Accommodation

Hotels and hostels

Bristol Shag Fiesta will happen in and around the city centre, so we’d recommend you find a central accommodation. Most places in Bristol are within walking distance anyway – apart from the ubiquitous airbnb that you might book yourself, here are some options:

Hostels

Hotels

For the best prices you’re best advised checking booking.com, hotels.com, LateRooms.com etc., but these suspects are closest to some of the venues:

  • The Bristol Hotel, Prince St., Bristol BS1 4QF (Friday and Sunday)
  • The Radisson Blu, Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4BY (Friday)
  • Premier Inn, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2NT (Friday)
  • The Berkeley Square Hotel, 15 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HB (Saturday)
  • The Ilbrox Hotel, 1 Dean Lane (Sunday)

Air BnB

And finally, there is always the DIY of the hotel world: AirBnb!


Photo by Carolyn Eaton

Hosting

Bristol shaggers are a friendly and welcoming bunch and we will do our best to host you. To facilitate this, we’ve created a Facebook group to connect hosts and guests. If you’re not keen on posting publicly, please contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs. Spaces are usually limited (first come, first served) so get in quick!

Hosting Facebook Group

Tips for guests

If you’re applying for hosting, we’ll get in touch to ask if you have any allergies or any other specific requirements.  We’ll do our best to match you with a host that is the most suitable for your needs.

Communication

Please contact your host in advance and inform them about your travel plans, including arrival and departure times, and ask any other questions you have around facilities (please see additional sections below on Travel, Facilities and Food for some things to consider up front).

During the fiesta, you and your host may have different schedules, so it is important to:

  • Discuss your expected plans up front
  • Arrange access to the accommodation, such as making sure your host will be home at a certain time, or asking if they’re comfortable giving you a key.
  • Exchange actual phone numbers, especially if you’re unsure your data plan works abroad.
Travel

Your host might not have a car and might not be able or willing to give lifts, so it is up to you to take responsibility for your own travel arrangements.

If you have any questions about local travel, you can ask your host, especially for transport links closest to their home, but if in doubt, Google Maps is pretty accurate in suggesting buses and alternatives (e.g. Uber).

Facilities

Ask prior to arrival whether you’ll need to bring your own towel or maybe a sleeping bag if necessary. You may also want to inquire if any other needs will be available, such as wifi, a washing machine, hair dryer, or

Food

Your host is not obliged to provide food during your stay, so it is your responsibility to feed yourself. Your host should be happy to let you know where to find local shops, supermarkets and restaurants.

If you hope to keep costs down by cooking, please ask your host up front whether they are happy for you to use their cooking facilities/fridge space, and be sure to clean up after yourself.

Let’s not forget that food is a wonderful way to bond too, so sharing cooking, clean up and meals is a great way to get to know your host better, and give them an opportunity to get to know you.

Other tips for guests

Remember, you are a guest in someone else’s home, so simple approaches to respect go a long way:

  • Cleanliness – clean up after yourself, including dishes, and bathroom.
  • Noise – your host will have neighbours, maybe housemates, or may simply have wanted to get rest before you’re ready to leave an event activity. Be considerate of noise levels, especially on returning from socials.
  • Alcohol – Enjoy alcohol responsibly in general, but if you are being hosted, do not drink to the point of becoming someone else’s problem.
  • Reciprocation – being hosted is a kindness from your host. While not expected or obligatory, bear in mind an ethos of gratitude and reciprocation, and consider simply offering a gift from your home town/country, or if you can, offering to host them if they are ever in your home town/country.
Problems?

If you encounter any problems with your hosting during your stay, please let us know, and we will do our best to address them as soon as possible.

Tips for hosts

If you’ve volunteered to be a host, we’ll get in touch with you to ask how many people you are able to host, if you have any animals or if you allow smoking.

Once we have matched you with your guest(s), we will put you in contact.

Your Responsibilities

As a host you are offering one or more guests attending the fiesta a place to stay in your home.

You are expected to do the following:

  • Provide a safe and clean place to sleep and bathroom facilities.
  • Communicate with your guest(s): Let them know your address and what to expect during their stay, including:
    • Sleeping arrangements, e.g. sofa bed, blow up mattress with sleeping bag.
    • Any restrictions or limitations you might have (e.g. no smoking in the house)
    • Facilities you’re happy to share (e.g. kitchen, washing machine)
    • Amenities available near your house (e.g. shops, transport links)
  • Provide access to your home for your guest(s): Either arrange mutually-suitable times to let your guests in, or if you feel comfortable, provide them with their own key.
  • Be contactable: Make sure your guest(s) can reach you if they need to during the festival e.g. exchange phone numbers and keep your mobile phone with you.
  • Be welcoming and respectful: Your guest(s) may not know Bristol or even English that well, so welcome them as best you can.  Be tolerant of differences in culture or language. Be respectful of your guest’s boundaries.

You are NOT expected to:

  • Be a hotel: You do not need to provide 24/7 reception, diamond white starched and laundered bedding and towels, or daily room cleaning.
  • Be a restaurant: You are not expected to provide food for your guest(s). Eating together, however, isn’t discouraged either. You may get bonus gratitude and respect for providing some breakfast. And food is a wonderful way to bond, so sharing meals is a great way to get to know your guest(s) better, and give them an opportunity to get to know you.
  • Be a taxi service/chauffeur: if you have a car, you can offer rides, but guests are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
  • Live by your guests schedule: It is your home, your fiesta too, and you are expected to still come and go as you please. Communicate with your guest(s) so that problems of access don’t arise.
  • Put up with inappropriate or aggressive behaviour: If you encounter any problems with your guest(s) during your stay, please let us know, and we will do our best to address them as soon as possible.
Other tips for hosts

Remember, you are hosting fellow dancers visiting from out of town, so simple courtesies go a long way:

  • Cleanliness: A small effort goes a long way.
  • Noise: Your guest(s) may have wanted to get rest before you’re ready to leave the event or settle down. Be considerate of noise levels, especially on returning from socials.
  • Alcohol: Enjoy alcohol responsibly in general, but if you are hosting, do not drink to the point of not being able to fulfil the aforementioned responsibilities as a host.
  • Community: Hosting can be one of the most rewarding ways to connect with people in the dance community. If your guest(s) enjoy their stay you may well find yourself a grateful and willing host at your next dance event away.