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Marco Polo called his 13th-century travelogue of the Marvels of the World in Italian Il Milione or Oriente Poliano. 

Driven by the same curiosity for the new and the unexplored, we are researching the history of famous historic hotels. We are producing fine books about them and update these books frequently.

We love what we are doing, we are historians, writers, story- and history-tellers. 

We became a faithful companion of educated travellers. Please take your time and browse our book catalogue. We appreciate your custom, we are glad that you are here.

Andreas Augustin

Reid’s Palace – Madeira (English) Edition Raconteur

Reid’s Palace – Madeira (English)

Price: € 33.00

This book is of course the story of a visionary man called William Reid, the sojourn of ‘Sisi’, the restless Empress of Aus...

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The Oriental – Bangkok, Thailand (English) Edition Raconteur

The Oriental – Bangkok, Thailand (English)

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The Amazing Tale of Bangkok's Legendary Hotel Jim Thompson, the silk king, owned it, the late Peter Ustinov loved it, Graham green...

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Grand Hotel Belvédère – Davos, Schweiz (Deutsch) Edition Raconteur

Grand Hotel Belvédère – Davos, Schweiz (Deutsch)

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Seit dem 17. Juli 1875 ist das Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère aus dem Bild von Davos nicht mehr wegzudenken. Aus eine...

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Pera Palace – Istanbul, Turkey (English) Edition Raconteur

Pera Palace – Istanbul, Turkey (English)

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‘The entire continent turns eastward’, wrote Victor Hugo in his prologue to Les Orientales towards the end of the 19th cent...

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People’s Grand Hotel – Xian, China (English) Edition Raconteur

People’s Grand Hotel – Xian, China (English)

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The finest hotel in North West China, a Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. Opened in 1953 it was the official hotel ...

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London Hilton on Park Lane – England (English) Edition Raconteur

London Hilton on Park Lane – England (English)

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Overlooking Hyde Park, London Hilton on Park Lane stands tall but never still. In 1963, when it opened its doors, the London Hilton was...

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Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Germany (English, special gift edition in darkbrown, padded with gold stamping) Edition Raconteur

Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Germany (English, special gift edition in darkbrown, padded with gold stamping)

Price: € 58.00

  In elegant leather-look, a special edition for our collectors. Since 1876 the Frankfurter Hof is among the most famous hotels...

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Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Deutschland (Deutsch) Edition Raconteur

Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Deutschland (Deutsch)

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Das Flaggschiff der Steigenberger Hotelgruppe steht in Frankfurt, der Metropole der Finanz, aber durchaus auch des gemütlichen Leb...

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Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Germany (English) Edition Raconteur

Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Germany (English)

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The flagship of the Steigenberger group of hotels stands in the German capital of finance, Frankfurt. Since 1876 the Frankfurter Hof is...

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Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Deutschland (Deutsch, Geschenkausgabe dunkelbraun mit Goldprägung) Edition Raconteur

Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Deutschland (Deutsch, Geschenkausgabe dunkelbraun mit Goldprägung)

Price: € 58.00

  Das Flaggschiff der Steigenberger Hotelgruppe steht in Frankfurt, der Metropole der Finanz, aber durchaus auch des gemüt...

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Hotel Imperial – Wien / Vienna, Österreich / Austria (bilingual Deutsch / English) Edition Raconteur

Hotel Imperial – Wien / Vienna, Österreich / Austria (bilingual Deutsch / English)

Price: € 33.00

One of Viennas most famous palaces has been turned into a hotel. That was in 1873. The decade preceding this change saw Vienna under ...

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Schloss Velden - Il Castello sul Lago di Wörth, Austria (Italian) Edition Raconteur

Schloss Velden - Il Castello sul Lago di Wörth, Austria (Italian)

Price: € 33.00

Costruito come Castello dei Khevenhüller, alla fine del 19° secolo divenne un tempio della villeggiatura prima di trasformarsi...

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Publisher's recommendations

 

 

Dear wonderful Readers;

With our books about The Most Famous Hotels in the World we are changing the way people look at famous hotels. Our exhibitions at famous hotels open doors into a fascinating past. Enjoy our research, we have done everything imaginable to turn it into wonderful and entertaining books.

 

This season, for example, at Half Moon, Jamaica, chairman Guy Steuart and general manager Sandro Fabris present our THE HALF MOON TREASURY — Secrets of A Legendary Resort (a Treasury Paperback).

 

The new STRAND YANGON (Classic Edition) appeared recentely. In SO SINGAPORE (Individual Books) we worked with Tony Chisholm, employing elements designed by Isabel Miaja and Karl Lagerfeld. The Mandarin Oriental RITZ MADRID (Classic Edition) presents an updated English and a Spanish edition under general manager Christian Tavelli.

In Paris, general manager Gerald R. Krischek-Cruypelans publishes with us PRINCE DE GALLES in an exceptional coffee-table book (Edition Raconteur). 

Have a save journey!

Andreas Augustin

"So much of who we are is where we have been."

William Langewiesche

American author, airplane pilot

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