Mint Hotel Bristol
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for two nights at the end of March for a bed and breakfast birthday break. We arrived by train at Bristol Temple Meads railway station and walked for seven minutes along an easy route to arrive at the hotel.
We arrived early afternoon, before the 15:00 check-in time, yet the very helpful and friendly reception staff checked us in without any fuss. A room at the rear of the hotel was requested, which over looks a small park, as the front rooms overlook a busy dual carriageway. I did get to look around a room on the front of the hotel and noticed that the window was treble glazed, and almost no road noise came through. However, being treble glazed it was not possible to open the window, unlike the opening double glazed ones we had at the rear of the hotel.
The first impression upon entering the room was as to how small the room was, and the shower toilet washroom was the second smallest I have ever seen in a hotel. Yet the washroom worked very well and was a pleasure to use. The toiletries were of a very high standard, being from The White Company. There is no bath, but the shower worked well.. The room had all the usual things you would want, a big safe to fit a laptop into, mini bar, ironing board, iron, hair dryer, coat hangers, and the large bed was very comfortable. The TV was an iMac, which had free access to the internet, with a built in DVD player. The very stylish telephone was by Jacob Jenson, the designer behind many Bang and Olufsen products. We slid the small coffee table under a dressing unit, and pushed one of the two chairs against a window, then the room had more space and was more usable. The air con worked well and was silent unless the fastest fan speed was selected.
Breakfast was very nice with very helpful and friendly staff serving. We were able to eat all that we would want. Fruit juices, cereals, rolls, yoghurts, cheeses, fruits, rolls jams etc, were on offer at tables However, for the cooked breakfast a waiter takes your order from a menu and it is brought out to you soon afterwards. I do prefer a breakfast where you go up and help yourself to hot food from a counter. One bad point is that on both days we had a long delay between between ordering tea and coffee and it arriving on our table. In fact the hot breakfast food came first on both days. It is nice to be able to drink coffee or tea fairly soon after sitting down at a table, and before cooked food arrives.
We did not take dinner in the hotel, so cannot say what it is like. We walked the fifteen minutes or so into town to eat out. At the rear of the hotel is a small park with a ruined church in it, and at the end of the park is a small Italian restaurant called Marcos Olive Branch. We had a very nice midday snack there. Down stairs there are a small number of soft chairs to relax in or upstairs there is a more formal dinning area.
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel and would return again. It is not a large old sprawling hotel, it is more of a very clean modern, and functional hotel. The good points are; It is close to the train station, shops, and docks area, has free internet use on the room iMac TV, and all staff encountered were very helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre is situated in the modern business district. We’re five minutes from Temple Meads Station with regular trains to London, Cardiff and Bath. Our contemporary hotel is ideally located for exploring all the city and West Country have to offer. Bristol’s popular shopping quarter, Cabot Circus, is just five minutes away. The vibrant nightlife of Bristol Harbourside is a short walk through Temple Gardens. A relaxing day at Bath Spa is just a 10-minute train ride away. Experience views of Temple Gardens and the ruins of the 17th Century Temple Church from some of our stylish guest rooms. Relax and unwind in Recess, our new space where you can eat, drink and meet day to night. We offer amenities such as on-site parking, 24-hour business center, complimentary WiFi, plus a 42-inch TV and Herman Miller desk chair in every guest room. Maintain your workout routine in the fitness room and stock up on snacks at the on-site Pavilion Pantry®. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel Bristol
- Bristol City Hotel
- City Inn