible for the inconsiderate, drunken behaviour of my fellow British countryfolk, and the staff did give us a room that was on the quiet side of the building, away from the main road and the terraced bar area, as requested.
We had to pay several pounds to put our car in the secure car park which was actually further up the hill from the hotel, and as it held the waste bins from this/another hotel, our car smelt bad on the way home next day. The parking outside the hotel was very tight and it was this or risk getting the car scratched if left outside.
However the staff were friendly and helpful, and the breakfast next day was good.
But if we had seen the hotel in advance, we would not have booked it. On the flipside, I really wonder if any of the other hotels in the Clifton area would have been much better?
I ask this as my experience of hotels in the UK have tended to be quite poor compared to those of continental Europe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clifton Hotel is situated in an ideal location for visiting Bristol within walking distance of both Clifton Village and the City Centre. A small and independent hotel part of the Clifton Hotels Group we provide clean and comfortable accommodation at competitive prices. We welcome guests with a smile priding ourselves in providing levels of customer service that were mentioned in our recent AA report as being of five star standards. We hope that guests enjoy the relaxed café reception area and our busy and vibrant restaurant Racks. ... more less
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