PERSONALITIES

“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!” PERSONALITIES

“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!”

( words)

For most of us the worst and certainly final of all nightmares is to die abroad. But some had made it a point to die at a certain place. History is full of these incidents. Some hotels become the departing point of the final journey. The horror of a hotelier is the customer, who has arrived to depart. In Austria one hotel even has its own cemetery.

Read More
The Charles Chaplin Journeys PERSONALITIES

The Charles Chaplin Journeys

( words)

Charles Chaplin was the most popular movie actor, producer, director and composer of the 20th century. He was also a connaisseur of fine hotels. PICTORIAL

Read More
Wanderwell, Aloha PERSONALITIES

Wanderwell, Aloha

( words)

Aloha Wanderwell – nomen est omen – was a Canadian adventurer and the first woman to drive around the world in a customised Model T Ford.

Read More
Carte, Richard D’Oyly PERSONALITIES

Carte, Richard D’Oyly

( words)

Richard Carte – D’Oyly was his middle name – was born in London’s Soho on 3 May 1844, The entrepreneur built The Savoy Hotel, London.

Read More
William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915) PERSONALITIES

William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915)

( words)

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.

Read More
Writers at Hotels: Thomas Mann PERSONALITIES

Writers at Hotels: Thomas Mann

( words)

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

Read More
The Marriott Definition Statement PERSONALITIES

The Marriott Definition Statement

( words)

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

Read More
Radisson, Pierre Esprit PERSONALITIES

Radisson, Pierre Esprit

( words)

When a fine hotel opened in downtown Minneapolis in 1909, the manager sponsored an essay contest with high school students on what to name this great new hotel. The winning name was 'Radisson'. Who was Pierre Esprit Radisson?

Read More
George Bernhard Shaw at the Reid’s Palace in Madeira PERSONALITIES

George Bernhard Shaw at the Reid’s Palace in Madeira

( words)

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.’

Read More
The Vietnamese at the Ritz PERSONALITIES

The Vietnamese at the Ritz

( words)

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.

Read More
Kempinski, Hoteliers since 1952 PERSONALITIES

Kempinski, Hoteliers since 1952

( words)

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...

Read More
Boldt George C. of the Waldorf PERSONALITIES

Boldt George C. of the Waldorf

( words)

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.”

Read More

Book Now

Booking.com

Most Popular

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Since decades “The Oriental”, as it is affectionately known by travellers from all over the globe, leads the lists of all...Read More

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

In 1923/24, the construction of a 55-room hotel in Phnom Penh was proposed, with Ernest Hébrard as architect. A visionary planner, he was in...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