What prominent guests has the Carlton hotel hosted?

The regular guests of this Bratislava hotel included composer Franz List, while the American inventor Thomas Edison and the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen also visited

The Carlton Hotel The Carlton Hotel (Source: SME)

The Hotel Carlton, whose history dates back as far as the 13th century, dominates Hviezdoslavo Square in Bratislava with its majestic façade. To this day it is one of the most prominent hotels in the Slovak capital, the visits of famous figures adding to its prestige.

“In terms of visits this hotel belongs among the most important hotels in central Europe,” said Ján Vyhnánek from the Bratislavské Rožky civic association dedicated to promoting Bratislava’s history, during his lecture on prominent guests of the Carlton Hotel.

Vyhnánek, searching the archives for information about Bratislava history, has been making notes on who was accommodated where in Bratislava. The list of the Carlton’s guests is long, with many prominent names making this place even more interesting.

They included the musicians Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein and Johannes Brahms, explorer Fridtjof Nansen, inventor Thomas Edison, as well as the poet Allen Ginsberg.

“Franz Liszt had many friends in then Pressburg, but he always stayed in At the Green Tree hotel, one of the predecessors of today’s Carlton,” said Vyhnánek, adding that Liszt visited the city repeatedly either to give concerts or attend the ceremonial premieres of his works.

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