Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tourist board celebrates the Colombo Bristol

The Ceylon Tourist Board is 50 years old this month. To mark the occasion the Sunday Times of Colombo, Sri Lanka, published a piece about the great days of travel when holidaying was “a genteel affair”. Its main photo is a postcard of the Hotel Bristol, seen here, which is included in a round-up of the grand Victorian hotels. Its first managing director was William Tudor Stephen Saunders, who had arrived in Ceylon in 1868 and worked as a planter before he sold his plantation and settled in Colombo. He left the Bristol Hotel in 1901 to become managing director of the Grand Oriental Hotel. 

The Hotel Bristol in Columbo is the setting for Postcard from Mark Twain, a chapter in High Times at the Hotel Britsol

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Collectors' hotel room key fob

This key fob from room 1045 of the Hotel Bristol Kempinski in Berlin has just been posted on eBay for auction. My first thought was that this was cheeky, and it should be returned to the hotel. But it is called 'vintage' and I suppose it is. Heavyweight keys are things of the past. Now all we need is a bit of plastic like so many other pieces of plastic, with the room number written on an enveloping sheet that is not worth anybody collecting. Those hefty old key fobs tell of a pre-smart time when everything was shaped for purpose and given particular substance. Even as I look at it I can sense it in my palm, giving me a secure feeling that I have a safe and sound bed for the night.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Buffa chairs from Hotel Bristol Merano

This pair of chairs by the Milanese designer Paolo Buffa (1903–1970) have just come up for auction in New York, with an estimate of $3,000–$5,000. . They come from the Hotel Bristol in Merano, one of the most famous modern hotels in Italy before and just after the second world war. the hotel’s elegant furnishings no infrequently turn up at auctions, and a book about its demise was posted in Hotel Bristol News in December 2008. 

The Architectural Digest says: "Studying the oeuvre of Milanese architect and designer Paolo Buffa is generally a lesson in sophisticated, inventive classicism. Whether he was producing furnishings for a swish ski-resort hotel or constructing gracious villas for the haute bourgeoisie of Italy’s northern Lombardy region, where he lived, Buffa’s work was marked by unmistakable suavity.”

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Check the Hotel Bristol room first...

The Hotel Bristol in Tranów, Poland has a nifty new website. A panning shot of its street shows where to park, and a drop down menu gives a floorplan of the hotel: click on any room to get a view of that room. Check it out. Isn't technology wonderful!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Another Hotel Bristol in India

I have only just come across the Bristol Hotel and Resort in Mohali, 13km from the city of Chandigarh in Punjab, northern India. I read that the 3-star hotel was opened around 2008 by a former police officer and today is owned by the same company that has the nearby Park Plaza Zirakpur. The Bristol Hotel and Resort lies in five acres of landscaped gardens with a pool and its restaurants offer Egyptian and 'colonial Indian' food.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

House wine for Le Bristol

Being CEO of one of France's most prestigious hotels must be a full-time job, but 62-year-old Didier le Calvez at Le Bristol still finds time to care for Château Clarisse, his vineyard in Bordeaux, according the Wine Spectator.  He purchased the estate, just outside Saint-Émilion, in 2009, and named it Clarisse after his daughter. It is planned to produce 5,000 cases a year – in 15 years time.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Bristol Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Just stumbled across another Bristol Hotel. This one used to be in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, at the heart of Chinatown. The Latin letters stand out among the Chinese writing. The picture looks as if it was taken in the 1940s. It was posted in Malaysia's online community website, Today the street is one of the Malaysian city's busiest. Its seafood stalls and night market make it a popular place to shopping shop. I can find no more information about the hotel.