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An Inspector Calls on a Bristol Harbour Hotel

August 13th, 2017 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • The Daily Mail’s Inspector called in during the Bristol Harbour Hotel
  • It’s a Grade II*-listed building built in 1856 that used to be a Lloyds bank
  • He found a taste to be considerable though a use a bit hit-or-miss 

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The Bristol Harbour Hotel, a grand, centrally-located former bank

The Bristol Harbour Hotel, a grand, centrally-located former bank

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You have to admire a chutzpah of a expanding Harbour Hotels organisation in holding on such a outrageous conversion.

This Grade II*-listed Bristol building (built in 1856) used to be a Lloyds bank and is modelled on Jacopo Sansovino’s 16th-century library in St Mark’s Square, Venice — hence a elaborate facade, finish with angels, lions, ships and cherubs.

The aged Midland Bank subsequent doorway (pictured) is partial of a hotel, and together there are 42 bedrooms of several shapes and sizes.

We don’t get off to a best of starts as we are shown to a room with no window. The Italian receptionist agrees that for £176, that includes cooking and bed and breakfast, we should during slightest be authorised some daylight.

What she comes adult with is an unusual mish-mash, though we’re strangely taken with it. The bedroom is on one level, a bath, showering and dish on a passageway above and a loo off a stairs between a two. We get a window though no perspective — it’s an ‘internal room’.

In a guts of a building, amid aged safes, is a hugger-mugger spa. Crammed into nooks and crannies is a little pool (five strokes and you’re done), prohibited tub, sauna and steam room.

A lady with ornate tattoos on her thighs is stretched out on a shelf by a prohibited tub; a integrate are holding hands with their eyes closed. we correct to a steam room to be on my own.

Things demeanour adult in a Gold Bar, that competence good have been a bank manager’s private office, with elaborate masonry work and high ceilings. The bartender shakes a excellent margarita.

The Gold Bar, that competence good have been a bank manager’s private office, has elaborate masonry work and high ceilings - and a bartender shakes a excellent margarita

The Gold Bar, that competence good have been a bank manager’s private office, has elaborate masonry work and high ceilings – and a bartender shakes a excellent margarita

The Jetty Restaurant is a former banking hall. It’s splendid and buzzy though use is so delayed a waitress offers us a giveaway potion of wine, with a side sequence of apologies.

I select a tuna and avocado starter. Safe enough, though what’s with a wasabi ice cream cone that comes with it? Then we have a steep and squid combo, an awful strife of cultures.

Brekkie is a wealthy event served on flattering Emma Bridgewater-style crockery, though a music’s distant too loud. we ask for it to be incited down.

The integrate from a cylinder demeanour happy. They, and we, are gratified Bristol has a hotel as grand as this in such a executive position.

TRAVEL FACTS 

Bristol Harbour Hotel

55 Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1HT

0117 203 4445

bristol-harbour-hotel.co.uk

Doubles from £145 BB

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