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Feuilleton 341 — Why not in the Grand Style? This winter: Egypt Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 341 — Why not in the Grand Style? This winter: Egypt

The elegant travellers meet at the Mena House near the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt, in 1898. You should book now for winter, Christmas is almost sold out! My dear Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, With autumn / fall looming ...

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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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Around the World in 80 Hotels (3) PERSONALITIES

Around the World in 80 Hotels (3)

In 30 years the author of these lines has researched the history of about 500 of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, and has written over 50 history books about them. A journey around the world can take – as we have all learnt – 79+1 da...

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (4) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (4)

In 30 years the author of these lines has researched the history of about 500 of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, and has written over 50 history books about them. A journey around the world can take – as we have all learnt – 79+1 da...

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Bucher-Durer: Semiramis - the forgotten story PERSONALITIES

Bucher-Durer: Semiramis - the forgotten story

There is no hall, plaque, or restaurant commemorating the creator of the first Semiramis or the man who was once regarded the father of Egypt’s hospitality industry.   "Monster Cairo Hotel” announced The Egyptian Gazette in its Mar...

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Negrelli and Lesseps: Suez Canal TRAVEL

Negrelli and Lesseps: Suez Canal

  17 November 1869: Two convoys of ships entered the canal, one from its southern and the other one from its northern point, and met at Ismailia. The Imperial yacht ‘Laigle’, carrying Empress Eugenie and Ferdinand Less...

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Oberoi Mohan Singh PERSONALITIES

Oberoi Mohan Singh

 1972: M S Oberoi (left) meets president Sadat of Egypt (right) at the Mena House hotel in Cairo, Egypt. For both men the hotel was an object of prestige. Nasser needed a huge convention centre with a world class hotel attached to it. For Obero...

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The Charles Chaplin Journeys PERSONALITIES

The Charles Chaplin Journeys

Charles Chaplin was the most popular movie actor, producer, director and composer of the 20th century. He started his carreer in Hollywood and spent the last years of his life in Europe.  When he arrived at any given place on the plan...

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Travel Agency Business TRAVEL

Travel Agency Business

Travel agencies have been organized mostly since the development of commercial aviation from the 1920s, although Thomas Cook (left, in Egypt) was a notable early, pre-flight pioneer in 1841. The British Company, Cox & Kings is the oldest travel a...

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Travel History: Thomas Cook PERSONALITIES

Travel History: Thomas Cook

During the 1870s, a new 'movement' was to be observed in England. The English suddenly travelled in larger groups than any other nation. Only a few decades ago travelling was almost exclusively reserved for a small elite, the upper class. W...

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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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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 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

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