The Bristol Wing

7 February 2020

Review of the Bristol Wing by the Guardian newspaper

The Bristol Wing is a boutique hostel with a social conscience


Our hostel in Bristol, The Bristol Wing, was recently visited by a journalist from The Guardian who approved of how the old police headquarters has been transformed into a boutique hostel with a social conscience.

In the lovingly restored historic old police headquarters in Bristol, the site dates back to the 13th Century and has a rich history . It has been home to a prison, the Chief Constable, a circus troupe, and a group of artists.

“Passing through a doorway engraved with the words Bristol Police Headquarters, my partner and I found ourselves in a stately 1920s foyer with forest-green walls, a black-and-white tiled floor, and a restored cage lift: it’s a bit like a scene from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Along with its green credentials (wood-fibre insulation, solar panels, and bird boxes on the roof), this hostel opened in January 2018 and provides nine single bedrooms for young homeless people every night, as well as one-to-one support. All are subsidised by fees from the commercial rooms and dorms.”

We’re particularly passionate about working with young people who are having a tough time. We aim to offer them a free, safe place to stay, from a night to a few weeks. We also offer 1-2-1 support to help them to the next stage, be that longer-term accommodation or some other form of help. We do this without taking any kind of Government support – so that we are truly accessible.

Staying at The Bristol Wing directly helps the work that the YMCA charity undertakes with vulnerable young people in the city. Read the full article on the guardian website.