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Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa, Bristol
Housed in two former banks, the Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa dominates the corner of Corn Street in central Bristol. The interior design is a tribute to the imaginative interpretation of the architects, who cleverly transformed two striking buildings - one inspired by the Library of St Mark in Venice - into a hugely stylish boutique hotel. A cool, elegant theme - in keeping with the Harbour brand - runs throughout the hotel, which also includes a small pool and a spa. Other attractions are the exotic Gold Bar, the striking Sansovino Hall, lovely bedrooms and the delightful Jetty restaurant with its seafood-based menu. The hotel's position in the city also makes it a great base.
St Nicholas Market, in the Georgian-era Exchange Building right opposite, is home to a variety of independent stalls (from bike parts to LPs) and tasty pop-up food outlets.
The Harbourside, with its restaurants, bars, the Bristol Aquarium and Arnolfini art gallery, is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from Exeter, 3 hours from London and 4 hours from York.
By train: trains run to Bristol Temple Meads from Exeter St Davids (1 hour), London Paddington (1 hour 40 minutes) and York (3 hours 50 minutes). The hotel is a 15-minute taxi-ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
This hotel is for anyone with a love of style plus it's a great place to go for a celebration, or a romantic getaway. Admire the architecturally inspiring Sansovino Hall, the former banking hall, which now serves as an events space.
Service & Facilities
We love the charm of the staff and that the hotel is an oasis of calm in the city.
- Swimming pool
- Free Wi-Fi
We're delighted by the thoughtful touches, such as the decanters of sherry and gin in the room. The Corner Suites are a particular highlight, for the views of the street and the funky, playing-card-patterned sofa.
Standard Double, Superior, Deluxe rooms, Corner Suite, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with The White Company toiletries, 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton, Nespresso coffee machine, free Wi-Fi, complimentary use of HarSPA, 24-hour room service
Food & Drink
The delightfully louche Gold Bar with its velvet banquette chairs is a terrific place for a cocktail or two. The fillet of Cod with a crab and herb crust is delicious, as is the Jetty's take on the prawn cocktail.
The Jetty: stylish, seafood and steaks, local produce. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Dinner mains from £16.
The Gold Bar: quirky, classic cocktails with a modern twist. Open Friday and Saturday 5-10pm. Coacktails starting at £6.95.