The story of the Oberoi emporium is the saga of a famous family, an important part of the heritage of India.
All books at a glance — The Exhibition
At the WEF World Economic Forum, former soccer president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter meets UN Secretary General Kofi Anan at the Grand Hotel Belvedere Davos Switzerland.
Photograph by Marcel Giger, 2015 > More
In 1890, Queen Vitoria's court photographer A.L.Henderson recorded this wonderful scene at the Grand Hotel Belvedere in Davos, Switzerland. A true treasure of photography and hospitality. More...
During the research for his new book People's Grand Hotel Xi'an (China) Andreas Augustin explores a secret underground tunnel, which served as a path between the People's Grand Hotel and the next "Building No 2". The hotel was built in 1953, and this tunnel is today closed. More
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.
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.’
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.
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...
The Waldorf-Astoria (spelled Waldorf=Astoria these days) for more than a century has been renowned; when established at the end of the nineteenth century it was not merely the largest hotel in the world, but its proprietor George C. Boldt was called “the inventor of the modern hotel.”