Entries tagged with: Oriental

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

Prince de Galles

Prince de Galles

A hotel with two names! The rumor persists that in the 1920s the Prince of Wales influenced the naming of this house. So it was called (see...Read More

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

If you haven't been to the Metropole, you haven't been to Vietnam! "The Metropole is one of the last grand hotels of the exotic East. I...Read More

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Strand Hotel

  A book of history, stories and memories of all the artists and writers who found inspiration at The Strand. "The Strand" — what a...Read More

The Peninsula

The Peninsula

'I feel like a million dollars!' became the immortal first impression of a lady walking through the corridors of The Peninsula at...Read More