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“Just as it says on their website....” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel du Vin & Bistro

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Bristol
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Woodstock, Vermont
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283 reviews
108 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
“Just as it says on their website....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2011

The hotel has individuality, my reservation was upgraded and I asked for a quiet room with a bath...and they delivered. The bistro dinner was fine, my pigeon was a little tough, not due to the cooking I felt, but the frogs legs were delicious! Good atmosphere in the bistro excellent wine list and the breakfast kipper gets 10/10!
All the breads seemed to be made locally and were very fresh and tasty.

The bed had great linen and several soft pillows and the whole room was well maintained.

My only minor quibble was that the wardrobe doors hit the chair,and the kettle was actually inside the wardrobe unit which is bad design, as steam condenses all over the wood. CD/Radio included in the room but the radio was useless as reception was terrible. Bathroom delightful with a freestanding tub made for soaking and the rain shower was excellent. Good 'smellies' and a bottle of bubbly in my price made for a wonderful 1 night stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2011

What a lovely place this is! We had a fantastic experience, staff were very attentive and service was fantastic. We had dinner in the restaurant which was delightful, food and wine was lovely - overall nothing bad to say about this place - Great! Will definately be going back!!

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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Thank JI88
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Bristol
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61 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2011

We live in Bristol and therefore surprising to write this review having stayed in the hotel! Let me explain, my wife surprised me for my birthday, as she wanted me to wake up somewhere special on my birthday and this was a perfect place.
Very contemporary rooms - we stayed in the Veuve Cliquot suite and it was beautiful. Huge bed, separate lounge area with 50" Plasma and DVD player, and a mezzanine floor with a massive rainstorm shower and two bath tubs (see the pictures)!
We had dinner downstairs in the restaurant - lovely french cuisine (onion soup followed by sea bass for me) with attentive but not overbearing service.
I expected a much larger bill than we received for dinner, bed and breakfast (approx.£250) so in respect of the quality of product and service great value for money - the meal alone would have been £120.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Youonlyliveonce40
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Derbyshire
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193 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2011

I've been staying st this hotel on and off for over 10 years and its our favourite Hotel du Vin Hotels. Good reception, excellent bar, fine Bistro Dining and an eclectic wine list. Bedrooms and bed linen superb. Recent addition of secondary glazing and a 'airconditioning' system will have solved some of the early bedroom problems of road noise and summer sunshine.

But all the French waiters and waitresses who added to the 'du vin' touch have disappeared and replaced by staff from the east of the EU - who are just not that comfortable with the service industry nor trained up to the level of the French (the Brits often have the same problem by the way). I suspect that the French don't like our 'minimum wage' levels - or maybe they prefer thier 35 hour week?

It was also noticable that general maintenance and bathroom cleaning is not quite up to previous standards. Bathroom toileteries are not so generous and the nice thick cut marmalade is now the cheaper jelly version .......

If this is a result of the MWB Group Chairman's comments last year when he reported that 'the company as a whole was continuing to cut costs' then that is a shame - but it frequently happens when accountants rather than hoteliers run hotels! Or maybe it wasthe fear of breaking Banking covenants.

You have to work hard to retain the accolades of a luxury boutique hotel - cutting costs need to be done with a caution!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Longey
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Brighton
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83 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2011

The hotel is a a fantastic conversion of an old mill set right in the centre of Bristol. It is very handy for the docks, Park Street and the newly built Cabot Circus.

My partner and I were celebrating our anniversary in Bristol and the hotel, the food and the staff all combined to make it a fantastic stay.

The room was enormous and featured a queen size bed, oversized free standing bath tub and walk through monsoon shower. The bedding was really luxurious, the bath robes big and fluffy and we even got to take away the Hotel du Vin branded toiletries!

We ate in the restaurant on the Friday night. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and unfussy, the food is honest, hearty French cuisine and the wine list as extensive as you'd expect.

What made the stay really exceptional however was the staff. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to make our anniversary truly special.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ourhols
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2011

I have lived in Bristol for 7 years and have always been aware of the hotels unrivalled reputation. A special occasion was a perfect excuse to book a room...

First impression - The hotel is in a beautiful and respectful warehouse conversion. The courtyard really is a beautiful greeting; this was continued when we opened the door to find an open fire next to the check in desk. It was roaring away in an original brick hearth and chimney. The check in was very streamlined and quick. The member of staff very helpful and asking all the relevant questions. We opted to find our own room and have an explore. You cross through the bar to get to the lift; the bar was just beautiful. Original slate flooring, open fires and low leather sofas; the lighting was perfect for the impression they are trying to create.

Room - We had booked the 'Veuve Cliquot' room. Listed on the website as a large loft room with mezzanine level, chapel facing. The room was beautiful. Downstairs there was a huge oversized bed, reclining sofa and a sitting room with leather sofa's and desk seperated y heavy curtains. There was 2 TV's in the room. A normal sized TV facing the bed and a 50" (if not bigger) TV in the seperate sitting room. Generally I would think that this would be too big but it was set out of sight of the rest of the room and perfectly placed. Upstairs was mind blowing! A huge monsoon shower which was the best shower I've ever experienced in a hotel room. There were also 2 roll top baths set in the middle of the hardwood floor next to each other with just enough room for a champagne cooler! My partner is cabin crew and it was still the best hotel room we have both stayed in. Including 5* hotels around the world. The room had all the amenities needed including fresh coffee and milk and a cafetiere. Just perfect.

Sleep Quality - This bed is by far the most comfortable bed we have both had in a hotel. It's very big and just firm enough to support your spine. The linen is beautiful. We slept like babies! People have written about injuries to their shins, etc. To be honest, I got up in the night more than once and just remembered to step over the bed frame; unless you have no memory and forget you're not at your own home this is not a problem. The room had windows looking over a chapel next door. We did not hear any traffic noise once we'd fallen asleep. The heavy curtains covering the windows and sitting area may have provided some insulation. I read a few reviews where people were reccommending that the hotel owners install double glazing; short sightedness was what came to mind in those cases. If you choose to stay in a listed building hotel you should expect windows and exterior facings not being up to modern building standards; these aspects can not be changed under the regulations. To my mind uPVC windows would not be a welcome addition to such a beautiful building.

Breakfast - The quality of the food was very high indeed. It was beautiful. Locally sourced ingredients for the cooked breakfasts and a rustic bread basket. Freshly squeezed orange juice, pastries, everything you could want. The restaurant is a beautiful setting to enjoy such a nice start to the day.

I would stay here again in a heartbeat. I read a few reviews before i booked but paid little attention. I'm so glad I did as this hotel was beautiful. Negativities from picky people should not be in your mind as you walk into this hotel; it'll only ruin your stay. Sit back and enjoy...

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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1 Thank Pedro2011
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2010

We stayed here for a special treat, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms had charm and we beautifully presented (and very large!). It definitely felt like a special treat to stay there! (We did not eat in so cannot comment on the food and service)

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fromthestreet
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Additional Information about Hotel du Vin & Bistro

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 Romantic Hotel in Bristol
#3 Family 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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