It’s a dream of mine to convert our garage into a cute little Airbnb house, but until that happens, here’s a round-up of the best Airbnbs in Bristol. The city’s creativity and community vibes mean there are some beautiful options to choose from with friendly hosts and styles to suit all tastes. I’ve divided them up into different areas, including the city centre, fancy Clifton, the creative local neighbourhoods around Stokes Croft (Montpelier/Gloucester Road) and south of the river (Totterdown/Bedminster/Southville), and one outside the city in case you’re looking for a more country escape.
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The Best of Airbnb Bristol
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Bristol Airbnbs in the City Centre
Loft apartment in historic building
This newly refurbished high-end loft apartment in a historic Georgian building perfectly blends old and new with contemporary design that complements the original features. High ceilings, hardwood floors and original timber beams provide character, while all the updated furnishings and appliances make for a comfy and stylish stay. It’s a very central location, just moments from Park Street and in walking distance of the Harbourside, Clifton and Whiteladies Road.
For a similar option in the same area, see this revamped flat in a Georgian home.
What the guests say: “Awesome location on a nice quiet street, but right in the heart of Bristol. We loved the apartment – large windows, high ceilings, beautiful decor, and a stunning view of the city. Great amenities if you want to eat in during your stay. Comfortable beds (although the 2nd sofa bed is a bit less comfy than the other double bed), clean apartment, and great communication.“
You can’t get more central than this modern apartment right on the harbourside and close to many of Bristol’s main attractions. The newly converted apartment has two double bedrooms, a full bathroom and ensuite, and an open-plan kitchen/diner/living room. It’s very much a rental and doesn’t have a huge amount of character, but it’s spotlessly clean and you can’t beat the location if you want to be right in the heart of things (do bear in mind that means it may be a bit noisy, especially at the weekends).
What the guests say: “This place is exactly as described. Clean spacious with what you would expect paying this sort of money to rent a place. Soap in all sinks, coffee supplied for the coffee maker, dishwasher tablets in the kitchen etc, etc. I would say for a weekend in Bristol, this is the perfect place, right amongst it on the waterfront. It is a bit noisy at night but this is to be expected due to the location. All in all, a fantastic weekend thanks to a fantastic place to stay.”
Bristol Airbnbs in Clifton
Grand Victorian Apartment
In a residential part of Clifton, between Clifton Village and Whiteladies Road, this grand antique-filled apartment offers a taste of high class living in Bristol. Decorated with artefacts from around the world and complete with vintage chandeliers, it’s a unique and characterful space. It’s in walking distance of the village and also close to Durdham Downs.
What the guests say: “Such a beautiful apartment! So well located and full of well-organised, thoughtful touches, which made our stay so comfortable. I can’t recommend it highly enough, thank you Martyn!”
Georgian balcony apartmentStay on one of Bristol’s most beautiful streets in this iconic building on Royal York Crescent with views out to the countryside. The tastefully renovated two-bedroom apartment has a luxury feel and comes complete with a two-seater balcony. It’s in the heart of Clifton Village with all its cute cafes, restaurants and shops, plus it’s also just a 15-minute walk to the city centre. Or you could order some take out from the best food delivery in Bristol.
What the guests say: “This is an absolutely beautiful flat which I’d highly recommend. Wonderfully light and airy with high ceilings, heaps of space, tonnes of character and amazing views. It’s in a super location right in the heart of Clifton Village with lots of restaurants, cafes and shops on the doorstep. The apartment was immaculate and the host provided everything we could need, including tips for the local area and great instructions for coming and going. A really fantastic stay.“
Stylish Clifton flat
For another quintessential Clifton experience, try this renovated garden flat on another of the city’s iconic Georgian terraces. The flat has been tastefully updated while retaining many original features. The garden is a highlight with tiered levels and fabulous views. It’s on the edge of the Avon Gorge and just a five-minute walk from Clifton Village.
Another nearby option is this private room in one of Bristol’s pretty painted houses in Cliftonwood.
What the guests say: “This light-filled apartment is in a lovely old building in a really beautiful part of Bristol. The large living room and main bedroom have high ceilings and big windows, and the tiered garden looked fab (although wet and windy February weather meant we didn’t venture out into it ourselves, unfortunately). The layout of the flat – with the second bedroom situated off the flat’s entrance hallway and not close to the main bedroom – might not work so well for guests with younger children (also, this room has no window to the outside)…but otherwise the apartment is a great base for exploring Clifton Village and central Bristol. Thank you Rhiannon and Mairead for hosting us!”
Higgihaus at Whiteladies
Higgihaus is a serviced accommodation company that’s on a self-stated mission to create accommodation that’s “comfortable, convivial, achingly stylish and that somehow manages to capture that elusive ‘it feels good, but I’m not sure why’ feeling”. This cosy studio on Whiteladies road captures the company’s essence and has lots of little luxuries, such as a memory foam mattress, rainfall shower and shared roof terrace.
Higgihaus also have a building in Stokes Croft.
What the guests say: “This is a great studio in a perfect location. The check in arrangements were straightforward and the studio was really clean and beautifully furnished. The bed and the sofa bed were both really comfy and the kitchen and bathroom were great. I would recommend a stay here and look forward to visiting again soon.”
Stay in the stylish and characterfully designed studio in the garden of one of Bristol’s classic gorgeous Georgian homes. It comfortably sleeps two and has an en-suite bathroom as well as a small kitchenette, including a hob, microwave and kettle. Note although it has lovely garden views, access is not permitted to the garden itself. The studio is just a stone’s throw from Whiteladies road and all its restaurants and shops (plus, my favourite, the Everyman cinema).
What the guests say: “Lovely spot. Near all the action of Clifton, with Whiteladies Road a mere minute walk. Very quiet and peaceful as it is the bottom of a garden and accessible via the back lane, which means I actually heard no noises at all bar the birdsong; bliss! It’s a bright and compact studio space, clean and cosy; warmed up a treat and was a perfect retreat from the Bristol winter rain. Theo and Becky have great local recommendations in their guidebook, so I ate out at a fair few of them. Everywhere is within walking distance, Clifton Village and the town centre are only about 15 minutes away. Recommended and will definitely stay again if in Bristol alone or as a couple.”
Bristol Airbnbs in Stokes Croft / Gloucester Road / Montpelier
City flat in St Andrews
St Andrews is a friendly, residential area of Bristol just next to the popular Gloucester Road, one of the longest streets of independent shops in the UK. Jo’s roomy first-floor flat comes with a double bedroom, kitchen, lounge, utility room and bathroom, and has all you need for a comfortable stay. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, cafes, grocers and independent boutiques (see our guide to the best brunches in Bristol).
What the guests say: “Jo’s place is super stylish and in a great location! We really enjoyed our stay here and found it a useful starting point to walk into the centre and explore what Bristol has to offer. It’s excellent value for money and Jo offered really clear communication throughout.“
Peaceful loft apartment
This is my area of Bristol, Stoke’s Croft/Gloucester Road, and I can vouch for its creativity – a vibrant area filled with music, indy shops, cute cafes and excellent food. Lorna’s loft is an ideal choice within the area, offering a stylish, plant-filled stay that represents the hipster vibes of its location. There’s a large living room with a sofa bed, so up to four guests can stay.
What the guests say: “This place is so lovely, quirky and cosy. Perfect location right next to everything you need. Great Communication, Samaya gave us lots of amazing recommendations for where to eat and drink in the area. Instructions on what to do we’re very clear. Would highly recommend this place. We loved our stay. Thank you Samaya.”
Hip, art-filled flat
Owned by the proprietors of a beautiful art shop in Stoke’s Croft, you can trust that this creative apartment is styled down to a T. Filled with colourful art and Scandi-style furnishings, alongside original wooden beams, the design-savvy apartment is a homely and cosy space to stay. You don’t get much more Stokes Croft than this!
For a slightly cheaper option, see this top floor flat on Stokes Croft.
What the guests say: “We had a fabulous stay. The place was spotlessly clean and stylish. We enjoyed visiting Tim’s shop below the flat and had a fabulous meal at the tapas bar on the same street. We have recommended the place already to our son who I know would love the area.”
For a slice of country living in the city, stay at this idyllic four-bedroom cottage, hidden away in Montpelier. Enter the plant-covered home through a pretty front garden and enjoy the spacious rooms, including a conservatory, large kitchen, cosy attic rooms and a bathroom with a freestanding tub. Another good option across the street in St Werburgh’s is this modern eco house.
What the guests say: “Well, words can’t describe this property fully. But I’ll try. If you want to sleep under the roof of a 1700’s house amongst a community where people say hello and each home is perched on the hill overlooking the city, take a deep relaxing bath, gather with friends in a modern space with doors that open up to a garden breeze…This is just the start to why you will fall in love with this truly unique home and why you might want to stay forever. It’s delightfully jammed with period features. Oozing character. And makes you feel like leaving your worries behind. Cozy in the winter and no doubt open and fresh in the summer. The host was super quick with our questions and very helpful. It was perfect for our friend and family reunion and as a base for exploring Bristol culture. 10/10.”
Bristol Airbnbs south of the river (Totterdown/ Southville / Bedminster)
Renovated Victorian House
This stylishly restored two-bedroom Victorian home is just a 10-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station in the colourful residential area of Totterdown where you can find lots of pubs, restaurants and indy cafes. The house has two large double bedrooms, a modern bathroom with rainforest shower and a big open-plan kitchen/diner that opens out onto a pretty garden.
What the guests say: “Homeowners with impeccable taste and attention to detail. The place is magazine-spread worthy. They’ve made design decisions that you’d be too scared to do in your own home, and it works. We had everything we needed for a weekend escape from London. Tesco on the same block was a huge help! The kitchen is the kind of kitchen that makes you want to cook. Comfortable bed, and pillows. No, really, we looked at the tags so we could buy our own. Parking in front of the house was never a problem. We can’t wait to come back.”
Converted print factory
Stay in a converted print factory with panoramic views from the suspension bridge to the harbourside. Upcycled furniture complements the industrial building and gives a bespoke feel to the two-bedroom apartment. It’s just next to the popular North Street in Southville/Bedminster, which is filled with independent restaurants, cafes and shops, and is also home to the annual Upfest street art festival
What the guests say: “Luke’s place is the perfect flat in the best part of town. It was beautifully prepared, clean and I was provided with all the provisions I required for breakfast, a thoughtful and appreciated touch. Dealing with Luke was easy and communication was prompt and always helpful. I look forward to booking again.”
Outside the city
One of the joys of Bristol is that it’s surrounded by countryside. For a taste of that, stay just outside the city at this farmhouse in Long Ashton. The cute cottage comes with a cozy wood-burning stove and a full period kitchen. Despite having a country feel, it’s still just five minutes’ drive from Clifton. Breakfast is included, with homemade granola, sourdough, eggs, and honey and jam from the garden.
What the guests say: “Booked for 2 nights away in Bristol but didnt want to stay in a typical apartment. This was perfect. This place had character and has had a lot of care and small details placed by the hosts such as a welcome booklet with everything we needed to know. Its also in a peaceful and quiet location. Beautiful place inside and out and there was help when needed. We were also recommended places to eat and things to do! The cute cat was a bonus.”
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