The Grand, Bristol
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Great nights sleep, foggy in morning and didn't clear till after 3 in the afternoon. Easy day 15 miles and 3000 ft of ascent. Saw two really good forts. Walked through a very scenic park apparently owned by the vacuum guy(Dyson). B&B closed on arrival so sat in pub writing ...
B&B was ok in the end, smelt damp when I arrive. Took longer route along canal. Lots of ups and downs today and lots of long barrows including hetty peglers tump which you needed a torch for because you went in so far. Climbed tyndale beacon which got narrower and narrower as you got higher, not much space at the top. Weather good again, a bit cooler today ...
... the village if they are staying in one of the accommodation facilities so traffic is limited. We also took the opportunity to go to some of the towns on the Northern coast of Cornwall, Padstow, where Rick Stein has his famous Seafood restaurant and Port Isaac where the Doc Martin series was filmed. Each was beautiful in their own right although definitely more ...
Hi Lockie and Lily, Have just had another big day walking all over Bristol. As I said on my last blog we went walking all over looking for paintings by an artist called Banksy, who does graffiti art on the walls. He does it in the middle of the night and no one knows what he looks like. We walked everywhere around Bristol and saw lots of great things, including a pub which was the pub that Blackbeard used to go to. Cool hey? We found two ...
Today we continued on our travels once again and we are taking a trip around our home country and Ireland and today we are in the UK and we are going to Cardiff.
When we got there we went to the Millennium Stadium and we had a tour of the stadium. It was a really interesting place and we were able to get the opportunity to go to parts of the stadium that one else could. The stadium is also home to the Wales Rugby Stadium. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Grand, Bristol
Having stayed at most of the Bristol City Centre hotels, I would probably rate the Thistle Grand as the worst! The only good thing is its location and the fact that you can park there, although you do have to pay dearly for it. The rooms are dark and dingy and most overlook the courtyard and with the generator going all night, these are really noisy. The breakfast is OK but service is slow but the worst thing of all is the room service - the food is absolutely appalling and like most hotels really expensive. Another problem is getting a drink. The ground floor bar services the restaurant and you can only get a drink here if you are eating there! The main bar is down in the cellar and is only serviced by several flights of steep stairs, a real problem for anyone with walking difficulties. In fact this hotel doesn't appear to cater well for disabled guests.
Not grand at all
"Faded" doesn't begin to describe it. In need of a makeover; in fact overdue it by about 10 years I'd guess. The bed sagged alarmingly ... and this was before I even got into it! Probably was a genuinely 'grand' hotel 100 years ago but a visitor is now just left with a glimpse of any long-dimmed grandeur. Breakfast was probably OK but I really couldn't be bothered waiting for someone to bring me toast and coffee - the morning's too hurried to waste 10 minutes there when you're on business.
On the plus side, quiet and clean enough and decent size room. It's 5 minutes walk from excellent fish & chips at Pellegrinos or some decent restaurants on Corn St. I would stay here if I had to but there are better in the city centre for the same price (£100 / night).
Missing The One Percenters
Bear in mind I only stayed in the hotel for one night:
Negatives - No Airconditioning, Noisey Fan, Loose tiles in the Bathroom.
Positives - Good location, good size rooms, good breakfast, has internet access (although a bit expensive).
Overall I would say I would use it again.
Another Thistle Disappointment
Thistle hotels seem to have some great central locations, as this one does, but the ones I have stayed in could all have done with a refurbishment. Bristol was no exception. The lobby was nice enough and makes a good first impression, but my room was jaded with cigarette burns on the carpet, scratched and stained furniture and needed a good airing. It was very warm too. The shower and bathroom were passable, and breakfast was good. The hotel was probably value for money too in central Bristol at around eighty pounds a night, but I'd rather spend a bit more money for something of a higher standard. Best thing about it was that it was very close to a cracking Italian restaurant where I had a lovely evening meal.
All round excellence!
Really enjoyed the overnight stay! Clean room and superb breakfast-would definitely recommend to all.
Mid Range 4* hotel, above average for the Thistle Group
I liked this hotel because of its standard of service, location and cosy decor. The rooms are well furnished if slightly outdated which sums up the hotel overall.
I stayed in a number of Thistle hotels including this one as they were offered at about 1/2 the rack rate through a last minute online booking, at this price the hotel offered excellent value for money.
I recently stayed at the Thistle, Bristol as part of a hen weekend group.
I stayed here for 2 nights and was really dissapointed. Firstly, I booked by telephone then called back the night before my stay to extend by another night. I was told there was no record of my booking - so I booked again - and then got charged twice!!! I'm still trying to get the money back. The staff when I checked in were not interested and dismissed my query about the possibility of being charged twice.
I stayed in the Bristol Thistle during October 2002 and found
Room Clean, Comfortable and spacious
Food disappointing menu limited but fairly good value
4 star hotel
The service was poor, the food was poor,
and if your room is on the front of the building
the noise from hight club ravers etc., singing and shouting etc., until 4 or 5 in the morning is extremely loud, despite keeping windows closed. Had to have ceiling fans on all night.
The picture of the pool etc., for the Bristol hotel is not actually the one at Bristol which is a lot smaller than the picture infers.
The car park is difficult to navigate if you have
a larger than average car.