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. 

Monday, 27 November 2017

The full story of all the Bristol hotels in the world now published in this 96-page book. Brimming with fascinating anecdote and incidents, from the great Bristols of Paris and Vienna to small seaside hotels, with tales of bygone glories. The country-by country chapters are backed up by a full list of the hotels. £7, incl p&p

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

San Diego Bristol goes 60s pop

The 114-room Bristol Hotel in San Diego is getting a $7million retro 1960s makeover. Artwork from Warhol to Lichtenstein is already a hallmark of the boutique hotel, which is owned by Greystone Hotels, who have 11 other West Coast properties. Pillows will be printed with replicas of a 1965 concert ticket stub from the Beatles’s appearance at the Balboa Stadium, and some rooms will have record players with vinyl albums.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Bristol apartments in Volga town

A new Russian Bristol, this time a couple of apartments in Tolyatti, with an addresss that’s part of its name: Bristol Apartments at Ordzhinikidze 15. Tolyatti is on the Volga river around a thousand km east of Moscow. Although it has Russia's largest car manufacturer, AvtoVAZ (Lada), it has been named as the country’s poorest city. It sounds an unhealthy place for an investigative journalist to be working.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Pack extra luggage for the Kilimanjaro Bristol

Just stumbled across Bristol Cottages Kilimanjaro in Moshi, base for climbing the Tanzanian mountain. The hotel’s 20 rooms are made up of eight cottages on the ground floor, eight standard rooms on the first floor and four large suites on the second floor. An eco hotel in plaseant grounds, it is signed up to Pack for a Purpose, in which travellers are asked to make a few kilos of space in their suitcase to take supplies for local schools and clinics. A nearby orphanage welcomes sports shoes, black flat school shoes, trousers, shirts and socks. Sizes of shoes range between 5 and 10. They also need toothpaste, soaps, toothbrushes and towels.