“Georgian townhouse turned boutique suite retreat, in a quiet Bristol square where downtown buzz meets upmarket Clifton”
Just off the top of iconic Park Street, and near the University, is a gracious tree-lined square with handsome Georgian terraces. The main Berkeley Square Hotel occupies one side; just behind it, with their own entrance, are their newer and more stylish 1-bedroom Suites, which are reviewed here. Original features remain such as marble fireplaces, high ceilings and polished floorboards. Luxurious additions include deeply comfortable beds, drench showers and a state-of-the-art projector which shows mesmeric video paintings or your choice of media. You have a kitchenette for independence, or can dine at The Square restaurant in the hotel, which sits above a cool cocktail bar. There are other great restaurants on your doorstep, along with groovy shops and a fun late-night scene. Whether you're here for business or leisure, this is a stylish sanctuary in the heart of a cool city.
- A fantastic central location, with many Bristol sights a walk away: Park Street, the Harbourside, Clifton village, the Zoo and Whiteladies Road
- We applaud the lovely makeover of this heritage building, with walls offset by rich colours in artwork and upholstery
- Friendly, helpful staff and little treats in your Suite, including a decanter of Bristol cream sherry
- A relaxed arty ambiance, with cocktail bar and great grub in the main hotel; or you can keep yourself to yourself in your Suite
- Free entry to a local gym and fitness centre
- You're near a busy thoroughfare and this is a listed building, so it isn't totally soundproofed
- Not great for families, with lots of steps and only 1 child per Suite
- Reception and the restaurant are around the corner at the Berkeley Square Hotel - no big deal, especially as room service stretches to the Suites
- Availability can be tricky with only 5 Suites; if full, take a room at the main hotel, though be aware these are smaller and of a different standard
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 5 apartments (sleeping 2)
- Restaurant & bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
The elegant red-brick Georgian townhouse is in a small terraced crescent just off Berkeley Square. There's a semi-circular enclosed private garden to the front.
Each Suite occupies a whole floor. Your living room has an upholstered sofa and chairs, small table, and the signature cinema projector front and centre. There's a nifty kitchenette inside a bespoke cupboard. The bedroom is separate; expect a Vi-spring mattress on the bed (we slept soundly) and a Roberts radio bedside. The lower ground-floor Suite is the largest and its bathroom is separate to the bedroom, the middle 3 have wonderful high ceilings and glass-walled bathrooms within the bedroom, while the top-floor Suite has characterful sloping ceilings and an ensuite bathroom.
In all are a welcome decanter of Bristol cream sherry, basket of nibbles, useful directories, Elemis toiletries, a drench shower over the bath, bathrobes and slippers. Boutique bliss.
You can book a room in the main Berkeley Square Hotel if the Suites are full.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Hob or stove
- Safe box
To compensate for the lack of restaurant at Berkeley Suites itself, each Suite has a clever bespoke kitchenette, housing a hob, fridge and mini dishwasher, along with a decent quota of crockery, pots, pans and utensils. There are grocery shops all around, or you can order room-service meals.
However, we found it preferable to head around to the The Square restaurant at the main hotel for meals (you get a 10% discount for booking through i-escape). For breakfast there's a good buffet of yoghurt, cereals, croissants, dried fruit, compotes, fruit juice. Order additionally from the a la carte menu; we loved our poached eggs and smashed avocado on muffin, washed down with replenished coffee.
For other meals, the modern bistro menu is crafted from West Country ingredients: perhaps pan-fried brill with leeks, mushroom and chorizo, then apple and tonka bean tart. You may need to book ahead for weekend evenings.
In the warmer months, the rear garden does duty as an additional dining/social space, atmospheric at night with strung lights.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Explore the Clifton Triangle on your doorstep: a lively intersection of streets featuring independent shops, high-street staples and fun eateries. Take in handsome College Green, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol Cathedral, and Brandon Hill Park
- Stroll down to the Harbourside for Brunel's masterpiece, the impressive SS Great Britain liner, as well as waterside dining options, art venues, markets and museums. The curiously named We The Curious is an excellent science museum, the M Shed covers Bristol's history, while the Arnolfini has modern art spaces and a great little cafe. Boat trips are available, too
- Check out Brunel's other masterpiece, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, best seen from the Clifton Observatory (20 mins walk)
- Enjoy a swim and spa treatment at the Victorian-era Clifton Lido, followed by an upmarket lunch poolside (book in advance)
- Take a day trip to Bath by train (Bath Thermae tickets are available at Reception)
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Hot air ballooning
- Language courses
- Mountain biking
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
Children are welcome but the Suites are best suited to adults as there is nothing specifically for families on-site. That said, there are plenty of shops, restaurants, parks and activities nearby, and kids will enjoy the novelty of the in-Suite projection cinema (you can plug in your own device to watch your preferred choice of media). Note that the Suites can only take 1 baby or 1 child apiece.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
All Suites can fit 1 baby cot (free of charge) or 1 rollaway bed (additional cost). We would suggest the ground or lower-ground floor Suites are best for families as there are a lot of steps to higher floors
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The Square can offer more child-friendly items from the lunch menu for dinner, and smaller portions of roast dinners on Sundays
Kids Activities nearby:
- Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (0.2km)
- We The Curious science centre (0.8km)
- Bristol Aquarium (0.8km)
- SS Great Britain (1km)
- M Shed Museum (1.5km)
- Bristol Zoo Gardens - buy tickets at Reception (1.7km)
- Beach (Clevedon) (21km)
- Boat rides
Families Should Know:
Steps throughout the property. Each Suite has a cleverly designed kitchenette, useful for light meals and snacks. The Square restaurant at the Berkeley Square Hotel has high chairs
- Airport: 25 minutes' drive (Bristol)
- Hospital: 5 minutes' drive (Bristol Royal Infirmary/Children's)
- Shops: a 2-minute walk