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Dear Traveller and Hoteliers;

We are the historians of the most famous hotels in the world. We assist hotels to fulfill their historical responsibilities, create databases of former times, build exhibitions and dazzle you with stories of legendary events, travellers and important personalities.

We are the collectors of famous hotels. As per January 2018, over 450 HOTELS have been listed as Select Members of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. This is the world's largest completely independent listing in this field. You find all hotels on a map, in a timeline and sorted by countries. We appreciate submissions of SUGGESTED HOTELS.

We are the Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, gathering people from all four corners of the world. Please subscribe to our newsletter "Feuiletton" — we welcome interest in our work. Over 1000 stories await you in our READING ROOM. Last but not least, please visit our library of BOOKS

If you book a room, go via our website to booking.com. It supports our activities with a little fee, which doesn't cost you more.

Yours sincerely

Andreas and Carola Augustin
Travel and Hotel Historians

News

AA’s Notes from a Journey Andreas Augustin

AA’s Notes from a Journey

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Andreas Augustin’s personal blog from his journeys, past, current and future projects.

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The Path of History HOTELS

The Path of History

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The Most Famous Hotels in the World display splendid exhibitions, based on meticulous historic research. Most exhibitions are the result of our research, displaying carefully chosen excerpts of our books. You see: Walls can talk.

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RENÉ AUGUSTE CAILLIÉ — From Here to Timbuktu PERSONALITIES

RENÉ AUGUSTE CAILLIÉ — From Here to Timbuktu

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Timbuktu is widely used to describe a place extremely far away and regarded by many as a myth. In reality it's a city in Mali, West Africa, of such great historical importance that in 1988 it was designated a World Heritage Site.

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Scent of a Woman Andreas Augustin

Scent of a Woman

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Author Andreas Augustin visits a good old friend. Once called one of the “Maidens of the East”, today one of the Grand Old Ladies of South East Asia. The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok keeps its reign as the most famous hotel of Thailand, while for many travelers it is simply the best hotel in the world.

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FamousHotels in the Press

FamousHotels in the Press

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We contribute articles to global press services, international magazines and newspapers. They are extracts of our books or independent travel articles.

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What Hoteliers Say About Our Work PERSONALITIES

What Hoteliers Say About Our Work

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Since 1986, we have listed over 450 hotels, numerous individual hotels were researched, their history recorded, and successful books published. Here is what some of our partners have to say about our work.

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Ritzy Things You Should Know HOTELS

Ritzy Things You Should Know

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Putting on the Ritz and others: Have you ever asked yourself what “Puttin' on the Ritz“ means? Or where the name „Ritz-Carlton“ originated. Glad you asked.

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Mourby of Books HOTELS

Mourby of Books

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Two books by Adrian Mourby, famoushotels roving reporter and tireless collector of hotel anecdotes, should interest all hotel aficionados: "Rooms of One's Own — 50 Places That Made Literary History" and his latest work "Rooms with a View — The Secret Life of Great Hotels“.

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Zoooom–In Hotel History HOTELS

Zoooom–In Hotel History

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With Closr we create descriptive and informative presentations of famoushotels history images.

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Hotel Bristol Vienna on Artivive HOTELS

Hotel Bristol Vienna on Artivive

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A wall comes to live. Augmented Reality can be found in famoushotels exhibitions like at the Hotel Bristol in Vienna.

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Press- and Archives HOTELS

Press- and Archives

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Open for publishers and on-line researchers we are determined to help you with all your queries. We do hold a library featuring almost every hotel of note on earth. We have original files, digital images, books and documents … more

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Our Award PERSONALITIES

Our Award

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The Most Famous Hotels in the World bestows the KEEPER OF THE ARCHIVES award as special thanks to those individuals who deserve special recognition for their preservation and provision of archived material of hotel and travel related history.

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