I've been stayed here for 7-8 years, not on business expenses, but spending my own money, when I visit my family, who live in Bristol.
The hotel is within 300 yards of Cabot's circus and a good selection of shops and restaurants, including a Brasserie, Blanc, Carluccio's and a Picollino amongst others. It's in a prime site.
I'm a Marriott rewards client, I have been for nearly 30 years. Internationally Marriott provide me with the basic facilities that I require, when there are no reasonable individual or small chain hotels on hand. So in Singapore I stayed at a Shangri-la hotel, for instance.
I have found the staff at the City Centre Marriott to be helpful and friendly, an absolute for me. The place is clean. The rooms provide the basic facilities that I expect with more space than most chained hotels. I've yet to experience stained sheets, towels that would be rejected from a charity shop and various items left behind by previous guests that have been overlooked by the cleaning staff. (I once found a used condom, on the floor, beside the bed in a room in a hotel under a competitors brand that will remain nameless. It was easily visible when I first walked in, and no it wasn't mine! - needless to say we walked out).
The only slight moan is that the a/c units in some of the rooms can be a little noisy, but hey! They're there and they work!
The rooms have a fridge but you'll need to stock it yourself
There are 3 lifts and at peak times it can take a while to summon a lift to descend to the ground floor or the Terrace level for breakfast, but most of the time they're quick.
Breakfast is the basic, standardised, American style buffet, serve yourself affair. Oh! How I hate those toast machines, first pass the toast is underdone and if one puts it through again it's "caramelised". Burnt in lay-speak. However, at least they don't have a tea/coffee machine. Tea/coffee is brought freshly made to the table and service is quick. The waitresses are good.
I tend to eat out whilst staying at the Marriott City Centre there's a plethora of excellent eateries in Bristol that I prefer to venture out too. Last visit we went to The Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurant - wicked! The food, of an evening, at the Marriott City Centre is basic hotel food and my culinary ambitions are a little more diversified and ambitious.
The bar area is well laid out and there is one of those big chain coffee lounges. I think it's a Costa. I don't like Costa coffee or indeed the coffee from the other brand that it's alleged have been avoiding paying UK taxes!
The health club and pool are good with very good changing facilities. I've spent many a happy hour in the pool whilst looking after my grand daughter whilst her mother and father were at work. She loves the place.
I approve of the recent changes which have allowed general access to the outside terrace. Previously the outside terrace was only accessible through the Executive Lounge, and therefore only for the use of "the few". Well done Marriott.
The Marriott City Centre Hotel deserves it's 4* rating, I've yet to be disappointed by what's on offer. If you want a hotel that's at a level above this, there isn't one in Bristol, you'll have to go to Bath and stay at the Priory or the Royal Crescent at 3 - 4 times the price. Incidentally, the Bristol Marriott Royal is not better than the Marriott City Centre. I used to stay at The Royal, until 8 yrs ago when the place was ruined by an over ambitious upgrade, which, in my opinion, ruined the uniqueness of the place, also the environs on Fri/Sat night is awash with drunken students who make it impossible to get a good night sleep. also the area around the Royal is out on a limb. Park Street isn't what it used to be. so I changed my allegiances to the City Centre, about 8 yrs ago.
I intend to stay here on many more occasions, in the future. It has what I want and expect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the doorstep of the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, Cabot Circus Shopping Centre stands proud. With over 120 stores, including Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser to name a few. This fantastic destination places Bristol firmly in the spotlight. Experience a wonderful mix of traditional and modern Bristol at the exquisite Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre. Our luxury hotel in southern England pampers the most discerning travelers. Located in the city centre close to businesses, shopping centres and area attractions, Marriott offers spacious rooms with air conditioning, high-speed Internet access, and 24-hour room service. Our Terrace Grill restaurant features a wonderful selection of international cuisine and fine wines and our Coffee Shop offers breakfast and lunch in a relaxed setting. Renowned as one of the largest conference centres in southwest England, the Marriott hotel - along with our superb catering and experienced staff - creates wedding ceremonies and conferences in great style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Bristol
- Bristol Marriott