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If you are planning a trip to Bristol, you are in for a treat. This city with half a million residents has so much to offer, and the accolades to prove it. Voted United Kingdom’s best place to live in 2017 and one of Rough Guides’ top ten cities in the world, Bristol is all about independence and entrepreneurship, meaning there are tons of new businesses and neighbourhoods to explore. With so many diverse areas, it can be hard to choose the best Bristol accommodation. Using this guide, you can find the best places to stay in Bristol, along with suggested Bristol hotels for every budget.

We will cover off all types of Bristol accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Bristol hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Bristol, the best Bristol hotels, best places in Bristol to visit, the best places to stay in Bristol, hotels near Bristol attractions, Bristol neighborhood guide and many more.

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Old City- Where to stay in Bristol for first timers

Bristol’s Old City is the best area for tourists visiting Bristol for the first time. This compact area leaves most attractions in walking distance of the Old City hotels, and you can easily explore the Old City on foot, soaking in the rich history of Bristol at places like the Bristol Cathedral. This is also one of the best areas in Bristol for nightlife and dining, with tons of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to choose from. If shopping is your thing, there’s plenty of that, too. St Nicholaus Market is the oldest market in Bristol and still has over 60 stalls.

Best places to stay in Old City

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Old City
YHA Bristol
Kyle Blue – Bristol Harbour Luxury Hostel Boat
Rock’n’Bowl Motel

Budget Hotels in Old City
Ibis Bristol Centre
Travelodge Bristol Central
Glanville Guest House
Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (King Street) Hotel

Mid range Hotels in Old City
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
SACO Bristol – Broad Quay
Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol
The Bristol

Family Friendly Hotels in Old City
Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Novotel Bristol Centre
Cleyro Serviced Apartments – Finzels Reach

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Old City
SACO Bristol – West India House
Berkeley Suites
Number Thirty Eight
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

Bristol, UK. Cathedral in Bristol, UK in the evening. Sunset with colorful cloudy sky

City Centre – Where to stay in Bristol with Family

While Old City has the oldest history, Bristol city centre is another of the best areas to stay in Bristol. At Cabot Circus, you’ll find everything you need for shopping, dining, and entertainment. You are still in walking distance of the Old City, with easy access to other districts as well. Surprisingly, the city centre is very family-friendly, with many parks to explore. A visit to Castle Park is a must, with St. Peter’s Church, Bristol Castle and Castle Park Adventure Playground. Fortunately, there are many places to stay in Bristol City Centre.

Best places to stay in Bristol City Centre

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Bristol City Centre
Full Moon Backpackers Hostel
YHA Bristol

Budget Hotels in Bristol City Centre
Travelodge Bristol Central Mitchell Lane
The Washington
Southville Guest House
Ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay

Mid range Hotels in Bristol City Centre
Future Inn Cabot Circus Hotel
Premier Suites Bristol Cabot Circus
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre

Family Friendly Hotels in Bristol City Centre
Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol City Centre
SACO Bristol – Broad Quay
Victoria Square Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Bristol City Centre
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Berkeley Suites
Number Thirty Eight

BRISTOL, UK - Famous street in the center of Bristol, UK during the rainy day. Bright cloudy sky. Various shops, cafes and restaurants. Car and bus traffic

Clifton – Where to stay in Bristol for tourists

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol’s most famous attractions, and the surrounding neighbourhood is one of Bristol’s most exclusive. In addition to many nice places in Bristol, this is also the location of the Bristol Zoo. As this area is largely residential, it’s very family friendly, however, there are fewer large hotels. Not to worry, as there are still several boutique hotels, guest houses and apartment rentals in Clifton. This is the best area to stay if you are looking for a quieter area with easy access to the city centre and Old City.

Best places to stay in Clifton

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Clifton
Kyle Blue – Bristol Harbour Luxury Hostel Boat
YHA Bristol
Rock’n’Bowl Motel
The Bristol Wing

Budget Hotels in Clifton
Clift Guest House
The Washington
Travelodge Bristol Central
Southville Guest House

Mid range Hotels in Clifton
The Channings Hotel
31 Meridian Place
The Clifton Hotel
Beech House

Family Friendly Hotels in Clifton
Victoria Square Hotel
Berkeley Square House
The Ibrox Hotel
Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Clifton
Number Thirty Eight
Berkeley Suites
Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, Avon blue sky

Temple – Where to stay in Bristol on a budget

Temple Meads is Bristol’s central train station just east of the city centre, and Temple is the area surrounding the station. This district is very popular with travellers and is also a great place to look for cheap places to stay in Bristol. If you are arriving in Bristol by train or planning many day trips from Bristol, this is a great place to stay as you’ll be near the train system. The area also includes Temple Church, a 12th-century ruin.

Best places to stay in Temple

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Temple
Rock’n’Bowl Motel
The Bristol Wing
Full Moon Backpackers Hostel

Budget Hotels in Temple
Ibis Bristol Centre
Ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay
Travelodge Bristol Central Mitchell Lane

Mid range Hotels in Temple
Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre
Holiday Inn Express Bristol City Centre
Novotel Bristol Centre
PREMIER SUITES Bristol Redcliffe

Family Friendly Hotels in Temple
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol City Centre
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
Future Inn Cabot Circus Hotel
Victoria Square Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Temple
SACO Bristol – West India House
Berkeley Suites
Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

BRISTOL UK - CIRCA Bristol Temple Meads railway station designed by Brunel in 1840s and extended in 1870s

Old Market – Where to stay in Bristol for nightlife

Another historic area of Bristol that is great for travelers is Old Market. This district built up around the castle, and now lies east of the city centre, and north of Temple. As the most LGBTQ friendly neighbourhoods of Bristol, this is a great place to stay in Bristol for nightlife. There are fewer tourist attractions here than in other parts of Bristol, but more unique shops, boutiques and art studios.

Best places to stay in Old Market

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Old Market
Full Moon Backpackers Hostel
The Bristol Wing
Rock’n’Bowl Motel
YHA Bristol

Budget Hotels in Old Market
Ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay
Travelodge Bristol Central Mitchell Lane
Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Haymarket) Hotel
Travelodge Bristol Central

Mid range Hotels in Old Market
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
Future Inn Cabot Circus Hotel
Premier Suites Bristol Cabot Circus
Cleyro Serviced Apartments – Finzels Reach

Family Friendly Hotels in Old Market
Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre
Novotel Bristol Centre
Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Lewins Mead) Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Old Market
SACO Bristol – West India House
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Number Thirty Eight

BRISTOL; UNITED KINGDOM -Exterior view of traditional England bar pub restaurant in the Harbourside at night full with people enjoying delicious food and drinking beer in the city of Bristol - view through street glass

Harbourside – Where to stay in Bristol for foodies

A more recently revitalized area of Bristol is Harbourside. Just south of the Old City, this area has gone from rough and tumble Bristol harbour to a modern neighborhood with many attractions for residents and visitors alike. The strategic waterfront location allows for easy access to rowing and sailing, not to mention jogging paths along the water. There are many shops, restaurants, and hotels in Harbourside, including budget-friendly accommodations.

Best places to stay in Harbourside

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Harbourside
YHA Bristol
Kyle Blue – Bristol Harbour Luxury Hostel Boat
The Bristol Wing
Full Moon Backpackers Hostel

Budget Hotels in Harbourside
Travelodge Bristol Central
Southville Guest House
Ibis Bristol Centre
Clift Guest House

Mid range Hotels in Harbourside
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
SACO Bristol – Broad Quay
Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol

Family Friendly Hotels in Harbourside
Beech House
Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
Cleyro Serviced Apartments – Finzels Reach

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Harbourside
SACO Bristol – West India House
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Berkeley Suites

BRISTOL, UK - View of Bristol Harbourside on a sunny day, UK. Barque Kaskelot moored by Waterfront Square.

Stokes Croft – Where to stay in Bristol for off the tourist path

For Bristol travellers who want to get a bit off the beaten tourist path, Stokes Croft is one of the best places to stay in Bristol. With a distinct artistic vibe, this is the best place to see street art in Bristol. You won’t find any chains here, just independent artists, boutiques, cafes, and entertainment. This is definitely the hipster haven of Bristol, with farm to table restaurants and a raging nightlife scene that ranges from techno clubs to live music venues.

Best places to stay in Stokes Croft

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Stokes Croft
YHA Bristol
Full Moon Backpackers Hostel
Rock’n’Bowl Motel

Budget Hotels in Stokes Croft
Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (King Street) Hotel
Ibis Bristol Centre
Travelodge Bristol Central Mitchell Lane

Mid range Hotels in Stokes Croft
Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel
PREMIER SUITES Bristol Redcliffe
SACO Bristol – Broad Quay
Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

Family Friendly Hotels in Stokes Croft
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol City Centre
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
3 Berkeley Square
Beech House

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Stokes Croft
SACO Bristol – West India House
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
Westfield House
Number Thirty Eight

Bristol Uk - Artwork bellow an office block in Nelson Street and covering a chinese restaurant in central Bristol. Part of the See No Evil graffiti project in Bristol Britain's largest art project in 2011.

Totterdown – Where to stay in Bristol for relaxation

For a more suburban experience in Bristol, check out Totterdown. This colourful suburb is one of the most photogenic spots in Bristol, thanks to the multi-coloured row homes climbing the hills of the region. Totterdown reportedly has the steepest street in the United Kingdom, with the views to match.

Victoria Park makes a wonderful place to relax for the afternoon, or you can spend your days exploring the shops and cafes in the neighborhood. Don’t let the suburban moniker fool you, Totterdown is still in walking distance of Temple Meads and other Bristol city destinations.

Best places to stay in Totterdown

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Totterdown
YHA Bristol
Rock’n’Bowl Motel
Kyle Blue – Bristol Harbour Luxury Hostel Boat

Budget Hotels in Totterdown
Travelodge Bristol Central Mitchell Lane
Ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay
The Gothic Mansion
Southville Guest House

Mid range Hotels in Totterdown
Holiday Inn Express Bristol City Centre
Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa
Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre
Arnos Manor Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Totterdown
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol City Centre
Novotel Bristol Centre
The Ibrox Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Totterdown
SACO Bristol – West India House
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Berkeley Suites

Ruin of Temple Church, Victoria Street, Bristol Bombed during WW2

Filton – Where to stay in Bristol with kids

Another suburban option for where to stay in Bristol is the town of Filton. Located approximately five kilometres north of Bristol, and was once the home of a small airport. Today, it’s a leafy suburb with lots of green space, a golf course and two shopping centres. Getting to Bristol city centre is easy, but there’s not much else going on in Filton. It’s the perfect place to stay for families visiting long-term and wanting a residential area.

Best places to stay in Filton

Budget Hotels in Filton
Travelodge Bristol Filton Hotel
Norfolk Guest House
Home While Away

Mid range Hotels in Filton
The Crafty Cow
The Wellington

Family Friendly Hotels in Filton
Holiday Inn Express Bristol – Filton

Terraces of colourful houses, Bristol, UK

Bristol Airport – Where to stay in Bristol for transit travellers

For business travelers, or those just transiting through the area, there are many hotels near Bristol Airport southwest of the city centre. For those who want to travel downtown, there’s a train line and an express bus from the airport to Bristol City Centre.

Best places to stay near the Bristol Airport

Budget Hotels near the Bristol Airport
Forge Accommodation
Westfield Lodge

Mid range Hotels near the Bristol Airport
Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport
Acorns

Family Friendly Hotels near the Bristol Airport
Coombe Dale Accommodation
Holiday Inn Bristol Airport

BRISTOL UK - CIRCA Bristol International Airport

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Where to stay in Bristol

Where to stay in Bristol

Where to stay in Bristol

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