Opened on 19 November, 1901, the Hotel Bristol has become a place where modernity and heritage meet. TFN’s Alex Webber looks back at its glitzy history.
Titled the Feel Harmony, the boutique investment will consist of 72 rooms spread across three barges and will include a whisky bar, café, restaurant, spa and water-facing terraces.
Measuring 21.4 m / 70.1 Ft long, with 287 m² / 3089.24 Ft² living area, the category A luxury yacht is now due to premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
Situated just a stone’s throw from Warsaw’s Royal Castle and Zygmunt Column, the extensive renovation of the now neglected late-baroque residences is hoped to restore more of Warsaw’s cultural heritage, 80 percent of which was wiped out during WWII.
Passing the abandoned palace in Lower Silesian every day on his way to work, crop farmer Józef Żałobniak eventually decided to buy the place and turn it into a hotel spa saying: “I wanted to save it for other people to enjoy. That was my dream.”
Following a gentle curve, and opening out at the mouth of Wawel Castle, is ul. Kanonicza 22. A guestbook exposes some of the past guests that have slept here: Jim Carrey; Depeche Mode; Hans Zimmer. Not bad company that I keep, I think to myself, as my gaze falls on a signed snap of Benedict Cumberbatch.
Measuring 125 metres in length, and accommodating 126 passengers, the ship from Crist shipyard in Gdynia will include a yoga studio, spa, saunas with ocean views, two infinity hot tubs and a lounge with panoramic views. It will also tout sixty-nine luxury cabins, among them a number of 40 sq/m suites.
Gazing right onto the ocean, the complex will allow guests direct access to the beach and will include state-of-the-art spa and conference facilities. Grzegorz Kawecki, Vice President of the Management Board of Marvipol Development SA said: “The premium hotel market is developing dynamically in Poland, which is why we have decided to cooperate with a strong, recognizable brand with a global reach, which is Mövenpick.”
Famously fronted by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and film producer Meir Teper, the Warsaw branch represents the luxury brand’s 12th hotel and 43rd restaurant.
Founder Bartosz Knop says: “Balticus is more than just watches, it is a Polish brand with passion, creating a quality product tailored to the needs of the owner.”