Bristol

3 of the most romantic hotel breaks in Bristol

Find out perfectly romantic hotel breaks in Bristol for a special weekend getaway with your other half

Bristol has an identity of its very own, it’s bohemian, unapologetically independent, it champions the arts, culture and community and this results in an eclectic melting pot of foodie hotspots, secret underground bars, one-off shops, big old buildings with interiors that could’ve been plucked from Venice, and markets selling everything from vinyl to bric a brac.

There’s nothing like a slathering of culture to set the tone for a romantic break. If you want to come away from a city with a full heart, a full belly and a full head of inspiration, then a romantic trip to Bristol is for you. One more great thing about this city is its affordability. Even some of the fancy former bank building hotels are inexpensive. Here, my pick of the top three, to suit every budget:

A luxury romantic weekend in your own swish Georgian pile

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Set in one of those lovely crescents that oozes heritage charm, Berkeley Suites has all the perks of a hotel, but with your own grand Georgian pad to call home. The suites sit within a Grade II listed building, they feel fancy from the off, and they’re in a great location in the heart of the city. Pop outside and you’ll find bustling Park Street and Clifton Triangle nearby, with Clifton Village on one side and the Harbourside on the other.

You’ll get a floor of your own in this stylish Bristol bolthole, which is ideal for whisking your loved one on a romantic weekend away. I would say each suite is a home from home, but if my home looked like this, I’d probably never leave it. The idea here is to provide as much privacy as possible, you’ll soon feel like it’s your own secret little haven for two. Inside expect slick interiors, mid-century furniture, artwork on the walls and a living space and kitchenette in addition to the bedroom and bathroom.

If you fancy a film night while you’re away, shun the cinema for your very own private screening with my favourite feature of this hotel – the digital projector.

The Berkeley Suites sit in the Clifton conservation area, one of Bristol’s most desirable postcodes, oozing all those bygone vibes you’d expect from an ancient British city. You can enjoy the best of both worlds here, whether it’s shopping in Clifton or museum hopping in Bristol Centre.

Berkeley Suites

Bristol
8.4 Very good (84 reviews)

A romantic weekend in a grand old bank in Bristol

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Soaked in all the glory you’d expect from a former banking HQ, the Bristol Harbour Hotel serves a little dose of opulent romance right in the heart of the historic city. But don’t think that it’s all about city slicking here, serenity awaits deep down underground… head into the vaults for spa time, the swimming pool sits under an arched ceiling while treatment rooms hide behind old safe doors.

It’s also an opulent affair in the bedrooms. Rich, warm colours are heated up with velvet and leather textures, topped off with lavish extras such as decanters of sherry and gin, Italian marble bathrooms, Egyptian cotton sheets and toiletries from The White Company. Here, every feature will make you and your beau feel special. Choose a corner suite and just try to resist spending the night in the tub under one of the curved windows looking up at the stars.

The Bristol Harbour Hotel sits on one of the grandest Bristol streets, there are old baking and insurance halls galore, many of which have been refurbed to provide dramatic spaces for restaurants and bars. We enjoyed our first city drink in the Cosy Club, which feels every bit as magnificent as a Venetian palace with its huge high domed ceiling, marble floors, and stone walls filled with ancient grand portraits. Order a bottle of fizz and pretend you’re royalty.

Bristol Harbour

Top rated
Bristol
8.5 Excellent (899 reviews)

An affordable romantic weekend perched on a cliffside

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A romantic weekend in Bristol doesn’t have to be all about splashing the cash. There’s a huge selection of affordable but stylish boutique hotels for a special trip for two. Clifton Village sits in the suburbs of Bristol, it’s a destination in its own right, and one of my favourite areas of the city. It’s also where you’ll find Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin, which has been recently refurbished.

Boasting a spot atop a cliff, Avon Gorge has one of the best views in Bristol. From cliffside rooms, you can peer into the gorge, and you’ll have unrivalled views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The hotel is found in an old Victorian pile, it packs a prestigious punch in one of the city’s most desirable spots, and is once again living up to its former hotspot glory days – it used to be a favourite with film star Cary Grant. What more could you need for a romantic weekend away?

Make sure you request a ‘Gorge View’ room to wake up to that sweeping vista, the street view rooms are still stylish, but this is really about the unique location. If you want to blow the budget, opt for the Laurent Perrier suite, it has a set of twin bathtubs under the window so you don’t have to feel guilty about taking up all the space in the bubbles.

The surrounding Clifton Village is filled with foodie hotspots, so there’s plenty of choice for romantic meals out. After a lazy lie in head to Brace & Browns for their bottomless brunch. You’ll find endless Prosecco, a Bloody Mary station and mid-morning goodies such as savoury French toast and crab cakes with poached eggs.

Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

Bristol
8.1 Very good (1491 reviews)

Laura Feasey

A writer living in London, Laura is currently working on her debut novel – a fictional tale inspired by her travels across America. When she’s not checking out the ideal hotel bed thread-count, she’s penning short stories, writing for various publications & brands, and sharing fashion tales on her blog, LauLauLand.
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