Need to know
42, including five suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $91.48 (£71), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (£16.95 a person, daily, for a full English fry-up, plus Continental options).
The man to thank for the Bristol Harbour Hotel’s handsome building is renowned 19th-century architect (and Bristolian) William Bruce Gingell, who was inspired by Sansovino’s 16th-century Venetian library.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV; desk; on-the-house sherry or gin in glass decanters; Nespresso coffee machines; minibar; bath products by the White Company.
Our favourite rooms
Reap the benefits of the building’s bountiful curves by opting for one of the Corner Suites, which have enough space for a mini-army of bankers, plus a freestanding bathtub, a super-king-size bed and a shower that’s as refreshingly drenching as a tropical rainstorm.
You’ve probably never swum in a bank before, but now’s your chance: the spa has a lap pool and a hydrotherapy pool (plus a host of other treats).
Be rubbed, scrubbed, primped and preened in the Bristol Harbour Spa, set in the basement vaults (admire the original cash drop and safe door). The spa has a steam room, sauna, seven treatment rooms and a range of rituals featuring fragrant Espa unguents.
Itty-bitty swimwear for the soon-to-be-opened spa (yes, you too, Mr Smith).
For a £2.50 tray-charge, have breakfast brought to you in bed. (No crumbs on the pillows, mind.)
Little Smiths aged between three and 16 are welcome, but the hotel doesn’t come with family frills. The restaurant has a children’s menu and on-loan highchairs; staff will heat up milk. Extra beds (£20 a night) and cots (£15) can be added to rooms.