Entries tagged with: Hotels

A Palace on the Strand Adrian Mourby

A Palace on the Strand

In 1900 visitors to London were advised by Baedeker to find a hotel on the Strand. The choice began with 700-room Hotel Cecil, built on the site of Lord Cecil’s Thameside home, then the Savoy (built by Richard D’Oyly Carte who produced ...

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Feuiletton 358 — Anchored Feuilleton

Feuiletton 358 — Anchored

"Unspeakably hot. The equator is arriving again. We are within eight degrees of it. Ceylon present. Dear me, it is beautiful! And most sumptuously tropical, as to character of foliage and opulence of it. 'What though the spicy breezes blow soft o...

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Feuiletton 360 — The Letter Andreas Augustin

Feuiletton 360 — The Letter

Dear Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World,    Dear Readers,   By Lisa Augustin (for a change)   Time flies, only my father takes slow boats and sends letters via surface postal services. Yesterday an envelope arr...

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Feuiletton 361 — Hotel Mumbai, American Hotels owned by Indians Andreas Augustin

Feuiletton 361 — Hotel Mumbai, American Hotels owned by Indians

  Hotel Mumbai We shall never forget the dreadful terrorist attack on the Taj in Mumbai. Actor Dev Patel, a British native of Indian descent, reveals the message behind his new movie 'Hotel Mumbai': "You can't bri...

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Feuilleton 339 Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 339

Our Italian and German speaking readers scroll down: Built as the retreat for a prince, converted into a hotel for the perfect vacation, grown into a world class resort. The history of Schloss Velden is the fascinating tale of one of the legendary a...

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Feuilleton 342 — 1896: Destination Budapest Feuilleton

Feuilleton 342 — 1896: Destination Budapest

Grand Hotel Royal — The Corinthia Budapest   April 1896, boarding the Orient Express at Paris, bound for Budapest The Orient Express left Paris for Vienna and Budapest at 6.50 pm sharp.  The train was full. There was a flutter of...

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Feuilleton 352 — Mark Twain’s worst hotel on Earth Feuilleton

Feuilleton 352 — Mark Twain’s worst hotel on Earth

The Bull and Mouth is a decent hotel in todays Maryborough. Back in 1895, it didn't exist. Here is a conversation between American writer and globe trotter Mark Twain and a fellow traveller on a train to Maryborough, a city and a suburb in th...

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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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Accor-Fairmont Raffles Merger PERSONALITIES

Accor-Fairmont Raffles Merger

This mail was sent to Le Club Accor Members  on 11 December 2015   Dear Member, We are delighted to share with you the announcement of the forthcoming combination of AccorHotels and Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. This unique grou...

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Cäsar Ritz: „Dieser Phönix von einem Hotelier“ Andreas Augustin

Cäsar Ritz: „Dieser Phönix von einem Hotelier“

Wer war der Mann, dem der zukünftige König von England, der Prinz von Wales, attestierte: „Wohin Ritz geht, gehe auch ich“ und den der deutsche Kaiser mit dem Attribut „Hotelier der Könige“ versah? Als 13. Kind...

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Cesar Ritz — Dieser Phoenix von einem Hotelier Andreas Augustin

Cesar Ritz — Dieser Phoenix von einem Hotelier

Die Presse, Austria, April 2018 - Link to newspaper Text: Cäsar Ritz: „Dieser Phönix von einem Hotelier“ Alle wissen zwar, dass es ein Ritz gibt, doch die wenigsten, dass es einen Ritz gab. Gestatten: Cäsar Ritz! Der H...

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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 Hotel Royal Budapest The Making Of Books

Grand Hotel Royal Budapest

Producing a book about the Grand Hotel Royal was probably as exciting as rebuilding it. And both activites brought a number of people back to the stage of this Hungairan legend, who had been working for this grand hotel in the past. The magic spell ...

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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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John McEntee Bowman Stan Turkel

John McEntee Bowman

John McEntee Bowman (1875 – October 28, 1931) was a Canadian-born businessman, American hotelier and horseman, and the founding president of Bowman-Biltmore Hotels Corp. John McEntee Bowman had no easy boyhood. Born in 1875 in Toronto to...

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Kitchen Revolt at The Savoy: 16 fiery cooks took their long knives Andreas Augustin

Kitchen Revolt at The Savoy: 16 fiery cooks took their long knives

On 8 March 1898, The Star (London) wrote: ‘During the last 24-hours The Savoy Hotel has been the scene of disturbances which in a South American Republic would be dignified by the name of revolution. Three managers have been dismissed and 16 f...

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Ritz-Carlton: The Beginning HOTELS

Ritz-Carlton: The Beginning

The first Ritz-Carlton Hotel(s) Ritz-Carlton's name is based on The Carlton in London and the Ritz in Paris and London, all of them conceived and opened by César Ritz, the Swiss hotelier. The Ritz-Carlton Investing Company was esta...

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Sorry Dear Wes Anderson BOOKS REVIEWED

Sorry Dear Wes Anderson

By Andreas Augustin   Quarter to six, sharp. If this were the Titanic we would conclude that it had sunken at this very precise moment.   Some books come out too late. So I have to say: 'Sorry my dear Wes Anderson! After you had c...

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Summer Time / The Best Concierge Stories HOTELS

Summer Time / The Best Concierge Stories

Concierge stories are traded at famous hotels like good Jewish jokes. They are always a success. Adolfo Facchin made his first steps in the trade at the Excelsior in Rome in 1965, when the colourful Adamo Cecchini was running the concierge show...

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The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Since decades “The Oriental”, as it is affectionately known by travellers from all over the globe, leads the lists of all...Read More

Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel

The historic building (top, slide to the right): The "new" Raffles main building in 1899. It opened on 18 November 1899, featuring the all new...Read More

Le Royal

Le Royal

In 1923/24, the construction of a 55-room hotel in Phnom Penh was proposed, with Ernest Hébrard as architect. A visionary planner, he was in...Read More

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 Firestone,...Read More