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A first glimpse into Portland Square’s new boutique hotel

By lowie trevena, Thursday Aug 8, 2019

With boutique hotels in London, Brighton, Cornwall and Oxfordshire, Artist Residence is due to open their newest location will be Bristol’s Portland Square.

Opening in October 2019, the the Grade-1 listed building, which was previously a Georgian townhouse and boot factory, was at risk of collapse when the hoteliers bought it in 2015.

It’s set to be a space for everyone to enjoy – from solo travellers to freelance workers – with a free-to-access lounge, bar, restaurant and café, as well as 22 boutique rooms and a basement event space.

Owners Justin and Charlie, along with general manager Nick Ledgard, gave a tour of the building two months before opening day:

The tour started in the entrance to the newest offering from Artist Residence, which is also home to the bar and was decorated with a combination of local artwork and hard hats

What will become one of the main entrances to the building – currently still blocked


Next to the bar is the entrance to the kitchen and restaurant

Moodboards show the vision for the garden area

The smaller rooms still have large, bright windows and unique art

The largest suite has a roll top bath and old-fashioned sinks

The builders uncovered original features that had been hidden for years

The Artist Lookout room will have a spiral staircase that leads up to a living room and outdoor terrace

One of the suites was made up to show how the rooms will look

Luxury furniture set up shows how glamorous the rooms will be


Views over Portland Square

Justin explains that they recently uncovered a tunnel that runs alongside the building, below street level

The basement will be an event space with a bar

The event space will have an outdoor area and host 60 people


Builders are still uncovering original features, two months before opening

Find out more at www.artistresidence.co.uk/our-hotels/bristol

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