Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013
Luxury Collection Hotel Bristol exterior. (Photo: Business Wire)
“As The Luxury Collection portfolio continues to grow globally, we are thrilled to introduce the brand in Poland with the signing of the iconic Hotel Bristol,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide. “A landmark in Warsaw since 1901, The Luxury Collection will celebrate the hotel’s distinctive character, indigenous charm and the unparalleled service that allows our global guests to experience the city through a unique lens.”
“As part of Starwood’s strategy to strengthen our Luxury Collection brand portfolio, together with our owner partners, we are making major investments to renovate and restore some of our most iconic hotels,” commented Roeland Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “The addition of Hotel Bristol to The Luxury Collection brand portfolio underlines our commitment to providing global explorers the chance to discover this incredible destination with the exceptional service and style they have come to expect from the brand.”
Situated in one of the most prestigious locations in Warsaw, next to the Presidential Palace and on the historic and fashionable Royal Route, Hotel Bristol has been at the centre of Varsovian society since it was founded in 1901 by Ignacy Paderewski – a renowned composer, piano virtuoso and former Polish Prime Minister. The hotel continues to provide unrivalled hospitality for discerning global travellers, with 168 guestrooms and 38 suites clothed in understated shades of ivory and blue, creating a soothing backdrop for the contrasting charcoal and ebony furnishings. Subtle Art Deco accents are used alongside classic elements, a gentle reminder of the hotel’s historic roots. Softly polished nickel, rich timbers, generously proportioned bevelled mirrors and high-gloss lacquer combine with indulgent satin, mohair and fine wool to encapsulate the glamour and decadence of the 1920s.
A Renewed Masterpiece
Offering a mesmerising experience reminiscent of Warsaw’s Belle Époque era from the early 20th century, Hotel Bristol is a unique masterpiece with an enduring artistic spirit coupled with contemporary amenities. Behind the hotel’s majestic neo-renaissance façade, the interiors were created by acclaimed London-based hotel designer, Anita Rosato, to recapture its illustrious history and romantic aura with subtle references to the aesthetics of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Rosato worked closely with the city’s Architectural Conservator during the renovation of the 110-year-old hotel to ensure that Hotel Bristol’s historical charm is preserved.
The restoration and re-branding of Hotel Bristol as a Luxury Collection hotel reinforces its position at the heart of Warsaw’s cultural and social scenes, as well as one of the city’s beloved landmarks. The place to meet, relax and absorb the grandeur of the historic building, the reception has been returned to its original location next to the main entrance with an enlarged lobby lounge. The decor features deep-buttoned armchairs and marbled walls with antiqued mirrors in brass frames. With the restored chandelier illuminating the grand floral display of palm trees and freshly cut blooms, the lobby is a contemporary re-interpretation of the original winter garden by Otto Wagner the Younger, the hotel’s first interior designer.
Influences from the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil movements can be seen in bespoke design accents throughout the hotel: from the intricate installation of over 600 handmade brass leaves – inspired by the organic forms of a Secessionist brooch, in the reception and an elaborate handcrafted rug that was developed from a remnant fabric with Art Nouveau design, to nickel-glass wall fittings, embellished wool drapes and embossed white leather panels influenced by Wagner’s contemporaries.
Source:- Starwood Hotels