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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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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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Xian: People’s Grand Hotel Gardens HOTELS

Xian: People’s Grand Hotel Gardens

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The gardens of the People's Grand Hotel in Xi'an, China, are home to over 10,000 plants representing over 70 different species.

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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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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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