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Cala di Volpe Italy

Cala di Volpe

We are thoroughly trained to expect backgrounds and historic context. This hotel presents one of the rare exceptions in the list of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. Here, the brain doesn’t immediately reach the right conclusion. When we se...

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Danieli Italy

Danieli

In 1822, Giuseppe Dal Niel, nicknamed "Danieli" was able to rent a part of the palazzo, built in the 13 century by Doge Enrico Dandolo, transforming it into a hotel. He founded the Hotel Royal, which also came to be known by his name "Danie...

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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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Excelsior Lido Venice Italy

Excelsior Lido Venice

The night of July 21st 1908 still represents an unforgettable moment for the Venetian hotel business: over three thousand invited guests, personalities who had travelled especially for the occasion from all over the world, and over 30.000 Venetian ci...

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Goldener Hirsch Austria

Goldener Hirsch

"Jingle your golden room keys and for one blissful moment you’ll feel as if time has stood still. For six centuries the thick walls of this house have been breathing in history. In every silent corner you feel the heart of this unique hotel. It...

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Grand Hotel (Florence) Italy

Grand Hotel (Florence)

The magnificent Ball Room A perfect network of overnight sleeper trains connect major European cities with Florence. When my train pulled into Florence station, the first rays of the sun created this stunning silhouette of towers, domes and Tuscan...

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Gritti Palace Italy

Gritti Palace

Gritti Palace is set in a former noble residence, a historic building on Venice's Grand Canal, with views of Santa Maria delle Salute Church. Rooms feature antiques and Murano glass. Hotel Gritti Palace is in the heart of Venice, just a short wa...

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Imperial Vienna Featured

Imperial Vienna

"Stay at the Imperial and feel like an Emperor," said Charlie Chaplin during his visit. The former private palace of the Duke of Wuerttemberg, completed around 1866 and never inhabited by the duke, was converted into a hotel for the 1873 world exposi...

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St Regis Grand Hotel, Rome Italy

St Regis Grand Hotel, Rome

"A new Rome is being added to the Rome of the Ceasars, the Rome of the Popes and the Rome of the Kings. This new Rome belongs to the golden colony of travellers and cosmopolitans. Its palace lies at the Grand Hotel, just as those of the old Romes lie...

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The Westin Excelsior, Rome Italy

The Westin Excelsior, Rome

"The Excelsior - like the Colisseum or the Vatican - is a synonym of Rome. Located at the apex of the Via Veneto, the Roman avenue made so fashionable by Fellini in La Dolce Vita, the hotel still rises regally above the street commanding Fellinesque ...

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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

Prince de Galles

Prince de Galles

In Paris, the city of grand hotels, this was the first hotel to open with two names. As it was built for and named after The Prince of Wales, it was...Read More

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

If you haven't been to the Metropole, you haven't been to Vietnam! "The Metropole is one of the last grand hotels of the exotic East. I...Read More

Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel

    Memories of all the artists and writers who found inspiration here. Talbot Kelly left us wonderful paintings and travel...Read More

The Peninsula

The Peninsula

'I feel like a million dollars!' became the immortal first impression of a lady walking through the corridors of The Peninsula at...Read More