Diana Majestic Italy

Diana Majestic

Feel the Book — while you read, listen! I boarded the overnight train 235 in Vienna at 7.29pm, and the next morning I found myself driving through the northern plains of Italy, south of the mighty Alps. I had passed through Venice after mi...

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Principe di Savoia Italy

Principe di Savoia

In 1927, the year the Principe opened its doors as the Principe e Savoia, Milan had already begun building its reputation as Italy’s business centre. So the hotel’s location in what was then a nondescript plaza called Piazza Fiume, far no...

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Excelsior Gallia Italy

Excelsior Gallia

(Le Méridien) Gallia, as it is called today, opened on 29. February 1932. It is a luxurious hotel in the heart of Milan, right opposite Central Station and close to the popular designer shopping district.

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Grand Hotel et de Milan Italy

Grand Hotel et de Milan

You don't really advertise a hotel with the death of a prominent resident, but in this case it was Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi who passed away here in 1901. This throws, after all, a light on the type of clientele one can expect here (NO!, They ...

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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

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

Prince de Galles

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The Parisian hotel with two names! And it all started with a kiss! More than anybody else, Edward, the Prince of Wales (1910–1936),...Read More

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The man with the sign ‘Grand Hotel Royal’ awaits me on the platform at Keleti railway station. He takes my bags and me to the hotel. The...Read More

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First of all, obtain your very own and personal copy of Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. Inform reception tha...Read More