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Around the World in 80 Hotels (1) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (1)

In 1873, a journey around the world took Jules Verne's novel character Phileas Fogg 80 days. It takes us to 80 hotels. Andreas Augustin PART 1: From England to Scotland Wandering through Mayfair, Knightsbridge, and into the West End, it is ...

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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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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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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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Artist: Oskar Kokoschka at The Savoy PERSONALITIES

Artist: Oskar Kokoschka at The Savoy

  Austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka spent considerable time in London at The Savoy, where he created some of his most famous London works: ‘Here I am living on the 8th floor of the smartest hotel in Europe. I have to live this high up be...

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Bergeron, Victor J (‘Trader Vic’; 1902-1984) PERSONALITIES

Bergeron, Victor J (‘Trader Vic’; 1902-1984)

Victor J (Trader Vic) Bergeron (December 10, 1902, San Francisco, California – October 11, 1984, Hillsborough, California) was an irascible, one-legged genius, who founded a multimillion-dollar food and drink empire called Trader Vic’s. ...

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Breakfast with Michael Shepherd Breakfast with

Breakfast with Michael Shepherd

Andreas Augustin is having breakfast with Michael Shepherd, General Manager at The London Hilton on Park Lane                   Q: Michael, we had breakfas...

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Carte, Richard D’Oyly PERSONALITIES

Carte, Richard D’Oyly

Richard Carte – D’Oyly was his middle name – was born in London’s Soho on 3 May 1844 and, after a brief period of schooling, was set to work for the family firm of musical-instrument makers and music publishers. He tried his h...

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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

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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Forte, Charles † PERSONALITIES

Forte, Charles †

Charles Carmine Forte, Baron Forte (26 November 1908 – 28 February 2007) was a Scottish caterer and hotelier of Italian origin. Forte started his career as the owner of a London milk bar and went on to create a multi-billion pound worldwide ch...

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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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Hilton, Conrad Nicholson PERSONALITIES

Hilton, Conrad Nicholson

Conrad Nicholson Hilton, (1887-1979), born in 1887 in San Antonio, New Mexico, was an American entrepreneur. As a young boy, Hilton developed entrepreneurial skills working at his father’s general store in Socorro County, New Mexico. This was f...

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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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Langham London: Antonín Dvorák’s Breakfast Adrian Mourby

Langham London: Antonín Dvorák’s Breakfast

"Why seek far afield when the good is close by?" Contributing Editor Adrian Mourby knows where to breakfast. The monumental Langham Hotel has dominated the south end of Portland Place since its completion in 1865. The hotel’s very height triu...

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LONDON: Mourby of St Pancras Adrian Mourby

LONDON: Mourby of St Pancras

HOTEL: ST PANCRAS RENNAISSANCE LONDON ROOMS WE LIKE: OVERLOOKING THE STATION PLATFORMS ARCHITECT: George Gilbert Scott OPENED: 1873  Like most people I like to think of myself as reasonably tolerant. I believe that even the most pernicious...

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Mourby of Books HOTELS

Mourby of Books

Two books by Adrian Mourby should interest all hotel aficionados:   Rooms of One's Own — 50 Places That Made Literary History Writers' relationships with their surroundings are seldom straightforward. While some, like Jan...

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Mourby of Landmarks Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Landmarks

In the late Victorian period, north London was like a series of launchpads. A string of great railway stations stretched in an almost straight line from Paddington in the west to King’s Cross in the east. Euston was here, as was St Pancras and...

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Mourby to Tango Adrian Mourby

Mourby to Tango

London’s Waldorf Hilton is very proud of its claim to have introduced the tango to Great Britain in 1910, two years after William Waldorf Astor (cousin of John Jacob Astor IV) opened his Waldorf Hotel on Aldwych. The Waldorf cousins competed ac...

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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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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

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

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