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Homely, and full of individual character, independent hotels are a great choice for people who value authenticity over consistency. Fortunately, you can find dozens in Bristol catering to different tastes, from value-for-money guesthouses to luxury hotels.
A popular luxury independent hotel in Bristol is the four star Brooks Guesthouse Bristol, which offers immaculate contemporary accommodation just moments from the St. Nicholas Market, the oldest market in the city. Alternatively, for excellent self-catering accommodation, consider the deluxe Hamilton Apartments, which have free WiFi and well-equipped kitchens. You may also benefit from in-room tea and coffee-making facilities, en-suite bathrooms, and a pillow choice menu so you'll be guaranteed the perfect night's sleep.
See the impressive St. Mary Redcliffe church, a well preserved 12th century building that was much loved by Queen Elizabeth I and is conveniently located within walking distance of the city's largest railway station, Bristol Temple Meads. The city is also acclaimed for its At-Bristol science attraction, where you can visit an enormous planetarium and see many fascinating science and technology exhibits.
If you're an art lover, you can't exclude a visit to the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, and if you're interested in Gothic Revival architecture, don't forget to see the magnificent Wills Memorial Building, which forms part of the University of Bristol and is one of Britain's 'newest' Gothic-themed landmarks. Other major attractions include medieval Bristol Cathedral, the picturesque Georgian public space known as Queen Square, the Brunel-designed Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain, and the At-Bristol science exhibition.
If you're travelling on a tighter budget then consider the well-presented Cabot Mews Apartments, which provide affordable standard apartments as well as high-end superior apartments and are close to the renowned Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Like other hotels, budget friendly independent hotels in Bristol normally provide Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas, often free of charge or for a small supplement.
Throughout the year, Bristol celebrates many prestigious events such as the free Bristol Festival of Nature at multiple venues, the Bristol Harbour Festival dedicated to commemorating the city's maritime heritage, and the St Pauls Carnival, an African Caribbean celebration.