Saturday, 16 February 2013

Beckham and the £15,000-a-night Le Bristol

Much has been made in the Press about David Beckham's residency in Paris where he is said to be paying £15,000 a night for the Imperial Suite at Le Bristol. The hotel's most expensive suite, pictured here, overlooks the garden and should be room enough for Victoria' wardrobe and their four boys.

Le Bristol is often in the news, not least on this blog, and it has many stories to tell, such as the extraordinary tale of the Hope Diamond, revealed in Chapter 19 of High Times at the Hotel Bristol.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Who knows the history of the Hotel Bristol in Kuwait?

An email arrives from the grandson of the late Jassim Al-Wazzan, one of the founding partners of the Hotel Bristol in Kuwair. He wants to know when the hotel opened.

Anyone who knows of the history of this hotel should get in touch. This postcard just came up on eBay. It was posted to an address in France in 1966.

Hotel Bristol air force souvenir

Here's a rarity, just come up on eBay – a tie with the Hotel Bristol advertised on it. Its seller merely says: "Strategic Air Command advertising tie Bristol Hotel Colombo Air Force Excelsior", which seemeds a little jumbled. There's a label from the Excelsior hotel in Frankfurt -Am-Maine in there too.
But the modern Hotel Bristol in Frankfurt looks as if it hasn't been there five minutes. So there was a Bristol Hotel there before...