Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, formerly known as The Royal Hotel, is the oldest hotel in the city, dating back to 1868. An amazing architectural feat, it is located in College Green, next to Bristol Cathedral and the historic waterfront. Only a short walk from the Bristol Hippodrome, the striking building has welcomed guests for more than 150 years, including many historical figures in the likes of Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill.
The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel offers much needed respite for guests that have been travelling and any Bristolian that is looking for a relaxing or romantic getaway without having to part from the vibrant city. The 3, 43, 45, 70 and 73 buses all pass by the hotel, and if you’re coming from out of town on the train, the Bristol Temple Meads railway station is only a 10-minute taxi ride away.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
1. This place lets you dine (and sleep) like royalty
This architectural and historic gem finished upgrades a few years ago and now, there are 13 different bedroom types to choose from. To ensure the comfort of its guests, the hotel serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, so no matter what your schedule looks like, you can always grab a bite to eat. There is even a ‘royal wing’, with a seven-bedroom suite that has its own private dining area, so that you can live your best lux life and really feel like royalty.
2. The architecture is truly something to write home about
One of the building’s newly restored spaces and stars of the show is certainly the Palm Court, a Victorian, striking space where the sunrays and moonlight shine in through the stained glass ceiling—a beautiful visual accompaniment to the whole experience. The grand space with its high arches, imposing statues and ornate details is also known to host civil ceremonies, business conferences, weddings and other special occasions.
3. A number of famous faces have graced the hotel over the years
Since its opening in the 1860s, the hotel has welcomed an array of political figures, iconic celebrities and even royalty. In addition to former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria, the hotel has opened its doors to comedy legends such as Charlie Chaplin and iconic comedic duo Laurel and Hardy.
What can you do at Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel?
The fully restored hotel today features stylish décor and sleeps hundreds of guests every night, but this place is more than just a beautiful hotel. Visitors have a choice of unbeatable restaurants, including the Miller & Carter steakhouse, an on-site bar serving up bubbly beverages and a spa that provides a range of relaxing treatments. Frankly, with so many services and facilities to choose from, you might just about forget to step out into the streets of Bristol and explore the gorgeous city altogether.
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel has also hosted magical evenings of classical and contemporary music at these magical Candlelight concerts. Although catching an enchanting Candlelight concert at the stunning hotel is not currently an option, Fever’s original series is set to take place at other gorgeous venues in the city.