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Iconic Gorge Views from Bedroom to Breakfast: Review of Avon Gorge Hotel in Bristol

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Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review
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The Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin is a gorgeous boutique hotel offering guests a truly iconic view of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Located in the affluent area of Clifton with streets lined with grand Georgian townhouse, Avon Gorge Hotel provides a decadent experience just 5-minutes from Bristol’s city centre.

For the second half of my visit to Bristol, I wanted to spend some time in Clifton. When it came to choosing accommodation, the Avon Gorge Hotel jumped out at me. However, as a boutique hotel, it sits on the more expensive side, so I decided to keep researching. Each time I kept circling back to Avon Gorge Hotel. At first, I was reluctant to pay a premium price but since the difference in price with other hotels in the area wasn’t huge and I knew that by the tail end of my trip I would be tired, I decided to treat myself. I booked one of Avon Gorge Hotel’s best rooms – a Standard Double Gorge View. 

The Location

Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review - Royal York Cresent in CliftonAvon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review - EntranceAvon Gorge Hotel is located in Clifton which is roughly 2 miles (3 km) from Bristol city centre. It can be reached on foot, by bus or by taxi/Uber. I paid around £6 to get there from my previous accommodation at Brooks Guesthouse.

The hotel is located right on the Avon Gorge but is only a 5-minute walk to Clifton Village. Here, you’ll find a wide range of restaurants, supermarkets, independent shops. This proximity to the village and Clifton’s biggest attractions, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Clifton Observatory was one of the main reasons I wanted to stay here.

The other main reason was the epic views. Paying that little bit extra was totally worth it to be able to wake up to such incredible views of the Avon Gorge and Brunel’s marvel of engineering straddling the gorge to connect each side.

The Rooms

Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review - Standard Room with Gorge View Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review - Welcome plate with sweets Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review - ShowerAvon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review - View from roomI stayed in a standard double room with a gorge view room which was fantastic. Upon arrival, the room was dimly lit and felt like I was walking into a classy cocktail bar. On the large desk was a lovely welcome plate with small desserts. Next to it was a coffee machine and a basket of sweet and savoury snacks for purchase. The room was large with plenty of space to spread out and even for a hotel room workout.  

The size of my room was generous and there was plenty of wardrobe space so I could unpack everything and store my suitcase inside. Even though this time around I didn’t need it, I still loved how there was an iron in the cupboard and two sets of bathrobes and slippers.

Avon Gorge Hotel offers a number of different sized rooms to cater to your budget and needs. Room options include:

Standard Village Room –  This standard room has views of the village views, queen size bed, and ensuite bathroom

Standard Gorge View Room – A step up, these standard rooms offer unique views over the Gorge and valley and include a queen size bed and ensuite bathroom.

Superior Village Room – Bigger than the standard room this more spacious and superior room has village views and comes with a queen size bed

Superior Gorge View Room – Similar in size to the Superior Village Room, this room has a view of the Gorge and a queen size bed and an ensuite bathroom.

Junior Suite – This gorgeous suite features a King-size bed and a chaise longue for ultimate lounging. There is also a free-standing roll tub bath in addition to a walk-in monsoon shower in the bathroom.

Garden Lounge Suite – This suite includes a separate bedroom with a King size bed and a large living room area with stylish furniture. This suite has access to a shared garden with a private terrace at the end which has spectacular views across the Gorge and Clifton Bridge. Access to the room is via a private entrance outside the hotel. 

Executive Suite – The most luxurious choice is their Executive Suite which features a bay window and twin roll-top baths. What better way to end the day than with to soak in the bubbles and soak up the view over the Clifton Suspension bridge.

The interior of each room is carefully designed with colourful accents and wooden furniture. All rooms are equipped with:

  • Luxurious Sealy mattress
  • Fine Egyptian linen
  • Luxurious toiletries by L’Occitane
  • Powerful drench shower
  • LCD TV
  • Coffee machine
  • Fully stocked minibar with a range of snacks and nibbles
  • Air conditioning that you can adjust to your liking

Bridge Café and White Lion Bar

Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review - Lounge and view of Suspension BridgeAvon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin Bristol Review - BreakfastThe views don’t stop here, onsite is also the Bridge Café and White Lion Bar, with a huge all-weather terrace area that looks out across the Avon Gorge and southern areas of Bristol. 

Each day, breakfast is served in the restaurant with spectacular views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. You can order a hot breakfast from their menu or select from their Country Table, where you’ll find freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, a selection of cereals, freshly baked pastries, fruit, natural yoghurts, and granola. 

I ordered a smashed avocado and poached egg on toast and it was divine. They also have boiled eggs with soldiers and brioche toast with bacon and maple syrup. 

In the evening, you can also choose to either dine in the restaurant or the White Lion Bar.

Final thoughts

I really enjoyed my stay at Avon Gorge Hotel. The hotel has a really nice feel and atmosphere and the staff were very attentive. I would definitely stay here again. Want to book your stay at Avon Gorge Hotel? Check prices, availability and book your stay here

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