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The Grand Hotel Rome shortly after its opening in 1894. A brainchild of hotel-genius César Ritz it .... more 

Imperial Arrival in 1903: Emperor Francis Joseph I. of Austria arrives at the Grand Hotel Pupp at Carloy Vivary (Karlsbad), today Czech republic. A corridor of devotion is formed by the hotel's staff to welcome His Imperial Highness.


Amazing Tales of the East —2021: The Oriental Bangkok - The Amazing Tale of Thailands most Famous Hotel

2021: Cambodia — A Tale of Two Hotels: Raffles Le Royal and Grand Hotel d'Angkor

Fascinating Exhibitions

Path of History — Walls can talk! - our exhibitions

Jamaica — Half Moon Treasury — Dreams of the Caribbean 


Paris — Hotel Prince de Galles — limited edition 


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Astor, John Jacob IV Andreas Augustin

Astor, John Jacob IV

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St. Regis (Grand Hotel) Rome — we have a look at the legendary man behind this name.

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Historic Hotel Names Andreas Augustin

Historic Hotel Names

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This growing log explains the origins of names of hotels, frequently used in history. We are constantly expanding this list and you are invited to share your knowledge.

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2021 Spring News Andreas Augustin

2021 Spring News

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With 2020 over, and Corona not, new steps are taken to restore global travel. In contrast, history is a stabile source of information. Our history books present the best stories and a solidly researched history of each hotel, its location and its people. In 2020, our online bookstore has received an unprecedented run of interested readers, who didn’t want to spend endless months at home without visiting their favourite hotel – and be it from their rocking chair.

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Oberoi Mohan Singh PERSONALITIES

Oberoi Mohan Singh

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The story of the Oberoi emporium is the saga of a famous family, an important part of the heritage of India. And it is the story of M.S. Oberoi.

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Snippets from History: The Savoy London Andreas Augustin

Snippets from History: The Savoy London

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In 2000, I lived at The Savoy London and researched its history. After a few weeks I had a very clear understanding of the historical dimensions of the house, where the old courtyards have been hiding, where they are today. 

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THE NEXT STEP Andreas Augustin

THE NEXT STEP

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How do our hotels survive the current crises? I want you to meet the innovative managers and to learn how they cope with this unprecedented situation. I will introduce you to the ideas of the hoteliers of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. And we start with Claridge's in London. General Manager Paul Jackson sent me these lines.

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Galle Face - Pimm’s o’clock Andreas Augustin

Galle Face - Pimm’s o’clock

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We mustn’t forget: there have been days and times of frolic and laughter — and they will return. A look in the more recent history of one of our hotels — history researched — book prepared — launch postponed.

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The Façade Competition: does Size matter? HOTELS

The Façade Competition: does Size matter?

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The Façade Competition: famous hotels are sometimes architectural giants in every respect. Often their façade dominates the surrounding. Does size matter? We have meassured and listed the most famous protagonists of the trade.

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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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Hanoi: The Opening Riddle Andreas Augustin

Hanoi: The Opening Riddle

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The Metropole in Hanoi confronted us with the most challenging project. The material was scattered all over the world, from London to Paris, from Washington to Aix-en-Provence. But not at the hotel left alone in Vietnam itself.

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Stefan Zweig at Hotel Regina, Vienna Andreas Augustin

Stefan Zweig at Hotel Regina, Vienna

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His books were burnt by the Nazis, he escaped the terror but never found peace again. On 22 February 1942, he committed suicide in his exile in Brazil. Today Stefan Zweig is regarded one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He is the most translated author of his time.

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The Clean Check HOTELS

The Clean Check

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2020 Survey: Almost half of guests will spend 30 minutes cleaning their own hotel room before use!   And 14% would bring their own fresh sheets and towels to a hotel 

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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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Imperial Vienna
(1873, 28 April)

"Stay at the Imperial and feel like an Emperor," said Charlie Chaplin during his visit. The former private palace of... Read more

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