Marriott Bristol City Centre

There are some places I dream of going and Bristol isn't one of them, so after a few weeks working from home, I'm back down in the city.  This time I chose the Marriott as it was short notice booking and they had a good rate or £89 for a night.  This was a room only deal and so I can't comment on the Breakfast, but I did have room service.

The outside of the hotel is nothing special, but fits in with other 1970s style buildings in the area - it doesn't look quite as bad as the Holiday Inn Express near Bristol Temple Meads. I booked a standard room on a prepay rate, so I didn't have access to the executive lounge and due to work commitments I didn't have chance to sample the gym, pool or hot tub (shock, I know!).

The room was nice, smaller than I had at the Hilton, but still came with the amenities you would expect from a business hotel. Although I wish that they would realise that today's business traveller has an optical mouse and so why put a glass surface on top of everything?

I was disappointed that the mini bar was empty, although there was a note offering to fill it if you required. I took a stroll into the city centre, as this hotel is perfectly placed to do so, and bought a drink from a shop. On the picture above, there was something that brought a light to my eyes and that was the charging station. It's a gripe of mine, especially in hotels built before the 1980s that they don't appear to realise that most people bring an array of electronic items, all of which need charging.

As I said, I didn't sample breakfast, but I was working in the room and so I had a few coffees and took advantage of room service. I ordered a Marriott burger, which I found to be very tasty and big! I'm glad to say that the first option on the menu for a side to go with it was Sweet Potato Fries. I know they are in fashion at the moment, but I also find them much nicer than potatoes as I don't eat them.

Overall I found the hotel very pleasant and the staff friendly. When I return in a few weeks, I will be on a B&B rate and so will be able to sample the breakfast and may even upgrade to a club level room. If there was a drawback, apart from the glass top, I'd have to say that I thought the bathroom fittings looked a little dated and maybe could have been freshened up, although the bathroom itself was clean and brightly lit.