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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel du Vin & Bistro Bristol
Just returned from 1 night at the hotel du vin and loved it. The room was huge with a large bed 2 leather armchairs coffee table tv dvd player and cd player, fully stocked mini bar and free tea,coffee and hot chocolate. Big bathroom with free standing bath and the largest shower i have ever seen.
Stayed at the Hotel du Vin for one night to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had the room directly over the front entrance portico, looking into the road - but excellent double glazing so no trouble with road noise. The room was the usual HdV furnishings - the bed with the protruding edges on which you always bark your shins, the wardrobe containing kettle, cafetiere, ground coffee etc - and no longer a jug of milk in the fridge, but one of those small ring pull cartons of fresh milk - much better. The standard HdV bathroom, but looking a little tired - the tap in the basin ran constantly and couldn't be turned off, and the paint directly above the enormous shower rose was blowing off the ceiling - a damp problem overhead. Bed very comfortable and great sheets and pillows. No bath/shower gel, only shampoo, but when I rang down to reception was told that it was a wrongly labelled delivery and was both shampoo and shower gel combined. Hmm - but a great new smell.
Please ignore bad reviews of this hotel - it is fabulous.
I live in Bristol, and have been to HdV several times to eat in their Bistro and also to stay for special occasions. It's fabulous.
The food in the Bistro is wonderful. The rooms are gorgeous, very contemporary, very clean, the beds are absolutely huge. All rooms have claw foot roll top baths and their famous power shower. Huge complimentary toiletries (Arran Aromatics) - how many hotels do you know put little signs up encouraging you to take their products home with you free of charge?!
The staff are great, very friendly. In all it's a great experience.
Hotel du Vin Bristol was the second of this chain we stayed in. After we were so happy with the one in Birmingham, we chose Hotel du Vin when we went to Bristol some months later.
Not as good as it could be
Room not ready until 4pm so left waiting in the bar, where we were not offered so much as a cup of coffee. Room good, spacious, too hot despite radiator being turned off. Fresh coffee, and fresh milk in minibar, was great. Bathroom was everything I'd hoped; good bath, fabulous waterfall shower. Dinner was good and their wine list is legendary with some very expensive bottles but also some reasonably priced. We'd go to the hotel again but Bristol itself is rather rundown so probably won't bother.
Hot and airless room
Fantastic building restaurant and bar.
Good food etc.
However, booked a night as a surprise break was assured the room (which wasn't the cheapest) was a nice size, good location in hotel etc.
However, it was more like being in a basement, it was extremely hot and noisy and airless.
Nice bathroom but very small double room - very disappointed for the money.
This is quite simply the best hotel I have ever stayed in and I have stayed in a lot of hotels.
I was taken here as a suprise break, which is always nice in your home town as it gives you a chance to go to places you would othewise pass by.
Hotel du Vin is fantastic. I live in Bristol but was taken there on my birthday for dinner and a stay over. The rooms are all named after famous wines and are beautifully decorated. Even though its on a main stretch of road, the room was very quiet. The bathroom is a reason to stay there alone, a huge walk in shower with a shower head the size of a dinner plate, and a huge bath big enough for two.
The Bistro serve gorgeous food (we've been back there several times) and has a very cool, laid back atmosphere. There's no stuffy dress code or pompous waiters - just great food, a endless wine list and fantastic surroundings! Enjoy
Hotel du Vin is not the cheapest place to stay but I think it does represent good value.
The atmosphere is very relaxed. The room was in "loft apartment" style with a low bed, which was large, and super soft goose down duvet and pillows which you just sink into. It was quite the most confortable hotel bed I have ever slept in (and that's out of a list of a great many).
the bathroom is superb - a huge roll-top bath that filled in 1 minute (and I'm not joking), and a fantastic walk-in shower that drenched, with lots of space to move around (or for 2).
A nice bonus is the valet parking which was efficient and discrete, not hanging around for a tip.