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Thursday, 18 December 2014

A Bristol in Baku



Another one has popped up. The Hotel Bristol in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, is a 4-star, 32-room hotel on the two floors above a restaurant in this 19th-century building. It's in the pedestrianised area in the centre of town, and has attracted good TripAdviser reviews. The owners also run the better known Swan Hotel, which has just had a total makeover.

Monday, 15 December 2014

New Bristol on Poland



A new Hotel Bristol has just been brought to Hotel Bristol News' notice:  in Rzeszow, the main city in south-east Poland. Handsomely fitted out with fine wood finishing by Polish and Scandinavian designers, it has 72 room and three restaurants, including The Old Rzeszow Brewery, where beer is brewed on the premises, and traditional dishes are on offer.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Hôtel Bristol murderer jailed



The gruesome Hotel Bristol murder story came to an end today when the British businessman Ian Griffin was sentence to 20 years for the murder of his girlfriend Kinga Legg in the Paris five-star hotel four years ago. As reported here on Bristol News at the time, she was found dead in the bath of their £1,000-a-night room with more than 100 bruises on her body. At the Cour d'Assises in Paris, prosecutor Philippe Courroye said he failed to believe any of the versions Griffin offered for the murder, saying the case was a classic one of “violence against women.”

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.