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Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Bristol
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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“Boxing day Lunch”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

No impressed at all. The staff had obviously been given strict instructions not to smile or converse with their clientele under any circumstances even though it was supposed to be the festive season. Provenance of food not detailed on menu, which you would expect given the prices charged and their reputation. No-one in sight on arrival, in fact we waited in the bar area for a good 10 minutes and then wandered into the restaurant to find signs of life. A waitress appeared and looked at us as if we were pond life. She didn't offer to take our coats or even ask if we would like to have a drink first in the bar. Again, forgiveable in most places but not at such exhorbitant prices. The food was no better than any gastro pub - actually I've dined far better in a good many gastro pubs for around the £20 mark. Apart from my party of three there were only two other tables taken which was probably ominous on what should have been a very busy day for any deserving eatery. Its the sort of place that existed in the early 1970's when you felt you had to kiss the ground to be allowed into a fancy french restaurant and order things you couldn't translate, thus being intimidated. However, it doesn't wash these days when every other building in Bristol is a restaurant with every cuisine imaginable. I am willing to concede that it was perhaps not the best choice for boxing day and maybe their lunchtime specials during the week are OK. Generally though this was a clinical and expensive experience with food that you could get in most good pubs at a fraction of the cost.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

A carefully planned surprise 50th for our friend was a huge success. We had a private bar where 24 of us could surprise her and then a lovely upstairs private dining room stylishly furnished with a huge long table with candles. The food was very good. We had a limited menu which was well planned and excellent value for this post-Christmas January. The bar after dinner was very jolly and we partied on til late. The service all round was very unobtrusive and efficient. Several of us stayed overnight and the rooms were extremely comfortable and smart. Breakfast next morning was better than average in the comfortable restaurant on the ground floor. We even got one of the few complimentary parking spaces outside which was just reward for battling the snow and ice on the M4 from London earlier in the day. It was well worth the effort and I highly recommend this hotel for stylish surroundings, value for money, good food and service and great bedrooms.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Stayed at lots of HDV and Bristol most disappointing. Staff Ok and welcoming. Paid extra to stay in the Tattinger room - Ok - it was the Sunday night deal but....
room was a large and clean but bathroom has stains on the ceiling where water had leaked in from above. There was not anywhere to hang your hand towels and they seemed to have forgotten that you need light in the room to see anything! Then there was dinner. I know times are hard but they forgot to bring the bread, starter arrived before any wine did, my steak (perfectly cooked) but tiny (compared to previous stays at HDV - which we do quite regularly). My wife's £22.00 lemon sole was the smallest piece of fish at that price I has ever seen (I think you would have got a larger portion in prison!). To be fair they took it off the bill but that's not the point. It is my birthday and it needed to be special and it was not. HDV - you can do better!

Stayed January 2013
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

I recently visited the Hotel du Vin Bristol with a business colleague one busy evening.
We enjoyed some relaxing drinks in the bar before being seated for dinner.

After giving our food choices to our waiter, a delightful and highly knowledgeable female sommelier helped us make some informed choices of our wine.

The food was great, wine expertly chosen for us and a great relaxed atmosphere for business.

I shall be returning soon

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Some good deals can be had, especially on Sunday nights, if you eat in with a minimum spend in the bar and restaurant of GBP75 (well worth it for two people); half-price room upgrades are worth the extra if you can get one. Large and comfortable rooms, very friendly and efficient service and superb food but arrive early to ensure one of the limited number of free hotel parking places (and, once you've got one, don't take your car out again or you'll lose it!). Some interesting wall-paintings down the streets just opposite the hotel and some original Banksy graffiti aren't too far (though one or two have sadly been vandalised).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Helpful, friendly reception staff. Comfortable bedroom and good bathroom. Had not made a reservation in the bistro so had to eat in the bar area which was fine, although service was slow and the waiter's understanding of English somewhat poor.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

This was our second time staying at this hotel, this time we were travelling with friends, and it was just as good as we remembered. We had a great meal in the bistro, with great service that wasn't too intrusive, with the same at breakfast the following morning. The bathrooms are just fab! We will be back!
If you are planning a visit then bear the parking in mind. We chose to travel by train this time for that very reason! plus the hotel is so close to the centre of Bristol we had no need for the car.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Property: Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Address: The Sugar House Narrow Lewins Mead | Narrow Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2NU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Bristol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Bristol
#3 Family Hotel in Bristol
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bristol
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bristol
#4 Business Hotel in Bristol
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Vin & Bistro 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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