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The Berkeley Square Hotel, Bristol
Occupying a grand heritage building on a leafy 18th-century square, the Berkeley's façade could be a backdrop for the Netflix series Bridgerton. The interiors, however, are low on period, high on drama: exposed brickwork and street art-style pictures, feathered light-fittings and dashes of velvet. Squarely aimed at those drawn to Bristol's boisterous nightlife, it's a mere hop-skip to Park Street's bars - but there's also a private members' club in the basement.
Stepping out and being able to glimpse Bristol landmarks like the Wills Memorial Tower, then wandering Clifton's atmospheric backstreets to its iconic Suspension Bridge is a perfect way to pass the day.
Its a 15-minute walk down to the Harbourside where you'll find the aquarium and the famous Bristol Hippodrome.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from Exeter, 3 hours from London and 4 hours from York.
By train: trains run to Bristol Temple Meads from Exeter St Davids (1 hour), London Paddington (1 hour 40 minutes) and York (3 hours 50 minutes). The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Those planning on making the most of Bristol won't mind the hotel's slightly squiffy looks - and appreciate a decadent backdrop when returning for a night cap. A highlight is the outdoor terrace, its entrance hidden through the downstairs bar, which feels like a secret garden - all jewel colours and twinkling lights.
Service & Facilities
Guests can make use of discounted day passes at the nearby Nuffield Health Club, which has a pool, sauna and steam room. The hotel has several pet-friendly rooms complete with bowls, treats and blankets, and occasionally offers 'Pets Go Free' promotions.
- Free Wi-Fi
The sense of space in the high-ceilinged Berkeley Suites is uplifting - and each has a tiny kitchenette housed in a discrete cupboard. The suites' Vi-Spring beds are exceptionally comfortable, with beautifully soft white linens. Fresh milk is provided for morning teas - always appreciated.
Single, Club Double, Club King, Double, Lower Deck Double rooms
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Elemis toiletries, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
The window tables in the dining room are a prime place to sit and watch over the leafy square with a cup of coffee. Our favourite dish is Eggs Sardou, a breakfast first for us - two poached eggs on toasted muffins with wilted spinach, artichokes, hollandaise and Tabasco.
Square Kitchen: fine dining, modern British cuisine. Open 12-2.30pm/ 5.30-9pm Mon-Fri, 11.30am-3.30pm Sunday. Plates from £5.