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Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020
The Bristol Hotel
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020
Holiday Inn Express Bristol - Filton
Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020
If you're looking for somewhere engaging, lively and fun to base an adventure to the big city of the South West this year, a hostel in Bristol could be just what's needed. Channelling the off-beat and arty character of the town are plenty of quirky stays. A bunkbed on a boat? Sorted. A rocking 50s bowling alley come dormitory? You'll find it here. And that's not even mentioning the price. These are the establishments that will help to leave oodles in the travel budget for shopping jaunts through Cabot Circus and nights out around happening Stokes Croft. Rates might be low because it's all about shared sleeping quarters and communal kitchens, but on top of all that are 24-hour reception desks, in-house tour booking and spirited atmospheres adding to the mix.
The best features of hostels in Bristol
There are plenty of reasons why a hostel in Bristol could trump a traditional hotel. For young, experience-hungry backpackers and solo travellers, they offer a chance to meet and mingle with likeminded folk. And that's not just because you might be bedding down in rooms with up to 24 beds, but also because you'll get to enjoy evening happy hours in the on-site bar and cooking meals together in shared kitchen spaces. In hostels in Bristol especially, there's also something for the discerning globetrotter, because loads of these places come with handsome redbrick exteriors that date back to the years of the Bristolian industrial boom of the 1700s and 1800s.
The intriguing design features and style carry on as soon as you head inside. Vaulted hallways and industrial-chic lounges are nestled into centuries-old depots by the harbourside, while other establishments promise a stay on the waters of the Bristol marina itself. The top-rated options have plenty of extra services to boot. Just hit reception and you can book onto guided tours of the Old City, put your name down for evening pub crawls or bag tickets for rocking gigs run by local bands. A number of places also offer breakfast buffets, bike rentals and outdoor terraces for summertime tipples and story sharing.
Where to seek out hostels in Bristol
A number of the hostels in Bristol fringe the quaysides that come off the River Avon. They beckon sightseers and cafe hoppers thanks to their central location, like the YHA Bristol, which comes sandwiched between the cobbled lanes of the Old City, oodles of waterside pubs and the elegant 1800s steamship, the SS Great Britain – there's something for everyone right on the doorstep in that area. The hip-shaking, hula hoop-twirling Rock n Bowl Hostel is worth a special mention, too. It's among the coolest hostels in Bristol – nay, the whole UK. Inside, you can spend nights bowling at 10 pins and twisting to rockabilly bands. When the hangover retreats the next day, the shopping mecca of Cabot Circus is just up the road. Or, you could head over to Stokes Croft for visits to bohemian art galleries, music collectives and more rollicking West Country pubs.