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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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Around the World in 80 Hotels (4) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (4)

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Travelling south into Greek, after passing through Athens’s restored flagship Grand Bretagne, we reach Istanbul in Turkey, where the Pera Palace welcomes us. Rumour has it, that this is the place where author Agatha Christie once vanished for eleven days. I was able to confirm this. It’s a rumour.

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (2) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (2)

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On our tour around the globe, which will take you, dear reader, only a few minutes and which has taken me so far 40 years of my writer's life, we have reached continental Europe.

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The Westin Hotels History HOTELS

The Westin Hotels History

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See how Westin has made history with a series of industry firsts throughout the years.

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InterContinental Hotels: the Story HOTELS

InterContinental Hotels: the Story

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In 1946, Juan T. Trippe, the chairman and founder of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) with its headquarters in New York City anticipated the need for additional hotel accommodation and decided to create, what is today known as, the InterContinental Hotels Group.

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Imperial Hotels around the world HOTELS

Imperial Hotels around the world

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Famoushotels.org recognises only a few Imperial Hotels (in bold) as Select Member hotels. However, a name doesn't necessary confirm outstanding quality. There are a lot of hotels around the world bearing the same name. We have listed some of them for the records.

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1975: Luxury Hotel Keeping — Imperial Vienna HOTELS

1975: Luxury Hotel Keeping — Imperial Vienna

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An interesting article from 1973 — Did you know that the average life of a carpet is some seven years, a mattress ten years and that you should never rely on one supplier? In December 1975, the Imperial Hotel Vienna (Austria) was modernised. By Godfrey Blakeley

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Hoshi Ryokan: The World’s Oldest Guest House HOTELS

Hoshi Ryokan: The World’s Oldest Guest House

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The Hoshi Ryokan in Komatsu is shortlisted to become a new member of THE MOST FAMOUS HOTELS IN THE WORLD. It is certainly old enough.

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Famous hotels in war-torn areas HOTELS

Famous hotels in war-torn areas

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War doesn't stop at the hotel's entrance. Here are a few stories of an ongoing dilemma.

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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

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