Santa Claus in Bangkok

Santa in front of the Oriental in Bangkok. Just between you and us: the snowman isn't real.

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Christmas for Children

At the Savoy in London, a large christmas party welcomed these children in 1911.

Hanoi, Hotel Metropole

Hanoi's legendary historic hotel Metropole welcomes you at christmas with a traditional tree.

Schloss Hotel Velden

The castel at lake Velden in Austria offers the view over this spectacular Adventwreath, floating in the lake in front of it. 

The Yearly Treescapade

Florist Stefan Weber decorates the yearly christmas tree at the lobby of the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria.

Half Moon Jamaica

Since the 1960s, on Christmas day a marching band parades the grounds at Half Moon on Jamaica.

YULE LOG 2017

Executive Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec and Pastry Chef Nicolas Paciello of the Prince de Galles – Paris put Tahitian vanilla under a perfect bundle of chocolate hiding a whole range of flavors and textures.

“Santa Claus is coming to Xian!”

whispers Anni at Peoples Grand Hotel Xian in China. These two charming "butleresses" were photographed by Bill Lorenz.

Christmas at the Mena House, Egypt

In 1909, the European community celebrated Christmas at the Mena House Hotel, opposite the Great Pyramid of Gizah. They spent the European winter in the dry and warm air of the dessert.

New Year at The Savoy London

1925 produced this cute New Years menu cover at the Savoy in London.

New Year 1911

On New Year's eve 1910–1911, the staff of Reid's Palace on Madeira posed for this photo.

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (1) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (1)

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In 1873, a journey around the world took Jules Verne's novel character Phileas Fogg 80 days. It can very well take you to 80 hotels. The first part of the journey takes us from England to Scotland.

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Agatha’s Secrets HOTELS

Agatha’s Secrets

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With Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot returned to the screen. Andreas Augustin discovers large gaps between solid pillars of hard facts, like suspension bridges between two solid rocks, which fluctuate violently in the wind of the researcher’s curiosity.

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Imperial New Delhi The Making Of Books

Imperial New Delhi

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The history of the Hotel Imperial brought Andreas Augustin back to this hotel which he had been visiting for almost 20 years. He witnessed the 'fastest turnaround in the hotel industry' — the book Imperial New Delhi became a best-seller.

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Mourby of Bürgenstock Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Bürgenstock

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In August 2017 the legendary Swiss resort Bürgenstock, a Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, reopened to the public. Mr Mourby visited the heart of Europe, travelled to Switzerland to find out that the view hasn't changed — and wrote home about it.

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The Charles Chaplin Journeys PERSONALITIES

The Charles Chaplin Journeys

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Charles Chaplin was the most popular movie actor, producer, director and composer of the 20th century. He was also a connaisseur of fine hotels. PICTORIAL

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Wanderwell, Aloha PERSONALITIES

Wanderwell, Aloha

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Aloha Wanderwell – nomen est omen – was a Canadian adventurer (* Idris Hall at Winnipeg 13 October 1906; † at Newport Beach, California 4 June 1996). the first woman to drive around the world in a customised Model T Ford.

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The Lady’s True Age HOTELS

The Lady’s True Age

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‘How old is this establishment?’ is often one of the first questions asked about any famous historic hotel. Modesty is not a consideration when answering: the older the better. The Oriental in Bangkok had its very own way of handling this affair.

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Breakfast with Michael Shepherd Breakfast with

Breakfast with Michael Shepherd

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Michael Shepherd, General Manager of The London Hilton on Park Lane has breakfast with Andreas Augustin. He explains that a good hotelier may grow up over the years, but he never grows old.

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The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee Stan Turkel

The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee

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The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody. The Peabody is the Paris Ritz, the Cairo Shepheard's, the London Savoy. If you stand near its fountain in the middle of the lobby, where ducks waddle, ultimately you will see everybody who is anybody in the Delta.

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REVIEW: Worth the Detour, A History of the Guidebook BOOKS REVIEWED

REVIEW: Worth the Detour, A History of the Guidebook

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‘But why, oh why, do the wrong people travel, when the right people stay at home?’ asked Noël Coward, and Nicholas Parsons seems to have the answer: 'Because they have guide books!’

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Marketing Success: Sisi - the Travelling Empress PERSONALITIES

Marketing Success: Sisi - the Travelling Empress

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Reid's Hotel on the flower island of Madeira, Portugal, had to wait exactly 114 years to get confirmation of what could turn into one of the greatest marketing assets of the next century to come.

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Bond of Brothers — the First Asian Hotel Chain PERSONALITIES

Bond of Brothers — the First Asian Hotel Chain

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Arriving from Armenia, settling on the island of Penang, the Sarkies created the first Asian hotel chain — The Story of A Family

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