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Metropole Hanoi: bunker discovered HOTELS

Metropole Hanoi: bunker discovered

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Kai Speth, the general manager of the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi was all excited. Many years ago I had written a book about the history of the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi. There were rumours about a bunker in the courtyard, a relic from the American War.

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The Reopenings: Athens — Grand Bretagne Adrian Mourby

The Reopenings: Athens — Grand Bretagne

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ADRIAN MOURBY sheds tears of joy. On Wednesday, 15 July 2020, one of the most important buildings in Athens reopens to the public. It’s not the Acropolis, nor is it the Hellenic Parliament (although that building, originally the palace of King Otto I, is its next-door neighbour). The building I’m talking about is,  of course the Hotel de la Grande-Bretagne … more

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Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan Stan Turkel

Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Located on Mackinac Island in the straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, the Grand Hotel stands proud and truly grand since 1887. It is – of course – a Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World.

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From India in Style (7): Residing Abroad L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (7): Residing Abroad

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Not just travel, Indian royalty were also creating second homes in the international playfields of the rich and famous or in the exclusively secluded places that kept them away from the public eye.

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From India in Style (6): Royal Luggage L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (6): Royal Luggage

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When the Indian Royalty travelled abroad, they travelled in style. Even their luggage planning was a big affair. Bespoke, monogrammed luggage with the Royal family's insignia, were specially crafted out of finest leather by the likes of Louis Vuitton.

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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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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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