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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. Later, hotels used to be the best places to present movies. They offered the infrasturcture needed.

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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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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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