Last week, some fellow bloggers and I went down to the new Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel to celebrate it’s relaunch. We were invited to try some food off the new menu and were given a tour of the hotel. It was such a lovely evening, and they have created a hotel and dining experience that deserves to be talked about. And that is exactly what I intend to do.
For me, the real excitement of the evening came from the interior decor; it was a thing of absolute dreams. I actually left my food (I KNOW, absolute madness) at certain points when I spotted a new detail that I needed to photograph. I think the pictures speak for themselves, but I fell so deeply in love with it that I can’t just leave it at that. My favourite area was the lounge, located just to the left of the main entrance. With different colours and textures splashed around the bright and open room, framed by beautiful floor to ceiling windows, on paper it could almost seem too much. But it wasn’t. The clashes of colour marry beautifully, and have been picked out in such a way that the collection of colours is almost subtle.
This attention to detail continued through the whole hotel. The guys at Mercure were keen to celebrate the location in every element of the hotel design, so the beauty of the city you are staying in doesn’t get lost in generic hotel wallpaper and carpets. This was apparent in the amazing collection of local artwork displayed all around the hotel; they worked with artists from Bristol street art festival, Upfest, showcasing their work. I really loved this element of the hotel. I have fallen in love with Bristol over the past two years, and have discovered so many amazing things that deserve to be championed: Mercure does just that. When staying in and exploring a city, I look for every opportunity to experience the city’s culture. From the place you buy your coffee right down to the place you sleep, the more you can see the better. With the Mercure Grand Hotel, the vibrance of the city is evident in every room of the hotel, making it the ideal backdrop for a visit to Bristol.
For my Bristol based followers who are reading this and thinking ‘this is great Grace, but I already have a place to stay here…’, GOOD NEWS: The Mercure also houses a beautiful restaurant/bar called Keepers. With a strong theme centred around the fact that they are soon to be housing bees on the roof, the interior in this part of the hotel is of the same high standard as the rest. It is made up of a mix of intimate tables in cosy corners for a romantic evening or a quiet catch-up, as well as larger tables in the busier part of the restaurant for those who want to be in the thick of it. Again, the attention to detail really makes this part of the hotel special. With a mix of different chairs and tables, as well as gorgeous details such as a vintage type-writer, this restaurant really competes with other local gems in terms of style.
And now on to the part I know you have all been waiting for… the food! As a vegetarian, the menu catered really well to my needs. The highlight for me was the Mushroom Pappardelle, with courgette, walnut, tarragon and stilton, with other favourites being the Antipasti Board (featuring my true loves of feta and hummus amongst other veggie delights) and of course, the cocktails. With all of the usual suspects, the bar staff at Keepers also have a range of delicious cocktails that they make using the honey from their own bees. I think this is such a nice touch, and really the cherry on the cake for what is a great new addition to Bristol’s already rich collection of drinking establishments. Definitely worth a try!