Known for their rustic and artistic flair across their hotels, luxury hospitality group Artist Residence is set to inject a dose of creativity to bring “an eccentric home from home” to Bristol. Located in a Georgian townhouse and old boot factory in St Paul’s, the hotel has finally opened its doors to guests, having originally planned to open in 2019 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
Artist Residence already has four sites in the UK including London, Brighton, Oxfordshire and Penzance, and this listed building located on the corner of Portland Square in Bristol will combine influences from the building’s history and the hotel’s signature eclectic design together. From beautiful arched windows to pitched ceilings, intricate Georgian cornicing to remnants of old graffiti, each individual bedroom at the hotel is unique and full of character.
Rooms at the hotel include small but perfectly formed crash-pads ideal for shorter stays, which are aptly-named “Broom Cupboard” and “Shoebox”. These rooms feature comfy king-size beds, industrial styling and a compact bathroom with a powerful rainfall shower.
You’ll also find larger rooms including ‘The Lookout’, a mezzanine-style apartment split over two floors in the eaves with a spiral staircase leading to a roof terrace offering views over Bristol, and the equally grandiose ‘Merchant Suite’, which boasts Georgian cornicing and views of Portland Square.
Each room is individually designed, peppered with limited edition art prints alongside vintage and reclaimed furniture. All bedrooms also include complimentary Wi-Fi, a TV, Roberts radio, Nespresso coffee machine, full-stocked mini bars and organic Bramley bath products.
You can make yourself at home in The Library, a comfy hangout serving homely brekkie, drinks and nibbles throughout the day. For breakfast (all inclusive for £16.50 per person), you’ll find the likes of omelettes, pastries, yoghurt and house-made granola, as well as a selection of teas and coffee roasted in Bristol.
As well as 23 rooms varying in size and style, the hotel will also include a café, bar and restaurant which can all be used by the public as well as guests. Set to arrive in early 2022, the area aims to provide a relaxed atmosphere and casual menu to create a fun and friendly hub for both the local community and hotel guests alike.
With the Artist Residence just a five minute walk from Cabot Circus and Stokes Croft, it also means there’s no shortage of great places to eat out in the neighbourhood. Bookings are now live and there are also a number of dog and family-friendly rooms to choose from. Rooms start from £125 per night and are available to stay at from November 1.
Artist Residence, 28 Portland Square, Saint Paul’s, BS2 8RZ