Entries tagged with: Grand Hotel

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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“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!” PERSONALITIES

“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!”

To die at a famous hotel might not be the idea, but if you want to give God a good laugh, tell him about your plans. Fatal last stays at hotels are of course part of the business, however, the hoteliers main concern is always: "I hope he/she is not g...

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (2) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (2)

A journey around the world can take – as we have all learnt – 79+1 days, but it can also take you to 80 different hotels. My journey follows the list of The Most Famous Hotels in the World.  PART 2: FRANCE — GERMANY &mda...

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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 (5) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (5)

Photographs on top of page: A porter at the Imperial in New Delhi / Andreas Augustin exploring a long abandoned tunnel under the People's Grand Hotel in Xian, China / The courtyard at Raffles Hotel in Singapore. In 30 years the author...

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Arrividerci Grand Hotel, buongiorno Beauty Clinic HOTELS

Arrividerci Grand Hotel, buongiorno Beauty Clinic

EUROPE 1906: Welcome to South Tyrol, the health resort of the middle and upper class and of the nobility of the mighty Austrian-Hungaro empire under the aging emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph I. We are in the city of Meran, surrounded by 2000-3000 metres ...

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Grand Hotel Majestic “gia Baglioni” Adrian Mourby

Grand Hotel Majestic “gia Baglioni”

By Adrian Mourby Bologna’s oldest hotel celebrated its centenary in 2012. A university city with a long musical tradition that encompasses Mozart, Rossini, Verdi , Wagner and Respighi,  Bologna never became a major nineteenth century tour...

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Historic Hotelnames HOTELS

Historic Hotelnames

This growing log explains the origins of names of hotels, frequently used in history. We are constantly expanding this list and you are invited to share your knowledge, or ask questions at [email protected]   All entires are in alpa...

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Hotels in Pop Music HOTELS

Hotels in Pop Music

There are plenty of songs about hotels. The most famous ones are listed here: Puttin' on The Ritz by Berlin Irving This is not really about the Hotel Ritz, rather about the 'Ritzi' appearance. Have you seen the well to do Up and down P...

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The First Grand Hotel HOTELS

The First Grand Hotel

In No. 43 King Street, in Covent Garden, the first house to be built on this site, was occupied by Admiral Edward Russell in 1689 or 1690. He had played a leading part in bringing William of Orange to England, and as Treasurer of the Navy and command...

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This Concept called ‘Grand Hotel’ HOTELS

This Concept called ‘Grand Hotel’

By Andreas Augustin Hospitality is a global desire to accommodate guests. It first developed on a private non-profit base, later as a business. Its history goes back to ancient rituals. In classic Greece, the term Xenia stood for 'gues...

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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, your very own and personal copy of Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. Ask reception to extend your...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

Le Royal

Le Royal

In 1928, the construction of the Grand Hotel in Phnom Penh was well under way. In late 1923 and early 1924, the construction of a 55-room hotel in...Read More