Hotel of the week: Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel is a grand four-star venue exuding Victorian-style charm. Located in the heart of the historic city-centre, it is adjacent to Bristol Cathedral and close to many of the city’s renowned attractions. Combining historical elegance with contemporary comforts, the hotel offers impeccable accommodation, a choice of 21 meeting and event spaces, traditional British cuisine and an impressive leisure and fitness club.
Nestled in the centre of the beautiful city of Bristol, the hotel offers the chance to explore the area’s historical landmarks, impressive shops and chic bar and restaurant scene. Guests can also take in the magnificent panoramic views of the Bristol landscape from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, explore the stunning Bristol Cathedral and Bristol Art Gallery, or encounter 4,000 different sea creatures and animals at the aquarium and zoo gardens.
Also nearby are the independent boutiques of gentrified Clifton Village and Bristol Shopping Quarter. From vintage and retro to the latest in high-street trends, there is something for everyone in Bristol’s shopping district. For serious shoppers there is Gloucester Road, Europe’s longest street of independent shops, loved for its organic foods, clothes and antiques.
The elegant Walter’s Bar and Grill provides the perfect setting for the excellent British food with both traditional and contemporary touches. Martyn Watkins is the head chef at Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. Martyn has been working at the Royal for just over five years and has over 20 years’ cooking experience with a wide variety of heart-warming, homemade signature dishes.
Every morning a choice of delicious breakfast selections are served, including a buffet breakfast, continental breakfast, full American breakfast and hot breakfast, priced between £14.50 and £17.50 per person.
In the evenings, the room is transformed for a sophisticated night of good food and fine wines, with a range of traditional English dishes to choose from, including ham hock, grilled meats and fish and a series of mouth-watering desserts.
The Leisure Club
The leisure club at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel includes cardiovascular equipment, free weights and an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room for guests to enjoy. Personal trainers are also available for those who would like to improve their fitness levels.
The fitness suite has recently undergone a £75,000 refurbishment, with the latest integrated apps and internet connectivity, meaning guests can enjoy a cardio workout with friends anywhere around the globe, personalise their experience through the LFconnect software, or immerse themselves in an interactive fitness course. Whether biking in France or hiking through California’s Trinity Mountains, the equipment increases resistance or incline and video speeds to replicate an authentic outdoor experience.
Lavish Salon, a deluxe spa experience befitting of a four-star hotel, is also available to guests for a variety of services such as massages, facials and body scrubs, which can be booked by appointment in advance.
Weddings and Events
Boasting 21 event and breakout spaces, Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel can cater for a range of different occasions, including weddings, parties, meetings and conferences. Palm Court, the venue’s breathtakingly beautiful event space, exudes a unique twist on tradition, with a Roman spa style design to create an elegant atmosphere.
The venue’s certified wedding coordinator, Kate Chetland, is on-hand for couples looking to organise their big day, offering an initial consultation to view the hotel’s function rooms, accommodation and facilities. Throughout the run up to the wedding day, Kate is available to answer any queries relating to the venue and wedding celebrations. The hotel has also compiled some specially tailored wedding packages aimed to suit a variety of needs and embrace any unique or specific requirements.
For meetings and conferences, each of the function rooms available is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi access, expert catering staff are on hand and quality audiovisual services are available to ensure a successful event.
Delegates can also take advantage of the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel ‘Meetings Imagined’ service, a scheme inspired by feedback from events planners, with personal service at its core. Planners can access MeetingsImagined.com to search for event ideas and inspiration, browse services and create a bespoke itinerary. They can also access a Meetings Service App to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.
Address: College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA / 0117 925 5100