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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 348 — Half Moon Jamaica - It’s all about people Feuilleton

Feuilleton 348 — Half Moon Jamaica - It’s all about people

Dear Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, My dear Readers; All that matters in hospitality are people. We meet them, need them, interact with them. We must not take it for granted that they serve us. They could merely do their jobs...

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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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Ralph Hitz, the Austrian who changed American Hospitality Stan Turkel

Ralph Hitz, the Austrian who changed American Hospitality

By Stanley Turkel, CMHS / edited by Andreas Augustin Ralph Hitz (1891- 1940) The hotel business has seen many fine promoters and salesmen but perhaps none as creative as Ralph Hitz. His two favorite expressions “Contact the hell out of &lsq...

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“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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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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Boldt George C. of the Waldorf PERSONALITIES

Boldt George C. of the Waldorf

For more than a century the name Waldorf-Astoria (spelled Waldorf=Astoria these days) has been renowned. When established at the end of the nineteenth century it was not merely the largest hotel in the world, but one of the most advanced and pre...

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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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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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Historic Hotelnames HOTELS

Historic Hotelnames

This growing log explains the origins of names of hotels, frequently used in history. We are constantly expanding this list and you are invited to share your knowledge, or ask questions at [email protected] All entries are in alpahbetical...

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Hotel Marseilles: A Beaux-Arts Beauty Since 1905 Stan Turkel

Hotel Marseilles: A Beaux-Arts Beauty Since 1905

By Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC On October 2, 1990, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Hotel Marseilles as a landmark.  It is among the most prominent of the grand apartment hotels erected on the upper west side.  The Bea...

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John McEntee Bowman Stan Turkel

John McEntee Bowman

John McEntee Bowman (1875 – October 28, 1931) was a Canadian-born businessman, American hotelier and horseman, and the founding president of Bowman-Biltmore Hotels Corp. John McEntee Bowman had no easy boyhood. Born in 1875 in Toronto to...

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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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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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Tichowana - A Tale of Two Bush Babies — by Roddy Martine BOOKS REVIEWED

Tichowana - A Tale of Two Bush Babies — by Roddy Martine

Roddy Martine, our coauthor on the story about the fabled icon of Scottish hospitality, the Caledonian in Edinburgh, a Waldorf Astoria collection hotel, appears again in the limelight with a wonderful tale of two bush babies, in fact subtitled a "T...

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US/NY: Hotel History: Hotel Theresa Stan Turkel

US/NY: Hotel History: Hotel Theresa

By Stanley Turkel, CMHS The Hotel Theresa opened in 1913 on 125th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem and closed its doors as a hotel in 1970. It was built by German-born stockbroker Gustavus Sidenberg to the designs of architects George and Edward ...

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US/NY: The McAlpin Hotel history Stan Turkel

US/NY: The McAlpin Hotel history

by Stan Turkel (©2013) Among the many hotels we have "lost" in time was the McAlpin Hotel in NY city. Here is its story: General Edwin Angustus McAlpin (1848-1817) was a successful business man and president of the D.H. McAlpin & Co. tobac...

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USA: Hotel duPont, Wilmington, Delaware* Stan Turkel

USA: Hotel duPont, Wilmington, Delaware*

By Stanley Turkel, CMHS   One of the most famous hotels of America was designed to rival the finest hotels in Europe. At its opening in 1913, the Hotel duPont contained 150 guest rooms, a main dining room, rathskeller, men's café/...

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USA/NY: The Pierre by St. Turkel Stan Turkel

USA/NY: The Pierre by St. Turkel

By Stanley Turkel, CMHS, ISHC, May, 2013 The Pierre Hotel (1930) 5th Avenue and 61st Street Did you read that the penthouse triplex at the Pierre Hotel in New York City was for sale for $125 million, the highest price ever listed for a New York ho...

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Grand Hotel Scarborough

Grand Hotel Scarborough

The Grand Hotel has been selected (in the travel and tourism category) as one of the top ten places, buildings and historical sites that tell the...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