For better or worse, Bristol is a city on the rise. Visitor numbers are high, and the city’s reputation across the UK and beyond is perhaps stronger than ever. With accommodation in demand among visitors from outside Bristol and overseas, hotels must work hard to stand out from the crowd and boost their bookings.
One hotel really embracing the challenge is the Bristol Grand, a Mercure property set on Broad Street within easy reach of the harbour, the old town and the bright lights of the city centre. As part of recent top-to-bottom renovations the owners approached the organisers of Upfest — Bristol’s famous annual street art festival — to help enlist the skills of local artists, and the results are superb.
The feature piece is by the exceptionally talented Gemma Compton — who many will know for the evocative nature scenes she’s painted for the Upfest building, the Tobacco Factory brewhouse and the Cargo 1 development. Her work takes pride of place in the foyer, offering a valuable introduction into Bristol’s vibrant art scene for the hotel’s guests. Gemma isn’t the only artist showcased within the walls of the Bristol Grand — others include CopyRight, whose vibrant and diverse work adorns a number of the bedroom walls.
Elsewhere in the hotel, visitors and guests enjoy the bee-themed Keeper’s Bar and Kitchen — which serves up a stellar selection of cocktails (many of them honey-infused, using honey from the rooftop hive). The menu offers a diverse range of dishes with the focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, making the Keeper’s a worthwhile stop for residents and out-of-towners alike.