restaurant area at the Aztec hotel in bristol

Aztec Hotel Bristol, a family friendly hotel near Bristol

Sometimes a girlie getaway is exactly what you need. Even more so after this year of homeschooling. So a few days escaping the normal in Bristol was just what we needed. My 10 year old daughter is obsessed with hotel stays, she loves the pools, the rooms, the breakfasts! So we opted for the Aztec Hotel and Spa, a family friendly hotel near Bristol.

Read my full guide to visiting Bristol with kids to discover what we got up to on our city break.

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Whilst not located right in the city centre, the Aztec Hotel Bristol is still close enough to make a great base for exploring the city. I loved how easy it was to get to, especially after a long journey. It’s just off the M5 motorway on the A38 which will take you straight into Bristol. It’s less than a 30 minute drive.

If you like getting active on a weekend away with kids then the hotel is only 10 minutes drive from the an amazing inland surfing lake in Bristol.

The Rooms

The rooms at the Aztec hotel are really lovely. Bright and clean in design with massive comfy beds and separate working areas. It was all spotlessly clean. We opted for a Signature Room which was the perfect size for the two of us.

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large white bed with fluffy pillows at the aztec hotel in Bristol


They rooms come with all the usual amenities. Icy cold jugs of filtered water were delivered each day. You’ll find this is the rooms mini fridge.

jug of filtered water

A coffee machine with pods were included in the room rate. Plus a kettle, tea bags and tasty biscuits.

coffee machine and tea selection and kettle

A huge bonus if you’re traveling with little kids is the fresh milk machine. So much nicer than the normal tubs of UHT. You just help yourself to as much as you need meaning you don’t even need it to take up room in the fridge.

girl filling up a cup with complimentart milk from a machine at the aztec hotel and spa

Free Wifi

Wifi was free and perfectly adequate for what we needed. Piper was taking part in some online coding classes during our stay and she was able to log in to the live lessons and complete the tasks with no issues.

piper quinn smiling at an Apple macbook while working in a hotel room

Hotel Design

The hotel is without a doubt stunning. It manages to feel fresh and contemporary but with some dramatic features I really loved.

girl walking down a hotel corridor

You’ll find several cosy areas to relax, enjoy a drink and chat to friends.

cosy seating area at a hotel on the outskirts of Bristol

The Food

Breakfast at the Aztec Hotel

I’m a sucker for a hotel breakfast so they always have quite a lot to live up to. Breakfast is taken in the Curious Kitchen restaurant and has pretty much everything you could wish for. Cereals, pastries, toasts, little tubs of jam – all those wonderful hotel breakfast treats. Hot food was all cooked fresh and just to our liking. At the weekends breakfast is served between 8am and 10.30am. We never felt rushed to finish up.

plate of full english breakfast with young girl in the background

Lunch and dinner service is also available in the Curious kitchen. We didn’t try it but the menus sound delicious. Food in the restaurant is seasonal so menus change regularly. Fresh local produce is used as much as possible.

bar area at the aztec hotel in bristol

We also ate in the Bar area for lunch on the first day. Food was lovely and we shared a few tapas style dishes off the small plates menu. I highly recommend the crevettes and padron peppers.

The Pool

And on to the main reason we booked this hotel, the pool! It’s where Piper would have spent her whole time during our stay if she could. It’s not huge but there’s plenty of space to play and swim. Also a few loungers to relax on around the edge if your kids will let you get out.

Children are allowed in the pool all morning and then from 4pm until 7pm.

the pool at the aztec hotel and spa in bristol

There’s also a little jacuzzi which was bubbly but in no way too hot.

young girl in a jacuzzi

The Spa

The hotel is home to a luxury Spa with sauna, steam room and lounge area. They have several treatment rooms available for full body and beauty treatments. You’ll find robes and slippers in your room which Piper absolutely loved! There’s also an onsite gym if you want to keep on top of your fitness regime.

piper quinn in a white bath robe at the Aztec hotel in Bristol

Outdoor Space

As many of us are feeling safer outside this year the terraced area at the Aztec hotel is very welcome. Covered overhead to protect you from the rain you can cosy up under blankets or soak up some sunshine. Meals and drinks can be taken here.

outdoor terrace at the Aztec hotel and spa

Family friendly features

All Piper really needs to fall in love with a hotel is a friendly pool and strong wifi. The Aztec hotel has both, making it, for us, a brilliant family friendly hotel near Bristol.

The curious kitchen restaurant has a brilliant kids menu. It’s 2 courses for £8.50 and mains include, fish and chips, sausage and mash and pasta. All totally delicious.

They have a few family sized rooms which can sleep 2 adults and up to 3 children. And some interconnecting rooms should you need more space.

Staff were very kid friendly and we felt extremely welcome in all areas of the hotel.

young girl with hairband looking intensely at her phone

Local Touches

The Aztec Hotel and Spa is clearly very proud of Bristol. You can see sweet nods to the city all over. From the artwork to the humorous “Alright my Luvver” mugs in the room. (I can’t even read that without using my rubbish Bristol accent!) As much as possible, local produce is used in the restaurant and bar. These touches were lovely.

mug which says Alright my luvver

Value for money

This hotel offered great value for what we needed. It’s under £100 a night for a double room which includes access to all the facilities. The food and drink was pretty expensive which I would expect from a luxury hotel.

Good to know




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Hotel Website

Check in is from 3pm and you’ll need to be out of your room by 11am. The hotel will happily store your luggage if required.

The hotel has a few dog friendly rooms. You’ll need to call 01454 201090 if you want to bring your furry friend. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant or bar.

The hotel has a large onsite car park. It’s £3 per night if you’re staying at the hotel. Although when we were there they didn’t charge us.

reception check in desk with perpex screens at the Aztec hotel Bristol

Final Thoughts

The Aztec hotel near Bristol is a wonderful place to stay near the city with kids. There’s plenty to keep you entertained in the hotel and it’s close enough to the many attractions of Bristol to make a day trip easy. We’d love to return for our next mother/daughter break away.

For another fabulous family friendly hotel but this one by the sea then this gorgeous luxury family hotel, Devon is an amazing place to stay.

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