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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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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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Ettedgui, Edouard PERSONALITIES

Ettedgui, Edouard

BORN 12 December 1951. EDUCATION Received an MBA from the ESSEC business school in Paris. CAREER 1977: joins the electronics giant Philips. Goes on to hold various roles, including director for operations in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Italy. 1990-95:...

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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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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 entires are in alpa...

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I need not have any money! PERSONALITIES

I need not have any money!

If you think you have seen them all, read this one. Around 1960, it was sent to the proprietress of the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Germaine Krull, who remembers: ‘Our bill collectors had their problems. One debtor had left the French Embassy a...

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Kurt Wachtveitl– 40 years with The Oriental PERSONALITIES

Kurt Wachtveitl– 40 years with The Oriental

Picture: "Khun" Kurt, as he is respectfully addressed in the original Thai way with the hotel's Executive Chef Norbert Kostner, 60-year Oriental veteran Ankana Kalantananda, Guest Relations Consultant, and his wife Mrs. Penny Wachtveitl. Why do...

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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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Lucien Fournereau: “Bangkok: Distractions? None!” PERSONALITIES

Lucien Fournereau: “Bangkok: Distractions? None!”

1894: The display of monumental architecture was a powerful Western means of visualising the East as a land of lost civilizations. It nourished the Occidental notion of a mythical Orient that could be discovered and explored by European colonial...

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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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Oriental-Mania HOTELS

Oriental-Mania

The Orient evokes 1001 associations in us. Around 1900, the Orient was a myth to many. Hotels were baptised 'De L'Orient' or 'Oriental' and inspired legends and fables. In hospitality industry, the myth eventually became syno...

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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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The Cover Artists The Making Of Books

The Cover Artists

Valerie Marie O’Neill (1929–2010) To commemorate the centenary of The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Melbourne born Valerie Marie O’Neill was commissioned to do a painting of the original hotel from a surviving postcard. This painting...

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The Lady’s True Age HOTELS

The Lady’s True Age

 By Andrew Williamson and Andreas Augustin Never ask a lady about her age! we have all learnt to accept. But if we stop calling hotels grand old ladies, we might very well aks. ‘How old is this establishment?’ is often one o...

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The Oriental Bikini Scandal HOTELS

The Oriental Bikini Scandal

The first pool at The Oriental (1959)   Exactly 50 years ago, swimming pools were not necessarily part of the basic facilities of an Asian hotel. In the 1960s, The Oriental in Bangkok was among the first hotels to have its own pool, long bef...

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THE ORIENTAL JOURNEY HOTELS

THE ORIENTAL JOURNEY

If you have 18 minutes watch our movie about the history of The Oriental in Bangkok. You can also watch it there (recommended). Visit the permanent exhibition THE ORIENTAL JOURNEY.  

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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

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

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

Bristol Vienna

Bristol Vienna

  When you read 'originally opened', you know that there is something special about the opening date(s) of a hotel. Well, the...Read More

Oriental Kobe

Oriental Kobe

The Oriental's story begins in 1870, shortly after the opening of Kobe Port to foreign ships. The hotel was of western style, located in...Read More