The nightlife across the water can be quite loud at times -especially on Friday and Saturday nights, but with the windows closed and the FAN UNIT ON, I did not hear anything - and I was on the second floor (really 3 floors up counting the lobby) facing the footbridge. I would recommend bringing earplugs just in case. The views and the fresh air of the waterfront are well worth any noise that the nightlife contributes to. This hotel also has rooms facing a courtyard that will probably be much quieter but you would have to put up with views of other rooms.
The Bristol Hotel has complimentary internet access throughout. I used an ipod touch with wifi successfully in my room, lift, The River Grille (hotel restaurant) and lounge areas. The only place I had trouble with wifi was in the hallway, but as soon as I opened my door, I had access. Other hotels nearby (such as the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel in college green) charge 15 pounds for one day of internet access. I also used the business center to print my boarding pass.
I stayed in a Deluxe room, an upgrade to the 'superior room,' which has Temple Spa toiletries (a very nice collection of lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel), an espresso coffee machine, and media hub. I did not use the media hub. My rate included breakfast and a 3-course Table D’Hote dinner. The breakfast was fantastic! Once seated you are asked if you would like toast and provided with several yummy jams. There were poached eggs, thick sliced bacon, hash browns, grilled tomatoes, bangers, cereal, fruit, and juices. For the 3-course Table D’Hote dinner, which varied each night, there were four choices for main course, four appetizers, and four desserts. Everything that I tried was great! I would advise making a reservation for breakfast and dinner if they are busy.
The location of this hotel is amazing! You are about a one minute walk to the Queen Square, about five minutes to the Cathedral and shops along Park Street. Only a minute to the Shakespeare Tavern and minutes from several other pubs along King Street. The St. Nicholas markets are also nearby. Just about anything you could want to see is within minutes of this hotel. I hiked to the Clifton Suspension Bridge in only 30 minutes from the hotel.
The staff were all great. I was even offered to look at the room I was to stay in by the front desk staff. I was escorted to the room, loved it and went back down the lift and checked in. The restaurant managers were very nice and the restaurant staff and servers were all very helpful and courteous. I would highly recommend this hotel despite all of the warnings of not getting a good nights sleep.
- 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: the Bristol Old Vic and the beautifully restored Queens Square, Bristol Cathedral and At Bristol (across Pero's Bridge), and of course The Arnolfini, Bristol's celebrated contemporary arts centre is 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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