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Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Bristol
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Hertfordshire
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“Really enjoyable”
Reviewed 17 April 2010

I stayed at the Hotel du Vin this week with my husband. We has only one night in Bristol and were looking for a boutique hotel. Although our Sat Nav didn't find it when driving in, we managed to spot it straight away by using our eyes and the address. We weren't lucky enough to secure one of the hotel's parking spaces out front, but the NCP car park we were directed towards was only a short walk away. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived at 1pm but the friendly receptionist directed us towards the bar and said that she would try to hurry it along. We opted to go shopping instead and when we returned at 5pm (and a little lighter of wallet) we were checked into Villa Maria. My first impressions of this very large room was that it was a bit like walking into a hotel version of Abercrombie and Fitch - dark blinds, dark wooden wardrobes etc. The bed was large with lovely comfortable pillows. The mini-bar was well stocked. The bathroom was lovely with double glass doors. Yes, they were only partly frosted, but we managed. The bath and shower were impressive - both very powerful. The only niggle was not having a rail for the hand towels - had to keep leaving it on the side of the sink which was fine but did mean that the corners got a bit soggy. We didn't go to the bar - it was empty when we returned from our evening out at midnight but it looked very nice. Breakfast in the morning was really lovely. A great choice of continental and a lovely array of cooked options too. Check-out was a tad on the early side for my liking (11am) but they will apparently endeavour to arrange a later check-out if you ask. All in all I really enjoyed our stay and found the Hotel du Vin to be friendly, stylish and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2010

Came to Bristol for a weekend with my wife and another couple for a city break. The Hotel was simply fantastic. We opted for a junior suite for the extra £20 and loved the room - the Bathroom has an amazing shower! Our friends' room also was superb which is good to hear.

Some great touches - they have a mini cafeteirre in the rooms with complimentary fresh coffee and milk rather than the instant stuff normally provided. Also, they have house wine in the room at house wine prices rather than mini-bar prices. Again - a great touch.

We ate in the restaurant as reviews suggested this was one of the best in the city - a great choice. In fact, we were able to eat in the small, private dining room which is wonderfull, although has a large window facing reception so there is a bit of a goldfish bowl effect! Food was first class. Breakfast also was a lovely affair.

A great choice for a city break hotel - comfortable, stylish & good location. The only downside was the lack of parking - I think the hotel only has 8 parking spaces, first come first served. We had to park in the nearby NCP at £15 a day.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2010

This is a converted/renovated old property, now a hotel. The conversion has been done tastefully but, in respect of the room we were allocated, without much thinking. Very "stylish", but in many ways impractical and consequently uncomfortable. The room was large - no doubt about that: examples of weird decisions, though, include - the only lighting is floor/table lamps none of which has its own on/off switch although it is dimmable by one central switch...so, for one to read and the other to sleep, you have to turn off the lamp at the wall plug; the closet is in a corner of the room where there is simply no lighting - pretty much lucky dip when looking for something inside it at night; the bed has a very "stylish" projecting wooden surround - which seems to have a magical attraction for shins during the night (remember the lighting...); in the bathroom, there is NO flat surface anywhere near the handbasin - my lady had to dump a towel into the handbasin to have something on which to rest her make up necessities; and then there are the glass doors into the bathroom - they don't close properly and, anyway, are only party frosted with the result that one becomes more acquainted with the state of one's companions innards than many may find desirable; two bathrobes, one belt; facecloths only if requested - daily. With one exception, the staff were offhand, dismissive and surly almost to the point of hostility: the "receptionist" with whom we were unfortunate to have to deal made it clear that we were a real inconvenience thrust on her. Not worth repeating at about GBP250+.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2010

We stayed here for two nights recently, we were in Bristol for my mother's funeral and we also held the wake in the bar and library. All communication was excellent and everyone was friendly and helpful throughout even keeping one of the hotel's few free parking spaces reserved for our return from the cemetery so we could be there first to welcome our guests. The rooms are cosy - a few little faults like poor lighting - actually hard to see what is in a black wardrobe when there are no lights at that end of the room especially when it's a funeral and everything is black but I used a torch. We found it hard to get any air into the room too but those are the only quibbles. The bathrooms are lovely and it is all stylish, silly to paint the skirtings black as they are looking very bashed!

Downstairs the hotel is attractive and cosy - for anyone who has been there it's much larger than the one in Winchester but the same look. It's obviously very popular with locals so there is a lively buzz all day. Delightful dining room and everything we ate was delicious from the soup in the bar the first lunchtime - when we had missed lunch but getting something was not a problem - through to the catering for the wake which was spot on and the service unobtrusive,

It's very central and a few minutes from the Broadmead shops and the Hippodrome theatre and we walked to the waterside in a few minutes so excellent location. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again when in Bristol.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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wendyducati
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Reviewed 2 March 2010

One of the best city centre hotels I have stayed in. The building is a great conversion of an old sugar warehouse with oodles of character. Both dinner and breakfast were tip top and the amount of spirits on offer on the drinks menu was truly extensive. I was delving into the Japanese malt whiskey selection as my evenings diversion........

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

When choosing between the lack of good hotels in Bristol, I originally chose Hotel du vIn because it seemed more of a boutique hotel than the other large chains on offer. On arrival, though the hotel was littered with fag butts outside, the entrance was quite impressive. When we got out of the elevator to onto the 3rd floor where our room was situated, I was shocked by the amount of rubbish lining the corridor. It was 3pm and there were tonnes of dirty breakfast trays, empty glasses and dirty laundry........and lets just say that the housekeepers weren't quiet, you could hear them gossiping as you walked down the corridor. Anyway, the room looked similar to what it did on the website, the bathroom was impressive though the fan wouldn't turn off so at this point I was relatively content! However, when it came to sleeping, the bed was like a rock - I honestly felt like I was sleeping on the pavement! I had about one hours sleep between the shower dripping all night long, the paper thin walls and the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in!

Would never stay there again - should've saved my money and stayed in the Premier Inn around the corner!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

Wonderful lounge areas and common parts, all so stylishly decorated. Lovely white bedlinen and soft pillows in the bedrooms, Arran Aromatics toiletries in the bathroom and freshly ground coffee and fresh milk in the mini bar. Quality breakfasts, with a range of healthy options and a cooked menu which differs from the usual run of the mill. Very pleasant reception staff and, generally, all was faultless. Only slight word of caution would be that the door to the bathroom is clear-glazed and unlockable!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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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 Luxury Hotel in Bristol
#3 Family Hotel in Bristol
#3 Romantic 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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