The Bristol Hotel (www.doylecollection.com/bristol) has launched a Bubbles & Berries package costing from just £109 to help guests celebrate spring and summer. While a bottle of bubbly and a bowl of berries are served on arrival to kick off an overnight stay or a weekend break in style, The Bristol Hotel’s location right on the city’s Harbourside provides the perfect base for exploring this vibrant city and its many upcoming events, with something to suit everyone.
Just a couple of minutes’ walk from The Bristol Hotel stands the contemporary arts centre known as the Arnolfini, with M Shed, the museum for all things Bristol, just over the bridge. Walk a little further into Spike Island to visit SS Great Britain, built in Bristol by Brunel, and Spike Island Artspace, another contemporary art venue.
Walk the other way, north from the hotel, if your main interest is shopping. Broadmead and Cabot Circus, much of which are pedestrianised, are home to over 100 shops, including well-known brands such as Reiss, Harvey Nichols, Topshop and House of Fraser. Quirky individual shops can be found on Park Street, which is more of a traditional “High Street”.
In the evenings, various venues offer a wide range of entertainment. The Bristol Old Vic presents plays old and new, while the Bristol Hippodrome specialises in hosting many West End shows; Colstan Hall and St George’s put on music from classical to contemporary, as well as talks and comedy. For art house cinema, head for The Watershed.
Events over the coming months vary from the ancient (Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s Pharoah: King of Egypt, a touring exhibition from the British Museum in situ till 21st July) to the modern (Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, recently named one of the top three tourism events in the UK, 8-11 August), with a little of everything else in between.
For example, there are food festivals (such as Grillstock BBQ & Blues on 11th & 12th May and Bristol Vegfest 2013 from 24th to 26th May), cultural events (like St Paul’s Afrikan Caribbean Carnival on 6th July and the Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2013 from 30th August to 8th September) and family-friendly things to see (Festival of Nature on 15th & 16th June and Gromit Unleashed: a trail of 70 Gromit works of art, from 1st July to 7th September). And all of them within walking distance of The Bristol Hotel.
The Bristol Hotel’s “Bubbles & Berries Package” includes a bottle of bubbly and a bowl of berries on arrival, overnight accommodation and breakfast for two, free parking, free Wifi and free use of the hotel gym. Prices start from £109 per room per night. Additional nights at The Bristol Hotel cost from £89 per room per night making a weekend in Bristol an affordable luxury.
For more details & to book, visit www.doylecollection.com/bristol.