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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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Tchaikovsky & Strauss at Grand Hotel Europe HOTELS

Tchaikovsky & Strauss at Grand Hotel Europe

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Since its official opening in 1875, Grand Hotel Europe in the former Russian capital St Petersburg is the meeting place for the most famous figures of history.

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Arrividerci Grand Hotel, buongiorno Beauty Clinic HOTELS

Arrividerci Grand Hotel, buongiorno Beauty Clinic

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How to save a Grand Hotel — the (1906) Palace Hotel Meran, South Tyrol, survived after a rejuvenation cure in its own hotel based clinic. Like it or not, there was only one way.

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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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This Concept called ‘Grand Hotel’ HOTELS

This Concept called ‘Grand Hotel’

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First developed on a private non-profit base, later as a business the history goes back to ancient rituals. In classic Greece, the term Xenia stood for 'guest-friendship', ...

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Reid’s Hotel, Madeira: Could I bring my bush pigs with me? HOTELS

Reid’s Hotel, Madeira: Could I bring my bush pigs with me?

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Yolanda and Boris, my two bush pigs, have been travelling with me for years. Sadly, their brother Edgar died in the sauna at the Mandarin five years ago. Yolanda has a tendency to gain weight if I don't keep an eye on her asparagus intake.

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The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (2) HOTELS

The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (2)

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In the mid of the 19th century, Switzerland had narrowly avoided financial ruin. In the years leading up to 1880, Switzerland was a classic emigration land. Due to the influx of tourism a great emigration could be stopped.

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Bristol - who or what’s behind the popular hotel name HOTELS

Bristol - who or what’s behind the popular hotel name

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The Earl of Bristol has nothing to do with the city of Bristol. All hotels called Bristol have! Soon we realised that this was a dilemma all Bristol hotels around the world suffered from. They all told the same story.

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Davos Summit WEF embraces Grand Hotel Belvedere HOTELS

Davos Summit WEF embraces Grand Hotel Belvedere

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The Davos summit is among the most important gatherings of the leaders of our globe. It generates a yearly turnover of 40 million Swiss Franks (2014) for the little grand city of Davos. The Steigenberger Grand Hotel Belvédère is seemingly at the centre of all action.

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THE ORIENTAL JOURNEY HOTELS

THE ORIENTAL JOURNEY

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If you have 18 minutes watch our movie about the history of The Oriental in Bangkok. You can also watch it there (recommended). Visit the permanent exhibition THE ORIENTAL JOURNEY.

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (5) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (5)

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East of Suez, on the shipping route from Europe to Asia, we searched in vain for the remains of the great hotels in Port Said and Suez itself. In Aden, the Crescent stands as an icon of a distant past, left by the British in 1967.

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (6) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (6)

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Crossing the US from West to East you have an armada of legendary hotels. Let me drop some names: Beverly Hills, various Plazas, Breakers, Biltmore, Don Cesar, St Regis, Mayfair, Brown Palace, Jefferson, Pfister, Lenox, Poca Raton. We spent interesting days at Washington’s Hay Adams and researched at the Library of Congress. 

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