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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Bristol in Bristol VA in Top 10.

The Bristol Hotel in Bristol, Virginia, has been voted No.8 in USA Today's Best New Hotels list in its Readers' Choice Travel Awards. Industry experts selected hotels to go on an initial list that then went to a popular vote to find the Top Ten.
There used to be a grand Hotel Bristol in the city, which has not survived. 
The new boutique hotel inhabits an office block built in 1925 by a nephew of the tobacco company chairman R.J. Reynolds and later used as executive offices for business leaders. The hotel opened in September in time for Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion. The 65-room bou­tique hotel has a rooftop bar with views of the Appalachian Mountains, street-front dining and an historic ballroom.
The overall winner was not far away in the Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg in neighbouring Tennessee


Sunday, 13 January 2019

Antiques fro sale in Russian Bristol Hotel


The Hotel Bristol in Krasnodar, in Russia’s north Caucasus, doubles as an antiques saleroom. The 4-star, 24-bedroom hotel is decorated in French bourgeois style of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and its furniture is for sale. "In the hotel any piece of furniture is available to buy to your liking,” it says. “All the exquisite luxury goods that you can use for your past: furniture, chandeliers, tapestries, antique mirrors, porcelain, watches and paintings.


Russia’s Bristol hotels are described in the chapter on the country, which starts on page 51 of All the Bristol Hotels in the World

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Belgrade's elegant Bristol coming to an end.

The future of the grand Hotel Bristol in Belgrade, built in 1912 and the focus of the city's elite in Tito's day, is uncertain. Used by the military, and by displaced families in the 1990s conflicts, it is still owned by the Serbian Ministry of Defence, but it has been padlocked since then end of August and its future is uncertain.  Read the fill story from BalkanInsight here.

Thursday, 25 October 2018


The old Hotel Bristol in Karachi is a great place for a photoshoot, as these Instagram pictures show. The story of the hotel is told in All the Bristol Hotels in the World





Saturday, 17 March 2018

An invitation to cool Frankfurt from the Bristol


Frankfurt is singing itself up to take over from Berlin as the coolest city in Germany, we are told. At its heart is the red-light district, Bahnhofsviertel, where clubs and restaurants have been thriving. The area has resisted gentrification, but many have visited, some staying at the modern Bristol Hotel, started 15 years ago by Mickey Rosen, who says:  “Even the conservative locals love to dive into a different world. It just took someone they trusted to invite them to the area.”

Monday, 12 March 2018

Russian spa town Bristol




Just come across this postcard of the Hotel Bristol in Pjatigorsk, southern Russia. It is no longer there, but there is a Hotel Bristol-Spa in the Caucasus town, dating from 1908, which is written about in the Russia chapter of All the Bristol Hotels in the World. Pjatigorsk was once one of the most fashionable and popular hotels in Russia.

... and this is the Bristol, on the right, in Frankfurt am Main, a postcard with the date stamp June 1907


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Bristol winners

An unaugural ‘Night of the Stars’ organised by the Bristol Hoteliers Association has jest taken place at the new Harbour Hotel on Corn Street. 250 hospitality employees sat down to dinner and a Green Award, hosted by Mark Payne, chairman of the association and General Manager of the Bristol Hotel in Princes Street. The hotel won the “Green Team” award.