Enjoy a luxurious stay at the Berkeley Suites with all the comforts of home at hand!! Originally built by renowned architect Thomas Paty, the Berkeley Suites are housed in a grade II* listed Georgian building, which is conveniently situated between the city centre of Bristol and Clifton. I recently stayed two nights at the Berkeley Suites during my visit to Bristol, below is my review of my time there:
How to get to the hotel
You can either catch a taxi directly from the airport or you can catch the Bristol Flyer airport bus and get off at the city centre stop, and then walk roughly 15-20minutes to the hotel.
However, I would recommend taking a taxi from this bus stop to get to the hotel, as you will need to climb a rather steep hill. It took me around 40-45minutes with two large bags and I would consider myself a fairly fit person.
Arrival and check in Berkeley Suites
To check into the Berkeley Suites, you will need to head to the Berkeley Square Hotel Reception and from there they will check in you and guide you to your suite.
I was greeted by the lovely receptionist who happily took my bags for a few hours as check in is not until 3pm, she requested an early check in for me (which I was eternally grateful for!). However, early check in is only from 1pm so you may want to consider a later flight or take this time to explore the neighbourhood.
Depending on where your suite is located you may need assistance getting your luggage up the stairs, the reception staff are more than happy to assist you with you – you just need to ask, however, they will likely offer before you even ask.
I was booked in the Crescent room 3 which was just a little walk down from the Berkeley Hotel reception desk. As you walk into the room you will enter the spacious main lounge area, which has a comfortable lounge suite, an arm chair and a small table and chairs to eat meals at.
The TV was one of the main highlights of this room as it was projected onto the wall, you can also connect your laptop via HDMI cable to watch whatever you like on the wall sized TV. The only downside to the projected TV was that it was difficult to watch during the day unless you closed the curtains.
There is also a small kitchenette in the “buffet/cupboard” which includes a small minibar fridge (filled with goodies), a convection hob, microwave, sink and dishwasher as well as a kettle, Delonghi coffee machine and toaster. On the sides that open up are your crockery and glassware.
The minibar offers a range of snacky foods such as chips and nuts as well as soft drinks and wine and a small jug of fresh milk for your tea or coffee.
Walk into your luxurious bedroom, featuring a large bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, 42 inch TV and armchair. The bedding is extremely comfortable, it was like sleeping on a cloud!
To the left is your large bathroom with toilet, sink and bathtub with a rainfall shower head as well as a handheld attachment. The toiletries in the bathroom are my favourite: Elemis. They leave your silk feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
The Wifi provided in the room runs fast and you get a max of 2000MB per night – more than enough to check emails or stream Netflix.
Food and Drink options
There are two food options at the Berkeley Suites, you can either eat in their restaurant or in your room.
The restaurant menu is available to you in your room as room service, all you need to do is call down to reception to make your order and it will be delivered to your room in a fairly timing manner. You can enjoy breakfast in their restaurant or you can call reception and have breakfast delivered to your suite.
You can also order hampers which are located in the guest compendium. The suites are also set out with complimentary sherry that you can enjoy with your meal or as a nightcap.
The hotel does not have an onsite gym however they do provide discounted access to the Nuffield gym which is a short walk from the hotel. Here you can access the gym, pool, sauna, steam room and classes.
Around the hotel
Located a short walk from the hotel is a number of interesting places to visit such as:
- Cabot Tower which you can climb to the top (for free) to get a birds eye view of Bristol.
- Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
- Bristol Cathedral
- Clifton Triangle
- Bristol Aquarium
Clifton Village is a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute bus ride (bus #8) from around the corner of the hotel, where you can visit the Observatory & Camera Obscura, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Clifton Village.
It was lovely to have a large area to myself, most hotels in the UK seem to be pokey little boxes but the Berkeley Suites made you feel at home, like you were in an apartment with everything you needed at hand.
The only negatives I had during my stay was that there was no breakfast menu or laundry bag/paper in my room, but that is just me being really nit picky – I was able to pick these items up from reception or they offered to drop them off for me. I also found that the towel rack heater didn’t work and the bedroom heater worked during the day but not at night – these issues were reported to reception and I have no doubt that they will have these issues fixed.