Monday, 29 December 2008

2008 Bristol Hotel round-up

• A new Hotel Bristol has emerged in Bristol, England, as the Jurys Hotel Bristol drops its “Jury’s” after an £8 million refurbishment. The Jurys hotel group, which has 11 hotels in the UK, Ireland and the US, is now to be called The Doyle Collection. Mark Roche-Garland is General Manager of the 187-room 60s dockside hotel.

• The Bristol Hotel in Campbell/San Jose California is up for sale for $6 million. Built in 2000, this 5-star boutique hotel with marble bathrooms and classic cherry furniture has 47 rooms.

• The Kempinski Hotel Bristol in Berlin is spending 5.5 million euros on restoration of the landmark hotel’s Tower. Two Deluxe Suites are also being designed in Art Deco style on the 10th and 11th floors, to add to the 514 sq m Presidential Suite that occupies two floors. It should be completed by February.

• Actor Simon Callow told the Daily Telegraph in an interview that the Hotel Bristol in Vienna is his favourite hotel – he has stayed five times. He said: “Last time I was there I stayed in a suite that puts one in mind of Mayerling – the hunting lodge where the Archduke Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, killed his mistress before committing suicide.”

BBC Radio 4 had a play just before Christmas about PG Wodehouse’s incarceration in Le Bristol in Paris during World War II, an event touched on in Suha Arafat and the Hope Diamond, a story set in the hotel in High Times at the Hotel Bristol, which can be read online.

Le Bristol in continues to win accolades: four important ones this year: ‘World’s Best Hotel’, ‘Europe’s Best Hotel’, ‘World’s Best Luxury Romantic Hotel’ and ‘Europe’s Best Hotel Restaurant’. Innovations have included its own fragrance, for scents and candles, concocted by Jean Michel Duriez, head perfumer at La Maison Jean Patou, and the provision of a complimentary Smart Car for guests who want to go shopping.
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