Sunday, 24 January 2016

Five star and alcohol-free

The Economist reports on Arab investment in Bosnia, where tourism from Arab countries has been booming. Among investors is the Al-Shiddi Group who built the recently opened Sarajevo City mall. “In summer the mall is packed with Arab families,” the report says, “some of whom may be staying in the company’s alcohol-free Hotel Bristol." The Bristol was built in 1973 and was bombed out in the Balkans conflict. In 2010 it reopened after a full refurbishment by the Al-shiddi group, founded in 1975 in Saudi Arabia, who made it alcohol free, declaring: “The jewel of our hospitality industry is Hotel Bristol, the first international five-star hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Contemporary design, stylish dining and state of the art meeting facilities, are all carefully planned to provide memorable and cheerful experiences for our guests.”

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.