Sunday, 27 March 2011

Five-star Bristol Odessa fully restored

Discover Ukaine reports that Odessa's historic Bristol Hotel has opened after nine years of restoration, though it has been operating for a while. Part of the Vertex Hotel Group network, it is one of three 5-star hotels in Ukraine's Black Sea resort. The architect Mykola Levanevskiy told DU, "This is probably the only restoration in Odessa in which there was an attempt to save the old appointments: the mouldings, the sculpture, the ceilings. Many things were done according to pre-revolutionary photos. The restored Bristol is almost completely faithful to what Alexander Bernardazzi [the hotel’s original architect] built."  

Friday, 25 March 2011

Night Stalker haunts Bristol Hotel in Frisco

This story just ran in the San Francisco Chronicle about the room in the Hotel Bristol where the Night Stalker stayed...
"The vibrations are so bad in Room 315 at the Hotel Bristol in the Tenderloin that current occupant Daniel Sepeda thinks it’s time to bring in the holy water. ‘I should sprinkle some around and say some prayers,’ he said. ‘There are weird spirits here. It gives me the creeps.’ Sepeda and his roommate, James Bowton, attribute those creeps to Room 315′s former tenant, Richard Ramirez. Ramirez is the man police say is the ‘Night Stalker,’ a cold-blooded serial killer who murdered people while they lay sleeping and then scrawled satanic symbols on their walls. Ramirez stayed at the Bristol several times during the past two years, according to manager Alex Melnikov… Melnikov said Ramirez left behind a mysterious odor in the room. ‘It smelled like skunk,’ said one resident who declined to give her name. ‘The cleaning man sprayed like hell, but it wouldn’t go away.’ A five-pointed star, a pentagram, associated with devil worship, was found drawn on the bathroom door…"