The Grand, Bristol
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Today we woke to fog, fog, fog, which didn't clear until 2pm and we had a little sun peep. It has not been cold however. We posted 5 kilos of "stuff" back to Hoppers this morning - admittedly the heavy portion of that was binoculars. Paul and I have spent most of the day around the city precinct, walking and riding the hop on hop off bus. Bath has a population of ...
Off to check Cardiff out. Another city.
Onto Bath - wandered around. Used the park and ride, which are common around here since the cities are congested because of the narrow 1800 streets. Definitely the best way to discover what cities are all about is (a) find the information centre and (b) ride the on ...
... first time I have driven in about a month and a half, so I was really looking forward with it. Sadly I was saddled with a gutless Vauxhall of some variety which didn’t exactly inspire driving pleasure. Nonetheless we drove some nice roads through the countryside (in which I do not include the hideous M4 motorway) to Blenheim Palace. This is famous as the birthplace and childhood home of Winston Churchill and home to the current Duke ...
Our Sunday night worship experience was interesting to say the least! We headed off to the local Church of Wales 6pm service and were greeted warmly by the Vicar. We suspect they had not had visitors for some time. First hymn and Janet had a fit of the giggles, followed by Dave and then Paul. I was very disciplined! Trouble was we were all singing the hymn as it should have been ...
I'm still attempting to get my Visa processed for my trip to China / Tibet. I though the Russians were awkward however that one was a piece of cake in comparison to this. I have bored plenty of people moaning about this issue now! The Chinese are very cautious when letting people see their homeland. That said, things are looking far more optimistic on this front, although the Chinese need confirmation of entry into the country (& train tickets can only be ...
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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.