Made it to Warsaw and now we are staying in the nicest most luxurious hotel I’ve ever been to. Is that because we came from a campground? Maybe. But this place is pretty sweet. Thank you @hotelbristolwarsaw #champagneatbreakfast
So I took my father to the Bristol Hotel for a champagne toast to celebrate his 70 years on this planet and when it was time to pay I realized I’d forgotten my wallet. How convenient 😬 anyway, it was fun and beautiful and he was very pleased with his present from me and my brother and my sister in law: a trip to Norrland, the northernmost area of Sweden 🇸🇪 .
The Bristol Hotel was built in 1906. I like the whole building, but especially dig the detail below the bay windows (swipe for a detail shot). This building sat empty for many years after its owner evicted low income residents. The idea was to turn it into a boutique hotel and nightclub, but lawsuits halted that plan. In 2009, the would-be hotelier sold the building to another developer, who then reopened it as lower income housing. Incredibly, the current owner only paid $2.5 million for the entire building, or about the same price as a nice house in a good neighborhood in Los Angeles. (If you’re familiar with LA neighborhoods, that’s like a Los Feliz price range, but it’s less than many houses in, say, Hancock Park.) In any case, this building is still looking a bit long in the tooth, but is great nonetheless.