Bristol Hotel 5 * Odesa A story embodied in luxury
The hotel was built at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries (1889-1899) on the site of a tenement house with three bread shops that belonged to the merchant Naum Yurovsky.
In the neighborhood there is a house where in the 20s of the XIX century. A.S. Pushkin lived. In memory of this event, the street was named Pushkinskaya.
The hotel building was recognized as one of the best and most comfortable in Russia at that time: amenities in every room, telephones, well-trained servants – everything is at the guests’ service.
Foreigners, rich, wealthy people and representatives of the creative nobility stayed at the hotel. Among them are the famous Russian writer I.A. Bunin and the silent film star –
V. Kholodnaya, writers Henri Barbusse, Theodore Dreiser and James Aldridge.
The restaurant “Krasniy” and the hotel bar won incredible popularity in Odessa, the walls of which outlined the whole elite of Soviet cinema, stage, circus, legendary sea captains, all local bohemians – journalists, writers, musicians, artists. For example, Isaac Babel liked to treat his ladies with a signature cocktail at the Red Restaurant.
The five-storey hotel building was designed by the famous architect Alexander Bernardazzi.
The name of the hotel was borrowed from the hotel of the same name in Austria (“Hotel Bristol”, Vienna), which at that time was a favorite vacation spot for the Odessa nobility.
During the NEP, the hotel was revived and renamed
to the hotel “Krasnaya” in honor of the Red Army, the Red Banner as a symbol of the revolution and the Red Square in Moscow. The name of the hotel could be interpreted differently: “Krasnaya” – beautiful, refined, expensive, which was more consistent with the hotel’s nomination.
At various times, the hotel’s apartments stayed: Nobel Prize laureate Ivan Bunin, writers Theodore Dreiser, James Aldridge, Henri Barbusse, singer Leonid Utesov, silent film star Vera Kholodnaya, actors Innokenty Smoktunovsky
and Andrei Mironov, American billionaire Armand Hammer Claudia Cardinale, Vladimir Vysotsky, John Malkovich, Dmitry Hvorostovsky.
The hotel has always been a source of inspiration for artists. And since December 2010, after reconstruction, the renovated hotel is again ready to receive guests of honor.