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OVERVIEW

A destination boutique hotel that makes the most of its enviable location overlooking Brunel's striking Clifton Suspension Bridge. Part of the always reliable Hotel du Vin group, the contemporary touches add significantly to the Grade II-listed building, which boasts stylish bedrooms and a snazzy glass-walled restaurant.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Notwithstanding its position by Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge, the hotel is within easy walking distance of pretty Clifton village with its Georgian terraces, boutiques and restaurants. A few steps away, check out the entrance to the old funicular railway, which used to transport Victorian visitors to the hot springs at Hotwells. Clifton Observatory is well worth a visit, or walk across the bridge to Leigh Woods. Animal lovers should make for the city's carefully managed zoo.

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

A Victorian, cream-plastered, Grade II-listed building with a distinctive wrought-iron canopy - its first incarnation was as a Victorian spa. Bold colours make a clever counterpoint to the original designs (look out for the stained glass windows) - this is most noticeable in the lounge and bar with its large windows overlooking the bridge.

THE FACILITIES

As this is a boutique hotel, there are few extra facilities - no gym, for instance - but this is a great area to go for a run or a long walk into the centre of town. The staff are young and helpful, and the front desk always has a ready suggestion for what to do or to recommend a cool shop in Clifton village.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Afternoon tea
  • Terrace
  • Room service
  • Pet friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The rooms, including suites and garden rooms - some with balconies - are spacious and packed with style. Many will go for a view of the bridge but the village side is attractive too. Bold colours are a feature, as are the attractive white-tiled bathrooms.

Room types: Cosy, Classic, Classic Gorge View, Deluxe, Deluxe Balcony rooms, Junior Suite, Suite, Signature Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with powerful drench shower, LCD TV, coffee machine, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The funkily appointed Goram & Vincent restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Gorge, offers a blend of classic French and modern British dishes. Named after two mythical giants, it's a great spot from breakfast to dinner, and there's a terrace too. Burgers and hot dogs are available in the White Lion Bar.

Goram & Vincent: formal fine dining, classic French and modern British cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Dinner mains from £12.50.

The Lounge: relaxed, bar menu, wines, spirits, cocktails and cigars. Plates from £8.95.

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