César Ritz (1) PEOPLE

César Ritz (1)

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César Ritz, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald on 23 February 1850, began his hotel career at the age of 15 in Switzerland, but he truly learnt his trade in the French capital, Paris.

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Oberoi Mohan Singh PEOPLE

Oberoi Mohan Singh

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The story of the Oberoi emporium is the saga of a famous family, an important part of the heritage of India.

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William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915) PEOPLE

William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915)

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If you can’t export the scenery, we’ll import the tourists." William Cornelius Van Horne, renaissance man — amateur geologist, first-rate gardener, caricaturist, conjuror, mind reader, violinist, practical joker, gourmet and marathon poker player.

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Writers at Hotels: Thomas Mann PEOPLE

Writers at Hotels: Thomas Mann

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For many writers a hotel was the ideal refuge from their daily life. Often a necessity, sometimes a treat, always an inspiration.

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Oscar Wilde at Hotels PEOPLE

Oscar Wilde at Hotels

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Wilde scorned the idea of plumbed-in washstands with running cold and hot water at the Savoy: ‘What is it good for? If I want hot water, I call for it.’

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The Marriott Definition Statement PEOPLE

The Marriott Definition Statement

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2016 Marriott issued this mission statement. We also present some interesting videos, offering interesting insight in the life and development of a hoteliers' family.

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George Bernhard Shaw at the Reid’s Palace in Madeira PEOPLE

George Bernhard Shaw at the Reid’s Palace in Madeira

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On  30 December 1924, Irish Dramatist George Bernhard Shaw arrived on the island of Madeira (Portugal). At the age of 68, he checked into the Reid's Palace Hotel. His new hobby was dancing. His instructor Max Rinder became ‘the only man who ever taught me anything.’

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The Vietnamese at the Ritz PEOPLE

The Vietnamese at the Ritz

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It is one of those "what would have been if ..." footnotes of history. In 1919, Ho Chi Minh, who was then living in Paris and working as a kitchen assistant at the Ritz, sent in a petition asking America for help. America’s President Wilson didn't care to respond.

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César Ritz (2) PEOPLE

César Ritz (2)

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In the late 1880s, London's new hotel The Savoy was the most important stepping stone in Ritz’s magnificent career.

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Kempinski, Hoteliers since 1952 PEOPLE

Kempinski, Hoteliers since 1952

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The use of the name 'Kempinski‘ for a hotel chain by the same name of the former Jewish owners of various Berlin restaurants sparks controversy. In fact the Kempinskis were expropriated, expelled and murdered by the Nazi regime. Today the Kempinski group of hotels drives a dubious PR-campaign trying to prove that they are hoteliers since 1897.

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Agatha Christie MIA PEOPLE

Agatha Christie MIA

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Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are household names across the globe. Agatha Christie, it seems, has always been with us. Except for 11 days in 1926, when all of a sudden she vanished into thin air. Even the Pera Palace claimed to be involved.

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Somerset Maugham arrives at the Oriental PEOPLE

Somerset Maugham arrives at the Oriental

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"The hotel faced the river. My room was dark, one of a long line, with a verandah on each side of it, the breeze blew through, but it was stifling. The dining-room was large and dim, and for coolness"

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