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Looking for affordable luxury accommodation in Bristol? Well then, we’re here to help! We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best places to stay in Bristol – one of the South West’s most energised and cultural cities, which has an amazing selection of things to see and do.
There are some really luxurious places to stay all over – and around – the city, so here’s our guide to the best luxury places to lay your head in Bristol.
Luxury hotels in Bristol
This boutique beauty is part of the Doyle Collection, and is perfectly placed in the heart of the harbourside district. Not far from @Bristol and the SS Great Britain it’s also surrounded by a plethora of bars and restaurants – but it has so much to offer that you just might not want to venture out.
Glasses of homemade lemonade and an epic display of flowers greet you when you enter, and the rooms are bright and welcoming, with a luxurious rain shower, a shiny Nespresso machine and soft and comfy bath robes and slippers.
As well as offering a delicious vintage afternoon tea, the hotel’s River Grille restaurant is a wonderful spot for dinner, with an enticing a la carte menu and great views over the harbourside.
Want to know more? Then be sure to check out our full review of The Bristol.
Brooks Guest House
This guesthouse is nestled in the heart of Bristol’s old town, just a hop, skip and a jump from St Nicholas’ market. It has a bright, modern feel with a great courtyard for summer evenings, but the highlight has to be the rooftop rocket caravans!
Ok, these aren’t the usual type of accommodation that comes to mind when you’re thinking of luxury, but these offer a unique Bristol stay, and are super funky, what with their Astroturf gardens and silver shine. They do include ensuite bathrooms, and for a really quirky city stay I don’t think they can be beaten!
Our lovely blogging buddy Heather Cowper recently had a staycation at Berkeley Suites, and after meeting her for dinner at The Square Kitchen next door, she let us come and check out her luxurious suite, set in a Georgian townhouse in the heart of upmarket Clifton.
The high ceilinged bedroom with polished oak flooring and an inviting queen-size bed looked beautiful, and I loved the large walk-in shower, but the highlight was the light and homely living room, with cosy sofa and hidden kitchenette behind the doors of a country-style cabinet.
Little touches always make a difference I think, and I particularly loved the Alice in Wonderland inspired ‘eat me’ and ‘sip me’ breakfast and snack hampers. Piqued your interest? Why not read Heather’s review?
The Grand Hotel
Over 15o years old, iconic past guests at The Grand Hotel have included Winston Churchill and The Beatles. Until recently the hotel was looking a little tired, bless its cotton socks, but a recent refurb by new owners Mercure have given it a fresh lease of life.
Highly design oriented, the overhauled rooms are unique thanks to special quirky furniture and artwork by local urban artists sourced in collaboration with Bristol’s street art festival Upfest. Heather has a great review of The Grand Hotel that I recommend you check out, plus for more iconic images from the hotel, take a look at this post from Lifestyle District.
Image credit: Heather Cowper, Heather on her Travels.
Photography by Nina Allwood, Bristol In A Box
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
This luxury hotel and spa was once two iconic Lloyds Bank buildings, but is now made up of 42 luxury bedrooms, a seafood restaurant, bar, a truly grand ballroom and a spa.
No rooms are average here, just different levels of luxurious, but they all have epic beds that just crave to be jumped on – even with my long legs, when I sat on the bed I could only just touch the floor!
The corner suites are particularly special though, thanks to the addition of free-standing roll-top baths. Oh and did I mention that every room has complimentary gin and sherry?
What I particularly love about this place is the fact it’s made the most of many of the bank’s original features – for example the former banking hall is awe inspiring to walk into, with its carved columns and glass roof (which I discovered must be cleaned by hand – eek!). The hotel’s piece de resistance has to be the underground spa however. Retaining the bank’s old vault doors, the space has been turned into treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna and they somehow even managed to squeeze in a cute little swimming pool!
Hotel du Vin Bristol
Not only does Hotel du Vin Bristol do a fun and delicious afternoon tea, it’s also one of the most beautiful hotels in the city.
Set in an old a sugarhouse that was built back in 1728, when Hotel du Vin renovated the venue it carefully protected some of its special features such as the original oak beams. Due to the old building’s character no room is the same in shape and size and all are uniquely decorated.
The Moet and Chandon suite had to be a personal favourite, oozing old school luxury – particularly thanks to its balcony bathroom with its twin roll top tubs!
The Brasserie offers a quality dining experience however it’s the hotel’s Sugar Bar that shouldn’t be missed – we loved the cosy leather chairs that you just sink into plus the relaxed atmosphere, and the pile of board games by the side of the bar let you know it’s a welcoming place to while away the evening once your appetite has been sated. Chris from Best of Bristol gives his view on Hotel du Vin Bristol in this recent review…
For something completely extravagant, why not get all your friends together and hire a castle for the weekend?
Nestled in the north Somerset countryside overlooking the Severn Estuary, Walton Castle is 17th century castle that offers a real exclusive getaway.
Often used for weddings, and frequented by the rich and famous (past guests include members of the Cartier family), Walton Castle is made up of the main octagonal keep surrounded by eight outlying turrets. These house private bedrooms and even a games room – oh did I mention there’s also a heated pool and small gym?
The kitchen is also something to be seen; complete with epic marble table, chandelier and Aga, but if you don’t want to cook then the team will happily sort you out a chef for the night!
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