vitznau park hotel by andreas augustin

In 2013, one of the most exciting design- and building projects of our days opened its doors. Expertly renovated and visionally enlarged by multi millionaire Peter Puehringer, the Swiss Park Hotel Vitznau presents a new concept of hospitality. The all suites palace at the shores of Lake Lucerne goes back to the mid of the 19 century. Andreas Augustin expertly tells the story of the rise and fall, and the resurrection of this icon of Swiss hotel business. More…

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Hotels lost in History

They are history. Famous hotels of the past, the grand hotels of a bygone era. Here we list them.  [more]

Recently published in: INSPIRATIONS

Xian - People’s Hotel - Chinese/English

The Renmin Dasha family is reunited.


Recently published in: INSPIRATIONS


The Oriental: Bikini Model causes scandal

50 years ago, on 30 July 1964, pretty blond haired model Kiki Sackmann created a sensation when she wore a bikini during a fashion… [more]

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Vienna/Austria and Xian/China

While visiting Xi'ans Terracotta Army you can now stay in ultimate luxury at the People's Grand Hotel. And in Vienna, the Imperial… [more]

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Premier Palace Kiev

While the Ukraine is making the headlines with its troublemsome government, one hotel is making the headlines since 1909, when… [more]

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Frankfurter Hof – the new book

Since 1876 the Frankfurter Hof ranks among the most famous hotels in the world. Its façade is a reminiscence of glorious… [more]

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Meeting Cromwell - A Piece of English History

Adrian Mourby meets Cromwell at the Lygon Arms in Broadway. A piece of English history.  [more]

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Around the World in 80 Hotels

A journey around the world can take – as we have all learnt – 79+1 days, it can also take you to 80 different… [more]

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2014: Jubilee Famous Hotels

Doorman Kuttan is among the longest serving hotel institutions in the world – so is his hotel: The Galle Face in Colombo!… [more]

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César Ritz (1)

Cesar Ritz, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald on 23 February 1850. He began his hotel career at the age… [more]

Recently published in: WHO WHERE WHEN


Mount Nelson: Breakfast with Xavier Lablaude

At the launch of 'I Had Tea at the Nellie — The Mount Nelson Treasury' — meet Xavier Lablaude of the legendary… [more]

Recently published in: BREAKFAST INTERVIEWS

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Istanbul/TR: Breakfast with Pınar Kartal Timer

Pinar Kartal Timer

She is the General Manager of the iconic Istanbul Pera Palace Hotel, now under… [more]

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Breakfast with Michel Rey

He is the doyen of Swiss Hospitality and became certainly one of the longest serving hotel general managers of the world. From… [more]

Recently published in: BREAKFAST INTERVIEWS


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Splendide Royal (1887)

The Splendide Royal in Lugano is one of the rare seasonal resort hotels among the Select members of The Most Famous Hotels…more




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