Entries tagged with: Metropole

Hotels lost in History HOTELS

Hotels lost in History

Austria Hotel Metropole, Vienna, opened 1873; by architects K Schumann und L Tischler, famous before the war, infamous headquater of the GESTAPO during 1939–1945, destroyed by bombs in 1945, never rebuilt. Hotel Continental, Vienna, open...

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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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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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Breakfast with Kai Speth, Metropole Hanoi Breakfast with

Breakfast with Kai Speth, Metropole Hanoi

I am having breakfast with Kai Speth, the man who manages the legendary Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Vietnam, the first of the “Legends” of Sofitel and of course a Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. The Metropole histor...

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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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First Movies at Hotels HOTELS

First Movies at Hotels

At the Hotel Scribe, in Paris, on 25 December 1895, at the Indian Salon, then part of the Grand Café which was rented out to the Jockey Club, Auguste and his brother Louis Jean Lumière showed the first motion picture using the system of...

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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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Metropole Hanoi: bunker discovered HOTELS

Metropole Hanoi: bunker discovered

Unearthing History by Andreas Augustin Oh people of the shelter what a gift you've given me, To smile at me and quietly let me share your agony, And I can only bow in utter humbleness and ask, Forgiveness and forgiveness for the things we've...

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The Charles Chaplin Journeys PERSONALITIES

The Charles Chaplin Journeys

Charles Chaplin was the most popular movie actor, producer, director and composer of the 20th century. He started his carreer in Hollywood and spent the last years of his life in Europe.  When he arrived at any given place on the plan...

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The return of Joan Baez PERSONALITIES

The return of Joan Baez

For over one week, singer and former peace activist Joan Baez stayed once again at the legendary Hotel Metropole Hanoi. This time in peaceful days she remembered her days at the hotel during the dreadful ‘Christmas bombing‘ of 1972. Joan...

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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...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

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