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César Ritz (1) PERSONALITIES

César Ritz (1)

CÉSAR RITZ The first years in a nutshell   César Ritz* was the son of farmers, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald on 23 February 1850, a tiny village in the Swiss Alps. He spent his childhood  tending goats. At the ...

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Adelina Patti at Hotels PERSONALITIES

Adelina Patti at Hotels

Adelina Patti, (1843–1919) In November 1889 the celebrated coloratura soprano, Adelina Patti, the most popular and highest-paid singer of her day, took up residence at The Savoy of theatre impressario Richard D’Oyly Carte, prompting the ...

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César Ritz (2) PERSONALITIES

César Ritz (2)

Above: Supper at the Savoy  THE SAVOY — 1889–1900 From our research work at The Savoy, London     In the late 1880s, London's new hotel The Savoy was the most important stepping stone in Ritz’s magnificent...

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MOURBY AU LAC* Adrian Mourby

MOURBY AU LAC*

The Baur Au Lac, Zurich    Once, very memorably I ate at the Baur au Lac. No-one who has done so will forget the restaurant's huge Lalique chandelier but until recently I’d never stayed, much as the ideal appealed. To say that t...

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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

Prince de Galles

Prince de Galles

A hotel with two names! The rumor persists that in the 1920s the Prince of Wales influenced the naming of this house. So it was called (see...Read More

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

If you haven't been to the Metropole, you haven't been to Vietnam! "The Metropole is one of the last grand hotels of the exotic East. I...Read More

Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel

  A book of history, stories and memories of all the artists and writers who found inspiration at The Strand. "The Strand" — what a...Read More

The Peninsula

The Peninsula

'I feel like a million dollars!' became the immortal first impression of a lady walking through the corridors of The Peninsula at...Read More