A Hilton Weekend in the West Country

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After attending the Hilton Hotels roadshow in York last year I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary 2 night stay at the 4 star Hilton Bristol Hotel. As the Christmas break had started to seem like a distant memory I decided to finally redeem my stay last weekend and headed on a weekend away in the West Country.

After a long drive down the M5 my partner and I decided to head straight into Bristol city centre for something to eat. We arrived at about 5.30pm and parked at the Cabot Circus car park which we later discovered has a flat rate of £2 after 5pm which is a bit of a bargain for city centre parking! The car park is conveniently linked to the shopping and dining complex via a glass tunnel so we were soon browsing shop windows and restaurant menus.

We eventually decided on the Coal Grill and Bar which had a warm and relaxed atmosphere; with sunken leather sofas, dark wood furnishings and the sound of the roaring coal grill. I recommend the Chicken Shnitzel which came served on a bed of the most delicious spinach I’ve ever tasted. Who knew the humble green leaf could taste so heavenly? Popeye was on to something.

We resisted the urge to stay for dessert and headed over to our hotel which was a 10 minute drive from the city centre. After stepping into the open plan reception at the Hilton Bristol Hotel I could tell immediately that a lot of effort and attention to detail had gone into planning the space which has recently been redesigned. I loved the cool palette of green and greys which had an inviting and calming effect.

We had been upgraded to a Deluxe Plus Room meaning we enjoyed a tray of welcome goodies and fluffy robes and slippers. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable and the bathroom had a really nice range of toiletries for us to try.

We woke up early on Saturday morning and headed to the hotel’s leisure suite before breakfast which features a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and heated pool. After a much-needed baking session in the pine-clad sauna I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Breakfast was seriously yummy and offered everything you could possibly want; from cold fruit and yoghurt to cooked classics. The sausages were particularly tasty.

We decided to spend the day in nearby Bath as we’d heard from friends and colleagues how nice it is and we weren’t disappointed. The whole city is made up of historical sites and beautiful architecture and also has endless shops and restaurants to discover. We went to the Roman Baths Museum which was quite expensive at £12.75 each but decided as we weren’t likely to be revisiting any time soon that it was worth the cost. I’m so glad we did decide to go as it turned out to be a fascinating museum with much more on offer than the iconic rectangular steaming pool. Be warned, the natural spring water that you get to drink at the end of your visit doesn’t taste too pleasant!

We spent the evening back in Bristol and headed to the Clifton area of the city to meet up with some friends. We had dinner at the legendary Clifton Village Fish Bar which has won awards for its tasty fish and chips. Their home made tartare sauce was to die for so I whole-heartedly recommend a visit. We also sampled the renowned Exhibition cider at the nearby Coronation Tap cider house which was deceptively sweet tasting with a lethal kick. The fact that they will only sell you half a pint at a time should tell you something.

All in all we had a hugely enjoyable weekend and the Hilton Bristol Hotel was the perfect base for our mini break. Have you ever visited Bath or Bristol? What do you recommend during a visit?

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