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Feuilleton 391: THE WALDORF CAMPAIGN, Hotels lost in History Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 391: THE WALDORF CAMPAIGN, Hotels lost in History

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Andreas Augustin’s irregular newsletter appears on this website and is delivered to the inbox of all our subscribers.

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The Modest Mr Ritz or: Taking over the Frankfurter Hof Andreas Augustin

The Modest Mr Ritz or: Taking over the Frankfurter Hof

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On March 1, 1895 the Frankfurter Hof was leased to a consortium consisting of César Ritz, Otto Kah from Baden-Baden and the brothers Otto and Ferdinand Hillengass. The Hotel Aktiengesellschaft corporation demanded an adequate rent and hoped to at least make a good return on it. The big-mouthed Swiss shooting star of hospitality, César Ritz, had gambled high to get the contract, now he must show what he was able to do.

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Hotels lost in History HOTELS

Hotels lost in History

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Many legendary hotels were lost in history. As a testimonial to their fame and to keep the memory alive, we run this list, sorted alphabetically by country/city.

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Trafalgar - beating heart of England Adrian Mourby

Trafalgar - beating heart of England

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If you want to know where the beating heart of England can be found, then Trafalgar Square is a good place to start. It has always seemed odd to me that, despite its pole position in the national psyche, Trafalgar Square is almost entirely devoid of hotels. Maybe I assign too much importance to hotels but I believe they are the crowning glory of any city piazza.

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Built in less than two years: the New Waldorf Astoria Andreas Augustin

Built in less than two years: the New Waldorf Astoria

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The Waldorf Astoria New York is a member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World since the very first hour of our organisation in 1986. There was no doubt for the two of us that we will enjoy our partnership.

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TRAILER - GRAND HOTEL METROPOLE - 2021 Andreas Augustin

TRAILER - GRAND HOTEL METROPOLE - 2021

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Here it is -- the long awaited trailer for the new documentary by Andreas Augustin: THE AMAZING TALE OF THE FABULOUS HOTEL METROPOLE - THE SOFITEL LEGEND OF HANOI

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CALENDAR HOTELS Andreas Augustin

CALENDAR HOTELS

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HAVEN’T HEARD THAT EXPRESSION BEFORE? A calendar building always plays with calendar related numbers: 2 for day and night, 4 for the seasons, 7 for days, 12 for months, 52 rooms e.g. per floor for weeks and – you guessed it right – 365 rooms, or windows.

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The Gentleman in the Parlour Andreas Augustin

The Gentleman in the Parlour

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During his 1922/23 travels through Asia, Somerset Maugham worked on his new book at the Grand Hotel Metropole, Hanoi.

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The nit-picker, a bean counter Andreas Augustin

The nit-picker, a bean counter

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Carl Baedeker, the „Erbsenzähler“, was the first professional German travel guide author. His descriptions were so accurate that he earned himself the nickname „Erbsenzähler“ (nit-picker / bean counter)

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Say Good Bye to starred Hotel Restaurants Andreas Augustin

Say Good Bye to starred Hotel Restaurants

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Spurred by the recent crisis the cost-intensive luxury 2-3-starred hotel restaurants will become a thing of the past.  The hotels are saying goodbye to the great gastronomy, a trend that began a decade ago.

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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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The Driskill - Austin’s oldest operating hotel Stan Turkel

The Driskill - Austin’s oldest operating hotel

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The Driskill, a Romanesque-style building completed in 1886, is the oldest operating hotel in Austin, Texas. In 1934, a young Texas congressional aide named Lyndon B. Johnson met Claudia Alta Taylor for their first date: a breakfast at the Driskill Dining Room. He was so enamored that he proposed marriage that very day. He and Lady Bird continued to have a strong relationship with the hotel, even watching election returns for his vice presidential and presidential campaigns. And today guests can stay in a room named after him.

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The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Since decades “The Oriental”, as it is affectionately known by travellers from all over the globe, leads the lists of all...Read More

Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel

The historic building (top, slide to the right): The "new" Raffles main building in 1899. It opened on 18 November 1899, featuring the all new...Read More

Le Royal

Le Royal

In 1923/24, the construction of a 55-room hotel in Phnom Penh was proposed, with Ernest Hébrard as architect. A visionary planner, he was in...Read More

Galle Face

Galle Face

The Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864, five years before the Suez Canal came into operation. A journey through the Suez Canal was a...Read More

Half Moon

Half Moon

In 1954, a group of wealthy individuals including Donald Deskey, the fabled designer (among his works the Radio City Music Hall); Harvey Firestone,...Read More

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  "The Metropole is one of the last grand hotels of the so called exotic East. I have returend to the... Read more

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