Hotel du Vin & Bistro
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This morning Graham and Christine (old family friends of the Eads) joined us for breakfast. It was a full house with Nicky, Ben and Abigail also staying. Poor Ben was all upset when he had to go off to school. Must have felt like he was missing out on all the fun. We headed over to Wells markets and wandered over to feed the ducks and swans in the moat. I never get tired of visiting Wells Cathedral. It's so pretty. It was freezing again today and I thought for sure ...
... the bus in and went to Bath Thermal Spa. We met Christine (Jen's old friend) and her daughters Sharon & Sarah as well. There were four floors you could use and we started with the rooftop pool. It was soooooo warm. It was like a spa. But when you first stripped off, the pavers were absolutely freezing, so you had to rush on tiptoes to get into the water to get warm. Next was the third floor which offered spa treatments, but none of us had anything. ...
... out the animals and we got a few little Xmas gifts. After we arrived back home we were joined by Nic, Abigail and Ben for dinner. Rod and Sue also called around for a drink as they are heading off to Australia tomorrow. Was great to catch up with them. Had a nice quiet evening round the fire, chatting and watching football and Coronation Street. Big day ...
... shopping. We stopped for a hot chocolate at Starbucks, then picked up Nicky's birthday present (a nice watch). Steve took Jonah down to his old Rugby club to catch up with some old friends, before joining us back home for lunch. Jen and I headed over to Shepton Mallet again in the afternoon to pick up some Xmas presents from Argos. Nothing much else happening today. Only other thing to note was the kids sleeping in till 7am. Think we're over the jet ...
... hospitality and were not disappointed. Whilst we were there Karen's mother and sister called in to say hello too. We stayed with Karen, David and their three kids for a couple of hours before heading off to meet Geoff's other cousins for a pub lunch in Lanlivery. Despite some hair raising moments on those 'country lanes' we managed to make it to the pub for a lovely family lunch. The pub building was 700 years old! Very ...
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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.
We had dinner in the restaurant which is decorated like an old french bistro, the food was delicous and very reasonably priced. Breakfast was one of the best full english i've ever had, not a bit of grease on the plate and perfectly cooked poached eggs.
The snooker room and library are lovely touches, along with the array of magazines in your bedroom and thoughout the hotel.
All in all a great hotel at a great price, with a central location for shopping and sight seeing, I will deff check out the other hotel du vin around the country.
Still good, but needs a little TLC
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.
The bar and bistro were both packed - a Friday night - and service was a little ragged, but the food was good. The freshly made on the premises lemon sorbet was "historic".
We avoid breakfast at the Hd V as it is dreadfully expensive, and always find an early opening Italian caff nearby if we can - this time we headed up the hill to Cafe Rouge for a perfectly acceptable croque madame and an English breakfast.
Need to keep an eye on the housekeeping - a couple of used wineglasses, a dirty ashtray and empty bottle of wine were in the snooker room at 5.30 in the evening, and were still there when we went to bed at around 11pm. The staff at reception were a little casual, with off duty staff hanging about in casual clothes. Not such a good impression.
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.
First of all: this hotel has a noise problem. Most likely there are rooms where you will not have any of that issue. We asked for another room when the first one we had was adjacent to some generator/radiator room that made a humming sound all day and night. We were then moved into a room that had a window going out into the tiny courtyard with cobblestone... not a good idea. Seen that there seemed to be many hen and/or stag-nighters staying in this hotel, there was too much noise coming up from the courtyard and the windows were not soundproof.
It could be that during the week, these problems are non-existent and we were just unlucky.
The decor as well as the famous Hotel du Vin powershower and bed linen were great, no complaints.
Location is conveniently in between Broadmead shopping and the harbourside.
As in HdV Birmingham, staff seemed to consist of friendly students, maybe not all of them up to service you would expect in this price range.
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.
Go there and go there now - you owe it to yourself
This is quite simply the best hotel I have ever stayed in and I have stayed in a lot of hotels.
The rooms are out of this world. Beds are gigantic and have the softest quilts and pillows.
Fluffy bathrobes which frankly I doubt you will use as I defy anyone to spend time out of the bathroom. Waterfall showers for two which cry out to be used and a roll top bath with handy taps in the middle. Whoever designed this hotel must be a very steamy person indeed.
Once you can drag yourself out of the room the restaurant is again outstanding. Food was creative and well prepared and the ingrediants were fresh and seasonal.
The bar is great with lots of leather sofas and nooks and crannys. However as I was there in the summer the courtyard complete with soothing fountain was most welcome.
Confusingly though in one of the hotest weeks of the year a fire still blazed in reception.
I travel extensively both for fun and for my job and have stayed in some really cool places but this was the most memorable night I have spent in a hotel. Go there you will never forgive yourself if you don't - just don't go alone.
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.
The stay started on the right footing as we were upgraded to a loft suite which included an incredibly comfortable bed, one of the now-famous walk in waterfall showers and a large patio overlooking the centre of Bristol. This didn't have the prettiest of views due to the craze for building concrete office blocks after the war. However, both the patio and room were beautifully furnished and stylishly decorated. The room was also extremely quiet even though street facing.
I couldn't fault the service and especially enjoyed being brought breakfast in bed where it arrived at the time requested (to the minute!). The restaurant has good but not superb food and an excellent cellar.
Prices are comparable to the large, upmarket chain hotels in Bristol.
If you come to Bristol (it is well worth it!) I would dare to suggest that there is nowhere else in the city you should stay.
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.