Bristol is the beating heart of the UK’s South West, with an offbeat focus on culture and the arts plus interactive history, a cutting-edge independent food scene and street eats all on offer.
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Bristol Harbour Hotel
Bristol, United Kingdom (UK)|www.harbourhotels.co.uk|
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Put your money where your mouth is with a stay at what was once one of Bristol’s loftiest counting houses. Converted from a Grade II-listed bank, the city-centre Harbour Hotel has kept the soaring ceilings and feel of comfortable luxury of its previous incarnation in its recent conversion.
Double rooms range in size but even the tiniest feel very plush, with Egyptian cotton sheets and White Company toiletries. The largest have standalone baths – worth the extra splurge.
The restaurant is a highlight, serving up a modern seafood menu in a cavernous dining room. The spa, downstairs in the old vaults, is small but boasts lovely treatment rooms where you can chill out with a massage or a facial after a busy day’s exploring.
Located on a slim side street, opposite St Nicholas Market, the hotel is flanked by elegant, Regency buildings. Corn Street is about as central as you can get in Bristol and there’s a real energy as soon as you step out of the door; a combination of tourists, students and Bristolians going about their daily business.
This is an ideal place to stay for a first-time visit, as it’s within walking distance of everything from the Cathedral and the happening Harbourside quarter, to the city’s museums and the charming neighbourhood of Clifton.
The Harbour Hotel can recommend walking and cycling routes, and bikes are also available for guests to borrow.
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