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Feuilleton 333 Feuilleton

Feuilleton 333

My dear reader,  In case you find this Feuilleton Ritz-heavy, you couldn't be more right. Since the early 1880s, the name Ritz is simply the better word for luxury.   PUTTING UP THE RITZ  … for sale. This time you ...

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Feuilleton 340   Austria — Hotspot of Europe Adrian Mourby

Feuilleton 340   Austria — Hotspot of Europe

VIENNA — SEMMERING — SALZBURG — INNSBRUCK Austria is currently the hotspot of Europe, Vienna its capital. European summers are synonymous for visiting the countryside, sea- and lakesides activities, culture, festivals and, as I hav...

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A Hotel to Stay - A Train to Remember: VSOE takes you to the Pera Palace Adrian Mourby

A Hotel to Stay - A Train to Remember: VSOE takes you to the Pera Palace

Adrian Mourby in front of the Pera Palace Hotel By Adrian Mourby On 1 September 2010 two momentous things happened in Istanbul. The Venice Simplon Orient Express arrived for its annual visit and the same day the Pera Palace Hotel reopened its doo...

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A Tale of Two Astorias. Adrian Mourby

A Tale of Two Astorias.

By Adrian Mourby The name “Waldorf” is forever linked to ”Astor” in the public imagination. It was John Jacob Astor I, the wealthiest man in the United States at the time of his death in 1848 who was ultimately responsible. ...

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Amsterdam: the Dylan Hotel Adrian Mourby

Amsterdam: the Dylan Hotel

By Adrian Mourby 2010 Anyone visiting the Dylan Hotel today passes through a three-arched portal that faces on to the Keizergracht. This stone structure and the yellow-paved courtyard that lies beyond it are all that remains of a stone and brick the...

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Back: Oxford’s No.1 PERSONALITIES

Back: Oxford’s No.1

By Adrian Mourby The Randolph in Oxford was built in 1866 and is one of those hotels - like Chateau Frontenac in Quebec and Gstaad's Palace - that is as much a symbol of the city it serves as a hotel. Last year a dramatic fire that caused f...

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Catwalk Star at Le Bristol, Paris Adrian Mourby

Catwalk Star at Le Bristol, Paris

Finally we have an European answer to Mathilda, New York's most famous cat of the Algonquin Hotel, reports Adrian Mourby One of the latest recruits to the staff of Le Bristol in Paris is Fa-raon, a young Burmese who has been brought in as ...

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Edinburgh/Caledonian: Page names Suite Adrian Mourby

Edinburgh/Caledonian: Page names Suite

Staying at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria recently I was surprised to find my suite in the attic was named after Billy Garioch. The hotel, which was built 110 years ago as The Caledonian, is still known locally as “The Caley”.  It...

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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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La Mamounia Prize for Literature Adrian Mourby

La Mamounia Prize for Literature

“Sunset over the Atlas Mountains”, 1935 oil painting by Winston Churchill Winston Churchill considered La Mamounia and Marrakech the most unforgettable place on earth. The world-famous balcony that bathed his creative sensitivity in glo...

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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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Le Royal Mourby of Monceau Adrian Mourby

Le Royal Mourby of Monceau

A Philippe Strack playground, where the pianist will come and play in your suite, just for you. It sounds good in practice but does it work in theory? Our contributing editor investigates... Le Royal Monceau, Raffles, Paris is without a doub...

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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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Meeting Cromwell - A Piece of English History Adrian Mourby

Meeting Cromwell - A Piece of English History

By Adrian Mourby* The Lygon Arms in Broadway looks exactly how you’d expect an old Cotswold inn to appear. Stone fireplaces, heavy wooden doors, uneven flagstones, mullioned windows and creaking floorboards denote a history that goes back to m...

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MOURBY AU LAC* Adrian Mourby

MOURBY AU LAC*

The Baur Au Lac, Zurich    Once, very memorably I ate at the Baur au Lac. No-one who has done so will forget the restaurant's huge Lalique chandelier but until recently I’d never stayed, much as the ideal appealed. To say that t...

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MOURBY OF ATHENS Adrian Mourby

MOURBY OF ATHENS

Adrian Mourby thinks that the Hotel Grande Bretagne has never looked so grand   On my first night back in Athens there was a protest march due in Syntagma Square. The liveried staff prepared by calmly removing the brass handrail in case a...

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Mourby of Balmoral Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Balmoral

The Balmoral Hotel looks like a Gothic Castle perched above Norloch, the swampy ground beneath Edinburgh castle that once acted as its moat - and eventually became Waverley Station. The hotel appears to cling to the edge of a cliff face, but is  ...

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Mourby of Books Adrian Mourby

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 Bürgenstock Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Bürgenstock

BÜRGENSTOCK, Switzerland In August 2017 the Bürgenstock reopened to the public. Mr Mourby visited the heart of the continent. Mrs Mourby was kind enough to bring her camera. In 1871 two Swiss men bought a mountain in order to put a ho...

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Mourby of Harwich Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Harwich

He travels the world, visits the hospitality palaces of our globe, lives at luxurious hotels, surrounded by famous names of legendary travelers.  And then, Adrian Mourby came to stay at  THE PIER HOTEL, HARWICH The history of hotel can s...

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  In 1954, a group of wealthy individuals including Donald Deskey, the fabled designer (among his works the Radio City Music Hall); Harvey...Read More

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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