The Great César — Life and Times of César Ritz PERSONALITIES

The Great César — Life and Times of César Ritz

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The Ritz Robbery — 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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Vaslav Nijinsky: A Ballet Dancer’s Christmas Carol PERSONALITIES

Vaslav Nijinsky: A Ballet Dancer’s Christmas Carol

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In 1916, at the height of the so called Great War, the 'God of Dance', Vaslav Nijinsky, found himself and his little family stranded in Vienna.

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Hotels lost in History HOTELS

Hotels lost in History

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Many legendary hotels were lost in history. As a testimonial to their fame and to keep the memory alive, we run this list, alphabetically by country/city.

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (1) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (1)

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In 1873, a journey around the world took Jules Verne's novel character Phileas Fogg 80 days. It can very well take you to 80 hotels. The first part of the journey takes us from England to Scotland.

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Chaïm Soutine — Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys HOTELS

Chaïm Soutine — Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

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LONDON: Chaïm Soutine — First ever exhibition to assemble Soutine’s remarkable portraits of service staff from the fashionable hotels and restaurants of Paris in the 1920s.

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“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!” PERSONALITIES

“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!”

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For most of us the worst and certainly final of all nightmares is to die abroad. But some had made it a point to die at a certain place. History is full of these incidents. Some hotels become the departing point of the final journey. The horror of a hotelier is the customer, who has arrived to depart. In Austria one hotel even has its own cemetery.

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Mourby of Titanic Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Titanic

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Venice is an inspiration for all of us. Recently Mr Mourby was booked for dinner at Venice’s Westin Europa and Regina. Did he go down with “The Titanic”?

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Agatha’s Secrets HOTELS

Agatha’s Secrets

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With Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot returned to the screen. Andreas Augustin discovers large gaps between solid pillars of hard facts, like suspension bridges between two solid rocks, which fluctuate violently in the wind of the researcher’s curiosity.

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London Ritz since 1906 HOTELS

London Ritz since 1906

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Cesar and Marie Ritz opened the London 'Ritz' after Savoy disaster

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Negrelli and Lesseps: Suez Canal TRAVEL

Negrelli and Lesseps: Suez Canal

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Alois Negrelli drew up the first acceptable plan to build the Suez Canal. It was clear from its very beginning: the Suez Canal is one of the most important achievements in the history of travel and transport. Opened in 1869 the story goes back to 246 BC.

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The First Grand Hotel HOTELS

The First Grand Hotel

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London: In January 1774 David Low opened the first so called 'Grand Hotel' in the world. He invited the Duke of Bedford's chief agent to the opening. The hotel was intended for residence by a wealthy clientèle, with a top price of 15s. a night for a suite of two rooms. Best seat in church included!

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Imperial New Delhi The Making Of Books

Imperial New Delhi

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The history of the Hotel Imperial brought Andreas Augustin back to this hotel which he had been visiting for almost 20 years. He witnessed the 'fastest turnaround in the hotel industry' — the book Imperial New Delhi became a best-seller.

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