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Hard by the architecturally striking Bristol Cathedral, the Bristol Marriott Royal occupies a commanding position in the city. A recent multi-million pound restoration has spruced up the place and brought back a grandstanding appeal - it's a place with an storied history too, Winston Churchill and Cary Grant both stayed here. A red-uniformed concierge sets the tone in the marble-floored lobby and you might need him, as this is a sizeable hotel - with more than 260 rooms - and it's easy to lose your bearings. However, the drawing room/tea lounge provides a quiet escape. The restaurant is franchised to the Miller & Carter steakhouse chain - and offers hearty fare in vibrant surroundings.

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Simon Horsford is a writer and former commissioning editor on travel at the Telegraph. He has reviewed everything from a teepee in Wales and a five-star hotel in Moscow to a desert camp in Namibia. He currently also writes for magazines in Bristol and Bath.



We love browsing in the eclectic range of shops along Park Street before reaching the City Museum & Art Gallery.

The Harbourside, with its restaurants, bars, the Bristol Aquarium and Arnolfini art gallery, is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
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.

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Style & Character

There is ample to satisfy corporate and leisure guests, but the drawing room/tea lounge is relaxing place to hang out. The Palm Court room with its three-storey Bath stone walls, statues and stained glass ceiling is a highlight.

Service & Facilities

We love the red-uniformed concierge, who is always ready with advice on what to do in the city.

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


The artwork on the bedroom walls is a nice touch - one room has a striking image of Jimi Hendrix by a local artist. The Four Poster Suite has a king-size bed and great views of the city.

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Facilities include: king or queen-size bed, ensuite bathroom with Acca Kappa toilteries, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities

Food & Drink

Franchised restaurants don't always work in hotels but this one does and the striking bar continues the bold colour theme. The 50-day aged filet mignon is very tender while the wild Atlantic scallops tick the box as an ideal starter.

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

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