Lonely Planet review
Shabby chic pretty much sums up this venerable hotel, which stands in a smart terrace of Georgian townhouses in the heart of Clifton. It could certainly do with a spring-clean and a spruce-up, but it's pretty good value and fantastically convenient for exploring the Clifton attractions.
Given the imposing Georgian exterior, you could be forgiven for thinking you're in for an olde-worlde treat at the Rodney, but sadly the reality doesn't quite live up to the image. A couple of the rooms are suitably grand, with smart furniture, tasteful pastel fabrics, and views across the lovely walled garden, but most tend towards the scruffy side, characterised by battered armchairs and faded wallpaper. The pick of the bedrooms are on the first floor; avoid the shoebox-sized attic rooms if you can, which can get uncomfortably stuffy in summer. On the upside, the hotel only has 31 rooms, so staff can devote that little bit more time to you, and the bistros and bars of beautiful Clifton are on your doorstep. Parking outside the hotel incurs a steep £5.00 fee per night, but there's free onstreet parking nearby if you can find a space.
Services & facilities
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Luggage storage
- Smoke-free property
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Laundry facilities
- Mastercard mastercard
- Visa visa
- 24-hour front desk
- Room service (limited hours)
- Television in lobby
- Pet policy - dogs and cats only
- Pets allowed
- Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
Location. Rodney Hotel is located close to Royal West of England Academy, Clifton Suspension Bridge, and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. Nearby points of interest also include Bristol Zoo and Cabot Tower.
Hotel Features. Rodney Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). This 3-star property offers a meeting/conference room, audiovisual equipment, and business services. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. The property has event space consisting of a conference center and banquet facilities. Guest parking is limited, and available on a limited first-come, first-served basis (surcharge). Additional property amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and coffee/tea in the lobby. This is a smoke-free property.
Guestrooms. 31 guestrooms at Rodney Hotel feature minibars and CD players. Accommodations offer city or garden views. Beds come with down blankets. These individually decorated rooms include desks. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Guestrooms offer phones. 19-inch LCD televisions have DVD players. Also included are washers/dryers and windows that open. Guests may request irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.