Saturday, 1 November 2014

Oldest Bristol celebrates in Rome

The Bernini Bristol in Rome celebrated its 140th birthday on October 29 with a 140 euro meal for two in its fabulous rooftop restaurant, Olimpo, on the eighth floor with 360-degree city views. The 127-room hotel is the oldest surviving hotel with the Bristol name. Opened in 1874, it was built for Prince Barberini, and taken over by the Corsini, though it was completely rebuilt in the 1930s when the original palazzo was demolished and replaced by the current eight-storey building.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

2014 Freedom Award to be held in the Oslo Bristol

The The Sakharov Freedom Award 2014 will be awarded at a ceremony at Hotel Bristol in Oslo on 13 November 2014. The €50,000 prize has been awarded annually since 1980 by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee under the auspices of the European Parliament. The prize this year will be given to political prisoners in Azerbaijan, divided among 98 identified figures who are some of the most knowledgeable, experienced and visible human rights defenders, journalists, youth activists and opposition politicians.

Oslo is the peace capital of the world. Jazz on a Cold Winter Night, set in the Hotel Bristol during a the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo, is one of the short stories in High Times at the Hotel Bristol.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Kempinski Bristol celebrates with a Trabant

On November 7–9 the Kempinski Bristol in Berlin is joining in the 25th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin wall by offering guests and visitors tours in a Trabant, that plucky symbol of East Germany.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Small hostel in Russia

The Transfiguration Cathedral, pictured here, in the manufacturing city of Talyatti in Russia was completed only in 2002. In fact the whole city has replaced Stavropol-on-Volga, which disappearerd with the building of the Kuybyshev Reservoir in 1950. The new city took its name from Palmiro Togliatti on his death in 1964 after 37 years as leader of the Italian Commumust Party. Another name to be adopted is Bristol, in the Hostel Bristol, which offers accommodation in two double and two single rooms.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A first for Paris Bristol

Hôtel Le Bristol in Paris has a new chief concierge, Sonia Papet. She is the first woman in the post, and only the second at one of France's 13 palace hotels — the other, Marie-Christiane Grun, works at the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. Papet, 40, worked in The Pierre in New York, the Four Seasons in Mexico and the George V in Paris before joining Le Bristol in 2011, where there is a staff of some 650.

The crossed gold keys she is wearing on her lapels signify membership of the Clefs d’Or, the world-wide club of luxury concierges, which has 4,000 members including 45 women in France.

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".