New Select Members of The Most Famous Hotels in the World®

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The jury has confirmed the selection of these hotels. We are now starting to establish the history of these hotels (the rules are simple: over 50 years old, over 50 rooms, over 50% of the year open ... and famous).


Austria, Fuschl: Schloss Fuschl (1958)

This beautiful castle at the lake Fuschl became famous as backdrop for Schloss Possenhofen in the legendary “Sissi” movies starring Romy Schneider. The recent renovations have transformed it into a splendid hotel with great charm and a perfect location.  > go to

Belgium, Brussels: Amigo (1957)

The Amigo's building was first mentioned in the town's records in 1522 when the city council bought it from a wealthy merchant family in order to turn it into a prison. The Spanish rulers at the time mistook its Flemish name and translated this into their language as Amigo. The name has stayed with the house and the surrounding area ever since. After serving various purposes over the following centuries the building was transformed into a hotel in 1957. > go to


Egypt, Cairo:  The Nile (1959)

The Nile had opened in 1959 as the first American hotel in Egypt. Flying under the flag of Hilton, "Conrad Hilton's 'Jewel on the Nile' opened with great fanfare and a cast of several Hollywood celebrities and journalists ..." In 2009 the hotel changed management, it is now operated by Ritz Carlton. The historical impact of this hotel on the society of modern Egypt is enormous and will be subject of a study which we will publish in the near future. > go to


France, Paris: Regina (1900)

The Regina, Paris (1900) is one of the last elegant hotels in the vicinity of the Louvre. We have chosen it for its well conducted effort to merge heritage with modern amenities.  > go to

Kenya, Nanyuki: Mount Kenya Safari Club (1959) 

Founded in 1959 by the late film star William Holden, eccentric American Ray Ryan, and Swiss financier Carl Hirschmann, it has been a Mecca for the international jet set - its list of members reads like a Who's Who of royalty, aristocracy, and the rich and famous. The Club's history is as colourful and exciting as its members and visitors - from the pioneers who made the homestead and the farm their own, through its conversion into an upcountry hotel, to the uproarious narrative of the three-hell raisers who bought it on a whim and launched a legend.  > go to

Korea, Seoul: The Westin Chosun (1914)

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The Westin Chosun, Seoul (1914; above a painting of its famous Palm Court) is the first historic hotel in Korea under our umbrella. Its history started in 1914. Meanwhile it had been rebuilt and enlarged. > go to

Poland, Sopot: Grand Hotel (1927)

The Grand Sopot is by the sea in the city of Sopot, Poland. Adjacent to Europe's oldest wooden pier, it was built in 1927 as the most refined lodging in the area, enchanting its guests with lavish ambiance and elegant flair. Today you can experience beautifully restored interiors, 127 elegant rooms, and views of the sea and park, reflecting the unique spirit of this hotel in Sopot. > go to


Serbia and Montenegro, Belgrade: Mosqua (1906)

The Hotel Mosqua dates from 1906. It is the first Belgrade hotel on our list. Recently upgraded and renovate.  > go to


Thailand, Hua Hin: The Railway Hotel (1923)

The Railway Hotel was one of the first resort hotels of Sout East Asia. It was opened on 1 January 1923. Today it is called Sofitel Centara Grand Resort and Villas, Hua Hin. Since many years we are monitoring the history of this classic resort, one of the legendary retreats of the Royal family of Thailand. > go to 

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