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Hotels in Clifton area of Bristol

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SueW Sun 29-Jul-07 19:25:20

Where's the best place to stay please? Can't be the Avon Gorge Hotel, unless this is absolutely the best place and nothing else comes close.

WestCountryLass Sun 29-Jul-07 21:11:31

The hotels in Clifton are a bit shit to be honest, you would expect much better considering the area. I used to book hotels as part of my job and we used the Berkeley Square Hotel because of its location, right at the top of Park Street near The Triangle (good for Clifton, good for harbourside and city):

does it have to be Clifton? What about Hotel du Vin in the centre:

CrookshanksinJimmyChoos Sun 29-Jul-07 21:22:40

There is a new hotel on the waterfront - the Ibis hotel...right next to @Bristol and the harbourside so great for kids and so close to lots of yummy restaurants etc...its only a short walk to Clifton from there. Haven't seen many nice hotels right in Clifton tbh...agree with WestCountryLass on this one!

<waves to another fellow Westcountry lass -I'm originally from Plymouth!>

WestCountryLass Sun 29-Jul-07 21:47:32

* waves back *

Are you in Bristol then?

CrookshanksinJimmyChoos Sun 29-Jul-07 21:48:01



WideWebWitch Sun 29-Jul-07 21:49:46

go to Hotel Du Vin, it's fab. Does it have to be Clifton? Why? Oh sorry, just realised WCL said same! Avon Gorge is rubbish, v tired looking. Berkeley Sq does look ok althouigh haven't stayed. Swallow at bottom of Park St is OK but if you're going there you're better off at HDV. Don't go to The Brigstow, I thought it was rubbish.

WestCountryLass Sun 29-Jul-07 21:53:15

Yes, well just outside of, live in Ham Green (near Pill)

WestCountryLass Sun 29-Jul-07 21:54:18

It's a real shame about the Avon Gorge because it is in a lovely spot and could be really lovely.

WideWebWitch Sun 29-Jul-07 21:55:14

Yes, it could be and the terrace is great and everything. Last time I went (dd was just born so blimey, nearly 4 years ago) it was v tired andthe bar was VILE.

WideWebWitch Sun 29-Jul-07 21:55:48

It was a great hotel 20 years ago, my dad had his (third) wedding reception there!

chonky Sun 29-Jul-07 21:55:57

Definitely don't stay at The Rodney in Clifton - it's dire.

chonky Sun 29-Jul-07 21:57:15

We had a dire meal at The Bridge Cafe (AVon Gorge Hotel) - warm wine, overcooked steaks....shall I go on ?

WideWebWitch Sun 29-Jul-07 21:57:20

The Rodney, I used to go there for a very late drink when I was about 19. Vile, truly vile. And I waitressed at Racks wine bar in St Pauls Rd for a while too. There really ought to be a decent hotel in Clifton didn't there? It's ripe for one.

chonky Sun 29-Jul-07 21:57:46

hmmm...dire is obviously my abjective of choice tonight

chonky Sun 29-Jul-07 21:59:01

My colleagues p'd themselves laughing that I'd stayed at The Rodney . Yep - Clifton is sorely missing a decent hotel.

I would definitely vote for Hotel du Vin (I know it's not Clifton, but...)

WestCountryLass Sun 29-Jul-07 21:59:22

I made the mistake of sending some clients to the Rodney as owned by same group as BSH and thought it would be the same, ooops

Also, used to go to Racks (bar under The Clifton) and that place used to be full of right tossers!

chonky Sun 29-Jul-07 22:00:03

I feared that a pimp would be breaking down my door at any moment in The Rodney

WestCountryLass Sun 29-Jul-07 22:00:39

Sorry, WWW!!!! Not the staff obviously!

WestCountryLass Sun 29-Jul-07 22:02:25

I have always thought that Clifton was screaming for an amazing hotel, shame I haven't got the resources to make it happen, would be a gold mine!

WideWebWitch Sun 29-Jul-07 22:09:26

lol WCL, it was indeed. I remember when it opened and was NEW wine bar. Terrible place.

Dh and I had an amazing, incredible weekend at The hotel in Victoria Square, the Glenroy, when we hadn't been together long, it was terrible but the weekend was fab. Must have been 2000 or something. Birdcage walk, Pizza Casa in Clifton, Clifton wine bar, smelling the roses on our way back from dinner <aaah>

WestCountryLass Sun 29-Jul-07 22:13:44

Half of those tossers were probably the people I used to work with

Weekend sounds very lovely, I haven't married an old romantic unfortunately

SueW Sun 29-Jul-07 22:43:41

These messages make, erm, interesting reading

Hotel we need doesn't need to be top notch; no kids, but needs to be clean and comfortable with good showers, etc. The reviews I read on tripadvisor before I posted on here were not too far away from what you are all saying - tired, damp patches on walls and ceilings, etc for hotels in the area.

It's a girlie trip and people we will be meeting up with are staying at the Avon Gorge but we don't plan to stay with them.

I don't know the area at all - Bristol, Clifton, any of it. We'll be staying for 2-3 nights, would like to pull in a bit of shopping, wining and dining but would probably sacrifice something on cost of accommodation to enjoy to enjoy a good meal and wine. E.g. if we had to stay at a Travelodge so we could enjoy a good feed, we'd probably do so. Cheaper means we can stay 3 nights instead of 2 but we're not planning on guest houses with nylon sheets or plumbing that goes bump in the night

WideWebWitch Sun 29-Jul-07 22:48:47

SueW, sorry for sidetracking on your thread

OK, well, if they are staying in Avon Gorge and you want to meet them then you could factor in a couple of cab fares to HDV - I reckon less than a tenner from Clifton and stay there. If you were feeling like walking it's prob 30 mins walk to Clifton and quite a nice walk at that. uphill some of the way mind you but still nice, up Park St, past the lovely Wills building and cathedral, through some nice parts of the city. Bristol hotels discount at weekends because business travellelrs pay more in the week so you might well get a good deal at HDV.

I know where else you could try, The City Inn, it looks nice and is cheaper than HDV. On a busiy road though so I'd want to be reassured that it's quiet before I booked.

Slacker Sun 29-Jul-07 22:49:48

They've tarted up the Avon Gorge hotel recently, the public areas at least, so I think it's better now than it was. Other than that definitely avoid all other hotels in Clifton, that new Ibis isn't too far away if you want cheap but fine.

WideWebWitch Sun 29-Jul-07 22:49:49

and also it;s not Clifton but cab able.

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