Resort Evaluation: Bristol Harbour Resort, UK

I used to be excited to go to Bristol once more, my dwelling for 3 years throughout my college days nearly a decade in the past. This time, somewhat than slumming it in my primary pupil digs, we had been booked to remain on the four* Bristol Harbour Resort, simply a few minutes’ stroll from the bustling waterfront.

The resort opened simply 5 years in the past and has embraced the constructing’s historical past while creating an area that’s each fashionable and enjoyable.

The Grade II listed constructing has a vibrant historical past. In a earlier life, the resort shaped two grand outdated banks that opened within the late 19th century, and earlier than that one of many banks was a preferred tavern courting to Bristol’s chequered slave buying and selling days.


The swanky Sansovino Corridor was as soon as a grand financial institution (c) Harbour Accommodations

Harking back to the magnificent structure of Venice and Tuscany, the buildings are spectacular. Take a peek on the excessive ceilings and Grecian columns within the resort’s Sansovino Corridor (standard for conferences, events and weddings) and also you’ll see what I imply.

The service right here is great, and all members of workers had been so pleasant and accommodating. 

Who for

The resort is nicely suited to enterprise and pleasure, and even romance. Throughout our keep, we had a Hollywood superstar in our midst (trace: he loves a cornetto), however sadly assembly your personal superstar can’t be assured.

It’s an grownup vibe, though kids may be catered for (I didn’t spot any youngsters throughout my three-night keep).

There’s a small elevate within the resort, nevertheless, the steps to the spa are a bit tough when you have a mobility impairment.  There’s assist – simply contact the resort prematurely when you have questions referring to accessibility.


The resort has 42 brightly furnished rooms, all en suite with at the least a double mattress. Each room has a Nespresso espresso machine, 400 thread rely Egyptian cotton sheets and minis by The White Firm.

Bristol Harbour Hotel corner suite

Our nook suite (c) Lucy Woods

As a bonus, each room additionally comes with complimentary gin and sherry in glass decanters with crystal glasses – a shock luxurious that we actually loved.

We stayed in one of many two nook suites – a number of of the members of workers stated it was their favorite room. This comes as no shock, as once I walked by way of the door my eyes popped in marvel on the magnificent bathtub nestled within the nook of the primary bed room, overlooking Corn Avenue.

Bristol Harbour Hotel corner suite bath

Our wonderful bathtub

Bristol Harbour Hotel decanters

Complimentary gin and sherry

The artsy, however elegant, décor added a welcome burst of color to the room, and the lavatory was spacious, with two sinks and a monsoon bathe. A field of Maltesers (my favorite chocolate) sat on the bedside desk, including much more to my happiness.

The King-sized mattress with its candy-striped cushions was so snug it was a trial every morning to peel myself out of it. We beloved the room a lot, we booked one other evening’s keep. It could be a four* resort, however to me, this felt like 5* luxurious.

Meals & Drink

Breakfast is served within the resort’s Harbour Kitchen, a big and brilliant room with picket flooring and blue chairs with funky patterns and some cosy cubicles.

Bristol Harbour Hotel Breakfast

Poached eggs, avocado and bacon – yum! (c) Lucy Woods

The breakfast was scrumptious, with loads of selections. We began with pastries and a sizzling pot of tea, and I selected poached eggs on toast with smashed avocado (plus a bonus facet of bacon) whereas my husband opted for the total English. Different choices included a continental breakfast, Eggs Benedict/Royale/Florentine and pancakes with maple syrup and bacon.

The restaurant is open all day, operating a preferred seafood bar and grill providing 10ozrib-eye steak with Béarnaise sauce and triple cooked chips, or catch of the day.


The speakeasy-style Gold Bar (c) Harbour Accommodations

The resort can also be dwelling to The Gold Bar, a unusual speakeasy-inspired bar serving traditional cocktails with a twist, plus a wide variety of craft beers and an in depth wine listing. The blue room, subsequent door, is an extension of the bar and was the financial institution supervisor’s private workplace within the resort’s previous life.


There’s a trendy spa, which was as soon as the house of the financial institution’s vaults (the resort has retained the unique doorways from this period). The primary spa amenities are freed from cost for resort friends, together with a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and a dinky swimming pool – higher suited to stress-free than swimming lengths.

There’s additionally a collection of remedies, together with massages, manicures and facials. I made a decision to deal with myself to a 25-minute shoulder, neck and again therapeutic massage, and it was pure bliss.


Spa delights (c) Harbour Accommodations

There’s additionally an excellent fitness center with a separate weights room and several other operating/biking/cross-training machines.

WiFi can also be accessible freed from cost, however in our nook suite we didn’t have a very sturdy connection, so opted for cellular hotspot as an alternative.

In case you are planning to drive to Bristol, there isn’t a parking on the resort, however they do provide a voucher for the close by NPC Automotive Park (for £20 per day).

How a lot

Costs fluctuate based mostly on day, season and availability, however customary doubles often begin at round £142 per evening and the nook suites begin at £240 per evening throughout weekdays.


What’s Close by

Though not fairly situated on the harbour itself, the resort is only a few minutes stroll away. Inside 20 minutes you possibly can stroll alongside the harbour to SS Nice Britain, the We The Curious museum and Cargo at Whapping Wharf, a neighborhood of re-purposed delivery containers which have been transformed into a wide range of worldwide meals shops.

You too can e-book a paddle boarding session with SUP Bristol alongside the harbour, which we extremely advocate.

Bristol SUP

Paddle Boarding alongside the harbour (c) Bristol SUP

Away from the harbour, there’s additionally the favored procuring centre, Cabot Circus, and on route, you possibly can admire Bristol’s unbelievable road artwork.

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