Need to know
11am, but flexible. Earliest check-in, 3pm (check-in after 8pm can be arranged with notice).
Double rooms from $137.30 (£108), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include full English breakfast.
At the hotel
Terrace, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; Roberts digital radio; a minibar; free tea, coffee and cookies; and REN toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The West Loft Suite is the star at Number Thirty Eight, with its dark teal walls and a soak-worthy copper-toned bathtub for two (there’s also a powerful shower neatly tucked away in what at first glance appears to be a second wardrobe). The suite stretches the length of the townhouse, with views of Clifton Downs on one side and the multi-coloured city rooftops stretching into the distance on the other. The East Loft Suite has the same spacious layout and a more neutral palette.
Your camera. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer Brunel or Banksy: Bristol’s got plenty to photograph, and Number Thirty Eight’s ideally situated for exploring the city. There’s plenty to shoot in the hotel, too, from the choice antiques in the reception rooms to the modern art dotted around.
As in many historic hotels, sound travels between floors: wearing heavy shoes in your room won’t endear you to your fellow guests.
Over 12s only.