Guest Post: A Mini Break at the Marriott Bristol

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A few weeks ago Superbreak’s Customer Marketing Exec, Ashley Wilcox, visited Bristol and upgraded from her Sister’s spare room to the 4* Marriott Bristol City Centre Hotel. Find out why in her weekend review…

Ever since my sister moved to Bristol it has given me a great excuse to take weekend breaks and discover the beauty of the West Country. Bursting with quirky cafes, bars, markets and shops, Bristol is like no other UK city I have been to. I have to admit, despite being a Yorkshire girl born and raised, Bristol and the West Country has stolen a little bit of my heart.

My most recent trip to Bristol was triggered by a certain 16 week year old German Shephard puppy. What better excuse than a cute and energetic pup to contribute to a weekend of walks round the Mendips and Cheddar Gorge? It is because of this little tyke however, that I sacrificed my allocated bedroom at my sister’s house and most willingly upgraded to the 4* Marriott Bristol City Centre.

With only a 3 and a half hour drive from Wetherby, West Yorkshire to Bristol, or approx a 2 hour train journey, it is easy to make the most of a weekend break. Saturday started with a walk around the bustling yet quaint village of Cheddar, about a 40 minute drive from Bristol city centre.  As a cider, cheese and fudge lover, all boxes were ticked, as the main road was lined with locally brewed cider shops, ‘proper cheddar’ – from Cheddar itself and tantalising fudge shops with enough flavours to keep you occupied for a lifetime. Despite an abundance of choice of cafes and pubs in Cheddar village, we had a reservation at the nearby Ship Inn to tie in nicely with a stroll around the Mendips. With German Shephard in tow we arrived at the typically Somerset Country Pub, dog friendly of course – this pub appeared to have been taken over by a pack of hounds… ideal.

After a lovely day out in Somerset, we headed back to Bristol to check into our hotel and to get ready for drinks and our dinner reservation, chosen by my Bristol savvy/foodie sister. The location of the Bristol Marriott City Centre was perfect, just a short walk to the shops and nucleus of Cabot Circus and a quick stroll through City Park towards St Nicholas’s Market.

Our restaurant of choice was The Rummer Hotel, tucked away in the bustling St Nic’s Market in the Old Quarter of Bristol. Boasting a classy interior, the restaurant was perfect for an intimate and cosy meal with an impressive fine dining menu that was most appropriate for a family gathering.

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My short trip to Bristol was rounded up nicely by waking up in my lovely hotel room with a beautiful view across the city towards Clifton Suspension Bridge. Unaware that the Bristol Balloon Fiesta coincided with my visit I was surprisingly greeted by this splendid sight when I opened my curtains…

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The facilities at the 4* Marriott Bristol City Centre were fantastic; never have I slept in a bed so comfortable. My stay at the Marriott has also developed my liking for a morning swim, Jacuzzi and sauna, all of which were a lovely addition to my break.

As a short break destination Bristol has so much to offer, whether you want to stay in the vibrant city or venture out to its beautiful country surroundings. I am already planning my return and Marriott Bristol City Centre is definitely on the cards!

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