Stayed here in the Spring 2012, I like this hotel which has an air of class about it, parking is not the easiest but this is very close to temple meads train station.
This would be an ideal place to stay if you were taking the Bristol Flyer Shuttle to the Airport as the train station pick up point is only 2 minutes walk away.( the shuttle costs £10 return by the way)
I stayed in a superior double room which was spacious and clean with bath,shower and coffee making facilities. The rooms are very quiet and there is little to no outside noise even though the hotel is located on a busy main road.
The Novatel also has spa facilities and a gym, looked nice but I was only here for one night so didn't really get to test them out, food and drink as usual for a hotel is on the pricey side, maybe try the local restaurants and pubs which are located within a five minute walk.More