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Benefiting from a multi-million refurbishment, the Bristol Marriott Royal has a grand heritage - Winston Churchill once stayed here, and there's a statue of Queen Victoria outside. With the interiors now spruced up - from the 260-plus rooms to the excellent steak restaurant - the hotel certainly befits its grandstanding Grade II-listed exterior.

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At the bottom of lengthy Park Street, and right by Bristol Cathedral and College Green, the hotel is also close to lively Harbourside and the Floating Harbour. You couldn't ask for a more central or convenient location. Temple Meads station is also only a 15-minute walk away. Bristol Aquarium, We The Curious interactive science museum (great for children) and At-Bristol, recalling the city's history, are all worth a visit.

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 Grade II-listed façade with its bay windows sets the tone for what is said to be the oldest hotel in Bristol; inside chandeliers hang in the marble-floored lobby. The mix of the traditional and the corporate can jar on occasion, but this is a big hotel aiming for the business and leisure market.


It's a big hotel but that doesn't mean the service suffers; there was always someone on hand to direct me around the (sometimes confusing) public areas. The 24-hour gym has weights and cardiovascular machines; another bonus is that there is a car park.

  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Room service
  • Parking (£17 per day)
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas


The rooms, in 12 categories, are spacious with attractive burnt orange and grey décor and modern artworks; ask for one on the upper floors for a view of the cathedral or harbourside. The compact bathrooms have showers and some suites have baths.

Room types: Deluxe, Superior, Junior, One-Bedroom, Four Poster, Royal, Two-Bedroom suites, Royal Apartment

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Acca Kappa toilteries, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities


The restaurant, bar and tea lounge are all franchised to the Miller & Carter Steakhouse chain; the former has striking interiors with bold red colouring and pictures of bulls. Although specialising in steak, there are other fish and vegetarian options; a full-afternoon tea is also served at the hotel.

Miller & Carter: smart casual, steakhouse. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Steaks from £16.95.

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