Thursday 26 May 2022

8 alternative places to stay in Bristol

From glamping on a roof to sleeping in a Hobbit hole, SoBristol looks at some of the quirkiest local spots bursting with character in 8 alternative places to stay in Bristol.

Whether you want a quirky minibreak, are looking for a romantic getaway or simply want to experience the city in another light, check out some of Bristol’s quirkiest accommodation options, in SoBristol’s 8 alternative places to stay.

1. The Lodge

The Lodge

Enjoy having Bristol Zoo all to yourself by booking a night at its new luxury accommodation, The Lodge, offering guests a secluded safari lodge, with a host of exotic animals just outside the window.

Boasting exclusive access to the zoo after hours, a behind-the-scenes experience, a private chef, dining on the balcony, and the chance to eat breakfast with the gorillas, this promises to give guests a slice of the exotic right here in the city.

2. The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

Just a five-minute stroll from the Harbourside, The Greenhouse is an award-winning bed and breakfast, which strives for sustainability, using everything from solar powered electricity and LED lighting, to recycled bottles for carpets and a range of local and organic breakfast foods.

The Greenhouse offers a selection of spacious and contemporary rooms, with Fairtrade, natural bedding, towels and toiletries, as well free Wi-Fi, car-parking spots and bicycle storage.

3. 9 Prince’s Building

Prince's Building

Dubbed ‘Clifton’s Hidden Secret’, Number 9 Prince’s Building is a Georgian grade II listed house, boasting stunning original features as well as plenty of personal touches from owners, Simon and Joanna, who have lived in the family home for over 30 years.

Guests can choose from a selection of bedrooms to stay in, each with their own bathroom, television and refreshments, while breakfast is served in the elegant dining room, with a selection spanning locally sourced full English to vegetarian and gluten free.

4. The Boutique Art House

Boutique Art B and B

Said to be an extraordinary guest house with a twist of magic, The Boutique Art House was originally a gallery, which grew to become a bed and breakfast, packed with unique artwork and offering a programme of retreats, studio and gallery events, as well as talks.

From boutique retreats at its nearby farm where guests can step back in time and weekends away to release your inner child, to grand double bedrooms with a bottle of Champagne, The Boutique Art House caters for all, offering guests the chance to escape, relax and breathe.

5. YHA Bristol


A backpacker’s paradise, YHA Bristol makes a perfect base for those looking to explore the city, with up to 133 beds in a selection of dorm rooms, private rooms and en-suite rooms.

With a stylishly restored reception area, guests can enjoy a library, games room, computer access, food and drink, and more, with Bristol’s cultural base of theatres, museums, art galleries, thriving live music and club scene right on its doorstep.

6. Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

Brooks Guesthouse

While Brooks Guesthouse offers a selection of king-sized boutique bedrooms, its main attraction is its Retro Rockets; a selection of 16 to 20-foot-long caravans on the roof of the building.

The stylish caravan’s feature double beds, seating area, flat screen televisions and in-built DVD player, full length mirrors, bathrooms and more, with the rooftop location boasting one of the most stunning views in Bristol.

7. The Hollows

The Hollows

For parties of up to 15, guests can hire this lavish barn in the beautiful countryside, with stunning interiors, games room, outdoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and gym. What’s more, it comes with a gorgeous garden with hammocks and lounge space, making It a stunning summer holiday option.

Plus, with just a 10-minute drive from the heart of Bristol, The Hollows makes the perfect getaway for combining a relaxing rural break with a fast-paced city visit.

8. The Hobbit Hole

The Hobbit Hole

Prefect for couples who want a little peace and quiet or families looking to escape, The Hobbit Hole offers a totally unique glamping experience in the grounds of West Tyning B&B, set in a peaceful location to the east of the city.

Looking like something straight out of a Tolkien novel, the Hobbit Hole boasts plenty of home comforts, with beautifully furnished rooms, electric sockets, toilets and showers, while offering an enchanted hideaway in a countryside setting.

By Alice Lloyd

© SoBristol
Friday 26 February 2016

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