Dropping your son or daughter at university for the first time or visiting throughout the year is the perfect excuse to book in a short break to Bristol. You can get to know the city they've chosen to spend their uni days in a bit better and make your way around the many attractions on offer at the same time. 

We've gathered together a selection of hotels near both University of Bristol and University of the West of England campuses as well as in the city centre, close to many of the city’s top sights.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre

If you’re planning to take the train to Bristol, then DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre is a great option. Based on Redcliffe Way, it’s less than a ten-minute walk from Temple Meads station. As well as the convenient location, stylish and contemporary guest rooms with friendly, personal service give you reasons to book a stay. The signature welcome gift of a chocolate chip cookie is always a nice touch too!

Dining here is also a brilliant experience, as the hotel’s Kiln Restaurant is situated in an original 17th Century glass kiln. It’s been converted into a unique dining space where you can enjoy a menu of international and modern British dishes. 

Double room at DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre

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Novotel Bristol Centre

Also handily situated near Temple Meads train station is the Novotel Bristol Centre on Victoria Street, just down the road from the UWE student accommodation Transom House. Rooms in this modern hotel are spacious and airy – the perfect space to relax after a day of sightseeing or moving boxes. There’s also a sauna and steam room, buzzing bar and gourmet restaurant to make the most of.

Double room at Novotel Bristol Centre

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Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

A beautiful hotel inside and out, the Mercure Bristol Grand is an historic Grade II listed building in the Old City quarter. Originally dating back to 1856, the city’s independent art scene was used as inspiration during a major revamp and over 500 pieces of art created by local artists can now be found adorning the interior. Pop into the bee-themed Keepers Kitchen and Bar for a taste of dishes and cocktails made using honey from local urban hives.

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

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The Bristol

The Bristol is a member of The Doyle Collection, a group of urban hotels known for their coveted locations and warm, attentive service. Check in here for a boutique experience at the heart of the Harbourside by Pero’s Bridge and in easy reach of plenty of the city’s most visited attractions. The River Grille is a wonderful setting for a family meal – their signature barbecued steaks, fish dishes and chocolate fondant are made even better by the waterfront views.

View into the River Grille restaurant at The Bristol hotel

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DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North

This is one of the closest hotels to the UWE Frenchay campus – you can be there in just over ten minutes by car and it’s also minutes from the M5. Bristol Parkway is also close by, if you’re travelling by train. Contemporary rooms, Starbucks Coffee in the lounge and the Brunel’s Hat Restaurant all ensure a great stay. You could even squeeze in a workout at the LivingWell Health Club with 24-hour fitness room, swimming pool, sauna, spa pool and steam room.

Double room at DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North

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Clifton Hotels Group

Spread throughout leafy Clifton, the Quarter hotel group has accommodation in beautiful Georgian buildings, ranging from an elegant three-star hotel to luxurious and exclusive five-star suites. Whether you stay at The Clifton Hotel, The Washington, The Berkeley Square Hotel, Berkeley Suites: The Crescent or The Rodney Hotel, you’re minutes away from the main University of Bristol campus in Clifton.

Living room at Berkeley Suites Clifton

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Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

Not only is the Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin nearby to UWE’s Bower Ashton campus, but it’s based in one of the most enviable locations in the whole city, looking out towards Brunel’s iconic bridge. The heated terrace at the hotel’s White Lion Bar is a fantastic place to enjoy the panoramic view.

Both the campus and the hotel are surrounded by some of Bristol’s finest landmarks – explore Ashton Court Estate, Leigh Woods, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Clifton Village while you’re visiting.

Painting over bed at Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

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Village Hotel Club

Another hotel near UWE Frenchay is the Village Hotel Club. Located in Filton, the vibrantly decorated, high-tech rooms here come complete with a Chromecast, Alexa and Sealy beds, so you know you’re in for a comfortable stay. Treat the student in your life to the unlimited Sunday carvery at the Pub and Grill or get your caffeine fix at the Starbucks coffee shop.

Aerospace Bristol is only a three-minute drive away from the hotel, where you can delve into Bristol’s illustrious aerospace history and have a chance to step aboard Concorde.

Double room at Village Hotel Filton

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Mercure Brigstow Hotel

The Mercure Brigstow Hotel is a boutique-style hotel situated on Welsh Back, a stone’s throw from a trio of Unite student halls – Favell House, Waverly House and The Rackhay. This is a prime waterfront spot, with fabulous views and a ferry terminal right on the doorstep. Plus, there’s the bonus of being round the corner from the must-visit St Nicholas Market.

You don’t even have to go as far as the market for great food, as the Buttermilk and Maple restaurant – known for their delicious brunches – is just downstairs.

Double room at Mercure Brigstow Hotel

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DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre Bedroom

Located close to Bristol Temple Meads, this hotel features modern rooms overlooking the city.

Novotel Bristol Centre
Novotel Bristol Centre room

Modern 131-room hotel, located close to Bristol Temple Meads railway station and the city centre

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
The Mercure Grand hotel Bristol

The four-star Mercure Bristol Grand on Broad Street, Bristol has had an extensive makeover giving the historic Grade II listed building a stylish and distinctive new look and feel.

The Bristol - a Doyle Collection hotel
The Bristol Hotel Harbourside

As one of the city’s premier places to stay, The Bristol offers visitors a unique opportunity to be in the very heart of Bristol’s beautiful Harbourside.

Village Hotel Club
Village Hotel Club room

Offering guests everything they need all under one roof, the Village Hotel Club, Bristol hotel boasts 153 stylish, high-tech bedrooms, with high-speed Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, a state-of-the-art 24hr, 7 days a week gym.

The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
Avon Gorge hotel bedroom

Famous hotel that sits right on top of the spectacular Avon Gorge, with views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Hotel Bristol
The Clifton Hotel Bristol extrior

Located in Clifton in the heart of Bristol, The Clifton Hotel offers a warm welcome and is the perfect place to explore the city, just a few minutes away from the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the University of Bristol.

The Washington
The Washington Guesthouse

The Washington, situated in the heart of Clifton, combines both comfort and convenience with the most competitive of prices.

The Berkeley Square Hotel Bristol
The Berkeley Square Hotel Bristol outside

Elegant hotel dedicated to the arts, located in a square just off Park Street in the Clifton area

Berkeley Suites - The Crescent
Serviced Apartment
Berkeley Suites - The Crescent

Luxury Georgian townhouse suites, offering all the services and luxuries associated with staying in a hotel, whilst also providing guests with the privacy of a serviced apartment.

The Rodney Hotel Bristol
The Rodney Hotel Bristol bedroom

A Georgian mansion hotel with fantastic restaurant, near the Clifton Suspension Bridge.