Bristol is renowned for its independent spirit. Offering an exciting mix of history and culture, music and street art, it’s a city full of green spaces, and with easy access to great countryside. And if you need another reason to visit? Take a look at these six fantastic Bristol boutique hotel options.
Nestle down in one of ten bedrooms in this beautifully restored 19th-century merchant’s house. In the sought after Clifton area of the city, it benefits from views of the city and the Clifton Downs Park (book the West Loft Suite to enjoy both). While the rooms vary from ‘House rooms’ to the Loft Suites, all benefit from a contemporary blend of antiques and modern furnishings with details such as waffle robes and Ren products. Guests can enjoy a locally sourced breakfast, coffee and cream teas in the day, moving onto the wine and cocktails served in the evening.
There are plenty of details at the centrally situated Brooks Guesthouse which add up to a wonderful stay, from the West Country Ales available in the honesty bar to the fact that it’s a Green Tourism Award winner. But perhaps its most unusual feature is the four ‘Retro Rocket’ caravans they’ve got parked on the roof. Despite their vintage outer appearances, these caravans are each fitted with their own flat screens and showers and enhanced with Designers Guild decor, carrying through the style of the rest of the rooms, which have details such as Cole & Son wallpapers. There is plenty of communal space to enjoy too, including the breakfast room, where you can see the chefs preparing your meal, and a courtyard that’s perfect for drinks to unwind at the end of the day.
With characteristic style, Bristol’s Hotel du Vin maximises the 18th-century architecture of the Grade II-listed former sugar warehouses turning them into contemporary loft style bedrooms. Decor takes its cue from the heritage of the building, with exposed brickwork and metalwork, and some of the split-level suites also benefit from their own private terrace. All the 40 rooms have luxurious hand-sprung mattresses dressed with fine Egyptian linen, while drench showers and roll top baths add to the sense of decadence. To really indulge yourself, book into the Bistro, which offers delicious French-inspired food with a British flavour, and make the most of the hotel’s wine cellar.
This handsome row of Grade II-listed house is home to 42 rooms, each with some great perks, such as a complimentary decanter of sherry in each room and, perhaps for something a little healthier, a bowl of fresh fruit. The Berkeley Square Hotel bills itself as an art hotel – it hosts an exhibition quarterly, while each floor is devoted to the work of a different artist. It’s also home to The Square, an arts-based private members club, and all guests get membership. That means you can take advantage of the award-winning The Square Kitchen restaurant and cocktail bar.
Not a boutique hotel in its own right, but rather a pub with boutique-style bedrooms that’s definitely worthy of attention. Just out of Bristol in Horfield, the pub is owned by the much-loved Bath Ales, and serves a classic British menu alongside – as you’d expect – some seriously good booze. The guest rooms carry on the pub’s sense of hospitality with eight tastefully decorated retreats – a mix of Kings, Twins and Doubles – each with a private modern bathroom, complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities and flat screen TVs. Guests can sample the pub’s grub for breakfast in the dining room, or perhaps even sitting out in its garden.
Falling into the same category as The Wellington is the Bear and Swan, a 18th century pub with four boutique rooms that’s well placed for Bristol Airport. Decorated in warm neutrals with glamorous touches, just a couple of the thoughtful details include complimentary slippers and vanity packs. Should you want to leave your room, the Michelin recommended pub serves everything from bar snacks to more substantial meals, against the backdrop of a hearty open fire. It’s worth checking out the offers on their website before you book, as they can help everything from the cost of your stay to deals on food.
Author: Frances Ambler