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Style and Location at the Floating Harbor

Bristol Hotel Front Prince StreetSome hotels are blessed with style, some have the ideal location. The Bristol Hotel in the heart of its namesake city has both, located directly next to the famed Floating Harbor, that Victorian engineering feat which kept the harborside of Bristol at the same level as the rising and falling tides of the River Avon as it empties into the sea, once an industrial shipping center, now a revitalized tourist district. The Bristol Hotel is a 10 minute walk from Bristol’s most popular attraction, the SS Great Britain, the 19th Century nautical marvel of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, once the largest ocean going ship, now in permanent dry dock on the Bristol Quay. But not only nautical history, but lively nightlife scene is just a bridge walk away. The Floating Harbor district of Bristol now bristles with hip stylish restaurants and bars where the city’s residents come when the sun goes down. Designer store arcades, art galleries and theaters the city’s Queen’s Square, Aquarium and Bristol Cathedral are a short walk away.

The Bristol Hotel, part of the Doyle Collection of elegant hotels, offers 187 modern designed airy and light filled rooms, many with floor to ceiling window views of the harbor. The rooms come in many sizes from cozy to spacious, with the harbor facing rooms in the premium category, a bit pricier than those facing the courtyard or Prince Street. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs and beds with duck down duvets and white linen. Bathrooms include power shower and designer toiletries.

The modernist and urban square façade from busy Prince Street doesn’t quite hint at the chic and stylish interior. An open floor plan extends through intimate seating areas to the River Grille looking out on the waterfront and the adjoining Shore Bar. Dining in the hotel at the River Grill offers updated English inspired cuisine including Somerset Beef and West Country artisan cheeses and local fresh fish, and also serves as the breakfast room. The elegant River Lounge offers light snacks, afternoon teas and an excellent list of fine wines. The Shore Bar provides live music in the evenings. A wide variety of restaurants are a short stroll away.

Bristol is a culturally diverse city with a large young university population making for a lively destination on its own, rich in music, theatre and the visual arts, and the Bristol Hotel can serve as a base for exploring England West Country. The Georgian architecture of Bath is short drive away, with Berkeley Castle 25 minutes. Free parking is provided in the connected multi-deck NCP car lot. Drive in and collect a normal entrance ticket and exchange it with at the hotel reception for a complimentary parking ticket, though the exit from the parking structure is not directly into the hotel. This small detail is made up for by the welcoming chilled lemonade in the lobby, for slaking a quick thirst from a day’s exploring.

For visiting castles in England see Favorite Castles of England & Wales.

The Bristol Hotel offers some special theme stay packages including a Discover the Dock package for exploring the quayside, and romantic Bubbles and Berries and Passion, including chocolate dipped cherries and room service along with the Do Not Disturb sign. See the hotel website for details. © Bargain Luxury Travel

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