Entries tagged with: Hong Kong

Feuilleton 337 Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 337

  1939 Dinner menu from The Peninsula   Maybe it was the exquisite cheesecake I had for tea this afternoon. At 4.30, to be precise (as you know, formal Afternoon Tea follows strict rules. Five o’clock tea, for example, sta...

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Hanoi: The Opening Riddle Andreas Augustin

Hanoi: The Opening Riddle

1896! No Problem! by Andreas Augustin In 1996, I received a phone call from Richard Kaldor, one of the first general managers of the newly reopened Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Vietnam: ‘Could you come and research the history of our ...

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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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The Most Famous Hotels in the World Jury Meeting 2018/December Andreas Augustin

The Most Famous Hotels in the World Jury Meeting 2018/December

Excerpt of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Jury (London, December 2018) Do we Brexit or not? For 33 years the minutes of our organisation were typed at Pall Mall, London. Last December we held our regular jury meeting at our historical conference ...

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1932: Flying from Europe to Asia TRAVEL

1932: Flying from Europe to Asia

The last stop before Bangkok was Rangoon. After flying over dense jungle, the mountains gave way to flat irrigated paddy rice fields and soon Don Muang, Bangkok’s airport, was reached. In March 1924 the British formed Imperial Airways (the for...

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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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Borer, Peter Camille PERSONALITIES

Borer, Peter Camille

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd. The Peninsula Group Appointed to the Board as an executive director in April 2004. A graduate of the Lausanne Hotel School, Switzerland, he joined the group in 1981, enjoying senior roles in the Hong Kong and Ban...

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Dan Sweeney: An American in Asia PERSONALITIES

Dan Sweeney: An American in Asia

Dan Sweeney's Hotels During the 1920s an American was the first to introduce the art of "hotel posters" to the leading hotels of Asia. He helped them to establish a corporate identity of a very special nature. His fine posters were used as lab...

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Grand Oriental Palace Hotel Andreas Augustin

Grand Oriental Palace Hotel

Andreas Augustin Hotelnamen haben einen besonderen Klang. Manche versprechen weltweit Qualität, andere erreichten als Solitäre globalen Ruf und wurden zum Synonym für die Destination, an der man sie findet. Manche sind schlicht irref&...

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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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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong HOTELS

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

A video from Mandarin Oriental Dream Wonderland — this time a most realistic affair — pre checking in a very special client.

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Raffles Singapore — A Literary Journey The Making Of Books

Raffles Singapore — A Literary Journey

For 3 years I lived at Raffles in Singapore. First I occupied Suite 114 on the ground floor of the Palm Court. Followed by Room 336. Finally, for over two years, Suite 254. By Andreas Augustin In 1986, Raffles Hotel in Singapore was one of th...

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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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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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The Cover Artists The Making Of Books

The Cover Artists

Valerie Marie O’Neill (1929–2010) To commemorate the centenary of The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Melbourne born Valerie Marie O’Neill was commissioned to do a painting of the original hotel from a surviving postcard. This painting...

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The Peninsula - the making of The Making Of Books

The Peninsula - the making of

After unearthing the long lost original building plans of The Raffles Hotel, thus saving Singapore's most famous hotel from demolition, our reputation for uncompromising historical research quickly spread. In 1988, Urs Aeby, general manager of T...

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Galle Face

Galle Face

The Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864, five years before the Suez Canal came into operation. A journey through the Suez Canal was a...Read More

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...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