Review: Mollies Hotel & Diner, Bristol

ByAndrea Thompson

October 20, 2023
Mollies, a 1950’s style motel diner, a traveller’s affordable alternative to the exclusive Soho House GroupMollies, a 1950’s style motel diner, a traveller’s affordable alternative to the exclusive Soho House Group

Mollies, a 1950’s style motel diner, a traveller’s affordable alternative to the exclusive Soho House Group

If you are driving along the A4018 towards Bristol, you won’t miss this bright red neon sign welcoming you to Mollies!

This is the second in a chain of affordable motels with a third scheduled to open in Manchester next year and 10 more in the pipeline. The brainchild is founder and CEO, Nick Jones of Soho House. Jones saw a gap in the market and decided to reinvent the roadside experience for both business and pleasure travellers who wanted good food, cheap stylish accommodation whilst still being able to enjoy home comforts.

With 123 rooms designed by Soho House and synonyms Scandi finishes and Conrad furniture, guests can enjoy the same mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets used at their Clubs without the membership fee.

The rooms are super hi-tech. You need to download the app which connects with ease to the high-speed WiFi (no password required), check in/out, access your room (keyless), adjust the aircon, book a high-speed EV charger overnight for your car, chat to staff, order food and connect to the TV and your own streaming apps. Mollies even has its own playlist on spotify to add to the ambiance.

Each bathroom contains a super-power rain shower, soft fluffy towels, and Cowshed natural products together with the added luxury of GHD straighteners and Dyson hairdryers.

There are plenty of USB and plug sockets but no kettle. Being environmentally friendly, you will find hot, chilled, fresh water located on each floor together with a selection of teas and their own blend of artisanal coffee in a compostable bag which dissolve when water is poured on top.

There is a relaxing lounge and good working facilities for those business travellers. Bike hire is available, as Mollies has teamed up with Bikeable and you can hire a vintage mint green bike together with cute wicker basket and leather saddles and of course the Mollie’s branded helmets.

Other facilities offered include their own marketplace shop, parking, outside garden, bar and lounge offering a selection of cocktails, mocktails, local beers and coffee. The retro roadside diner with open kitchen combines all those home comfort foods associated with an American diner whilst siting in Cadillac shaped booths. From burgers, ribs, wings to waffles and even deep fried frickles – which you must try once at least!

The team of staff are the heart of this property but just to point out there is no lift so accessible rooms are situated on the ground floor and it is advised that these are requested in advance.