1/10 Radisson Blu Hotel
Book into the impressive 18-storey Radisson Blu hotel, and you’ll enjoy a fabulous view of Bristol’s habour. Less than 10 minutes away is the Bristol City Football Club, where families can watch a game or take a tour of the stadium. Children under seven stay free of charge and those aged 7-14 get half price breakfast.
The Radisson Blu’s (Ice) Skate and Stay package includes skating for two adults at Millenium Square in addition to a one night stay in the hotel. The deal is available for Friday night stays only, while the Millenium Square ice rink is open. Parents can take advantage of the package, and then buy skating tickets for the kids for £5.50 each, when you book online through At-Bristol.
Throughout the year, save up to 20% on your stay by booking directly through the hotel up to 28 days before your stay.
Price: The (Ice) Skate and Stay package is £117 while the Maisonette Suite, a two storey suite with a view of the city and breakfast included, costs £240 for a family of four.
Find out more: radissonblu.co.uk
The 4-star Novotel Bristol Centre provides a great base for exploring the city. The rooms are modern and comfortable, and the hotel features a fitness suite with sauna and steam room.
The best news about Novotels is that kids stay for free. Up to two children under the age of 16 can stay in their parent or grandparent’s room and have the buffet breakfast for free.
Children are well catered for with the hotel’s balanced kids’ meals, play area and even a special personalised gift for little ones on arrival. Plus, if you need more space for your family you can book a second room for your children at half the price of your own room.
Price: Rooms from £69 a night
Find out more: novotel.com/gb
3/10 Thistle Bristol
The Thistle Bristol welcomes your family with the Family & Fun package, which includes breakfast, 50% off all children’s meals and access to the pools.
If your family won’t squeeze into one room, the Family & Fun package also allows you 50% off any additional rooms. The hotel also offers regular discounts on meals, and complimentary use of the Otium Health and Leisure Club where the whole family can get stuck into group exercise classes.
Price: Prices start at £69 per room.
Find out more: thistle.com/hotels
4/10 Marriott Hotel City Centre
Bristol is home to two of Marriott’s reliable hotels, both of which provide a great base for exploring the city.
Their Hotel City Centre has everything a family needs to feel at home and have fun. Rooms boast large beds, ensuites, comfy sofas and TVs, and the hotel offers generous complimentary breakfasts.
But even with the best facilities, add kids to a hotel room and it soon starts to feel cramped. Happily, the Marriott offers families access to the Executive Lounge, a space that invites you to spread out, relax, and on a warm day, eat on the terrace. Don’t forget to exercise your free access to the leisure club and relax in the spa, indoor pool and whirlpool.
The Bristol Attraction Family Package is well worth investing in, as you’ll get free tickets to the Bristol Aquarium, the facsinating science centre At-Bristol, Bristol Zoo or the Roman Baths (the choice is yours), in addition to free breakfast and access to the leisure club.
Price: The Bristol Attraction Family Package starts at £141. During school holidays, a standard double room with a view of the city costs around £124, not including the 15% discount the Marriott offers for winter stays.
Find out more: marriott.co.uk
5/10 Avon Gorge Hotel
Your children and their furry friends will find a warm welcome at Bristol’s Avon Gorge Hotel. Children under 12 stay and eat for free and you’ll find the hotel very accommodating to pets. Conveniently, family rooms also allow space for an extra bed or cot.
The Avon Gorge’s family packages includes a free family pass to the Bristol Zoo or the At-Bristol science centre. A two-day sightseeing bus tour can be easily added when you book online, for minimal extra cost.
With the hotel’s popular Brunel Package, you’ll spend two nights in a room with a view over Clifton Village or the Avon Gorge. You’ll also enjoy complimentary breakfasts, one complimentary dinner, and tours of the ss Great Britain and the Suspension Bridge.
If you’re travelling to Bristol at Christmas, the Avon Gorge is known for its hearty Christmas lunch and dinner.
Price: Prices for Avon Gorge’s family package, including a family pass to the zoo or science centre, start at £149 with the option to add on a bus tour for £13 per person. The Brunel Package costs £150 per person.
Find out more: theavongorge.com
6/10 Arnos Manor
Shiny modern hotels not your thing? Step forward Arnos Manor. This Georgian Gothic style manor house offers a special retreat from the nearby city, and also has plenty to keep families entertained.
Book the Wild Weekend Package for a night’s stay, breakfast, lunch, and four tickets to the Bristol Zoo – just a short drive away – where you’ll explore nine animal houses, hundreds of species and expansive gardens. For a festive deal, snap up one of the hotel’s Christmas or New Year packages, and choose from either weekend or week-long offers.
Price: Standard double rooms start at £65 for one night, while the larger and fancier four-poster rooms start at £85 for one night.
7/10 Holiday Inn
With children under 18 staying for free and kids under three eating for free, the Holiday Inn in Bristol city centre is something of a no-brainer for families. With an outdoor play area, indoor pool and fishing at an on-site lake, family entertainment is also high on the agenda.
Special meal times for kids at the hotel restaurant mean no judgemental stares from people who don’t like the company of children during dinner. And after running around town, a night in with the Family Movie Break package is a great option. The package includes breakfast, a three course dinner, a film and popcorn.
Price: The Family Movie Breakpackage applies to family rooms and costs approximately £115 and is based on the check in and check out dates. Standard rooms start at £61.50 per night.
Find out more: holidayinn.com
8/10 The Rodney
With 31 individually decorated guestrooms, The Rodney is the perfect choice if you and your family want to feel at home in your hotel. As well as a warm welcome – which extends to cats and dogs – you’ll find an impressive selection of discounts on family-friendly activities.
The Rodney’s special Theatre Package includes a night’s accommodation, breakfast and entry to the Bristol Hippodrome, where past acts have included Les Misérables and Cats – as well as tickets to a show of your choice. If you’re travelling with outdoor-loving teenagers, don’t miss the Max Events Adventure Day package that includes off-roading, paintballing, archery and clay pigeon shooting.
After busy days out, you’ll find plenty of opportunites for relaxing at the Rodney, where every room features a DVD player and 19-inch LCD TV with digital programming.
Price: The Rodney’s Theatre Package costs £52 per person and the Max Events Adventure Day costs £72 each.
Find out more: cliftonhotels.com/bristol
9/10 Winford Manor
If you choose to fly in or out of Bristol, you’ll appreciate Winford Manor‘s close proximity to Bristol International Airport. Special meal times for children spell the end of a stressful search for a family-friendly restaurant.
The Winford’s large floor plans ensure the family can stay in the same suite without feeling too crowded. It may be close to the airport, but the hotel is surrounded by beautiful countryside on all sides, and the grounds feature a charming duck pond as well exquisitely maintained park land to explore.
Not too far from the hotel and city of Bristol is the Grand Pier Weston-Super-Mare, an indoor theme park that is great fun whatever the weather.
Price: Rooms suitable for families start at £100 per night.
Find out more: winfordmanor.co.uk
10/10 Aztec Hotel and Spa
The Aztec Hotel and Spa has plenty to tempt families, with opportunities for dining outside on the terrace and spalshing around in the hotel’s luxurious indoor pool. The hotel also offers suites with comfy lounge areas, perfect for kids to sprawl out infront of the TV.
The hotel offers a true taste of the South West, with seasonal dishes served up daily in its award-winning restaurant. All guests receive complimentary spa membership on arrival, so you are free to swim, steam, sauna or workout to your heart’s content.
In the winter, the Aztec’s Winter Wishes package includes a three-course meal and free accommodation for children.
Price: Family rooms start at £425.
Find out more? shirehotels.co.uk/our-hotels/aztec