Posted Jun 28, 2016
I wanted a Grand European Vacation for my family, so naturally the Hotel Imperial and Hotel Bristol were my top choices. I booked a Deluxe Room "with a View" at the Hotel Bristol. The room quality, size to price ratio was better than the Imperial. In the room description, the view was the main street. The picture had a room with high ceilings and a fireplace.
Much to my disappointment, we were placed on the mezzanine level: the only level with low ceilings. The room faced the air shaft with a dark view of a dirty skylight. After being an Expedia customer since its inception, I notice that I usually get the worst room of the class (lowest floor, worst view) than if I book the room through the hotel itself. I often felt an attitude from hotel staff that as Expedia Customers, we were somehow second rate guests.
Otherwise, the room was beautiful with fresh roses and a champagne and fruit welcome. It had a separate rooms for the toilet/bidet/1 sink and tub/shower/2sinks. The hotel was exactly what my family likes: a discrete boutique hotel with a small tasteful empty lobby. If you want a grand lobby filled with people to watch, like the Plaza in New York, the Hotel Bristol and Hotel Imperial will disappoint you.
The location was exceptional. EVERYTHING is within walking distance.
Even with our poor room assignment, I would still stay at the Hotel Bristol. My only suggestion is to make sure your room is not on the mezzanine or with a "court view."