Romance in the city | three romantic hotel breaks in Bristol

Once upon a time, all I knew about Bristol was its pretty impressive suspension bridge and its penchant for creating a great street artist. These are two very important highlights of the city, but it's about so much more than that.

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 at the Berkeley Suites


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.

Berkeley Suites

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (82 reviews)

A romantic weekend in a grand old bank at The Bristol Harbour Hotel


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.

Bristol Harbour

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (866 reviews)

An affordable romantic weekend perched on a cliffside at Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin


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?

Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

8.1 Very good (1455 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.