Bristol is a stunning location to escape to on a short break or extended stay. It’s an effervescent city that will give you a taste of a fast paced metropolitan life, whilst the calmness of the English countryside is only a stone’s throw away. A top quality visit to Bristol should be a slice of the high life, and this means that where you stay in the city is a key choice you need to make. Here is our guide to the best places to stay in Bristol for a luxurious experience.
Located in chic Clifton, Beech House is a collection of serviced apartments; that feel like a high end hotel, whilst giving you freedom and privacy away from other guests that you normally deal with at a hotel. Converted from a set of grand Victorian villas, Beech house has a selection of unique apartments, all of which are styled in a sophisticated manner. With features like well maintained wood floors, marble fireplaces, large sash windows and antique furniture, the apartments are all treats for the eye that feel very welcoming. Easy to check in to, with key lockers that you access yourself, Beech House is a brilliant place to stay in Bristol.
Bristol Harbour Hotel
The Bristol Harbour Hotel offers an intriguing experience. The hotel is based in two former banks, and feeds into its imaginative design that is both quirky and traditional. Set opposite Bristol’s old Exchange building, and near St Nicholas Market which has a menagerie of independent shops, the Harbour Hotel is in a prime position to be able to access the best of what Bristol has to offer. Originally the home of LLoyd’s Bank, and inspired by the stunning Library of St Mark’s in Venice, this is the hotel you should stay in if you want a regal experience.
The most interesting features of the hotel is it’s event space, the Sansovino Hall with it’s huge skylight and painted ceiling, and Spa which is hidden in the old bank vaults that still have the Bank’s safe doors in place. Whilst you may want to eat out, the hotel also has the brilliant airy Jetty restaurant that specialises in luxurious seafood.
Berwick Lodge is a spacious Edwardian mansion with indulgent suites to enjoy. It is a 30 minute drive away from Bristol city centre, allowing you to enjoy the city when you want to, as well as giving you space and a place to decompress after a busy day in the city. Despite it’s very traditional exterior, the hotel offers an extremely unique Anatolian inspired experience. With traditional Edwardian features, as well as mosaics and furniture sourced from the Islamic world, it truly feels like a portal to another world. The best place to stay if you don’t want to be at the heart of Bristol.
If you are looking for something more modern and contemporary, the Paintworks Apartments are probably for you. In an old paint factory, with open plan living and full of stylish vintage design, it really feels like it has been pulled out of a Grand Designs episode. It incorporates an industrial past with exposed brickwork, with cutting edge technology like a surround sound system to make your stay comfortable. Each apartment has its own design, based on a location such as Manhattan or Scandinavia, with features like a mural based on the Beastie Boys to make the rooms feel like the places that have inspired them.
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
The Bristol Marriott Royal is a truly magnificent hotel with a history that stretches back to 1868. Near the Watershed cinema and arts centre and the Arnolfini, it gives you easy access to the cultural centre of Bristol. Having housed Hollywood stars like Cary Grant and Statesmen such as Winston Churchill alike; it is a hotel with great pedigree. Boasting spacious marble floors, chandeliers, full concierge service and a wide selection of impressive oil paintings, it feels like you have stepped out of Bristol and into the Grand Budapest Hotel. We recommend trying to book a room on the upper floor, which will give you a great view of the Cathedral or bustling harbour from its grand windows.
As you can see, there are plenty of good places to stay in Bristol. Hopefully this guide will help you find the right location for your visit to the wonderful city on the South Coast.