The 114-room Bristol Hotel in San Diego is getting a $7million retro 1960s makeover. Artwork from Warhol to Lichtenstein is already a hallmark of the boutique hotel, which is owned by Greystone Hotels, who have 11 other West Coast properties. Pillows will be printed with replicas of a 1965 concert ticket stub from the Beatles’s appearance at the Balboa Stadium, and some rooms will have record players with vinyl albums.
Thursday, 4 May 2017
A new Russian Bristol, this time a couple of apartments in Tolyatti, with an addresss that’s part of its name: Bristol Apartments at Ordzhinikidze 15. Tolyatti is on the Volga river around a thousand km east of Moscow. Although it has Russia's largest car manufacturer, AvtoVAZ (Lada), it has been named as the country’s poorest city. It sounds an unhealthy place for an investigative journalist to be working.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Just stumbled across Bristol Cottages Kilimanjaro in Moshi, base for climbing the Tanzanian mountain. The hotel’s 20 rooms are made up of eight cottages on the ground floor, eight standard rooms on the first floor and four large suites on the second floor. An eco hotel in plaseant grounds, it is signed up to Pack for a Purpose, in which travellers are asked to make a few kilos of space in their suitcase to take supplies for local schools and clinics. A nearby orphanage welcomes sports shoes, black flat school shoes, trousers, shirts and socks. Sizes of shoes range between 5 and 10. They also need toothpaste, soaps, toothbrushes and towels.
Monday, 24 April 2017
A bust of Franklin D Roosevelt is now on public display in Roosevelt Street in Yalta — the only street in Russia to be named after a US president. Yalta, of course, is where Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill met to carve up the map of Europe at the end of the Second World War.
Commissioned in 1960 by Vyacheslav Kurashin, CEO of the Hotel Bristol, the sculpture was made by Konstantin Koshkin, and until recently was kept in the ‘museum’ of the hotel (seen here in the snow). If ever Trump visits Yalta, says the town’s administrative head, Andrey Rostenko, he will be taken down the street to look at the statue.
See the full story in Tass
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Statesville, South Carolina: Not a hotel now but a restaurant – Bristol Café and Catering is opening in May. Run by Joanie and Jeff Hustead (pictured right) it originally opened in 1889 as the Star Saloon. “This was the hell-raising part of town,” Jeff Hustead told the Statesville Record & Landmark. “It was lined with saloons; as many as two or three at a time. Newspaper articles from the era said the court would have to stop proceedings due to noise from the saloon.”
In 1917 it became the Bristol Hotel & Café, and the centenary inspired the renaming..
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Sunday, 26 February 2017
January doesn't sound like the best time of year to play tennis in Europe, but between 1920 and 1932, the most prestigious tennis tournament was the Bristol Cup, held in the New Year at the Hotel Bristol in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. The hotel was built built by Blundel Maple, of the Maples furniture store in Tottenham Court Road, and it included tennis courts, now the town's tennis club. In 1921 Clementine Churchill was delighted to win four games in a single-set doubles match against Wimbledon champion Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers. She was staying at the Bristol while waiting to join Winston on an official trip to Egypt. But writing to him on February 21, she complained, “I am very solitary in this big rather dreary hotel.”
Thursday, 17 November 2016
The Yassar Arafat Museum has just opened in Ramallah near the mausoleum where his body was brought after his death in a Paris hospital. Arafat’s wife, Suha, took a suite in Le Bristol Hotel in Paris during his illness and after his death. The story of her stay at the hotel is imagined in ‘Suha Arafat and the Hope Diamond’ a chapter in High Times at the Hotel Bristol.