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Here I am again, writing about Travel and City Guide-Why? Well, I love going on holiday, travelling by plane or train and staying at hotels. Well, my mum at the time worked in the Moathouse Cardiff. You may think that what has Moathouse Hotels got to do with Holiday Inn hotels. Well, the Holiday Inn Bristol along with a few others is a Moathouse associate and has shares with queens moat(owner of Moathouse and Moathouse associated HolidayInns along with other European hotesl). A lower rate was given as a result. This hotel is featured in both the Holiday Inn brochures and the Moathouse brochures. Don't get confused, there is another Holiday-Inn in Bristol-Filton with that name and is a Former Posthouse with(probably) the Posthouse look. This one is just Holiday Inn Bristol. I stayed in December 2000. It was a mix of a usual Moathouse aswell as Holiday Inns own products. LOCATION The location couldn't have been better(well!). It was down the road from Bristol Temple Meads Station although we took the car. It is on a street called Victoria street which is a pleasant street. It is near the centre of Bristol and we walked to the centre. PARKING The parking was underground. Yes, it is that kind of a car park, do not think it will be grand like the lobby. It is a normal concrete car-park. There is quite a lot of parking spaces and looking at the Moathouse Events brochure there is 150 spaces. When we got down there teh radio of the car had no signal. That's OK because it won't be long before you get out into the hotel. LOBBY You can access the lobby by a short flight of stairs or a lift from the underground car park and it takes you directly there. Or, you can enter by the doors at the front of the door. When we arrived at the lobby, it was very grand and luxurious looking. Creams gold and pleasant furnishings were all there with a sparkling floor. To be honest, the lobby looked very posh. Oppo site one side (the long side) of the desk was an area of ultra-enveloping sofas and armchairs with menus and tables. It was a very warm, bright but not in your face setting. Alternatively there was a lounge in the bar area which I will tell you about later. Check-in was quite quick and the staff were wearing Moathouse uniforms because of what I said earlier- an associate moathouse. They were also very friendly. To one side of the desk was a Moathouse WorkBase- a secretarial service with photocopying, faxing and more. The lobby is what I call classic- a mixture of modern and Art DEco/Traditional leaving a not modern-not traditional feel. LOUNGE, BAR AND RESTAURANT Opposite the side of the reception desk was the Jack Spires Lounge, Bar and Restaurant. The lounge is what you come firstly. Actually, it is the same as the lounge area opposite the long side of the reception desk with the same sofas, armchairs ect. They had huge lamps which is the same as the other lounge area. Although the lamps were large, they were subtle and were not anything to cause a headache. They just lit up the places neccessary. The sofas and armchairs were huge and they gave you a cuddle. It was very, very relaxing. As our stay was aroung Christmas eve they played Christmas carols and songs. The bar was next to the lounge and had drinks, tables and chairs. Well, actually this lounge was part of ten bar so we took the drinks to the more than comfortable sofas and armchairs and let ourselfs be luxuriated. The decor is classic- not modern, not traditional. Just a warm relaxing blend of navies, greys(nice greys mind!) and other colours. The restaurant was alright but not great. It was actually a fair dissapointment. We ate there in the evening and they had a normal menu and a 'Noble Nosh Up' which was Moathouses Kids menu brand(this hotel should just become a Moathouse). The prices wer the usual hotel level. The portions were rather small and it won' t be long before you are hungry again. Well, it wasn't untill we were. It is in a nice setting though. The same decor strikes you like in the lounge. The breakfast is absolutely spectacular though. An array of fresh pastries like bakers baps, muffins, danish pastries and juices, fruits, toasts or croissant and preserves are available at the buffet. Then the waiters/waitresses ask you if you want a Full Cooked breakfast and the buffet or you just want the buffet(Continental). They also ask you if you would like Tea or Coffee and they then cook it/make it for you. The moathouse near me (Moathouse Cardiff) has small portions while normal Holiday-Inns usually have good portions. The breakfast was great though! CORRIDORS Corridors are accessed by either stairs or lift. The corridors are again in what I call classic with wallpaper of white and a light creamy gold stripes. The corridors were quite wide. ROOMS The important factor of a hotel. The room was in the usual hotel layout- a wardrobe on one side, the bathroom on the other with a large area ahead with the main area. I think I will start at the bathroom. It was quite clean although bits of fluff were on the floor- anoying! It was clean in no-time though and the bathroom was then pleasant. White tiles were in the bathroom. On one side was a marble vanity unit with a built in sink. There was a larke mirror above this fixed to the wall. The toilet was directy ahead of the door as you came in to the bathroom. The bath and shower was opposite the sink. There was a towel rail which housed the free towels and they supplied toilet roll. The toiletries were not Holiday-Inn toiletries, and I bet you are thinking they were Moathouse and they were, although Moathouse toiletries are not their own- my mum worked in one and they had the same as this hotel- Dove and Lux. Thats right. Unfortuantely- I like taking freebies of a hotel home as you are allowed to but these were attached to the mirror above the sink and under the shower. Oh, well I can't get greedy. The cleaners replenished as they had a key- my mum worked there remember? The bathroom had two spotlight halogens above the sink and a larke built in flush light on the ceiling(that's what they call them). The lights came on at the same time and were operated outside the bathroom. The room itself was quite large. When you came out of the bathroom you are greeted by a wardrobe with doors and next to this is a unit with the Tea and Coffee making facilities with biscuits and hot chocolate aswell as the usual tea bags, coffee beans and kettle. In the main part of the room was the beds- we had 2 doubles and a single. They were very comfortable but had a bedpread which made them look nice but those awful blankets and sheets. Don't worry as I have heard that both Moathouse and Holiday Inn are upgrading there hotels to have duvets- I don't know if they are in all of them yet though. The beds had a headboard if you wanted to know that. The dressing table was opposite the bed and had drawer space and a mirror on the wall. Next to the dressing table was a cabinet with drawers and had a TV with all Terrestrial and Sky News, SkySports and Nickelodeon( I watched that!). They also had Pay Movies- expensive as usual! They had hairdryers, trouser press, armchairs and table along with a chair for the dressing table. The window was the usual one which opened about a few inches which is good so people don't go falling out of the window! They had curtains too(a silly bit of info I have given you isn't it. There was a full length mirror and a luggage rack. One dissapointment was that there was a bit of dist and cigarette ends behind the bedside table, although that was soon cleaned by my parents you should have everything spotless the moment you arrive. It was alright though. Lighting of the room was OK but could have been brighter. On walking in the room, there is a swich which operates the flush light built into the ceiling in the entrance area- it was bright there. This switch also operated two lamps built on the wall on both sides of the dressing table mirror. Each side of the double bed had it's own switch which operated it's own lamp above both sides of the double bed. Single beds have a lamp above the bed on the wall. All can be turned on seperately and the beds also had a switch which operated the main lights(dressing table and entrance). There was also a stand up lamp on the floor near the window by the armchairs. Lighting in all good places but not brilliant. There could have been a spotlight or some more but it was not bad. LEISURE FACILITIES The hotel had 'Body Club', Moathouses brand of gym and sauna area. Some Moathouses have 'Club Moatavation' with swimming pool, gym and most have sauna, stea room, spa and treatmant rooms. The leisure centre was on the top floor. It wasn't suited for me because under 16's or 18's aren't allowed to use the gym. This wasn't bad though. Normal Holiday Inns have either 'Spirit' or an individual name. MEETING AND EVENT There was a few conference suites dotted around on floors and there was 'WorkBse' a Moathouse Product of secretarial serices. HOW DO I KNOW THE INFO? I know the products because my mum worked in a moathouse and I have every brochure going. I love any excuse for getting away from it all and look at products and services. This hotel is on the Moathouse site and on the Holiday-Inn site. On the Holiday-Inn site, if you go on Accomodations when on info regarding Bristol Holiday-Inn. UPGRADES You can upgrade to an Executive room or suite with additional luxuries. Also, the upgrades are not Moathouses upgrade but Holiday-Ins brand. Moathouse upgrades are Crown Rooms and Holiday Inn are executive. OVERALL Well, I loved m y overnight stop on the day before Christmas Eve until Christmas Eve to visit friends and family at Gloucester. I loved relaxing in the room after it was dusted more(should have been fully dusted before though) and the lounge and bar. The restaurant was only good at breakfast although always tasty. You can go on RO rate- pay for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Or BB rate- Free Breakfast but have to pay for Lunch and Dinner. DBB gives you breakfast and dinner free but not lunch. All offer complimentary access to rooms(obviously) and Body Club. You are always entiteled to thr restauraunt but have to pay for what wasn't included in the rate. Hope this was very useful and hope you enjoy any Holiday-Inn or Moathouse! Thanks. If it is possible writing a comment or rating this would be well appreciated.
I recently planned an overnight stay in Bristol to visit Cribbs Causeway, the large out of town shopping centre. I originally planned to just stay in a Travellodge, but thought that I would flick through Teletext as a friend had told me there were some good offers on it. I did and too my surprise the Holiday Inn in Bristol had rooms going for £56 - that's for B&B for 2 people. That's less than a Travellodge once you pay for breakfast also. What is more the Holiday Inn is superb, a beautiful reception and lounge area. The rooms were large and spotlessly clean and breakfast was a large help yourself buffet, real fresh fruit salad(i.e. real cut pineapple not just out of a tin), loads of hot food choice, freshly squezzed juice ... needless to say I had seconds. The hotel itself is just 5 to 10 minutes walk from the centre and has ample car parking. So next time you go to Bristol check it out, especially if they have an offer on (your chances are good if you look on teletext and want to stay on a weekend, when there are no business people!). You great a great hotel (the best I've stayed in), great breakfast all for the price of a Travellodge! It even makes you feel posh!