Le Bristol is one of the very few hotels in Paris that are categorized as Palace Hotels. By implication these hotels are some of the most luxurious hotels in the city. The other names on the list include Ritz Hotel which has been dubbed the original luxury hotel and is undergoing a long renovation to regain its glory. Le Meurice George V run by Four Seasons and Le Crillon are other hotels in the palace hotels category. Le Bristol is expanding its presence and planning another hotel in an unlikely city like Abu Dhabi. It is not a very popular destination as yet but it is an ambitious city trying to develop itself as an Art and museum destination.
Abu Dhabi is Focusing on Art to Develop its Tourism
Abu Dhabi will soon have a Jean Nouvel-designed outpost of the famous Louvre Museum. It was expected to open for the public this year itself but has been delayed for various reasons and now rescheduled for a 2014 opening. A branch of the Guggenheim at Abu Dhabi is also in the pipeline but is facing similar delays and has been pushed back for a 2017 opening. However the focus on Art and tourism is there and the city has already set a target of 2.7 million hotel guests this year. Le Bristol fits in beautifully with the thrust of the Gulf emirate. Le Bristol Paris is after all a part of the Oetker Collection, a small group of particularly luxurious hotels. The ultra luxurious collection boasts of hotels like Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes and Palais Namaskar in Marrakech that provides private jets to its guests to go from one to the other.
The Details About the Upcoming Hotel Are Limited
The details about the new Le Bristol coming up at Abu Dhabi are still sketchy. There will be 184 rooms in the hotel. In addition there will be suites, a spa, and even a concert hall. However one can be sure that if it is Le Bristol it has to be ultra luxurious and in synch with its status as a member of the exclusive Oetker Collection. The construction of the hotel at Abu Dhabi has already started and the work on the foundation has already been completed. If there are no unforeseen delays the hotel could be ready by the end of next year and it will be interesting to see how a Parisian landmark reinvents itself in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates.