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".

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.