Published on : Saturday, January 4, 2014
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. celebrates Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna following an extensive restoration of the legendary hotel. Led by internationally acclaimed interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the restoration includes a complete redesign of the lobby, restaurant and bar, reimagining the hotel for a new generation of global explorers and continuing to offer guests and locals its unique style of composed Viennese flair since it first opened in 1892.
This is part of an extensive two-year, multi-million Euro restoration programme inspired by Viennese fin-de-siècle flair and contemporary Art Deco style, and includes ten new Bristol guestrooms and suites. Owned by the Viennese Sacher Group, Hotel Bristol is the only true Art Deco hotel in the Austrian capital.
“We are thrilled to reintroduce our guests to Hotel Bristol with its beautifully-restored public spaces and exquisite epicurean experiences,,” said Gerald Krischek, General Manager, Hotel Bristol. “This restoration is part of a larger strategy that adds innovative touches to the hotel while simultaneously preserving its historic character, closely linked to the neighbouring Vienna State Opera.”
“As a leader in the luxury hotel industry, Starwood is committed to strengthening and expanding The Luxury Collection brand portfolio. Together with our partners we are making major investments to renovate and restore some of our most iconic hotels in Europe to cater to today’s global explorers,” commented Thomas Willms, Senior Vice President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts – East & Central Europe. “We are proud to reintroduce the Hotel Bristol in Vienna after its restoration as it continues to unlock the city’s cultural treasures and authentic experiences for our guests as only The Luxury Collection brand can.”
New Epicurean Experiences
With its prime location next to the opera house, Hotel Bristol immediately became a popular meeting spot for the Viennese society and the city’s international visitors when it opened. The new all-day dining restaurant, Bristol Lounge, is set to become the place for celebrations and elegant meals in the city centre, especially appealing to opera lovers seeking a sophisticated dinner setting prior to a performance. The hotel’s newly appointed Executive Chef, Dominik Stolzer, brings his creative passion to the table, serving traditional Austrian cuisine with international influences.
The design of Bristol Lounge is inspired by the restaurant’s origins and includes the careful restoration of historic design features, recreating its open yet intimate atmosphere. Previously shielded behind a wooden ceiling for decades, the intricate stucco ceiling has been returned to its former splendour by local artisans. Eight crystal chandeliers that were placed in different rooms have also been carefully restored and returned to their former locations within the restaurant, creating a sophisticated ambiance with an elegant fireplace taking centre stage in the Bristol Lounge.
Composed Viennese Flair since 1892
The place to meet, relax and absorb the grandeur of the historic building, the reception has been enlarged and moved from the entrance area into the unique oval space opposite the Bristol Bar. The lobby features a striking white, black and ocher colour palette that is reminiscent of the Art Deco era. “It was my wish to rediscover the hotel’s typical historic elements and carefully reinterpret them to fit into the present and future of Hotel Bristol, which is a contemporary witness of Viennese heritage and tradition.” said Pierre-Yves Rochon.
Earlier this year, the hotel unveiled 10 new Bristol rooms and suites on the mezzanine floor, most of which feature panorama floor-to-ceiling windows with breath-taking views of the opera house or Vienna’s famous Ring Boulevard. Bathed in warm shades of ocher, black and white, the Art-Deco-influenced interiors feature exquisite marble, elegant black wooden floors and charming accessories. Today, Hotel Bristol offers 127 rooms and 23 suites across its six floors.
A Viennese institution, Hotel Bristol features an intimate club atmosphere. The legendary Bristol Bar was restored earlier this year to enhance its cosy and elegant atmosphere while preserving its historic character. The beautiful wall panels and original décor – such as the bar stools, have been carefully restored, while new design accents such as a stylish leopard-print carpet adds to the contemporary feel of the bar.
In October 2012, in conjunction with Hotel Bristol’s 120-year-anniversary, five new banquet rooms catering for events up to 350 people were launched. This was part of an extensive revitalisation of the hotel’s Garden Floor which spans 440 square metres (4,736 square feet) and features Viennese fin-de-siècle flair alongside exquisite craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology.
Source:- Starwood Hotel
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