Entries tagged with: Maugham

“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!” PERSONALITIES

“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!”

To die at a famous hotel might not be the idea, but if you want to give God a good laugh, tell him about your plans. Fatal last stays at hotels are of course part of the business, however, the hoteliers main concern is always: "I hope he/she is not g...

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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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Hanoi: An Opening Riddle The Making Of Books

Hanoi: An Opening Riddle

1896! No Problem! by Andreas Augustin One day, in 1996, we received a phone call from Richard Kaldor, general manager of the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Vietnam: ‘Could you come and research the history of our hotel?‘ ‘Of course...

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Making Of Oriental Bangkok The Making Of Books

Making Of Oriental Bangkok

A room at the Oriental in  the 1920s, at the time of Somerset Maugham's arrival Fighting White Ants by Andreas Augustin At The Mandarin Oriental shop, and present in every room, the book about the Oriental's history is more than j...

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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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Somerset Maugham arrives at the Oriental PERSONALITIES

Somerset Maugham arrives at the Oriental

Bangkok / Siam (today Thailand) "The hotel faced the river. My room was dark, one of a long line, with a verandah on each side of it, the breeze blew through, but it was stifling. The dining-room was large and dim, and for coolness" sake the windows...

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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 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