It’s understandable wanting to find somewhere a bit cheaper to stay for your visit to Bristol as accommodation here can be very expensive. It doesn’t mean you need to scrimp on quality or value, though, you just need to find a few hidden gems that the city has to offer. Expectations may need to be set too. Don’t expect a presidential suite with a hostel budget and don’t be afraid to try out options you wouldn’t normally, such as staying in an Airbnb. Here’s a few of our top choices for cheap places to stay in Bristol.
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You really won’t be scrimping on style or amenities when you stay at Mollie’s Motel. Not only is it super modern with all the accommodating amenities you would expect and more, it was also designed by Soho House and has lots of free parking and even EV charging. Although it’s excellently located next to the M5 and yet despite it’s location, there is very little noise due to the superb sound insulation of the rooms. It’s close to the city centre but also not far from the rolling Gloucestershire countryside so you’re in a handy location for whatever takes your fancy that day. It’s 4.4 miles from Bristol Zoo and 5.7 miles from Cabot Circus.
If you’re arriving by train then Bristol Parkway Station is only 4.8 miles away and Bristol Temple Meads Stations is only 6.8 miles away. Its also very close to Cribbs Causeway Shopping Mall at only 1 mile away so the perfect place to rest after a full day of retail therapy. The motel’s on-site restaurant carries with the American theme with all-day brunch, American-style cuisine and even a heated terrace. Rooms here have the feel of Soho house for a fraction of the price. Think rainshowers, comfy beds and high-tech amenities. King-size beds, climate control, super-fast WiFi, Dyson hairdryers and GHD wands come as standard. As well as Hypnos mattresses, Cowshed toiletries, smart TV, an app-controlled TV and room key. I could go on forever, the amenities are so good. Talk about value for money!
This is another ultra-modern hotel in an excellent location but for a very affordable price. It’s just steps away from Bristol Temple Meads Station 450 yards from Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Bristol Zoo is also only 2.5 miles away. The hotel has its own fitness centre, free WiFi throughout as well as 24/7 snacks and drinks available and a 24-hour front desk. There is also a café which turns into a cocktail bar at night and a games zone. The rooms are just as cool, decorated in a contemporary design with high-tech features such as a 42-inch TV with Chromecast and USB hookup, open plan rooms, comfy beds and pillows and a foldable workspace with tons of USB charging points.
Each room has been thought out in terms of storage and so cabin luggage can easily fit underneath the bed. There is also sensory mood lighting which automatically switches off when you’re ready to sleep. Dog owners don’t have to miss out either as it’s a dog friendly hotel. The hotel offers a complimentary cocktail to each guest during check in and also offers a quiet library space, lots of workstations and tons of character in the form of its street art design throughout. If you’re looking for a high-quality hotel with tons of amenities in the centre of Bristol AND for a good price, you need to stay here!
Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre
If a more well-known hotel brand in the centre of Bristol is more up your alley, then this is a great choice. The rooms here are comfortable and designed in a contemporary style with all the amenities you would expect of a Hilton hotel such as complimentary WiFi, a flat-screen TV, USB power points and tea and coffee making facilities. There’s also a power shower and toiletries in the en suite and if you fancy getting some work done, an ergonomic work station in the room. Each room also comes with a free hot breakfast and a digital key, making it not only excellent value for money but modern as well. The hotel itself also has excellent facilities with an on-site gym, bar and a 24-hour reception desk. It’s also in a great location, being in the heart of Bristol city centre. For transport links, it’s only a 5 minute walk from Bristol Coach Station, 8.7 miles from Bristol International Airport and just a 20 minute from Bristol Temple Meads Train Station. As it’s located in the centre of Bristol, it’s close to lots of bars, restaurants and attractions
Cabot Circus and the Showcase Cinema are across the road and less than a 3-minute walk. The Harbourside area of Bristol with the many bars and restaurants is just a 17-minute walk too and on the way, why not check out the famous St Nicholas Market, too? If you’re looking for fun things to do, it’s just a 10 minute drive to Clifton Suspension Bridge and the historic area of Bristol, Clifton which is well-known for Georgian style buildings, which the architecture lovers will appreciate. Aside from that, the SS Great Bristain, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Bristol’s street art and brewery tours are all within walking distance.
Airbnb – Luxury Urban Shepherd’s Hut
Another great way to save and also stay in beautiful accommodation is through booking an Airbnb. There are so many options to choose from in Bristol from stunning Georgian style houses to staying in a tiny house. One option here is a beautiful Shepherd’s Hut located in South Bristol in the area of Totterdown, a trendy and creative neighbourhood. In Totterdown there are lots of bars and restaurants within walking distance of the accommodation. It also has some great views over Bristol and Clifton Suspension Bridge and there’s some park spaces nearby if you’re walking a good walk and some fresh air. Not only is this Airbnb beautiful it’s also got great amenities such as a wood burner and underfloor heating, perfect for staying cosy on a winter’s night.
There’s even a skylight so you can stargaze from bed. It also comes with a well-equipped kitchen and a private bathroom. If you’re driving, it’s only a 9-minute drive to Cabot Circus and the city centre and there’s also even free on-street parking. If you fancy taking public transport instead then your luck as it’s perfectly situated for it. There’s a bus stop at the end of the road with multiple bus routes into the city and it’s only a 15 minute to Bristol Temple Meads Train Station. Alternatively, if you fancy a walk, it’s only a 20-to-30-minute walk into the city centre. If you’re looking for a cosy and comfortable stay in Bristol that’s a haven from the bustle of the city but in walking distance to the attractions, then this really is a perfect place to stay. At a great price too!
Rock n Bowl
If somewhere affordable is the most important factor for your search, then why not consider a hostel? Rock n Bowl isn’t any old hostel either. There’s a bowling alley and pizza restaurant on-site downstairs as well as a bar and it’s in a great part of Bristol. There’s free WiFi, a garden and the hostel even puts on live music events too. Guests at Rock n Bowl get discounts of bowling alley, bar and the pizza restaurant too. If you’re planning on venturing out of the hostel, then it’s the perfect location to do so. The independent shops of the well-known St Nicholas Market are only a 5-minute walk away as well as the Galleries Shopping Centre.
The Harbourside area of Bristol with its many bars and restaurants is only a 7-minute walk away and Cabot Circus is less than a 10-minute walk. If you’re interested in visiting Clifton with its Georgian architecture or Clifton Suspension Bridge, then it’s just a 15 minute drive. The Banksy district is only a 15-minute walk away as well as the O2 Academy, Bristol Museum and Bristol Aquarium. It’s also conveniently located less than a 20-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads Train Station and if you’re travelling by coach, it’s even better at only a 4-minute walk from Bristol Coach Station. If you’re flying in then it’s only a 25-minute drive to the airport, too. If affordable accommodation is the most important factor for you, but you won’t want to scrimp on facilities or location then this is a fantastic option for your stay in Bristol.