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A General Manager’s Independence Day — Imperial New Delhi HOTELS

A General Manager’s Independence Day — Imperial New Delhi

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India's most famous hotel also witnessed India's most important historical events. Among them: Independence. SEVP and General manager Vijay Wanchoo remembers.

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Paris: The lost Bristol Hotel HOTELS

Paris: The lost Bristol Hotel

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The long lost Hotel Bristol in Paris seems to have inspired legends about a travelling Earl, and maybe even hotel genius César Ritz. Charles Dickens mentions staying at the Bristol in his diary from 1844.

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The Oriental Bikini Scandal HOTELS

The Oriental Bikini Scandal

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In the 1950s years ago, swimming pools were not necessarily part of the basic facilities of an Asian hotel. In the 1960s, The Oriental in Bangkok was among the first hotels to have its own pool, long before any other hotel in Bangkok.

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Hotel Astoria Vienna HOTELS

Hotel Astoria Vienna

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Built in 1912 by the hotelier Anton Hanl in „fin du siècle“- style, the HOTEL ASTORIA opened its doors as the most modern hotel in the whole city. 125 rooms equipped with hot and cold running water, telephone and central heating were “state of the art” back then.

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Hotels in Pop Music HOTELS

Hotels in Pop Music

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Procul Harum — Grand Hotel — Puttin' on The Ritz, Hotel California, … There are plenty of songs about hotels. The most famous ones are listed here:

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Hilton — Training in 1956 HOTELS

Hilton — Training in 1956

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A short synopsis of Hilton's training programs in 1956 and Confessions of a London Hilton Trainee (1963)

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Baur au Lac: “I want to transfer 10 million from our joint account.” HOTELS

Baur au Lac: “I want to transfer 10 million from our joint account.”

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"I want you to transfer 10 million kronor from the joint account." — it was impossible for me not to overhear the elderly Swedish couple giving instructions to their banker at Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel.

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The Third Hotel HOTELS

The Third Hotel

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Andreas Augustin tackled the impossible — and produced a book about the long missing third hotel of the Sarkies brothers. The Strand, Yangon (Myanmar) became a bestseller.

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Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel

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

Le Royal

Le Royal

Recently renovated and painted white, the hotel dates back to the heydays of Indochine in the 1920s. In 1923/24, the construction of a 55-room...Read More

Galle Face

Galle Face

The Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864, five years before the Suez Canal came into operation. A journey through the Suez Canal was a...Read More

Half Moon

Half Moon

In 1954, a group of wealthy individuals including Donald Deskey, the fabled designer (among his works the Radio City Music Hall); Harvey Firestone,...Read More

Plaza Athénée

Plaza Athénée

1867 saw the opening of the Grand Hôtel Athénée on Rue Scribe by Louis Raphaël Bischoffsheim to provide...Read More