Plan Your Hen at The Bristol Harbour Hotel
Bristol Harbour Hotel is an all-in-one destination for hen parties, weddings and minimoons. Becci Clubb reviews everything it has to offer.
Located right in the heart of Bristol City, Bristol Harbour Hotel has the perfect positioning for a city break, hen party, or wedding day. We were lucky enough to visit the hotel and explore Bristol, which was recently named the fourth most inspiring city in the world.
Within walking distance from Bristol Temple Meads Train Station, we decided to stroll to the Bristol Harbour Hotel, crossing the River Avon and passing a selection of cafés, shops and restaurants on the way. There are a great many things to do in Bristol, a city of diverse culture, from hitting the shops to watching a show at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, making it the perfect location for a weekend away or a central location for a hen party.
The 19th-century, Grade II listed property, with its elegant frontage, was a formerly two banks. Inside the building, some of the vaults have been preserved, while others have been transformed into an underground city spa. Sitting proudly in the middle of Bristol’s historic Corn Street, Bristol Harbour Hotel perfectly pairs historic architecture with contemporary interiors.
Each of the 42 rooms in the hotel is individually decorated and beautifully appointed with modern furnishings in an urban theme. Our room featured a free-standing bathtub in front of a bay window looking out over St Nicholas Market and the street below and a quirky chaise lounge. Enjoy a glass of tipple before you head for dinner – the hotel provides decanters of gin and sherry in each of the rooms. When you return to rest your head, the pillows are perfectly plumped for a comfortable night’s sleep.
The city hotel’s restaurant, Harbour Kitchen, serves delicious dishes from breakfast through to evening dinner. The atmosphere is vibrant and you can dine on British classics and seafood favourites while soaking up the city vibes in a stylish setting. Atmospheric and charismatic, The Gold Bar opens at 7pm and is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or two. The Bank Manager's office in a former life, The Gold Bar has cosy corners and opulent décor with a nod towards a speak-easy theme. The bar comes to life at the weekend, with a live DJ pulling guests in.
During our Bristol city break, we enjoyed afternoon tea at the hotel. Served on a huge, glass, tiered stand, we feasted on finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with cream and jam, and a selection of sweet treats. Close to cocktail bars and lively nightlife, and with its grand appearance, the hotel is the perfect location for an afternoon tea hen party in the city, before heading to the bars later in the evening.
The hotel’s HarSPA, located underground in the former bank vaults, is another draw for arranging a hen party in Bristol. Unwind from the stresses of wedding planning and relax in the pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. For the ultimate spa hen party pampering book a treatment with one of the expert therapists and leave the spa feeling revitalised and refreshed.
If you are looking for a unique wedding venue steeped in history and with a unique edge, Bristol Harbour Hotel will fit the bill. With exceptionally restored features, this city wedding venue is a hidden gem. From the street, you would never expect to find the opulent Sansorino Hall behind the walls of the Bristol Harbour Hotel. A unique wedding space, the hall used to be a grand banking hall. Boasting elegant columns, distinct masonry work and a glass-domed ceiling the impressive space can host up to 300 guests on your wedding day. If you are looking for a city wedding venue for a more intimate wedding ceremony, The Vaults hidden within the hotel make for another unique wedding space.
An all-rounder for hen parties, city breaks and chic city weddings, after a visit to Bristol Harbour Hotel, you will be head over heels for this vibrant city.
To find out more and book your event, visit harbourhotels.co.uk/bristol
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