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OVERVIEW

Whatever your chosen tipple, you'll find a room to suit at Hotel du Vin Bristol Centre. Its 40 bedrooms are named after wines, champagnes, ports and whiskies - and there's an equally impressive drinks list in the bar and bistro downstairs. Central with bags of character, this is a great base for couples on a weekend break.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Smack bang in the middle of Bristol's city centre, minutes from the harbourside, this hotel is in the heart of the action. Although it's on a busy road, the entrance is set back within a peaceful courtyard, and benefits from bus stops (practically on the doorstep) that will get you up to Clifton or over to Temple Meads for the train. Cultural hubs like the Arnolfini, the Watershed and the Bristol Old Vic theatre are all a short walk away.

By car: The drive is 3 hours from London and 1 hour 50 mins from Birmingham. There is limited private parking on-site for £20 per day.

By train: Bristol Temple Meads station is a 15-minute walk with direct trains from London that take 1 hour 30 mins. Book trains to Bristol Temple Meads

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Occupying a series of Grade II-listed sugarhouses, the hotel's historic industrial framework is complemented by furniture and fittings in keeping with an upmarket drinking den. Rooms are named after fine wines, the relevant bottles set within nooks in the walls, and the paintwork's colour palette also errs on the oenological - from ruby reds to rich burgundy browns.

THE FACILITIES

There's not much in the way of facilities here; the focus is on food and drink. A bow-tied mixologist-slash-sommelier heads up the well-stocked bar, while the restaurant is styled as a French bistro. Front-of-house staff are super friendly - the charming server at breakfast was on first-name terms with some of the guests.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • On-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Many of the hotel's 40 rooms have views of the romantic inner courtyard, but they vary enormously in style and character - we found the bold floral wallpaper in our classic room a little passé, but the suites have the timeless look of New York loft apartments. In each case, beds are spread with Egyptian cotton linens and stylish bathrooms come complete with L'Occitane toiletries.

Room types: Classic Room, Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Signature Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with L'Occitane toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The focal point of the hotel, Bistro du Vin is an elegant space reminiscent of Parisian restaurants. The dish of the day is written in white on mirrored panels on the walls and wooden tables are set with white linens. The menu here majors on Gallic dishes like beef bourguignon and French onion soup, while bar snacks and cocktails are available next door. The spread at breakfast is excellent.

Bistro: British and French cuisine, seasonal produce. Open daily for breakfast and dinner and Sundays for lunch. Dishes from £14.95.

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