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 great accommodation in each.

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’s Christmas Market also brings a horde of wooden chalet-style stalls, the smell of bratwurst and a general jolly buzz to the quarter.

A short stroll away from here you can find Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel. This modern boutique-style hotel is right on the Welsh Back waterfront with stylish bedrooms and a top-notch restaurant just downstairs.

Bedroom at Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel

Image credit: Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel 

You can’t get closer to Bristol Shopping Quarter than Future Inns Bristol, located opposite the entrance to Cabot Circus – a stay even includes free parking in the shopping centre’s car park. Or for an eco-friendly stopover, book in at social enterprise The Bristol Wing, YMCA accommodation in a Grade II listed former police headquarters.

Places to stay near The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

The largest indoor shopping mall in the South West is a go-to for Christmas shoppers who want to hit big department stores and high street favourites. The enchanting annual Winter Wonderland makes festive visits a great family day out too. DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North is a family-friendly choice of nearby accommodation – kids will love the pool, which has dedicated family swimming times.

Bedroom at Doubletree by Hilton Bristol North near Cribbs Causeway

Open for less than a year, 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. 

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 named the South West’s best city break hotel by The Telegraph in 2018.

Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel near Park Street

Image credit: Bristol Marriott Royal 

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.

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.

Bedroom at Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel in the Old City

Image credit: Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Book in at Bristol Harbour Hotel 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.  

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.

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.

The Rodney Hotel, part of the Clifton Hotels group

Image credit: Clifton Hotels

Places to stay near Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft

Nowhere is Bristol’s indie spirit stronger than along Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft. A treasure trove for second-hand, vintage and retro buys as well as arty boutiques and gift shops, much of the accommodation around here shares the laid-back feel of the local retailers and community.

Be greeted with a friendly welcome as well as delicious food at The Wellington, or go for a home-from-home feel in Your Stay's Hamilton Court apartment.

The Wellington Hotel near Gloucester Road, Bristol

Image credit: The Wellington 

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