Discover what makes Bristol’s accommodation offering special and make the most of limited-time and year-round offers.

Whether your idea of the perfect hotel has a storied past, gives a warm welcome to pooches or has a spa you can escape to – Bristol has accommodation you’ll love. To give you an idea of what’s waiting for you here, we’ve narrowed down 22 types of hotels, highlighting some of the best in each category and reasons to book a stay at them now. 

Jump to: Romantic | Family-friendly | Best views | Spas & pools | Self-catering | Foodie | Sustainable | Quirky | Budget | Extended stays | New hotels | Designer | Transport hubs | Best bars | Accessibility | Groups | Street art | Historic | Dog-friendly | Parking | Bring the team

Romantic hotels 

Making plans for a Valentine’s or anniversary break? Decked in sumptuous furnishings and a deep, dark colour palette, The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin in the romantic suburb of Clifton is perfect for a couple’s getaway. Certain rooms have a particularly spectacular view (more on that further below), which will cement your stay as a memorable one.

  • Special offer: The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin has extended their winter staycation package. Stay for longer and save up to 30% on your room.

Room with windows facing Clifton Suspension Bridge at Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

Image - Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin, credit Amy Murrell

Spoil yourselves with a stay at Grade II* listed Victorian mansion turned elegant country hotel De Vere Tortworth Court. Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, it’s full of tranquillity and grandeur in equal measure.

A cosy and chic option for couples back in the city centre is Brooks Guesthouse, a boutique guesthouse next door to St Nicholas Market. Bed down in one of the retro airstream-style caravans on the rooftop for an urban glamping experience.

  • Special offer: Brooks’ Romantic Package is available until 31 December 2022, starting from £110 per night for a king room, breakfast in bed, late check out and chocolates and wine on arrival.

Silver airstream-style caravans on the rooftop of Brooks Guesthouse

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Family-friendly hotels

If you’re bringing your brood along, Novotel Bristol Centre is an ideal place to stay with plenty of family and interconnecting rooms, free breakfasts for up to two kids, entertainment areas and a free gift for them on arrival.

  • Special offer: Book a second room for your children at 50% off with Novotel’s Family Offer.

Designed by Soho House, Mollie’s Motel & Diner is a stylish option for families, offering interconnecting rooms and attractions such as Wild Place Project and The Wave just a stone’s throw away. The Lodge at Bristol is a modern three-star option also loved by families on this side of town, especially as kids stay free!

Mollie's Motel and Diner in Bristol

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Hotels with dreamy views

Love the idea of waking up to one of Bristol’s best views? Well, The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin is hard to beat in that case. Book one of the Avon Gorge-facing rooms and you’ll be treated to the sight of Brunel’s masterpiece and symbol of Bristol – Clifton Suspension Bridge.

  • Special offer: The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin has extended their winter staycation package. Stay for longer and save up to 30% on your room.

For a waterfront view, check in at Harbourside hotel The Bristol. Spot ferries, paddleboarders and kayakers zip along the harbour when you book a waterside room at this luxurious urban hotel, with an abundance of restaurants, bars and top attractions on the doorstep.

From the buzz of the harbour to the peace of a wetland nature reserve – Bewick’s Lodge is based in the former home of legendary conservationist Peter Scott at WWT Slimbridge. The apartment overlooks Rushy Lake and you can while away the hours birdwatching via the huge windows or Scott’s personal viewing tower.

View of Rushy Lake from the viewing tower in Bewick's Lodge at WWT Slimbridge

Image - Bewick's Lodge, credit Rupert Marlow

Hotels with spas and pools

Enjoy a subterranean spa experience at Bristol Harbour Hotel. It’s home to seven luxurious treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, areas of rest and relaxation, as well as an atmospheric indoor swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool.

Out in the Wiltshire countryside, dive into the inviting infinity swimming pool at Bowood Hotel. Their award-winning spa also features a gym, rock sauna, crystal steam room, aromatherapy shower and relaxation room.

Infinity pool at Bowood Hotel

Image - Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

The Aztec Hotel in Almondsbury also has a pool where you can swim full lengths, plus there are award-winning spa facilities for when you're ready to unwind. 

Self-catering accommodation

Settle into a home-from-home at one of Bristol’s serviced apartments, such as those at Alison Court and Beech House, both of which are perfectly situated for exploring the leafy suburb of Clifton.

  • Special offer: Use code BBH15 during #BristolHotelsWeek (Monday 7 to Sunday 13 February) for a 15% discount on stays at any time.

There’s a myriad of other serviced apartments across the city too – from Your Stay Hamilton Court in Kingsdown, to Premier Suites Bristol Redcliffe.

Hotels for foodies

Based in historic Georgian houses, the Clifton Hotels group is known for their top-notch restaurants as well as gorgeous rooms. Dine at Berkeley Square Hotel’s award-winning Square Kitchen, The Clifton Hotel’s atmospheric bar Racks or The Rodney’s elegant No.4 restaurant.

  • Special offer: Enjoy a free breakfast at the Berkeley Square, Clifton and Rodney hotels when you stay for four nights or more during the week.

Chef drizzling sauce over cauliflower dish at The Square Kitchen

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A highlight of any stay at Hotel du Vin & Bistro is a meal in the AA Rosette restaurant. They serve simple, classic fare with French and British influences, with a sommelier on hand to suggest the perfect wine from their famously extensive list.  

Sustainable hotels

If you’re after a hotel that matches your planet-friendly values, look to Berwick Lodge. They’re continually looking for ways to make their luxury boutique experience a greener one, from sourcing local produce in their restaurant to using eco-friendly gardening and woodland management methods around the estate.

Berwick Lodge

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Quirky places to stay

Water babies will want to check out The Camp at The Wave, where you can wake up to the sound of waves and be catching them in minutes. The safari-style glamping tents are just a short walk from the shore of the surf lake and sleep up to eight people, ideal for a group adventure.  

History buffs might prefer experiencing Thornbury Castle, an actual Tudor castle complete with turrets, towers, dungeons, walled gardens and king-size bedchambers. Book the King Henry VIII suite to retire in the exact bedchamber he and Anne Boleyn once stayed in.

King Henry VIII Suite at Thornbury Castle

Image - Thornbury Castle

Hotels for budget stays

Bristol Backpackers is a hostel in the heart of the city on medieval St Stephen’s Street, with everything the city centre has to offer at your fingertips. There are private rooms as well as dorms, with prices starting from £16.  

For a boutique stay that’s kind on your bank balance, Clifton Hotels’ The Rodney or The Washington are top choices. Rooms in these characterful Georgian townhouses turned hotels start from £55.

The Rodney Hotel

Image - The Rodney Hotel, credit Jack Hardy

Accommodation for extended stays

Get the most out of your visit to Bristol by staying in accommodation that offers extended stays. Serviced apartments are great for this, with many offering flexible check in and out times for an additional fee and subject to availability. Check out Premier Suites at Cabot Circus and Redcliffe, Your Stay Bristol apartments at Hamilton Court and Orchard Gate, and Your Apartment.

Bedroom in Hamilton Court serviced apartment

Image - Hamilton Court, Your Stay Bristol

New places to stay

Enjoy the excitement of checking into one of Bristol’s brand-new hotels, such as the Leonardo Hotel Bristol. With 197 stylish bedrooms, this modern and low-energy hotel is conveniently located between Temple Meads station and the city centre.

There’s a blend of luxury and homeliness at Mollie’s Motel and Diner. Based just off the M5 near Cribbs Causeway, the Bristol motel is the second the pioneering lifestyle brand has opened.

Pictures over bed at Leonardo Hotel Bristol Glassfields

Image - Leonardo Hotel Bristol

Country hotels

Hunker down at relaxed country hotel THE PIG-Near Bath, where a love of all things local, relaxing treatments in the unique Potting Shed treatment rooms and cosy bedrooms and lounges await.

Or how about a country retreat on the 500-acre Tyntesfield estate? The Chaplain's House is a Gothic Revival building from the 1890s with original features still in place, along with all your modern comforts too. Book the adjoining Chaplain's Lodge and up to 11 of you can enjoy a Victorian-style stay together.

Chaplain's House at Tyntesfield

Image - Chaplain's House at Tyntesfield, credit Mike Henton

Designer hotels

Feel inspired by the interiors at Artist Residence Bristol, a creatively designed hotel in a Georgian townhouse and former boot factory. Spot original features like exposed brick walls and graffiti remnants, as well as an eclectic array of limited-edition prints and original art, including commissioned works by Bristol artists.

There’s more local art at The Berkeley Square Hotel, which is part of the boutique Clifton Hotels group. Head to the lounge to see their rotating exhibition starring Bristol artists.  

Club Suite at Artist Residence Bristol

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Hotels near transport hubs

Hop off your train at Bristol Temple Meads and be at Novotel Bristol Centre in just a few minutes. Whether you’re travelling solo for business or on a fun family break, the hotel makes a great base for a stay in Bristol.

Travelling from overseas? The Hampton by Hilton is the only hotel within walking distance of the Bristol Airport terminal – ideal for late-night landings or early morning take-offs.  

Twin room at Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport

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Hotels with excellent bars

Based in the exquisite former Lloyds Bank building on Corn Street, enter The Gold Bar at Bristol Harbour Hotel. This lavish drinking den is known for shaking up excellent cocktails, which you can enjoy among opulent décor, banquette seating and cosy corners.

The Library bar and café at Artist Residence is another chic hangout for sipping cocktails, sampling local beers and tucking into cheese and charcuterie boards.

The Gold Bar Bristol Harbour Hotel

Image - The Gold Bar at Bristol Harbour Hotel

Hotels for accessibility

Guests with accessibility needs are guaranteed a comfortable stay at four-star hotel Future Inns Bristol Cabot Circus. They scored an impressive 9 out of 10 on accessibility and customer service from Disabled Reviewers, plus there’s all the usual conveniences – from vegan-friendly toiletries to free parking at Cabot Circus.

For a glamping experience with a beachy feel, head for The Camp at The Wave, where all tents can be accessed by wheelchair. There are two DDA compliant tents, which are closest to The Camp Welcome Shack, The Lake and The Clubhouse. The Wave team encourages everyone to embrace the water – ask about adaptive surfing.

Dining table in safari tent accommodation at The Camp at The Wave

Image - The Camp at The Wave

Accommodation for group stays

Bristol has some great group-friendly hotels, whether you're looking for a group of rooms for a big family get-together or there's a coach-load of you coming to explore the city.

DoubleTree by Hilton City Centre makes an excellent hub for group trips to Bristol. Based on Redcliffe Way, you’re in easy reach of Temple Meads, the lively Harbourside and Bristol Shopping Quarter.

  • Special offer: Stag and hen groups can book up to seven twin or double rooms for a two-night stay with breakfast for £59 per person. Email sales@focusbristol.co for all the details, mentioning that you saw the offer on Visit Bristol.

Double bedroom at Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre

Image - Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre

Places to stay for street art lovers

The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel is a celebration of old and new Bristol. The Grade II listed building was given a makeover in collaboration with local gallery and street art festival Upfest, with over 500 pieces by local artists on show around the hotel. Take a stroll to nearby street art hotspot Nelson Street to see more murals in the wild.

Many more renowned street artists have made their mark south of the river, where Upfest is also based. Check in at the homely Southville Guest House to be in a prime position for exploring the area’s arty side.

Double room at Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Image - Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Historic hotels

The Marriott Royal Hotel is Bristol’s oldest hotel. Open since 1868, it’s a landmark Victorian building in the city, standing grandly alongside Bristol Cathedral and City Hall on College Green. Book a stay here and you’ll be following in the footsteps of many famous faces, from Cary Grant to Winston Churchill.

Thornbury Castle also hosted impressive figures from the past: Henry VIII, who owned the castle, and Anne Boleyn spent 10 nights there in 1535. Experience regal splendour and references to Tudor history and traditions throughout your stay.

  • Special offer: Receive the full royal treatment with Thornbury Castle’s Henry VIII Experience package.  

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel at night

Image - Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel

Dog-friendly hotels

Bring your pooch along for a boutique stay at Clifton Hotels. Take your pick from The Clifton, The Washington, The Rodney and The Berkeley Square Hotel, which are all dog-friendly.

  • Special offer: Furry friends go free until 28 February at Clifton Hotels. Their Winter Pupcation offer includes bowls, blankets and treats during two-night stays (not valid at Berkeley Suites or in conjunction with offer offers).

Make it a real home-from-home stay by settling into a Your Apartment pad with your canine pal. They have dozens of dog-friendly apartments around the city, from Portland Square to Clifton Village.

Living room in Your Apartment Bristol accommodation

Image - Your Apartment

Hotels with parking

Accommodation with parking in and around Bristol is plentiful. From central hotels like Future Inns, where parking is free in neighbouring Cabot Circus, to serviced apartments like Premier Suites Redcliffe – you’ll easily find a place you love with space for the car.

Future Inns Cabot Circus

Image - Future Inns

Hotels where you can bring the team

Swap the office for the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, where you can book meeting rooms or have a working lunch in the Keepers Kitchen and Bar. Likewise, Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre is a great place to take your team for a change of scenery, with meeting rooms ranging from six all the way up to 600 people in capacity.

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

Image - Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

Once you’ve decided where to stay, get planning the rest of your Bristol break:

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