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“Great hotel... nearly” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel du Vin & Bistro

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersGold level
Southampton
1 review
“Great hotel... nearly”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2009

Oh so nearly great. My wife and I stayed at Hotel Du Vin for our first wedding anniversary and pushed the boat out by booking the Veuve Clicquot suite - it’s a duplex with twin baths as its key feature. Overall this is a lovely hotel, but could have been even better with a little attention to detail. First the good points…the restaurant and bar were excellent. The waiting staff were very attentive and the food was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed dinner and breakfast during our one night stay. The location is ideal for all the sights and attractions of central Bristol. We were within easy walking distance of the main shopping centres, bars and visitor attractions.

Now, on to the rest. On first impressions that hotel was an impressive conversion of an old warehouse. However, moments after checking in we experienced our first ‘oh no’ moment. While we were being shown to our room we had to wait for five minutes while the breakfast trays from the night before were unloaded from the floor of the lift – bearing in mind we arrived at 2.30pm. Surely a ‘luxury’ hotel can afford a trolley?!

Two weeks before our booking we ordered a bottle of champagne to be in the room on our arrival. We received an email to confirm our request and ask when we were arriving. All very good. However, on entering our room, there was no bottle and two hours later there was still no bottle. If you have any special requests phone the hotel to double check!

The suite itself was very nearly as expected from looking at the photos on the web site. Very spacious, comfortable bed, wide screen TV, en-suite to the bedroom area and twin baths and monsoon shower above. However, there were a few niggling issues. The extractor fan was of standard domestic size, which clearly wasn’t large enough to cope with two baths and a shower, and none of the windows opened. There were patches of damp on the walls and ceiling as a result. The second issue we had with the room was a small window above the bed that had no curtains. There were holes in the wall above it where there had been a rail in the past, but not now. Luckily we spotted this before we went to bed and used some of the large scatter cushions to cover the window, which meant we weren’t woken by the sun at 6am in the morning. What we were woken by was the fire alarm test at 9am. The staff gave us no warning of this so we were jumping out of the bed and pulling on our clothes before we realised there was no need to panic.

Now probably the smallest yet possibly biggest issue with the room was…wait for it…bubble bath. Believe it or not, a suite that’s main selling point was the twin baths did not come with a complimentary bottle of bubble bath. What’s more when phoning reception to ask if any was available the continental lady who picked up the phone was clearly not familiar with the concept of bubble bath! Hence a quick walk out round the corner to the Tesco Express where we also got a bottle of Moet making a saving of at least £60 on the hotel wine list. In other words they lost out on selling us an expensive bottle of Champagne for the sake of a £1 bottle of bubble bath. We returned to the hotel and asked for a bucket of ice, which only arrived 40 minutes later after another call to reception.

In summary, a good hotel - could be great with a little more attention to detail.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2009

Lovely little hotel. Room was clean and modern with fab bathroom. Main room had huge bed with sky sports (always a nice extra).

Fantastic bar with sofa's and mood lighting plus an extensive wine and beer list. Restaurant was superb both for dinner and breakfast.

I would definitley go back!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lorse
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wales
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2009

This hotel is a very nice place to stay - apart from wine and salad.
Given the chains name I would have expected them to serve a £40 bottle of Pouilly Fumé at a temperature that was not cold but not icy.

The effort however it took to ensure that the wine we had bought was not left in an ice bucket at the other end of the room was nothing compared with the distain the restaurant manager treated our suggestion that possibly the white wine was being served too cold.
The temperature of the tomatoes in the salad was however a crime against French culinary tradition.
This left a little bit of an impression that the hotel gets away with providing luxury measured in monetary value rather than real excellence.
Saying that in general the staff were great and the rooms lovely.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CEO_of_a_SME
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dublin
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2009

We stayed there for one night on our way to Glastonbury. The rooms are excellent with plenty of individual character. The beds were soooooo comfortable and the shower was great. The staff were very helpful and more than accomodating. They allowed us to store some of our bags until we returned from the festival - this was much appreciated and is reflective of the style of service in the hotel. We would love to stay again and would highly recomend this to anyone visiting Bristol.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ptdublin
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Bristol
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42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2009

Stayed here in the Rosemount room, overall good accomodation apart from the aroma of stale urine in the bathroom, possibly related to the cracks in the tiled floor around the toilet pan.Parking is no longer possible in the car park only a few spaces availabled for residents.This place,particulary pre smoking ban had a great atmosphere in the bar and was well thought of and we had loads of great nights here.
The bar has gone rapidly downhill,they offer table service or standard sitting at bar service, don't sit at a at a table if you are thirsty, several bar staff simply hang around the bar and appeared reluctant to take drinks orders from just about anyone seated.
Meal - We are far from hard-up but requested a jug of tap water and not bottled - (it's not about the cash, more about the principle - they still insisted on plonking a bottle of water on the table which we asked to be replaced with tap water.This resulted in the bottle being rudely swiped from the table and no jug of tap water until another several requests.
Our starters were put down in front of us as we were sitting at the table and the promised free bottle of wine was in fact a carafe of "red wine" that tasted like no other red wine I have ever tasted.
The food was below average in comparison to my dozen or so visits to various HDV around the country.
Not a disaster but far from the service and quality I have come to expect from HDV.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank FamilyTraveller68
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UK
Level Contributor
42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2009

We booked ourselves in for one night only as we were heading to a wedding in Wales the following day. We chose Hotel du Vin as we knew what they pride themselves on. On arrival we were disappointed by the location but the building itself has been converted well and looked inviting. The reception team were efficient but not overly welcoming. We headed to our room and was blown away by the sheer size (particularly for our standard rate) and the facilities. A good size bathroom partitioned with a roll top bath, sink and toilet on one side, a wet-room style shower on the other. The room facilities are fantastic with a very comfortable bed and good quality linen, iron/ironing board, tea and coffee making, large tv, dvd player and selection of dvds on request, cd player, reasonably priced mini-bar and ample toiletries. Reception was very helpful with evening dinner reservations. Originally we were told that the hotel restauarant was full and instead we were given a couple of other recommendations in the city centre. A couple of hours later and we were informed that the restaurant could accommodate us. Great service. Unfortunately this is when it started to go downhill. Whilst waiting for our table we headed to the bar and placed an order for a glass of wine and one soft drink. Our drinks took twenty minutes to arrive. Food orders were also taken in whilst we had our drinks. When we were ushered to the main restaurant, within minutes of sitting down our starters had arrived. Food was classic french bistro style, with lots of choice but expensive. Fine dining prices for what can be considered as good pub food. The restaurant was full and service was efficient but our dinner was rushed. We paid and left after just 45mins. The morning showed a different side with only a few occupied tables and two members of staff to serve. Two cooked breakfasts took a while so we ended up filling up on toast whilst waiting. Even though the restaurant was less than half full there were some glitches, no still water (had to request it), no orange juice (yet another request), orders on the wrong tables when the food arrived, my request of no black pudding and perhaps an additional tomato wasn't fulfilled. Instead of complaining we decided to eat instead and pass on the comments to reception when checking out. The receptionist apologised for the breakfast service. When we mentioned the rushed dinner service she smiled and said 'fast food, eh?'. Not really the response I would have expected but at least they know. Whether the management do anything about it is another matter. We've sinced stayed at the HdV in Poole which was a very different experience. Naturally each hotel should retain it's own individual character but the expectation of a good service should be consistent across all.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jason_from_London
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Cardiff, Wales
Level Contributor
71 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2009

We enjoyed a really good night at the HDV: we had a large double room overlooking the courtyard and we must have been lucky because there was no wedding or function to disturb us>
the bed was huge< comfortable chairs and magazines< monsoon shower and really good toiletries> We especially appreciated the note inviting us to take the pots of Arran Aromatics shower gel and lotions home to enjoy> the best toiletries i have ever used in a hotel>
Breakfast was excellent and service understated but efficient> We were attending a function in Bristol and bar staff were happy to serve our group of eight until the early hours on our return>
Our stay in the HDV was memorable for all the right reasons and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay> the only slight issue is the parking>

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank fiftysomething100
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Property: Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Address: The Sugar House Narrow Lewins Mead | 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:
#2 Green Hotel in Bristol
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bristol
#3 Family Hotel in Bristol
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bristol
#4 Business Hotel in Bristol
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Vin & Bistro 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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