No plans for Easter? The Bristol Hotel has launched a last-minute package to tempt guests to enjoy a staycation in one of the country’s most vibrant cities (and crowned “the best city in Britain” by The Sunday Times at the weekend). Its “Escape to Bristol this Easter” package includes overnight accommodation for two people in a double room, full English breakfast, free overnight car parking, Wi Fi and use of the residents’ gym. Prices start from just £85 per room per night, valid from 4th to 27th April (a minimum 2 night stay required when Saturday is included), providing a slice of affordable luxury.
There’s always plenty going on in Bristol and April 2014 is no exception. Here is a sampling of just three activities: At-Bristol is celebrating “Spring Alive” with a child-friendly interactive display discovering the biology that currently surrounds us (think egg examination, plant investigation and growing seeds); every weekend in April, The Matthew, a replica of the English ship that discovered North America in 1497, will be hosting fish & chip suppers while taking visitors on tours of the harbour as well as four-hour trips under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and along the Avon Gorge; and the Royal West of England Academy will be hosting “The Power of the Sea”, a stunning exhibition of sea pictures by internationally-renowned contemporary and historic artists.
To get your stay at The Bristol Hotel off to a good start, we recommend our vintage afternoon tea or cocktails in The River Lounge, followed by dinner in The River Grille where the stunning views over the Harbourside come free. Alternatively, step outside on to the cobbled Narrow Quay and stroll along the lively water front, to soak up the atmosphere and get your bearings.
Just a couple of minutes’ walk from The Bristol Hotel stands the contemporary arts centre known as the Arnolfini, M Shed (the museum for all things Bristol), The Bristol Aquarium and At-Bristol. 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; Colston 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.
In short, there is something for everyone in Bristol – and all within walking distance of The Bristol Hotel. For a complete picture of everything that this exciting city has to offer, go to http://visitbristol.co.uk/. What’s more, Bristol is easily accessible by road, rail and air from every corner of the country, making a city visit a very real possibility even at short notice.