19 SEPTEMBER 2016
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Two former bank properties in Bristol have been transformed to create the city's newest place to stay with a blend of luxury accommodation, modern design and a useful events space.
The façade of the Bristol Harbour Hotel, which opens next month, was the work of architect William Bruce Gingell, who was inspired by Sansovino’s 16th-century Library of St Mark in the Piazzatta at Venice.
The property has 42 bedrooms with suites featuring roll-tops bath and city views, plus the Jetty restaurant with menus from Harbour Hotels’ chef/patron Alex Aitken. The former basement bank vaults are being transformed into a Harbour Spa, opening next spring.
The hotel’s events space has been created from the former banking hall of the Lloyds Bank building and features a noted skylight and decorated ceiling as a backdrop to seat up to 300 guests for corporate functions and other occasions.
Harbour Hotels' managing director Mike Warren said: “We are delighted to be introducing our award-winning Harbour Hotels brand to Bristol. These architecturally-stunning former banks provide a great opportunity to create a luxury city-centre hotel; bringing back to use spaces that have been vacant for years.”
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