Above: The legendary 3 Pageboys at the Oriental in Bangkok, a successful advertising sujet of the late 1980s. 

We are traders of emotions, propelled by our own curiosity.

As you know there are 6 Ws and one H (Who, Which, What, Why, When, Where and How), but there are certainly more than 7 answers.

Why did we found The Most Famous Hotels in the World?


Because we love them.

But not naive, not "oh-how-wonderful-sort-of-thing".

We are the archaeologists of hospitality. We are storytellers. We believe that a well researched history makes a good story.

We are traders of emotions, propelled by our own curiosity. We love hotels with a (hi-)story.

We wanted to eliminate rumours, legends and fairy tales, distributed by generations of hoteliers, who presented their legends as history.

We wanted them to tell "real" stories. Today their real stories (and that can be a the description of a bumpy path) have become legends.

The raison d’être of The Most Famous Hotels in the World is to establish the history of all hotels. We create intellectual properties for hoteliers and their educated guests.

Who founded The Most Famous Hotels in the World®


During the 1980s Andreas Augustin alerted the global hotel industry that valuable historic facts would be lost if not researched and recorded. Over 250 farsighted, responsible and culturally minded hoteliers responded enthusiastically and joined with their hotels to form the non-for-profit organisation The Most Famous Hotels in the World.

Today, The Most Famous Hotels in the World has grown to over 450 hotels, comprising only the most famous and legendary names of the trade. Each year a jury sits over applications and selects new – in fact historic – member hotels.

Which Hotels are listed among “The Most Famous Hotels in the World”?


Hoteliers and travellers alike nominate hotels (Nominate a Hotel - open December to 31. October).

Once a year we present them to our independent jury who finally selects the hotels.

We list all hotels of outstanding historic significance

  1. with at least 50 rooms,

  2. at least 50 years old as a hotel,

  3. and at least 50 % of the year open.

How has the “Famous Hotels” listing created a new historical awareness in our industry?


The visit of our lists of famous hotels, sorted by geography or in a timeline, is always a trip down memory lane. „I have been to this one, and that one, too …“ is a result of leisurely browsing through our carefully compiled directory. 

We are addressing the educated individual traveller. A well researched and verified history is one of the corner pillars of a successful marketing strategy. Since 1986, we professionally research the history of these hotels. The picture has certainly changed! The presentation of the history of a hotel has been recognized as a sustainable asset and a competitive advantage. Well researched history has become a valuable tool of marketing. Books and related material have created a new means of identification.

What do we do when we completed our historical research?


“The Most Famous Hotels in the World” is specialized in the global historic research and production of fine books and the installation of permanent exhibitions about this subject. Since 1986, we have researched the history of over 500 hotels around the world. We have written the histories of many notable establishments. The archives of the organisation holds files of all hotels, who benefit from our internal „web of information“. Visit our bookstore and our reading room for details.

How much does the membership cost?


Like history, a membership at The Most Famous Hotels in the World can not be bought, it must be earned. The independent jury meets every year to select hotels from the nominations. Once selected, the hotel can call itself a “Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World”. All select hotels are listed on this website under ‘HOTELS’.

What to do to register for a history research project?


It is important that each hotel has its own historical database, resulting in various tools of marketing, e.g. a book. Since 1986, we are building the library “The Most Famous Hotels in the World”. A personal letter addressed to general managers of famous hotels explains the multitude of opportunities of the entire operation. Please request this letter.

How often do we update these books?


Every day our famous hotels are writing a new story, which tomorrow is called 'history'. We update each book regularly.

What is the Path of History?


We install THE PATH OF HISTORY, a permanent history exhibition, in our partner hotels. Visited by thousands of spectators we are also proud to say that we were honoured by UNESCO for our efforts and works in the UNESCO Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation program.

Below the entrance of the Path of History® at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria.

Who are The Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World?


The Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World is a group of extremely cultured, widely traveled individuals, who follow our trail around the world.

We receive their applications by postcards (our books contain old fashioned postcards), and of course here, over the web. Why not visit the ‘FRIENDS’.

Become a corresponding member. 


How do we support publishers, producers and press?


Open-hearted! Please refer to Press, Research and Archives to see what we can offer.


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