Me, my boyfriend and two friends were put up in this hotel by EasyJet following flight cancellations due to the snow.
We arrived at the hotel late at night, it was pitch black and until we stopped outside the hotel we had no idea that we were in for an overnight stay in Bristol, because of this I have absolutely no idea about the location of the hotel. However, according to the Ramada Jarvis website, the hotel is located in centre of Bristol, within walking distance of the train station. I do know though that located opposite the hotel was a casino which is where we spent our evening.
Check in took a while, as there were quite a lot of us coached in from Bristol Airport. Staff were very helpful though and got us to our rooms as quickly as possible.
Our room was large, with a double bed, which was very comfortable. The only thing I did not like was the bedding, it was very tired and 'bobbly', could really do with being replaced. The decor is a little dated. There was a huge amount of storage compared to some hotels I have stayed in, more than enough for two people on a short stay. In the room waiting for us were complimentary toiletries, as well as tea, coffee and bottled water. There was a hairdryer, which was very powerful, always great because it saves you taking your own. The TV was large and you were also able to access the internet through this at a charge. On entering the rooms, the first thing we noticed was how cold they were. There was a full length window in the room and the curtains were open, it appears this was were the draft was coming from. We did have an adjustable thermostat in the room and soon sorted this out.
The bathrooms were a little on the small size. There was a bath with overhead shower, which was very powerful. The floor is marble and absolutely freezing cold! The bathrooms also steam up very quickly and there is nowhere for it to go. The other negative was our toilet did not flush properly. Any other time this would be a big issue, and I would have complained, but after the day we had, it was the least of our problems.
My main concern with any hotel I stay in is cleanliness, and I will admit I am a little obsessive about it. I normally do a lot of research before any hotel stays to check the rooms sound okay, and was a little concerned with staying in a hotel I knew nothing about. I should not have worried as the rooms were perfectly clean, as was the restaurant/bar area and the reception.
EasyJet gave us £22 per person for our evening meal. All the EasyJet passengers staying at the hotel were given a 3-course set menu. There were 3 choices for each course. The food was okay, nothing fantastic, but I did not find anything on the set menu overly appealing to start with. Had we had the full menu to choose from my opinion may have been different. We had to pay for our drinks and these were reasonably priced.
We also received a complimentary breakfast the next morning. Breakfasts are buffet style and there is a huge amount of choice. There was everything you needed to make up a full English breakfast, but there were also other options such as fruit, cereal and toast. The food again was just average, the sausage's tasted quite cheap, but it was edible, and we were not paying for it. However, from what I understand the hotel is very central so I would recommend venturing into town for something to eat as for the price you pay here you can probably get something of a higher standard there.
I believe the average cost of a room at the Ramada Plaza Bristol is £79 a night. I can see why, the hotel is (so I am told) in a great location, and the facilities are pretty good too. My boyfriend tried out the gym (I did not have any suitable clothes with me...shame) and said it was good. There was a small swimming pool and steam room and the equipment was all in good condition. The rooms are clean, and the staff were very helpful. There was free Wi-Fi access in public areas of the hotel which is always a plus. We were very lucky to get put up in such a nice hotel, as you do hear some nightmare stories. It had everything I expect from a hotel, and I would consider it if I was in the area again