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Feuilleton 333 Feuilleton

Feuilleton 333

My dear reader,  In case you find this Feuilleton Ritz-heavy, you couldn't be more right. Since the early 1880s, the name Ritz is simply the better word for luxury.   PUTTING UP THE RITZ  … for sale. This time you ...

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Feuilleton 343 — Like the Emperor of China Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 343 — Like the Emperor of China

Digging into China — in a secret tunnel below Renmin Square, Xi'an. Andreas Augustin presents PEOPLE‘S GRAND HOTEL XIAN in Edition Raconteur — THE MOST FAMOUS HOTELS IN THE WORLD® The spacious seat of ancient civilisat...

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Hotels lost in History HOTELS

Hotels lost in History

Austria Hotel Metropole, Vienna, opened 1873; by architects K Schumann und L Tischler, famous before the war, infamous headquater of the GESTAPO during 1939–1945, destroyed by bombs in 1945, never rebuilt. Hotel Continental, Vienna, open...

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Letter from China Zhang Guangrui

Letter from China

Questions asked by Andreas Augustin; Letters from China are written by Prof. Zhang Guangrui Dear Professor; Greetings from Europe, the cradle of ancient customs and the inventors of the modern world. European hospitality is rooted in the Gree...

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Breakfast with Stephen Antram Breakfast with

Breakfast with Stephen Antram

Stephen Antram  Photography Bill Lorenz The Location: Xi’an, North West China, Shaanxi Province The Attraction: Terracotta Army (the 8th wonder of the world) The Hotel: People’s Grand Hotel The Date: opened in 1953, reopened NOW ...

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First Movies at Hotels HOTELS

First Movies at Hotels

At the Hotel Scribe, in Paris, on 25 December 1895, at the Indian Salon, then part of the Grand Café which was rented out to the Jockey Club, Auguste and his brother Louis Jean Lumière showed the first motion picture using the system of...

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From India in Style (5): Western Music and Arts L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (5): Western Music and Arts

Just as the West was enamoured by the wonders of India and Asia, the royals from India were adapting to the western culture with élan. Photograph from our book IMPERIAL New Delhi.   Being an Indian royal was all about the finer things ...

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Kadoorie, Sir Michael PERSONALITIES

Kadoorie, Sir Michael

The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie GBS, LLD, Officier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres Commandeur de l'Ordre de Léopold II. Michael Kadorrie was appointed a director in 1964 and ele...

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Scent of a Woman Andreas Augustin

Scent of a Woman

Author Andreas Augustin visits a good old friend. Once called one of the “Maidens of the East”, today one of the Grand Old Ladies of South East Asia. The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok keeps its reign as the most famous hotel of Thailand, b...

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Wanderwell, Aloha PERSONALITIES

Wanderwell, Aloha

  Fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and marginally fluent in Russian, Chinese and Japanese, Aloha Wanderwell – nomen est omen – was the first woman to drive around the world in a customised Model T Ford.   Aloha Wan...

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Xian: People’s Grand Hotel Gardens HOTELS

Xian: People’s Grand Hotel Gardens

The gardens of the People's Grand Hotel in Xi'an, China, are home to over 10,000 plants representing over 70 different species. ♥ The most prominent and valuable inhabitant of the gardens is certainly the Crape Myrtle tree next to t...

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Half Moon

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

Galle Face

Galle Face

  "So pleasant a change from the dreary ordinariness of most modern hotels. This is an Island of charm on a charming Island." Simon...Read More

Prince de Galles

Prince de Galles

The Parisian hotel with two names! And it all started with a kiss! More than anybody else, Edward, the Prince of Wales (1910–1936),...Read More

Grand Hotel d’Angkor

Grand Hotel d’Angkor

At Angkor Wat - like around the pyramids in Egypt - virtually every hotel group of note operates a (sometimes historic) hotel. The most notable...Read More

Grand Hotel Royal (Corinthia Budapest)

Grand Hotel Royal (Corinthia Budapest)

The man with the sign ‘Grand Hotel Royal’ awaits me on the platform at Keleti railway station. He takes my bags and me to the hotel. The...Read More