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Last updated: 07 February, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sian Lewis

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.

Surrounding area

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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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Best for ages: 12+ | £38

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Roman Baths & Pump Room

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The historic Grand Pump Room next door has a fountain spouting genuine mineral-rich Bath spa water for tasting. It also does an enjoyable afternoon tea, a popular and highly recommended way to round off your visit.

Best for ages: 8+ | £15

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Indoor market lined with shops and cafes

St. Nicholas Market

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK)[0.1 miles]

St Nick’s, as it’s known to locals, is a maze of stalls and shops selling antiques as well as global foodstuffs – everything from Bristol’s finest pies to fabulous pasties de nata (custard tarts).

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

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An annual celebration of all things graffiti, Upfest takes place for two weeks each summer, transforming the neighbourhood of Bedminster and bringing together international artists.

Best for ages: 10+ | Free | 2 weeks

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We the Curious

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The revamped museum and planetarium now known as ‘We the Curious’ puts a big focus on interactive and hands-on exhibits, exploring science and philosophy’s biggest conundrums.

Best for ages: 4+ | £16

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Bristol Cathedral

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

Set on College Green in the heart of the city, Bristol Cathedral dates back to the 12th century, and is famous for its spectacular stained glass windows.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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