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Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Ranked #4 of 39 Hotels in Bristol
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

We have stayed here several times before and loved it. I think we have always had a superior room before and last time we were upgraded to a deluxe so have always had huge rooms and space.

This time I booked a standard room with king sized bed and it was a tiny pokey little room (Echinata something like that) 3rd floor back with attic ceiling over the bed which made it very hard to get in and out of the right side of the bed (and I am only 5'5") had to crawl in and out. So stupid as they have put their standard bedside table on the left side which takes up so much room, there is none on the right side and no lamp. With just a little thought they could provide a narrower table on the left side to enable the bed to move over a little so that the right side would have space for a table and a lamp.... no genius required. We are beginning to realise just how formulaic the chain is, same food same furniture even if it doesn't fit! Usual good bathroom, huge and actually too big for this room - would be better to give over some of the space to the room.

I also would have thought it was good business practice to see who is a return visitor and give them a decent room!

Has really put us off especially as we had just visited the branch in Winchester which was very disappointing, still like the Mal Maison in Leeds though.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

My Husband and I are regular guests at Hotel Du Vin Bristol and absolutely adore the understated luxury of this boutique hotel. Totally understated, from the outside you could drive past and not even realise it is there. Walk in off the street and you find yourself in a tree adorned courtyard totally hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Very french, very Du Vin. Having stayed at a number of the hotels in the Du Vin portfolio of properties (Harrogate, Brighton and Edinburgh), Bristol is by far our favourite. The hotel is a sympathetically restored building, originally a sugar refinery and the architects have clearly retained its most noble features with bedrooms and suites that are reminiscent of New York loft apartments complete with exposed brick and sturdy iron pillars in rooms that are minimalistic in their decor . We always choose to stay in Beringer (rooms are named after wines), one of the luxury range of rooms - and well worth the additional cost. Egyptian cotton linen bedding, a waterfall shower, a huge freestanding roll top bath and a state of the art coffee maker adorn the room to name just a few of the fine detail that Hotel Du Vin afford their guests. Add to this the vast list of fine wines stocked at the bar and all in all you might now understand why we choose to return again and again. Oh, and as a last word it is walking distance into the city centre attractions that Bristol holds.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

The hotel lived up to its reputation. From the welcome (nice friendly staff) to check out. The hotel room (a large room - one up from standard room) was beautifully decorated with a fabulous large bath and monsoon shower. The bed was comfortable and had great feather pillows that you sink into. The breakfast was leisurely and with the complimentary newspaper and a nice pot of tea was a great start to a Sunday. The only slight issue maybe parking. We were lucky enough to get one of the few free hotel spaces but the parking in the nearby multi-storey may be expensive for the weekend. This hotel has the whole package, great rooms, a well stocked bar and attentive staff.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank VMid
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We had a night away at the Hotel du Vin in Bristol and stayed in one of their suites. We have stayed here before and always had a really nice stay. I would just say that I feel that the hotel is starting to feel like it needs refurbishing. There is a lovely bar with a "shabby chic" feel but the sofas aren't especially comfortable (or easy to climb out of!). The rooms are well equipped with new coffee machines but it is all starting to feel a bit tatty around the edges with peeling paint in areas and just generally a bit worn. However, that aside, it is a lovely welcoming hotel with very pleasant staff and lovely cocktails!!

Room Tip: The best room is the Harveys suite which has a rooftop courtyard
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank gccqueen
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Well placed, boutique hotel in the centre of Bristol.The large Cabot Circus shopping complex is an easy 10 minute walk in one direction whilst the harbour side bars, restaurants and clubs are a 10 minute walk the other way. Despite it's central location it's surprisingly quiet. The bar and restaurant make the most of the, restored 18th century warehouse building, with uneven wooden floors, original iron work ceiling supports, and roughly painted stone walls with the nails still stuck in their place. Comfy, uncoordinated leather chairs and sofas give the bar area a contemporary feel.

Our bedroom was spacious, well furnished with lots of storage.The bed was unbelievably comfortable - a great nights sleep. The bathroom was an equally good size, with a free standing bath and a large, walk through, drench head shower.

The staff were unobtrusive and polite - if anything a little soulless - but pleasant enough.

The Room with breakfast came to £150. All in all a good deal for what we had. The only down side was parking, with only 8 or so hotel parking spaces outside the front door - so it's a real lottery as to whether you get one or not. The nearest NCP is a short 5 minute walk over the road - but it cost £19 to park over night.

Would recommend as a base for a couples weekend break and/or an overnight business trip. Will definitely stay there again next time I'm down.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mobysan
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

The Hotel du Vin in Bristol is a converted sugar refinery and was opened back in 1999. Its location is superb – just 10 minutes by foot to the University, via the ‘Christmas Steps’, and an equal distance to the harbourside region of Bristol. Parking is limited, however, to about six spaces so be prepared to pay substantially for a space elsewhere.
We had a highly enjoyable stay but it wasn’t worth the money we paid. This hotel chain trades on its exclusivity and ‘hipness’ but there are now other hotels of similar quality in several of the cities served by HDV, and they are of better value.
Our stay got off to a slightly untoward start when we arrived just after midday to be told that our room was unavailable until 3.00 pm. This was awkward as my wife needed to change out of her travel clothes for an afternoon function. Fortunately, however, the staff sensibly offered the temporary use of another room for this purpose. Our room, when we finally accessed it, was comfortable - tastefully (if unimaginatively) kitted out in chocolate and white, tranquil and with good quality Egyptian linen and towels. The availability of a Nespresso coffee machine was a nice touch although the choice of coffee pods available was rather limited (a quarter of what's available). Wifi is free for the first 30 minutes but quite expensive thereafter – given the fact that we were paying almost £200 per night, we thought this was a bit mean.
Breakfast was okay but nothing to write home about – just the usual fruit salad, yoghurts, croissants and Danish pastries (with the inevitable friendly but glum Eastern European staff). These days you would get the same quality and choice in most hotels charging around half the price. If you want a cooked breakfast you’ll have to pay an extra £14.50. We weren’t much taken with the decor in the restaurant, which has been painted what can only be described as ‘nicotine brown’.
In summary, you will definitely be pampered at this hotel and its location in Bristol is a great asset. However, given its price category, I think the hotel needs to raise its game. In short, currently the Hotel du Vin is a Cru Bourgeois pretending to be a Premier Cru.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

We wanted a night out in Bristol, staying somewhere reasonably central. The hotel is about a 20min walk from Bristol Templemeads and set back from the road and so is reasonably quiet. The staff were very helpful and when you enter through the courtyard you do get a very nice feel for the place. The bar and restaurant areas are very well laid our and relaxing and the room we had (Chapeldown) was perfect for what we wanted with a great shower.

All in all recommended

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Address: The Sugar House Narrow Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2NU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Bristol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Bristol
#2 Green Hotel in Bristol
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bristol
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bristol
#4 Business Hotel in Bristol
Price Range: £114 - £210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Vin & Bistro 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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