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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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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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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 Hotel HOTELS

Xian - People’s Hotel

Speech by Andreas Augustin at the Opening ceremony of the PEOPLES' GRAND HOTEL XIAN, China on 3. September 2014 The Renmin Dasha family is reunited The People’s Grand Hotel Xian must be seen within the context of the entire Renmin ...

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Nara

Opened on 17 October 1909, it is one of the most historic hotels in Japan. It is partially owned by the West Japan Railway...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

Ritz Paris

Ritz Paris

First of all, obtain your very own and personal copy of Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. Inform reception tha...Read More

Bristol Vienna

Bristol Vienna

  When you read 'originally opened', you know that there is something special about the opening date(s) of a hotel. Well, the...Read More

Oriental Kobe

Oriental Kobe

The Oriental's story begins in 1870, shortly after the opening of Kobe Port to foreign ships. The hotel was of western style, located in...Read More