Where to Find Cheap Accommodation in Bristol
Although Bristol can be expensive it doesn’t mean you can’t find yourself a bargain when you come to visit. Think outside the box with tiny homes, backpacker hostels or even a motel. Here is a few of our favourite accommodation choices to choose from for budget-friendly visitors to Bristol.
Is where you’re staying only ever a place to change, shower and sleep? Or perhaps you’re a solo traveller or party reveller, wanting to meet likeminded people and stay up all night. We’ve put together a list of excellent hostels here to make sure you get a great price on accommodation when you visit Bristol.
Full Moon Backpackers Hostel
Reflecting the social consciousness that’s at the heart of Bristol’s culture, this hostel is eco-friendly and located in the cultural district of Stokes Croft. It’s also just 400 metres from Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and 1 minute from the city centre so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a hostel with a central location. This hostel isn’t for the party averse, however, as it has a bar with a DJ playing every Thursday as well as live events on weekends. But if you’re looking for a sociable and fun hostel and don’t mind loud music until the early hours then this is a great option for you
Towed Town Camping
Not many people can say they stayed in a caravan in the middle of Bristol or stay in a caravan-themed hostel. At this hostel, everyone has their own caravan with a quirky design and a private bathroom. Not only is the design of this hostel uber cool but it has the added bonus of free WiFi, and a bar as well as only a 10-minute walk to Bristol Temple Meads Station.
Rock n Bowl
There aren’t many hostels that can boast of an on-site bowling alley, bar and pizza place. It’s also excellently located with The Galleries Shopping Centre and St Nicholas Market being just a 5-minute walk away. Bristol Museum, the Banksy district and the 02 Academy are also within a 15 minutes’ walk.
Harbourside Hostel Bristol
The Harbourside Hostel is in the heart of Bristol city centre, just minutes from the Harbourside area of Bristol. The hostel itself is in a Grade II listed building which has its own restaurant next door serving authentic Indian food. It’s also close to Bristol Temple Meads train station and only 1.7 miles from Clifton Suspension Bridge. If you’re looking for cheap accommodation in an excellent location in Bristol, you need to consider staying here.
This hostel isn’t short of culture or history, as its next to the Arnolfini Gallery and the hostel itself being in a historical building. This hostel features a guest lounge with a TV and WiFi access as well as a café. The YHA Bristol is only 1 mile from Bristol Temple Meads and just a 15-minute walk from Cabot Circus. Clifton Suspension Bridge is also only a 25-minute walk away.
Perhaps the party scene isn’t your thing anymore and you don’t fancy listening to partygoers walking in at all hours of the night. This doesn’t mean you can’t find a great deal at a budget hotel. There are numerous budget hotels in Bristol, all in different areas and offering something different. All offer a great room and a location at a good price. Here’s a selection of budget hotels for wherever you’re staying.
Mollie’s Motel & Diner Bristol
Staying in budget accommodation doesn’t mean you need to scrimp on style and amenities, especially not here. The motel was decorated by Soho House in a contemporary design with a hint of retro American style, a nod to it being a motel. The rooms don’t lack in facilities either, with high-quality mattresses, Dyson hairdryers and GHD wands as standard. Tech lovers will appreciate the room key, TV remote and room service all being accessed through their app too.
This cool hotel is located close to Bristol Temple Meads station as well as the Montpellier district of Bristol. This is another high-tech hotel with super-fast WiFi, USB charging points and Chromecast TVs in every room. It also has its own on-site coffee bar turned cocktail bar at night for 24/7 access to drinks and snacks. All of this in a central location and at a great price. It almost feels too good to be true.
Hampton by Hilton – breakfast included
If you’re looking for a budget hotel in a central location and from a brand you can trust, then you should consider this hotel. It’s just a 5-minute walk to Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and a mile from Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the aquarium. This hotel has something none of the other options offers as well and that’s a free hot breakfast to set you up for a full day exploring the city. All rooms also come with a TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi. You won’t get much better facilities or location for the price than this hotel.
Ibis Bristol Centre
This is a great option if you’re looking for a budget hotel in the Harbourside area. It’s also excellently located at just a 5-minute walk to the Hippodrome theatre and a 15-minute walk to Cabot Circus and Broadmead shopping centres. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities.
The Clifton Hotel Bristol
This hotel is located in a historic Grade II listed building. All rooms here have come with free WiFi, a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Aside from being close to the classy bars and restaurants of Clifton, it also is only a 15-minute walk from Clifton Suspension Bridge. It also has its own bar and restaurant, Racks Bar and Kitchen which also has a heated terrace.
If neither a hotel nor a hostel is your cup of tea, then you’ll love the home away from home feel of an Airbnb. There are lots of hidden gems to find on the site, especially newer listings with fewer reviews. It can often end up a lot cheaper than a hotel, but with all the benefits of a great location and amenities such as your own kitchen and living room.
Tiny Home in Fishponds
This tiny home is located in the Victorian area of Bristol, Fishponds. It has excellent transport links with a bus stop just a 2-minute walk away. This area has lots of green spaces and it’s just a 1-minute walk away from the Bristol to Bath cycle path. Although this place is compact, it has everything you need with thermostatic central heating, a kitchen, a lounge area with TV and lots of storage.
Downs View Loft
This loft is located in an Edwardian home and has an industrial vibe to it. It has a well-equipped kitchen, living room, TV and fast WiFi with a mezzanine sleeping area. This Airbnb has excellent transport links with just a 5-minute walk to the nearest bus stop. From here you can reach Clifton, the city centre or the Mall Shopping Centre.
Centrally Located Flat in a Grade II Listed Building
This flat is located in a Grade II listed building known as the Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne. This building was originally a church which was then turned into flats. As a result, it has a beautiful courtyard set in the middle of the property. The history of the flat can be seen in its high ceilings and period features. Aside from its interesting history, it’s also excellently located between the Clifton Triangle and Cabot Circus. If you’re looking for a property which a bit of character, located in the centre of Bristol and all for a great price, look no further than here.
Studio Flat in Picturesque Clifton Village
If you’re looking for budget accommodation in the high-class, historic area of Clifton then you should definitely consider this one. You won’t get the facilities of this Airbnb, in a beautiful historic building and excellent location in any hotel in Clifton. It’s also located close to Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo is only a 10-minute walk away.
Tiny Home with a Log Burner
If you’ve never stayed in a tiny home before, you’re missing out. Especially when this one has its very own pellet stove. This tiny home is located in a converted garage and is decorated with vintage furniture. Not only is this Airbnb inviting and cosy, but it’s also got excellent transport links with bus stops very close to the property.
So there you have it, there’s so many different options for budget-friendly accommodation in Bristol from an American style motel to a tiny home. And now you’ve found yourself a great deal on accommodation, why not find out about the top 10 best things to do in Bristol for free?