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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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Feuilleton 347 - Ritzy Things You Should Know Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 347 - Ritzy Things You Should Know

Some Ritzy Things To Spice Up Your Dinner Conversation   During his career, Swiss born César Ritz (1850–1918) managed or owned the following hotels. A buffet in the Bois de Boulogne (his first private enterprise), ... and in l...

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Feuilleton 350 - Happy Birthday Famous Hotels Feuilleton

Feuilleton 350 - Happy Birthday Famous Hotels

        Dear Friends, Readers and Fellow Travellers By Andreas Augustin   Happy Birthday — The Most Famous Hotels in the World    Today, let me lean back and conjure up 28 November 1986. Since earl...

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Feuilleton in Reflection of the Armistice — 11. November 1918 Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton in Reflection of the Armistice — 11. November 1918

  Dear Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World Dear Readers; This is a weekend of remembrance and appreciation; it is “Armistice”. 100 years ago, World War I, the so-called Great War, ended on this date. The unthinkabl...

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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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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 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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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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From India in Style (3): Shoes L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (3): Shoes

Salvatore Ferragamo "Maharani" wedge, 1938 Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, famous for the Patiala Necklace, and his queen Rani Yashoda Devi, were known to travel to London, to Vandyk Studios (a successful London photographer, bo...

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From India in Style (5): Western Music and Arts L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (5): Western Music and Arts

Just as the West was enamoured by the wonders of India and Asia, the royals from India were adapting to the western culture with élan. Photograph from our book IMPERIAL New Delhi.   Being an Indian royal was all about the finer things ...

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From India in Style (7): Residing Abroad L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (7): Residing Abroad

Jagatjit-Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Kapurthala on his visit to Vienna's Hotel Imperial. Not just travel, Indian royalty were also creating second homes in the international playfields of the rich and famous or in the exclusively secluded plac...

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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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Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

The hotel opened in 1891. One of the first advertisements we found dates from 1899. The hotel was the former residence of Sir Edward Barns,...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

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 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