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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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The Oldest ‘Grand’ Hotel of Paris HOTELS

The Oldest ‘Grand’ Hotel of Paris

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Baron Hausmann commissioned the Pereire brothers, powerful bankers who heavily financed the reconstruction of Paris, to build a luxurious new hotel. Designed by the architect Alfred Armand, the Grand Hotel du Louvre was opened in 1855, just in time for the International Exhibition staged in Paris that year. It was the first luxury hotel in France and the first 'Grand Hotel' of Paris.

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Ritz-Carlton: The Beginning HOTELS

Ritz-Carlton: The Beginning

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Ritz-Carlton's name is based on The Carlton in London and the Ritz in Paris. The first Ritz-Carlton opened in New York in 1911.

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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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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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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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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. That lead to the believe that there always was only one Oriental Hotel.

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The Lady’s True Age HOTELS

The Lady’s True Age

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‘How old is this establishment?’ is often one of the first questions asked about any famous historic hotel. Modesty is not a consideration when answering: the older the better. The Oriental in Bangkok had its very own way of handling this affair.

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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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Nara

Nara

Opened on 17 October 1909, it is one of the most historic hotels in Japan. It is partially owned by the West Japan Railway...Read More

Grand Hotel d’Angkor

Grand Hotel d’Angkor

At Angkor Wat - like around the pyramids in Egypt - virtually every hotel group of note operates a (sometimes historic) hotel. The most notable...Read More

Ritz Paris

Ritz Paris

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

Bristol Vienna

Bristol Vienna

  When you read 'originally opened', you know that there is something special about the opening date(s) of a hotel. Well, the...Read More

Oriental Kobe

Oriental Kobe

The Oriental's story begins in 1870, shortly after the opening of Kobe Port to foreign ships. The hotel was of western style, located in...Read More