Take any stress out of Christmas shopping in Bristol this year by extending your day trip into an overnight stay or short break. Allow us to guide you through the best areas for gift shopping and the remarkable places to stay in each.

Jump on board First Bus to explore shops, markets and more across the city this Christmas, and if you're coming from out of town, experience Bristol by train with GWR

Places to stay near Bristol Shopping Quarter

Made up of Broadmead, Cabot Circus, The Arcade, The Galleries and Quakers Friars, Bristol Shopping Quarter has a huge medley of high street, high end and independent shops. Bristol Christmas Market also brings a horde of wooden chalet-style stalls, the smell of bratwurst and a general jolly buzz to the quarter.

Reception at Moxy hotel central Bristol - credit Moxy
Image - Moxy Bristol

Future Inns Bristol is located opposite the entrance to Cabot Circus – a stay even includes free parking in the shopping centre’s car park.

Other options nearby include slick budget hotel Moxy Bristol, and quirky yet stylish Artist Residence.

A double bedroom in Artist Residence boutique hotel in Bristol.
Image - Artists Residence


Places to stay near Cribbs Causeway

The largest indoor shopping mall in the South West, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is a go-to for Christmas shoppers who want to hit big department stores and high street favourites. 

Mollie's Motel and Diner is a family-friendly choice of nearby accommodation – kids will love the fun diner next door, mixed with the easy-to-use tech in each room.

A young on a bunk bed with an adult female stood next to the bed - Credit Mollie's Motel and Diner
Image - Mollie's Motel

The Village Hotel Club is great for solo visitors or couples with high-tech bedrooms and amenities like a state-of-the-art gym, steam room and sauna.

Should you fancy a little pre-Christmas luxury, Berwick Lodge is less than a ten-minute drive from Cribbs Causeway. Despite being so nearby, the magnificent manor house is a haven of tranquility, surrounded by lush green countryside. 

Village hotel bedroom - Credit Paul Box
Image - Village Hotel Club

Places to stay near Park Street and Queens Road

Draped in twinkling lights, Park Street and Queens Road look as pretty as a Christmas card over the festive season. Shoppers flock here to pick out unique gifts from the charming independent boutiques and leading brands lining the two adjoining streets.

It’s a leisurely 10 to 15-minute wander to Park Street from The Bristol, a chic Harbourside hotel with a popular bar and restaurant overlooking the water.

Stay at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel and feel every bit as regal as the name implies. The elegant 150-year-old building next to College Green is Grade II listed and has many upmarket touches, like plush bedding, four-poster beds and stylish décor.

Statue of Queen Victoria outside Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel - credit Marriott
Image credit: Bristol Marriott Royal 

Places to stay near the Old City

Bristol’s oldest and best loved market, St Nicholas Market, is the heart of the Old City and a shopper’s delight. Come here to seek out one-off gems for Christmas gifts, from gourmet confectionary and handmade crafts, to records and jewellery.

The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel is just round the corner from the market. The interiors in this Grade II listed building blend heritage features with contemporary art, inspired by the city’s creative spirit and created by local artists.

Exterior of the Mercure Bristol Grand at night on Broad Street, Bristol Old City - credit Mercure Bristol Grand
Image credit: Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Hort's Townhouse and The Clayton Hotel Bristol are great options if you're looking for a place to stay within easy reach of the shops and Bristol Christmas Market.

Book in at Harbour Hotel Bristol and you could wake up to one of the regular outdoor markets on the doorstep. At the end of a hard day’s shopping, you can sink into their Egyptian cotton sheets or head to the luxury spa.

Modern and inviting Brooks Guesthouse has luxury compact rooms inside or the quirkier rooftop retro caravans, for city-style glamping four storeys above the market next door.  

A large bedroom with a roll top bath tub in Harbour Hotel - Credit Harbour Hotel Bristol
Image - Bristol Harbour Hotel

Places to stay near Clifton Village and Whiteladies Road

Search out gifts in the classy stores among the picturesque passageways and beautiful architecture in Bristol’s most upmarket district. It’s a magical time to stay at The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin, where you’ll get wintry views over the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge.

A luxury bedroom at Hotel Du Vin Avon Gorge with a large window and freestanding baths - Credit Amy Murrell
Image - The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin 

Any of Clifton Hotels’ gorgeous townhouse properties are a winner for shoppers looking to rest up in Clifton. Pick from The Berkeley Square Hotel, The Clifton Hotel, The Rodney Hotel, or The Washington, which is a guesthouse.

An exterior shot of The Rodney Hotel - Credit Clifton Hotels
Image credit: Clifton Hotels