The Avon Gorge Hotel has a spectacular location, overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge. It is also steeped in Bristolian history and takes its place amidst the gentrified beauty that is Clifton. As a guest it promises much...
Check-in was okay, if a little complicated - they try and register onto your credit card the cost of your accommodation plus 'a little extra' upfront to cover room service/bar service etc. There was no choice - I had to request that they didn't do this.
My room was terrible - down a long series of dark corridors and steps and like a hotel room, only miniature. Scruffy decor; stained towels; a sign over the heated towel rail warned of its extreme heat but the rail was cold throughout my stay (no switch in evidence); a tiny window dominated by anti-pigeon spikes; a miniature ironing board found handing on the clothes rail (and nowhere to safely set it up); over-bath shower, the curtain for which clung to me like a magnet whilst showering; stuffy atmosphere (the enormous ceiling fan, practically the width and length of the ceiling should have been a clue) and much sound polution from neighbouring rooms.
The main (public) bar offered a bar-person who seemed unable to open a bottle of wine (I nearly offered to help), didn't understand the concept of chilled white wine - "it's not very cold, do you want ice?". When I replied that I'd rather a glass of chilled white wine, her reply "well, it's all from the same fridge so they're all like this". No apology. Mind you, at the local restaurant where we ate it was the same story (the red was colder than the white) so perhaps it's a Bristol tradition?
Later in the resident's bar, we encountered a very irritable bar-person who repeatedly told us what we couldn't have (this was 10.30pm) - "no coffee, the coffee machine is closed", "only small glasses of wine", "no bitter, only lager, two types", all delivered in a surly, annoyed manner. Cash was not acceptable, only your room service account could be used.
At least breakfast was served with a smile...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Settings rarely come like this: nestled in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol the Avon Gorge Hotel offers a unique location for any trip to Bristol or tour of the West Country. This historic hotel offers unparalleled views of Brunel's Grade One listed Clifton Suspension Bridge, said to be one of the world's greatest bridges. Boasting fantastic panorama, the hotel is also in a very central position for both business and leisure trips alike, with Bristol City Centre within walking distance. The views don't stop here, from the popular Bridge Cafe and White Lion Bar, with an extensive all weather terrace area, enjoy the spectacular panorama of Somerset and the southern areas of Bristol. By foot discover some of the country's finest architecture in the surrounding area of Clifton; it's just on your door step. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avon Gorge Bristol
- Hotel Avon Gorge