Friday, 23 January 2009

Stairways to Bristol heaven

.Two Bristol hotels are famous for their magnificent staircases. The picture on the left is of the 4–star Bristol in Geneva. It was taken by TimDD and has just been posted on Flickr. “This is the beautiful hotel stairway, from the fourth floor,” he says. “I think it looks like a chambered nautilus.”

The 4-Star Bristol Palace in Genoa (right) also has a fabulous stairway. Built in 1905 in ‘style Liberty’, as the Italians call Art Nouveau, the hotel's white marble stairs with wrought iron balustrades soar up to a stained glass ceiling. Alfred Hitchcock is among the hotel’s many famous guests, and the stairs are said to have inspired him to make Vertigo.
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