César Ritz (1) PEOPLE

César Ritz (1)

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César Ritz, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald on 23 February 1850, began his hotel career at the age of 15 in Switzerland, but he truly learnt his trade in the French capital, Paris.

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Oberoi Mohan Singh PEOPLE

Oberoi Mohan Singh

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The story of the Oberoi emporium is the saga of a famous family, an important part of the heritage of India.

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First Movies at Hotels HOTELS

First Movies at Hotels

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At the Hotel Scribe, in Paris, on 25 December 1895, Auguste and his brother Louis Jean Lumière showed the first motion picture.
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Oriental-Mania HOTELS

Oriental-Mania

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Around 1900, the Orient was a myth to many. Hotels were baptised 'De L'Orient' or 'Oriental' and inspired legends and fables. For most of us, today, the term Oriental Hotel appears to be linked to the city of Bangkok. In fact, many believe that there always was only one Oriental Hotel.

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William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915) PEOPLE

William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915)

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If you can’t export the scenery, we’ll import the tourists." William Cornelius Van Horne, renaissance man — amateur geologist, first-rate gardener, caricaturist, conjuror, mind reader, violinist, practical joker, gourmet and marathon poker player.

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The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (1) HOTELS

The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (1)

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Geneva’s Hotel des Bergues is a restrained and elegant building and the oldest purpose-built hotel in Switzerland ...

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Xian - People’s Hotel HOTELS

Xian - People’s Hotel

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When we visited the People’s Hotel Xian in Western China for the first time in September 2013, it was a hollow shell, full of workers, noise and dust. We had all reasons to expect a stony road of research ahead of us. But Xian knows how to preserve treasures — such as an army of thousands of terra-cotta warriors – and a grand hotel.

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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong HOTELS

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

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A video from Mandarin Oriental Dream Wonderland — this time a most realistic affair — pre checking in a very special client. Enjoy a smile but don't forget: they are dead serious about all this..

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Raffles Singapore — A Literary Journey The Making Of

Raffles Singapore — A Literary Journey

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The very first book in the series The Most Famous Hotels in the World® was launched in 1986, at Raffles Hotel in Singapore. I was living right above the Tavern and remember a friend who almost fell over the balustrade of my terrace watching one of the serving girls.

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Writers at Hotels: Thomas Mann PEOPLE

Writers at Hotels: Thomas Mann

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For many writers a hotel was the ideal refuge from their daily life. Often a necessity, sometimes a treat, always an inspiration.

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A Brief History of Time Zones SPECIAL

A Brief History of Time Zones

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Before the 19th Century many cities around the world kept their own time by using some type of instrument to observe the sun’s zenith at noon.

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Oscar Wilde at Hotels PEOPLE

Oscar Wilde at Hotels

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Wilde scorned the idea of plumbed-in washstands with running cold and hot water at the Savoy: ‘What is it good for? If I want hot water, I call for it.’

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