Many of Bristol’s hotels and apartments have views of the river and beyond, but if you’re after something a little closer to the water’s edge, here’s our selection of Bristol Harbourside hotels with impressive waterfront views. 

The Bristol

Located on the quay next to Pero’s Bridge, The Bristol’s lively waterfront location means you’re right in the heart of the city, with some of the best culture, nightlife and attractions Bristol has to offer on your doorstep. The hotel itself has a boutique-y feel and offers some fantastic packages for an indulgent weekend away or great way to start work in the morning. Make sure you take advantage of eating at the hotel'd restaurant, The River Grille, or neighbouring cocktail bar Rick's - both overlook the harbour and are great spots for people watching.

Doyle collection - The Bristol hotel Bedroom with a double bed
Image - The Bristol Hotel 

Radisson Blu

As one of Bristol’s tallest buildings, the Radisson Blu offers stunning views across the city to rolling hills in the distance – especially if you are lucky enough to have a room on the 17th floor!  It’s just a few steps from the cascade steps ferry stop so if you’re arriving by train, why not ditch the walk and take the ferry from Temple Meads instead?

Radisson Blu hotel on Bristol harbourside, credit Visit West
Image - Radisson Blu

Bristol YHA

Tucked away in an original dockside grain house building, this four-star hostel is a stone’s throw from Arnolfini, one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts.  People flock to this quayside on a hot sunny day to enjoy a cider or two on the Harbour’s edge. With 133 beds in a mixture of shared and private rooms, this Youth Hostel offers prime Harbourside views and a central location at prices that won’t break the bank. It’s worth visiting just to check out their amazing Bristol mural. 

Bristol YHA Common Area credit Matt Selby
Image - Bristol YHA

Cleyro Serviced Apartments

This Serviced Apartment Company have accommodation in two waterside locations; one in the Finzel’s Reach area - overlooking the river and Castle Park, as well as near Brunel’s SS Great Britain.  These luxury apartments are available with both one and two bedrooms, come fully-equipped with kitchens, washer dryers and many have balconies overlooking the water. An exciting, convenient alternative to hotel accommodation.

Balcony view from Cleyro Apartments in Central Bristol - credit Visit West

Image - Cleyro Serviced Apartments, Finzels Reach

The Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin

This legendary hotel isn’t exactly on the waterfront, but it does have exceptional panoramic views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the River Avon below. The White Lion Bar’s huge terrace - part of the Avon Gorge Hotel - is a real summer hot spot.

View from Goram & Vincent restaurant at Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
Image - The Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin

Premier Inn Bristol City Centre King Street

Tucked away at the bottom of King Street, this Premier Inn overlooks the Welsh Back and the famous cobbled King Street – home of one of Bristol’s finest craft beer bars - the King Street Brew House, the legendary Old Duke Jazz Pub and Llandoger Trow. The latter is reputedly where Daniel Defoe met Alexander Selkirk - his inspiration for Robinson Crusoe and the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Admiral Benbow inn in Treasure Island.

A view of the eastern end of King Street in central Bristol, with the historic Llandoger Trow pub on the left and the modern King Street Brew House on the right
Image - King Street

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