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OVERVIEW

A hop-skip from the independent shops, bars and restaurants of Stokes Croft, this new hotel has a hearty dose of the Bristolian counter-culture - but with all its rough edges smoothed off. Its look couldn't be more current, but the staff espouse the values of good old-fashioned hospitality - and make a mean margarita.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated on one of Bristol's prettiest yet persistently ungentrified Georgian squares, the Artist Residence is in the St Pauls area, minutes from the city's main shopping district of Cabot Circus and from the creative enclave of Stokes Croft. Surrounding streets can be a bit of a thoroughfare for night-time revellers, but sash double-glazing ensures a peaceful night's sleep. Independent bars and restaurants line Stokes Croft - try Canteen, or Poco - while the Galleries shopping centre has a cinema and is well-served by fast-casual dining spots.

By car: around 2 hours 30 minutes from London and 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester. Parking costs £16 per day.

By train: Bristol Temple Meads station is 10 minutes by taxi. Book trains to Bristol.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The hotel's social spaces set the scene for a faultlessly stylish stay. In the light and airy library, vibrant artworks hang against distressed walls; while in the main café, bar and kitchen green-velvet booths are combined with industrial light fittings, striking neon pieces and witty typography - like SNOG written in huge letters above the countertop.

THE FACILITIES

No stuffy uniforms here - super-cool staff wear their own clothes and are chatty and welcoming to guests, ever-ready with a local recommendation or tip. The ground floor of the building is given over to social spaces - a library complete with real fire, plus a high-ceilinged café-bar serving all hours from morning breakfast to last-order nightcap.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

This hotel has a sense of humour about its room sizes, ranging from 'broom cupboard' to 'artist suite'. All are impeccably styled and full of thoughtful touches, from soft bathrobes to spare phone charging cables. Gorgeously-tiled bathrooms feature rainfall showers and/or luxuriously-deep baths.

Room types: Crash Pad, Broom Cupboard, Shoebox, Boot Room, Factory, Chapter St., Workshop, Loft, The Lookout, Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Bramley toiletries, Nespresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The library is a welcoming spot for a drink on arrival, and also offers peerless snacks - including a next-level cheeseboard heavy with Wookey Hole cheddar. The hip bar-café is much bigger and open to the public, offering casual all-day dining.

Boot Factory: hip hangout, bar and lounge seating. Bar snacks and brunch. All-day menu, open daily. Mains from £11.

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