Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome — Hotel Minerve Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome — Hotel Minerve

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In 1810 a French hotelier called Joseph Sauve converted the Roman Palazzo Conti into a hotel. Following the Italian Unification in 1871, Palazzo Conti was renamed Hôtel Minerva-Cavour e Francia. In the twentieth century it was briefly Crowne Plaza Minerva before becoming Grand Hôtel de La Minerve as it is today.

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Mourby of Books HOTELS

Mourby of Books

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Two books by Adrian Mourby, famoushotels roving reporter and tireless collector of hotel anecdotes, should interest all hotel aficionados: "Rooms of One's Own — 50 Places That Made Literary History" and his latest work "Rooms with a View — The Secret Life of Great Hotels“.

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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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Mourby of Bürgenstock Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Bürgenstock

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In August 2017 the legendary Swiss resort Bürgenstock, a Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, reopened to the public. Mr Mourby visited the heart of Europe, travelled to Switzerland to find out that the view hasn't changed — and wrote home about it.

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Mourby of Rome — Eden Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome — Eden

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In October 1889 Francesco Nistelweck achieved his dream of converting a three-storey palazzo on the top of the Pincian Hill into a new 63-bedroom hotel of his own that he called The Eden.

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Londra Palace: Tchaikovsky’s Lions Adrian Mourby

Londra Palace: Tchaikovsky’s Lions

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Hotel Londra Palace in Venice offers one of those hotel puzzles that can be found all over Europe. Our contributing editor and roving correspondent, ADRIAN MOURBY makes friends with two hotel lions and unearths the history of Venice's Londra Palace Hotel.

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Mourby of Rome Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome

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Adrian Mourby travelled to Rome and landed in history. In search for a decent 'albergo', two books of The Most Famous Hotels library came to aid.

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Mourby of Balmoral Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Balmoral

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The Balmoral Hotel looks like a Gothic Castle perched above Norloch, the swampy ground beneath Edinburgh castle that once acted as its moat - and eventually became Waverley Station.

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Mourby of Landmarks Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Landmarks

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Adrian Mourby is falling in love with the opportunity to sleep at the station. At some point we have to get him out of the gutter.

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MOURBY OF STAIRS Adrian Mourby

MOURBY OF STAIRS

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You can tell a lot about a hotel from its staircase. Some dominate the foyer as if attempting to emulate a palazzo or perhaps the Opera Garnier in Paris, ...

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MOURBY OF MARTINI? Adrian Mourby

MOURBY OF MARTINI?

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We have little choice, but sometimes our roving correspondent visits not-select members of our esteemed organisation, and before we can say a thing, he has done it.

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Mourby of Milan Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Milan

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Adrian Mourby visited the city of the World Expo 2015, only to spend all his time at the Grand Hotel sipping Martinis. Can we continue to support such a man? We can.

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