Kaerntner Ring 1, Vienna 1010 Austria
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Hotel History


Hotel Bristol Vienna is not only the spot where the Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson vacationed at the height of their affair and after but also where Noble Peace Prize winner Bertha con Suttner met her political rival, the American president Theodore Roosevelt, and where George Gershwin worked on "An American in Paris." Moreover, our positioning across from the Vienna State Opera means that the biggest names in opera choose to call us their Viennese home-away-from-home.

Between 1916 and 1945, the Hotel Bristol was so large that it stretched the entire front of Kärntner Ring 1-7. During that time the hotel still boasted the Grill Room, a Titanic-style dining room. Neither the room nor the ship exists any longer. With its prominent address Kärntner Ring 1 today, the Hotel Bristol is the hotel next to the Vienna State Opera, with 150 rooms and suites.

The hotel was named after the British town Bristol. In Vienna it was disproved for the first time that the Bristol had been named after the fourth Earl of Bristol. Bristol's emblem depicts a castle and a ship. Bristol, after all, was the town from where many expeditions put out to sea. The original unicorns were displaced by lions in 1923. Later, in 1932 and 1975, the unicorns appeared again. Today, the emblem bears the lions once again. The motto Virtute et Industria, virtue and industriousness, can be read above our hotel's entrance door; it is, in fact, the same motto that decorates the emblem of the town Bristol in England.

Artists from Rubinstein to Puccini, conductors from Herbert von Karajan to Leonard Bernstein, and even US Generals after the Second World War can all attest to the charms of Hotel Bristol, which have only increased through the years. Our most recent improvement occurred in 2008 when 48 rooms were renovated. The current décor is a seamless Art Nouveau fusion of fin de siècle antiques and the latest technology—all accentuated by our superior, professional staff's impeccable service.


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