Welcome to Newport Road, the main trunk lane into the city from the west. At points it’s six lanes wide, but Hotel One Hundred sits happily on the narrower part of the road, making it easier to access, quieter than other spots and a little prettier too. The city centre is just 15 minutes walk along Newport Road, and for pleasures closer to home take a stroll round the corner as you’ll find Clifton Street and Broadway, both home to various cafes, delis and quirky second hand shops.
There are seven in total, with each room making the best use of space in the old Victorian building. Bedecked in cool, contemporary furnishings and appliances, all rooms are impressive, but the best one, if you can get it, is right at the top of the house as the beams add a nice, rustic sense of class. With its cool purple and oak decor and large windows, the front room is also something of a coup too.
It’s all about the dining/living room: the entire back half of the ground floor is open and inviting throughout the day. Breakfasts can be enjoyed by the wide glass doors and mini outdoor terrace, and evenings can be whiled away on the cosy settees watching the large (but not over-facing) wide screen TV. They’ve also set up a little DVD collection for guests.
Eating and drinking
Hotel One Hundred is bed and breakfast only, but the morning meals are a hearty choice of continental and full English. The family know the area well so can recommend any one of the local eateries to suit your taste. If you fancy a cosy night in their living room area, you can ask politely to eat a takeaway at the tables.
The family owners have had years of experience developing a backpacker’s hostel on the other side of town. Warm, friendly and accommodating; although I can’t see them taking any nonsense from unruly guests!
Who stays there
Business travellers make use of the hotel during the week and it’s popular with couples over the weekend. They’re often home to parents of international students using the university and they’re proud of their ‘strictly no stag or hen parties’ rule.
Hotel One Hundred is cheapest mid week. During the weekend rooms are sold on a two night minimum policy. Continental breakfasts are free and it’s a little more for a cooked full English.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Cool and contemporary
- Great public area
- Easy to find and very accessible
- Not ideal for people looking for instant city centre attractions
- Two night minimum stay may deter some