Before I stayed here, I was actually at the YHA Bristol so going from a hostel to a hotel should be an upgrade right? I was paying double at The Washington. In many ways it was. It was in Clifton, much easier for me to get to from work and also close to where I was moving in to (I wasn't staying for a holiday). Originally I actually tried to book through their website, but they said they had no vacancies, but actually I saw through laterooms that a room was free.
They called me the day before just to confirm that I was still okay for checking in. I thought this was a nice touch. When I went to check in, the receptionist was really nice. As I booked through laterooms I wonder if I was given one of the older rooms, as I noticed the key that I got given just had like a small tag with the room number handwritten on it, whereas I saw some of the other rooms had proper metal, long tags with numbers engraved. Just something I noticed... I had read in previous reviews that you should recommend a room at the back. Doh, totally forgot to request that, but I don't know if that would have made a difference. It wasn't too bad in terms of noise. It was cold enough that I could just close the window and shut out the sound anyway.
I have to say my room was certainly showing its age. It had artex walls, the carpet was looking a little tired, the sink was bright pink and the bed spread had a hole in it towards the end. The mattress also was really old, a spring was digging into my back all night which wasn't pleasant at all. I did manage to shape my body in a way that I could just about avoid the spring.
I had to share a bathroom, but actually I was the first one to get in there for the day so the bathroom was pristine. Actually the bathroom was more modern than my room so that was good.
I guess you have to consider that it is a budget hotel, I think they really do try e.g towels folded nicely on the bed, tea/coffee making facilities available and even a bowl of fruit. The staff certainly do all they can to make the most of it (cleaners were saying hello to me, nice!) But I guess if they could just spruce up the rooms I think it would justify paying £35+ for a single bed.
Oh and wifi isn't free. And I don't think breakfast was included in my rate (was in everyone elses I think).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Washington offers City accommodation in the heart of Clifton. We combine both comfort and convenience with the most competitive of prices. An absolute must for those on a budget: quality accommodation and the highest standards of service. With a Full English or Continental breakfast, bowl of fruit, biscuits and complimentary tea and coffee included in the price of every room, the Washington really is the best value Guest House in Bristol.Whatever your reason for visiting, our friendly and efficient reception team is always on hand to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. No matter how long you spend with us, whether it is one day or one month, the Washington's home-from-home atmosphere will perfectly harmonize with your time in the city. Guests at the Washington have a full range of restaurants, cafes and bars on their very doorstep, with Racks Bar & Kitchen and Cafe Clifton merely a few steps away, and the busy Whiteladies road nearby. Secure onsite parking is available for a small charge. ... more less
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