Number Thirty Eight
- Style Elegant Georgian townhouse
- Setting Clifton cliffside
Picturesquely set on the edge of the Clifton Downs park in Bristol, Number Thirty Eight hotel's stately Georgian exterior belies its sultry, stylish interiors and cool, contemporary art. A plant-dotted rooftop terrace looks out over the city, the common rooms are perfect for lounging in overstuffed leather chairs beside the fireplace and its breakfasts are renowned as among the best in Bristol.
Need to know
- Rooms 10.
- Rates Double rooms from $170.20 (£104), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates usually include full English breakfast.
- Facilities Terrace, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; Roberts digital radio; a minibar; free tea, coffee and cookies; and REN toiletries.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible. Earliest check-in, 3pm (check-in after 8pm can be arranged with notice).
Children Over 12s only.
- Also As in many historic hotels, sound travels between floors: wearing heavy shoes in your room won’t endear you to your fellow guests.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The West Loft Suite is the star at Number Thirty Eight, with its dark teal walls and a soak-worthy copper-toned bathtub for two (there’s also a powerful shower neatly tucked away in what at first glance appears to be a second wardrobe). The suite stretches the length of the townhouse, with views of Clifton Downs on one side and the multi-coloured city rooftops stretching into the distance on the other. The East Loft Suite has the same spacious layout and a more neutral palette.
- Packing tips Your camera. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer Brunel or Banksy: Bristol’s got plenty to photograph, and Number Thirty Eight’s ideally situated for exploring the city. There’s plenty to shoot in the hotel, too, from the choice antiques in the reception rooms to the modern art dotted around.
Food and drink at Number Thirty Eight
- Hotel restaurant None. Breakfast – Continental and full English, both made with the freshest local ingredients – is served in two elegant and airy reception lounges (or in the larger bedrooms).
- Dress code Bristol’s a laid-back city, even in elegantly renovated merchant’s townhouses. Wear your best jeans and you’ll fit right in.
- Top table In summer, sip cocktails on the outdoor terrace, overlooking the rooftops of Clifton. When it’s colder, take afternoon tea in one of the two reception rooms.
- Last orders Breakfast is served 7.30am–9.30am on weekdays and 8am–10am at weekends; enjoy afternoon tea until 8pm.
- Room service Room service is available 8am–8pm; dine on a traditional cream tea and sip tea and coffee, soft drinks or cocktails.
- Hotel bar The hotel doesn’t have a bar as such but guests are given an invitation to the very cool speakeasy-style Hausbar a few doors down.