Hospitium Gaudium Maximum Est

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Dear Traveller;
Welcome to The Most Famous Hotels in the World. We are the history-tellers of hospitality. We revive the golden age of travel. We are specialised in all means of transport, legendary cuisine, famous hosts, hoteliers, their guests, and last but not least, we concentrate on hotels.
Famous historic hotels are an unique part of our cultural heritage. They are the venue for important historic events, stage for extraordinary people – staff and guests alike.
They were the originators – and today they are the keepers – of hospitality traditions. They are a showroom of technical innovations.
We work hard to deliver our share  to treasure the past in order to safeguard the future.
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CORINTHIA GRAND HOTEL DU BOULEVARD BUCHAREST around 1900Grand Hotel du Boulevard, Bucharest, Romania, around 1900. Supposed to be reopened as CORINTHIA GRAND HOTEL DU BOULEVARD BUCHAREST in 2023.


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What a night. 
Paris, 1929. 
2 August, to be precise.
Hear cheers, laughter, Champagne corks popping. The orchestra played. Charleston. Jazz. Swing. Citroën and Peugeots pulled up at the front door, one Cadillac V16 and two Rolls Royces. A flapper parked her yellow little Renault right in front of the entrance. ... more PRINCE DE GALLES PARIS


The Grand Hotel in Melbourne. Never heard about? Well, today it is known as THE WINDSOR -- and it is the only Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World® in Australia. More about its history.


USA Chicago | Ambassador East hotel: a colourful sample of classic hospitality advertising for one of the most popular restaurants in the world: the Pump Room 

grand hotel rome

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


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

2022: Cambodia — A Tale of Two Hotels: Raffles Le Royal and Grand Hotel d'Angkor

Fascinating ExhibitionsPath of History — Walls TALK! - our exhibitions


 


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Imperial World HOTELS

Imperial World

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"Imperial" is a very popular hotel name. It still features prominently in the post-colonial world – a reminiscence of a bygone era.

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Ritz-Carlton: The Beginning Andreas Augustin

Ritz-Carlton: The Beginning

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Ritz-Carlton's name is based on The Carlton in London and the Ritz in Paris. The first Ritz-Carlton opened in New York in 1911.

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The Randolph — A Perspective of Oxford Adrian Mourby

The Randolph — A Perspective of Oxford

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Teaching exists at Oxford since 1096 and developed accordingly from 1167, when King Henry II banned English students from attending the University in Paris. As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. Its most famous hotel is comparatively young. The Randolph opened in 1866. It very quickly established itself as what it was always intended to be: a suitable place for both visiting dignitaries and parents to stay when in Oxford.

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The Greenbrier and its dress-code Stan Turkel

The Greenbrier and its dress-code

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The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark, world-class resort, and, at times, army hospital and, later, bomb shelter of 1100 people including 535 senators. The present structure opened in 1913. 26 presidents have stayed at The Greenbrier. Not surprising: the hotel has a whole website on dress code and - call us old-fashioned- we at The Most Famous Hotels in the World like that very much!

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SCHLOSS SCHÖNBRUNN Andreas Augustin

SCHLOSS SCHÖNBRUNN

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Der Neue Guide für Schloss Schönbrunn … Wieder einmal haben sich Andreas und Carola Augustin auf ein Theme konzentriert … mehr

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The Willard Washington Stan Turkel

The Willard Washington

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American author Nathaniel Hawthorne observed in the 1860s that “the Willard Hotel more justly could be called the center of Washington than either the Capitol or the White House or the State Department.”  

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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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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 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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Grand Hotel Royal (Corinthia Budapest)
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The man with the sign ‘Grand Hotel Royal’ awaits me on the platform at Keleti railway station. He takes my... Read more

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