Figures from the DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol City-Centre hotel on Redcliffe Way shows occupancy levels up 10 per cent in comparison to the previous year reflecting the venue’s growing popularity and destination of choice for visitors to the city.
The popularity of the venue has also prompted bosses to accelerate plans to create five additional conference rooms, along with another five bedrooms, increasing the hotel’s total capacity to 206 rooms which they hope to get underway before the year is out.
Close to Temple Meads station and the fast expanding Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone the hotel is viewed as being a key asset in the city’s development as a nationally recognised business hub. It has also attracted a lot of tourist visitors looking for quality accommodation and one that is easy to get to.
John Dowling, General Manager at the hotel said: “The decision to invest has clearly paid off and is reflected in our figures. The refurbishment dramatically transformed the hotel and restaurant to one that can offer top quality accommodation and food which visitors to Bristol were looking for.
“Bristol was in need of more quality accommodation and the re-branding has certainly delivered facilities to match the city’s ambitions.
“The work at Temple Quarter has attracted more businesses and with people feeling a little more confident following the economic upturn, we’re seeing a rise in tourism and those visiting the city for weekend breaks.
“As we enter the busiest time for Bristol with the numerous festivals and events I think we can look forward to a bright future.”
Further work on the Enterprise Zone, re-development of Temple Meads and news that Bristol will at last get an arena worthy of the city’s size will, according to Dowling, prompt additional visitor levels to the city.
However he maintains that the city must be bold to ensure these projects get done otherwise we’ll lose ground on other cities such as Cardiff.
He added: “Bristol cannot afford to stand still and must continue to improve its offer which keeps attracting people to come and stay here.”