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OVERVIEW

Offering fairly basic rooms for mini-breakers on a budget and slightly swankier suites for those splashing out, the Berkeley Square has a sliding scale of accommodation in a buzzy area of Bristol. Assets include a basement bar for guests and private members, plus eccentric aesthetics in welcoming shared spaces.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Tucked behind The Triangle's many restaurants and bars, this hotel is named for the Georgian-era square on which it sits - one of Bristol's prettiest. A 15-minute cab ride from the train station at Temple Meads, its super central location is strolling-distance from the shops of Park Street, the harbourside and upmarket Clifton Village. Our pick is the Bristol Lido, less than ten-minutes' walk, which offers a Spanish-influenced menu at tables overlooking its alluring outdoor pool.

By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from Exeter, 3 hours from London and 4 hours from York.

By train: trains run to Bristol Temple Meads from Exeter St Davids (1 hour), London Paddington (1 hour 40 minutes) and York (3 hours 50 minutes). The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Bristol Temple Meads.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This honied-stone building is delightful to arrive at, and communal spaces look fun if a little mismatched: a lounge dotted with monochrome cocktail chairs, a dining room combining wooden furniture with colourful artworks and a similarly eclectic bar. However, bedrooms are decidedly plain, with metro-tiled bathrooms and Roberts radios the only nods to contemporary style.

THE FACILITIES

Reception is staffed 24 hours and staff are universally friendly and helpful, though service in the restaurant can be a little erratic. Several dishes from the breakfast menu weren't available, and some were served without listed ingredients or insufficiently hot.

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

BED AND BATH

Spread across four floors, bedrooms err on the small side. Five annexed suites are big, but the extra square footage doesn't always accommodate anything larger than a standard double. Rooms all have tea and coffee and a decanter of Bristol Cream sherry - a nice touch - while bathrooms are white and bright, with good showers over the tubs and Elemis toiletries.

Room types: Single, Club Double, Club King, Double, Lower Deck Double rooms

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, Elemis toiletries, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Bar/Restaurant The Square serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open to hotel guests and members of the public with a booking. Cherry-picking from global cuisines, the menu features everything from a Wiltshire ham rarebit to an onion bhaji burger. Downstairs is a cocktail bar, which occasionally gets hired out for private parties.

Square Kitchen: fine dining, modern British cuisine. Open 12-2.30pm/ 5.30-9pm Mon-Fri, 11.30am-3.30pm Sunday. Plates from £5.

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