As I live only an hour away from Bristol I don't normally stay in hotels here. But because I had a long meeting planned at the nearby Royal Hotel, I found a cheap room at the Ibis 'Bristol Centre', for 50 GBP (breakfast not included).
The big plus for the Ibis is its location, as its name suggests it is very central, overlooking the stylish Millennium Square next to Bristol Harbour. There are two large carparks very nearby and you can get a reduced rate for overnight parking if you stay at the Ibis (other local hotels also have similar arrangements). The reception and bar were open 24hrs a day.
For a night or two's stay, the hotel is fine. It is quite new, feels clean and modern. The rooms are simple, mainly white with plastic 'wood effect' fittings. As I am an architect I was quite interested to see the bathroom 'pod' in the room, which works very well, containing a shower, basin and WC. There is a TV and kettle in the room (and an ironing room on Floor 4) and each has its own heating/cooling unit. For a fee you can also get access via the TV to internet access and films.
To be honest, my work meeting was at the nearby Royal Hotel, which is a splendid historic Georgian building with chandeliers, large lounges and great service. If I had unlimited money I would definitely stay there instead! But most of us mortals are on a budget and the Ibis 'Bristol Centre' fulfills all basic needs.
Directions: Next to "Explore @ Bristol' which is signposted
Wherever I travel in Europe when looking for affordable but good accommodation I try to check Ibis hotels website. In Bristol Ibis hotel is located in a brand new building in Harbourside area - former docks turned into culture, entertainment, shopping and housing. The Centre Promenade is just a few minutes walk from the entrance to the hotel.
Unique Quality: Room was the usual Ibis - functional and clean. Bathroom was pre-fabricated cubicle that looked more like one you would expect on a cruise ship, but was also functional and spotlessly clean. There was also a TV with sat programs and internet connection, as well as coffee/tea making facilities (I guess this is a custom in the UK). The room did look to the nearby construction site, but sound insulation was excellent and I had no problems.
Breakfast is served in a hotel lobby for extra fee, and in the surrounding area there are several cafes and restaurants. Marks & Spencer's food store was just across the street so getting water, fruits and cookies was easy.
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Address: Explore Lane, Bristol, BS1 5TY, United Kingdom