A Touch of Paris in the Middle East: Le Bristol Abu Dhabi to Open in 2013
Among the many luxurious hotels in Paris, only few are considered to be on a shortlist of “palace” hotels. Traditionally, these include names like the Hotel Ritz (for some, the original luxury hotel and now closed for a multi-year renovation), Le Meurice, (Four Seasons) George V, Le Crillon, and Le Bristol.
Having opened its doors in 1925, Le Bristol Paris is part of the Oetker Collection, a small group of particularly luxurious hotels that includes the Cannes Film Festival - and Karl Lagerfeld - favorite Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes and Palais Namaskar Marrakech (as well as a private jet to get from one to the other).
While Abu Dhabi might not come to mind at first as a destination for the Oetker Collection to open its second Le Bristol, such is the plan for next year. While details of the hotel are still very limited, it looks like there will be 184 rooms, with an additional number of suites, a spa, and even a concert hall.
The opening of the hotel is part of the emphasis on tourism by Abu Dhabi, with a target of 2.7 million hotel guests to hit this year already. Art will be a focal point, with a Jean Nouvel-designed outpost of the famous Louvre Museum scheduled to open in 2012, but now delayed until at least 2014, amidst controversy over the deal. A branch of the Guggenheim, also faced with delays, is not expected until 2017.
While the foundation for the hotel has apparently been constructed, we will have to wait and see how a Parisian landmark like Le Bristol will translate to the deserts of the United Arab Emirates - we'll keep you posted as more info becomes available.
[Photo: Hotel Le Bristol]