on August 17, 2012
We booked this hotel on the internet and got a very good rate. We chose it because of its location - near the quayside and Floating Harbour, but also a short walk from Queens Square and the centre of Bristol. We were very pleased with the hotel, the location was excellent and we had a very enjoyable 3 nights here.The Bristol Hotel was formerly Jurys Bristol Hotel. It is fairly large with 186 rooms, many of which do enjoy views over the harbour - our's didn't!The hotel does not have its own car park. There is an NCP public car park right next door, so you can park there easily. The hotel actually pay for the parking between 5.30pm and 9.30am, so this helps a bit too. Parking is also covered by the hotel at weekends.I was a bit disappointed when we checked into the hotel. I thought the reception area was a little dark, a bit scruffy and shabby. The staff were helpful, but not overly friendly but did process our reservation quite efficiently.My first impressions did not really improve when we got out of the lift on the third floor. Again I thought the corridor was a little bit shabby with scuff marks on the walls and stains on the carpet.However, everything changed when we checked into our room - it was absolutely beautiful. It was large, with 4 huge windows so also very light and airy. The decor was pastel shades, very soothing and relaxing and beautifully done. There was an enormous bed, with impeccable bed linen and a large seating area. We had a camp bed for our 8 year old which was made up when we went in. There were 2 big armchairs and plenty of room to spread out. The work station area was also good.There was no fridge in the room, but it did have tea and coffee making facilities - no fresh milk though unfortunately.The bathroom was very small, but ultra-modern with power shower and lots of lovely toiletries and fluffy towels.We did not eat in the hotel - breakfast was not included in our rate and our son is a bit picky, so we left that. There are quite a number of shops nearby, so we bought crossants and juice and brought them back to the room.The hotel has a very nice looking restaurant with views over the harbour - again we did not eat there, but it did look very good.Our room was really lovely, I couldn't fault anything, but I did find it extremely noisy at night. It was very hot weather while we stayed, so we needed to keep the windows open. There was a lot of noisy people coming and going in the early hours, when this ceased, there was traffic noise and then dustbin lorries making an almighty racket at 5.30am. So I definitely did not get the best night's sleep due to the noise.The location of the hotel is one of the real positives too - it is central and you can walk just about anywhere. There are a lot of great bars and restaurants in the vicinity and it felt safe even late at night.I would definitely recommend this hotel - if we return to Bristol I would stay here again, but just maybe bring ear plugs next time!
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