Saturday, 17 March 2018

An invitation to cool Frankfurt from the Bristol

Frankfurt is singing itself up to take over from Berlin as the coolest city in Germany, we are told. At its heart is the red-light district, Bahnhofsviertel, where clubs and restaurants have been thriving. The area has resisted gentrification, but many have visited, some staying at the modern Bristol Hotel, started 15 years ago by Mickey Rosen, who says:  “Even the conservative locals love to dive into a different world. It just took someone they trusted to invite them to the area.”

Monday, 12 March 2018

Russian spa town Bristol

Just come across this postcard of the Hotel Bristol in Pjatigorsk, southern Russia. It is no longer there, but there is a Hotel Bristol-Spa in the Caucasus town, dating from 1908, which is written about in the Russia chapter of All the Bristol Hotels in the World. Pjatigorsk was once one of the most fashionable and popular hotels in Russia.

... and this is the Bristol, on the right, in Frankfurt am Main, a postcard with the date stamp June 1907