Entries tagged with: Italy

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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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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Mourby of Milan Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Milan

Adrian Mourby visited the city of the World Expo 2015, only to spend all his time at the Grand Hotel sipping Martinis. Can we continue to support such a man? We can. Recently I visited Milan while the city was in the grip of Expo 2015. Many new hote...

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Mourby of Rome Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome

Adrian Mourby travelled to Rome and landed in history. In search for a decent 'albergo', two books of The Most Famous Hotels library came to aid. At the time of Italy's Unification in 1870, Rome was already a city of hotels and inns. The...

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Mourby of Rome — Hotel Minerve Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome — Hotel Minerve

The view of Rome from the rooftop terrace of Grand Hôtel de La Minerve is justly celebrated. In 1917 Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau and Picasso’ s future wife Olga went up there to take photos. At the time Picasso and Cocteau were staying a...

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Mourby of Titanic Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Titanic

A terrace with a view: Maria della Salute opposite of the Europa & Regina. VENICE: Recently I was booked for dinner at Venice’s Westin Europa and Regina. Many famous people have dined here, including Claude Monet, Marcel Proust and...

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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 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

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