In a time where kooky, boutique hotels and quirky Air Bnb‘s are in fashion, The Bristol sets itself apart, with its imposing honeycomb concrete structure and minimalist interior design.
The Bristol is a four-star hotel that is part of the luxurious Doyle Collection and is located in Bristol’s city centre in England. I recently stayed at this upmarket hotel and I have written a review of The Bristol, to help inspire you to visit the vibrant and cultural city of Bristol.
Despite the slightly severe exterior, a warm welcome awaits you inside. Here you will find subtle touches of elegance and neutral tones, combined with swift and professional service. Well-heeled clientele glide seamlessly through the chic lobby and I immediately make a mental note to brush my hair and put on some nice shoes.
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The Bristol offers all the amenities you might expect from a 4-star hotel, there’s a concierge service if you need help with reservations, booking and transport, a 24-hour reception, fitness centre and newspaper delivery. Living in the digital world, I don’t normally take delivery of newspapers but there is something about being in an upmarket hotel that demands that a copy of Guardian is slipped under your door at sunrise.
We were staying in one of the hotel’s ‘Superior Double Rooms’ and the grandiose title did not disappoint. Our room was stylishly decorated in creams and reds, with plush pillows and throws, giving it a chic and contemporary feel. Our room featured complimentary Wi-Fi, a 32” flat screen TV as well as a snazzy Nespresso machine, for the coffee connoisseur.
One of the best things about our room was the rather lovely views of Bristol harbour from our window. The weather was being particularly kind to us, during our visit and there were crisp, blue skies outside, perfect winter weather.
It was time to freshen up for dinner, thankfully there were upscale toiletries from Temple Spa, cosy dressing gowns and luxurious towels in our room. I certainly had a very pleasant hour floating around in my dressing gown sipping a glass of Pinot, putting my makeup on and taking a selfie, all at the same time. Like a pro.
We were booked in for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, the River Grille. This spacious restaurant offers gorgeous, ground level views of the harbour from their huge windows, all in incredibly sleek surroundings. The syle here is minimal elegance, with stylish furnishings and swanky lighting, making for a very ambient and romantic setting for a date night. Best order a bottle of red whilst we’re at optimum romance levels right?
The menu at the River Grille features modern British Cuisine that changes with the seasons and makes full use of local, West Country produce. We feasted upon a delectable array of dishes including a 10 oz steak, roasted pork, delicious pan-fried duck egg on toasted sourdough and a heavenly chocolate fondant.
The steak was cooked to a pinky perfection and had that wonderful, smokey grilled taste, that makes steak so flavourful. My pork was cooked well and served with amazingly creamy potatoes, however, I felt the dish needed an accompanying jus, as pork without a sauce can be rather dry.
The Chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream was everything you might hope for in a dessert, warm, liquid chocolate seeped out upon the first spoon insertion, it was fabulously gooey and rich. This a pudding best enjoyed when paired with a port or dessert wine. Our waiter very wisely recommended a ten-year-old Tawny Port, to round the evening off with, nothing says ‘classy nightcap’ quite like a drop of port.
Should you wish to continue your evening after dinner, there is a plush lounge and bar area that you can enjoy post-dinner drinks in, as you sink into a comfy sofa. The lounge area has a splash of art deco style, including the beautifully lit, ornate bar to fashionably perch at and order drinks from.
There’s a definite ‘Gatsby’ style vibe in this area, with late night cocktails being sipped under low lighting. It’s definitely a suave way of finishing off your evening.
When we awoke the next day, the weather was luckily still beautiful. We were able to have coffee in our room and admire the view of the harbour below, before heading downstairs for breakfast. I am a firm believer that glorious views and a strong coffee are the best way to start your day.
Breakfast is served buffet style in the River Grille restaurant and offers lovely views of the harbour. We managed to get a window seat and settled in for a lazy morning of coffee, breakfasting and newspaper reading.
There is a wide selection of breakfast items on offer, including your typical full English breakfast options, as well as cereals, muffins, pastries, pancakes, fruit and yoghurt, so you have a range of delectable foodstuffs to kick-start your morning with.
I am a big fan of ‘breakfast with a view’ and The Bristol certainly delivers on this front. I could spend many an hour sipping coffee and people watching, as well as taking endless Instagrams of our breakfast, as my long-suffering husband waits ever so patiently for the opportunity to eat his food. Being married to me is SUCH a treat.
It was time to take our leave from the hotel and to spend some time exploring Bristol. Luckily the car park next door only costs £5 for guests and you can leave your car there for the rest of day after you have checked out. The hotel is in a perfect location for wandering the city, only minutes away from shops, colourful buildings, restaurants, street art and cafes.
It was a pleasant experience overall at Bristol Hotel, many 4-star hotels fall short of expectations and many more have a rather unfortunate aloof and pompous atmosphere, it can be hard to find a hotel that avoids both. Thanks to the helpful, professional and attentive staff at Bristol Hotel, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with a level of service that implies that nothing is too much trouble. I would definitely recommend a visit next time you are looking for a weekend break in an upmarket hotel. What do you think of my review of The Bristol? Let me know in the comments below!
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