Starting at the beginning, lovely receptionist polite helpful etc. So off to a good start. We were allocated room 1214, so a good high position. There are 3 lifts all of which were of a good size clean and fast in operation. The doors open as soon as the lift has arrived at its requested floor. Anyone with claustrophobia like me will understand why I make mention of this. Our room was at the end of the corridor so no passing traffic and very (very) quiet during our stay. The room was a little disappointing as it was a bit on the small size. The bed almost filled the width of the room. In truth this was not a problem but it just came as a bit of a shock as we have started to become accustomed to spacious rooms. For safety reasons you can not open the windows at all they are fixed. This ensured that the room was even more protected from outside noise but the air con worked so well we did not need access to the outside. We do not like to sleep with the air con so we were pleased to find that when switched off there is a quiet fan refreshing and replacing the air inside the room. Top marks on that as this ensured a good nights sleep. In fact we had 2 great nights sleep, no noise at all. The bed was firm but comfortable with extra pillows if required.
The 2 negatives are:
1. The breakfasts were best described as bland. This is our third Premier stay this month and the food at the first Llandudno Junction was superb. Tasty, hot and tempting you to eat more. The last 2 hotels (this and Kew) really did not provide the start of day meal that we were paying for.
The convenience of eating within the hotel is being lost to bland food. If you are there for pleasure and intend visiting the shopping centres opposite there are plenty of small café type premises offering 'full English and more' The staff were pleasant as always but sorry Premier this is my second negative food experience. I hope that my comments will be viewed as constructive by the hotel.
2. The second gripe is nothing to do with the hotel but directly affects anyone staying there. If you are intending to walk to locations in Bristol centre then be aware that the road outside is a dual carriageway and the closest main pedestrian route is via subways passing through an area that I believe is known as the bear pit. I suspect that this was a 1960's construction. In fairness there is clearly work underway to improve it, however it is not at all pleasant. It is dirty and is used as a meeting place for many with social challenges involving alcohol and drugs. Not at all a nice experience at night. The groups were never threatening and I felt reasonably safe but my wife did not enjoy the experience at all and certainly a place to avoid at night if you have young children.
Overall I would stay at this Premier Inn again, we slept so well and the views from the twelfth floor were brill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Put yourself at the heart of the action at Premier Inn Hotel Bristol City Centre (Haymarket). Slap bang in the middle of everything, you can walk to most of the major sights, shops and events, as well as the many business HQs. You could wander along the historic harbourside, stroll across the Clifton Suspension Bridge, or walk underwater at Bristol Zoo. And, in the evening, catch one of the big name acts at the Hippodrome, Colston Hall or O2 Academy. Then, when you're ready to drop, return and refuel in our tasty restaurant, spacious rooms and extra-comfy beds. Important info For energy efficiency reasons, the bedroom windows do not open at this Premier Inn. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning. Please note, the disabled rooms at this hotel have baths only. No wet rooms available. Please note that all twin rooms at this hotel consist of a double bed and a single sofa bed. Please note this Premier Inn has no on site parking. Directions: M4(J19), take the M32 to City Centre. Follow signs for Clifton and the bus station. At the roundabout the hotel is directly in front of you. There is no on-site parking available at this hotel. Off-site parking is available at Rupert Street NPC (sat nav BS1 2JX) or James Barton (BS1 3LJ) each at approx 20GBP per 24 hours (hotel guests will get a 25% discount - please get your ticket validated at hotel reception). Transport and local information: Shopping centre Harbourside Bristol Zoo Bristol Temple Meads Train Station 1 mile Bristol Airport 10 miles ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Haymarket) Hotel Bristol