First the good features: This hotel has an excellent location, right in the city centre, directly across the road from Cabot Circus, Broadmead, and within 5 or 10 minutes walk of the theatres, and the riverside venues in which Bristol excels. All the staff are very friendly and amenable. Their is (chargeable - £10 per day) parking right next door to the hotel. The security for a city centre hotel is good - a room key is needed to access guest floors, and also allows all hours access to the hotel for guests. Breakfast (buffet variety) is good with a wide selection of fruit, cereals, breads and breakfast grill. Our room was large, with a good king size bed. The aircon/heating is good, and very quiet.
Unfortunately that brings up the down side, too. The room was somewhat barely furnished. The bedside clock (although also an ipod player, etc) was completely wrong in time, and the button for time adjustment didn't seem to work at all. In the end I unplugged it to avoid confusion.
The worst aspect of the stay was the bathroom. Like many hotel bathrooms it is poorly lit. Downlighters only which throw the face in shadow do not make it easy for guests to shave or to apply make-up. Even worse was the poorly controlled shower/bath. We could not get the temperature adjustment to work at all, with the result that the shower was too hot to use. The solution was to run a bath - then spend 10 minutes adding cold water with a glass from the hand basin, and waiting for it to cool! On top of this the control for the plug on the bath did not work, so it had to be lifted out by the fingernails!
Luckily we were only staying one night so this wasn't a major disaster - but I would not want to go through the experience again, especially if I was in more a hurry in the morning. We reported the problem so hopefully maintenance have now fixed it (apart from the lighting).
For a short visit to Bristol city centre this is a food hotel. For us the friendliness of the staff made up a bit for the frustrations of the morning bathroom experience. But only 3 stars because this does suggest that despite a fairly recent makeover there are some things a bit creaky.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bristol's newest hotel located on Bond Street in the city centre. Opposite Cabot and Broadmead shopping centre, an ideal location for all of the city centre activities and attractions. This new hotel has been completed to a very high modern standard with Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Executive and Suite bedrooms. The Spot restaurant provides excellent food at value prices or try the 7evern bar for drinks or bar food. 1/2hr free internet for all hotel guests with reduced price parking in the NCP car park under the hotel. 7 flexible conference and banqueting rooms are also available. This hotel prides itself on ensuring that the guests are the main focus and the hotel team will go out of their way to ensure that a great experience is offered. ... more less
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