Now I can say that twice in his life stayed at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The first time it happened my sister’s wedding ten years ago. It was all a bit surreal, because the bride was 45 minutes late to the local Church, perched on a high cliff overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Her being late was so serious, that poor girl that was getting married an hour after sister (schedule of ceremonies they are not much different from the flight schedule at the airport of nice), came up to her, so my brother-in-law almost met the wrong bride. Of course, not a good omen, and the marriage didn’t last long. When I then asked my sister why she was late, she said that she was so comfortable in his room, she lost track of time until his hair. It did not help that her clock was still showing UK time.
So I was surprised and somewhat stunned, when I was invited to stay at the hotel (owned by the family of billionaire Oetker, in whose collection in Paris, and Bristol) on the weekend on my birthday last fall (the invitation lying on my Desk, included beautifully packaged white sports watch Eden-Roc and a birthday card from the management). Perhaps they remember my sister? In the novels of John Le Carre can read that in shveicarskie each request and each habit is written by guest staff for the future. I chose not to specify. Continue reading
A symbol of prestige and comfort, the famous hotel Ritz on the place vendôme in the French capital, was closed for renovation. It should last for two years and will cost its current owner, Egyptian billionaire Mohamed al Fayed at 140 million euros.
I must say that the hotel in which stayed many crowned heads, movie stars, where one third of the life of Coco Chanel, really needs a serious “facelift” so that, as before, to be at a proper height. Because last time the repair work was carried out here over 30 years ago.
Immediate Wake-up call for the owner of the “Ritz” became the reexamination, which recently in accordance with the new law on the development and modernization of tourist services were many of France. This document introduced a number of new criteria for awarding “stars”. Although the “Ritz” and received the maximum five stars, but here in the category “Palace” was denied. Had to respond, especially when you consider the tough competition from Asian investors who in the past two years has opened in Paris a few luxurious hotels of the highest category, such as “Shangri-La”, “Mandarin Oriental” and several others. And the local masters of hospitality of a class”Lux” are not asleep. So, famous hotels “Bristol” and “MERIS”, included in “top ten” best Paris hotels, has already seriously updated. However, there without closing. Continue reading
Luxury historic hotel built in 1870 in the area of the Horti Sallustiani, known for its magnificent gardens. The Windows offer a view of the famous fountain of Triton, created in the XVII century by the sculptor Bernini by order of Pope urban VIII. The hotel quickly became popular among the European and world elite. His guests were the Emperor of Brazil Dom Pedro II, Princess of Wales Alexandra, Queen of England, Aristotle Onassis, Peter Ustinov, Rudolf Nureyev and many others. In the ‘ 50s in a nightclub Bernini Bristol were many young musicians that later became the symbols of the generation of the “Dolce Vita”. Recently, the hotel underwent massive reconstruction. Today, he also carefully keeps the best traditions of an aristocratic hotel, making it popular among today’s business and political elite.
Location: in the centre of Rome, at the beginning of via Veneto, opposite the fountain Trevi, and only 32 kilometers from the international airport Leonardo da Vinci.
In the hotel: 127 rooms, restaurant, Wellness centre (sauna, Hammam, Jacuzzi, massage), gym, 6 conference rooms (100 people), garage. Continue reading