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From India in Style (5): Western Music and Arts L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (5): Western Music and Arts

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Being an Indian royal was all about the finer things in life, cultured discernment and a predilection for arts, letters and fashion. The exposure the royal class had to the West, cultivated in them love for western music and arts.

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From India in Style (4): Royal Cars L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (4): Royal Cars

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After being insulted at a Rolls Royce showroom during one of his foreign travels, the Maharaja of Alwar bought seven Rolls-Royce and employed them to cart his city’s municipal waste.

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From India in Style (3): Shoes L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (3): Shoes

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Indira Devi, the Maharani of Cooch Behar, had a fetish for shoes. Salvatore Ferragamo, the legendary Italian shoe designer, reveals in his Autobiography about the time the Queen ordered more than a hundred pairs of shoes.

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From India in Style (2): Diamonds are Forever L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (2): Diamonds are Forever

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India's kings and queens always had a deep fondness for jewellery. The “Patiala Necklace,” – the House of Cartier – Maison Boucheron — all these names were associated with the maharajas of the subcontinent.

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Turnpike Stan Turkel

Turnpike

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Fanciful Prediction, the Definition of “Turnpike”, The Pineapple as a Symbol of Hospitality and Hokusai, the Great Japanese Printmaker

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Summer Time / The Best Concierge Stories HOTELS

Summer Time / The Best Concierge Stories

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Concierge stories are told at famous hotels like good Jewish jokes. They are always a success.

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Historic Hotelnames HOTELS

Historic Hotelnames

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This growing log explains the origins of names of hotels, frequently used in history. We are constantly expanding this list and you are invited to share your knowledge.

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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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Mourby of Books Adrian Mourby

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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Hotel Bristol Vienna on Artivive HOTELS

Hotel Bristol Vienna on Artivive

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A wall comes to live. Augmented Reality can be found in famoushotels exhibitions like at the Hotel Bristol in Vienna.

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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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The historic building (top, slide to the right): The "new" Raffles main building in 1899. It opened on 18 November 1899, featuring the all new...Read More

Le Royal

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Indochine 1923/1924. The construction of a 55-room hotel in Phnom Penh was proposed, with Ernest Hébrard as architect. A visionary planner,...Read More

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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

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

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The hotel opened in 1891. One of the first advertisements we found dates from 1899. The hotel was the former residence of Sir Edward Barns,...Read More

Plaza Athénée

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1867 saw the opening of the Grand Hôtel Athénée on Rue Scribe by Louis Raphaël Bischoffsheimto provide...Read More