By Katie Wilson
Acclaimed boutique hotel chain, Artist Residence, is opening a new hotel in Bristol – and here’s a sneak peek inside.
Set in a Grade I listed old boot factory, this is the fifth hotel offering from young British hoteliers Justin and Charlotte Salisbury.
The couple already own hotels in London, Brighton, Oxfordshire and Penzance in Cornwall, but Artist Residence Bristol – set to open its doors in summer 2021 – is their most ambitious project yet.
The stunning building, which is part boot factory, part Georgian townhouse, was on the ‘at risk’ register when Justin and Charlotte first ‘stumbled across it’ in 2015.
Five years on, it’s been lovingly restored to its former glory in quirky Artist Residence style.
Original features such as beams and Georgian coving remain, but each of the 23 bedrooms have been brought bang up to date with ‘eclectic luxury’ in mind.
Expect freestanding baths, drinks trollies, Nespresso machines and mini fridges stocked with artisan goodies.
In addition to ‘regular’ rooms, though all are pretty impressive, Artist Residence Bristol has two suites.
There is also The Lookout, which is set over two floors, with a private terrace overlooking the surrounding rooftops of historic Portland Square.
Describing itself as a ‘buzzing neighbourhood hangout’, the hotel also houses a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, event space and terrace garden.
When it comes the food, it’s easy-going, with all day menus featuring hearty dishes from healthy grain bowls to proper sandwiches, and grilled meat and fish in the evenings, all locally sourced where possible.
To drink, there is a selection of classic Club and signature House cocktails, as well as beer from local Bristol breweries. While coffee is locally sourced from Extract Coffee Roasters down the road.
The exact opening date of the hotel is still to be confirmed, but if you’re planning a weekend in Bristol, Artist Residence should be top of your list.
Rooms start from £120 a night and an ‘a la carte’ breakfast is available for approximately £15pp
Photos courtesy of Artist Residence