Finding Pet Friendly Hotels in Bristol

Bristol is a vibrant city in south west England. At one time the city was an extremely busy seaport and although the area is still extremely prosperous the main industries are financial services, hi tech related business and retail. The arts, music and film are also strong in Bristol and the large number of students help create a lively nightlife and altogether the city proves an excellent place to take a variety of vacations. In the following article I list a handful of hotels which allow pets, finding pet friendly hotels in Bristol is actually incredibly difficult.

Bristol has a multitude of hotels, guest houses and other accommodation but attempting to find hotels which could be described as “pet friendly” proved immensely difficult with only one hotel allowing pets within a couple of minutes of the very centre and the others listed below are up to a mile and a half away. As I worked through the hotels I was, at first, concerned that I would only find one or two so, in the end, I was surprised to find seven which mentioned “pets allowed” but then pleased to notice that only two mention charges. It was while creating this list of pet friendly hotels in Bristol that I realised how frustrating it must be for people who travel with their pets often and I hope this list will, therefore prove very useful to those folk. If you have arrived here looking for similar hotels elsewhere in the UK then please take a look at my other articles as I plan to do this for as many UK cities as possible.

The list below has those pet friendly Bristol hotels closest to the city centre appearing first.

Novotel Bristol Centre
The 4 star Novotel is just under a third of a mile from the very centre of the city on Victoria Street close to the ICC, NIA and the Bullring Shopping Centre. As well as having 148 rooms the hotel also has a fitness centre including a sauna and a Jacuzzi. This is the most central hotel in which pets are allowed but extra charges may be applicable.

Express by Holiday Inn
The 3 star Express by Holiday Inn is about half a mile, a couple of minutes walk, from the exact centre opposite Bristol Temple Meads rail station. I noticed that in their advertising they state that the SS Great Britain is now situated in Great Western Dockyard but I remember seeing it when I first visited Bristol at the end of the 1970s/early 1980s, although, at that time, it wast merely a rusty hull. 96 rooms.

Berkeley Square Classic Hotel
The 4 star Berkeley Square is almost three quarters of a mile away from the exact centre of the city, in the Clifton area. This unique and exclusive hotel has a total of 42 rooms and it is sometimes possible to pick up a last minute bargain.

The Clifton Hotel
The 2 star Clifton is within walking distance of Bristol’s famous suspension bridge but being roughly a mile from the exact city centre it can also be said to be just within walking distance. This hotel has 59 rooms in a converted Neo-Classical house which retains many of the 19th century features.

The Washington Hotel
The 3 star Washington is also about a mile from the city centre in the area of Clifton. Although this is classed as a budget hotel it has excellent services and is more luxurious than one would expect for the price charged. 46 rooms.

The Rodney Hotel
The 3 star Rodney is another pet friendly hotel situated in Clifton, a great area for walking dogs, just over a mile from the very centre of the city. Described as one of Bristol’s most elegant establishments this 31 room hotel offers a wealth of facilities and services more often seen in 4 star accommodation.

Arnos Manor Hotel Bristol
The 3 star Arnos Manor is about a mile and a half from the very centre of the city which means it is still highly accessible. Sadly this is one of only two pet friendly hotels in Bristol which mention that an extra charge may be applicable if you have a pet in your room. This is another hotel which appears much more than a mere 3 star establishment, featuring 73 rooms, some of which are en suite and have whirlpool baths, in Georgian Gothic buildings set in landscaped gardens.