Monday, 9 June 2014

Fire dancing in Bulgaria

A relative newcomer to the Bristol scene is the Hotel Bristol in Sofia, Bulgaria. Owned by Best Western Plus, it has 40 rooms and 4 suites and opened in 2012. It is attempts to draw visitors by noting local attractions, including a new Fire Dancing Museum in the village of Bulgari. The village still holds fire-dancing festivals, on May 21 (St Constantine) and St Elena (June 3).

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

New Bristol Hotel in Russia

Not all Bristol hotels are glamorous, as this video of Guest House Bristol Hotel in Adler, near the Georgian border on Russia's Black Sea, shows. It is good to see another hotel joining the Bristol club. There are Black Sea Bristols in Odessa and Yalta. Adler has a port and is less than 2 miles from Sochi International Airport. The Olympic resort is 20km to the north. It is a popular Russian resort by all accounts, and Wikipedia ways it has "a pebbly and narrow beach, backed by the railway in some places".

Monday, 27 January 2014

Sparkling new Bristol spa in Poland

The 4-star Hotel Bristol Sanatorium & Medical Spa in Busko Zdrój, opens in May 2014. New additions to the  Spa Bristol include three-stroey treatment zone with 42 rooms for treatment, and 72 guest rooms. It claims to be one of the best-equipped medical hotels in Poland, with pool and saunas. The spa town in southern Poland attracts more than half a million visitors each year. This picture of the pool is by Dorota Nowak.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

A taste of Warsaw, from the Bristol

The Hotel Bristol in Warsaw has just posted a video of a culinary tour of the city by its Chef de Cuisine, Michal Tkaczyk (left in the picture above). He has been at the Bristol since 2008 and has won a number of culinary competitions.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Kempinksi MBA for Bristol staff

A report in today's Financial Times looks at the benefits of an the corporate MBA programme offered by the Kempinksi hotel group, whose portfolio includes the Bristol in Berlin. Run with the French business school Neoma of Rheims, it has so far had 100 graduates.

The 18-month programme starts every second October and includes three residential blocks, each lasting two to three weeks, in Europe, the Middle East and China. It alumni keep in touch with a LinkedIn page.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Breakfast with John F Kennedy at the Berlin Bristol

This pictures shows US President John F Kenned,  Mayor Willy Brandt and Chancellor West Germany's Konrad Adenauer in the Gobelin Halle restaurant of the Kempinski Bristol in Berlin in 1963. The Kempinski Bristol had risen from the desolation of the war and opened as modern Germany's first five-star hotel in 1952. The previous Bristol, in Unter den Linden, had been destroyed by the massive allied bombing of the city.  

"Even John F. Kennedy appreciated the relaxed atmosphere of our Gobelin Halle," the hotel says , and they now have a special John F. Kennedy breakfast on the menu. It's a modest meal: croisants, fruit salad and a hot drink.

The story of the old Bristol is told in 'Krupp's Dying Shame', Chapter 4 in High Times at the Hotel Bristol.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Starwoods gets Odessa Bristol

Starwoods is about to open it second hotel in Ukraine, adding the Bristol in the Black Sea resort of Odessa to the Four Points in Zaporozhye, some 500 miles northeast on the Dnieper.
The hotel on Pushkinskaya Street is an elaborate Italianate building from 1894 that we have remarked on before. Renovation for Starwoods Luxury Collection will include a new bar and restaurant plus around 10,000 square feet of meeting space and will re-open in 2014.
It promises to offer "Authentic Travel Experiences to Global Explorers" –- and there was us thinking that, as travel experiences go, it had been pretty authentic up till now, especially when it was the Krasnaya in Soviet times.