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Famous Hotels FEUILLETON 333 Feuilleton

Famous Hotels 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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“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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Accor-Fairmont Raffles Merger PERSONALITIES

Accor-Fairmont Raffles Merger

This mail was sent to Le Club Accor Members  on 11 December 2015   Dear Member, We are delighted to share with you the announcement of the forthcoming combination of AccorHotels and Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. This unique grou...

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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 (3) PERSONALITIES

Around the World in 80 Hotels (3)

In 30 years the author of these lines has researched the history of about 500 of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, and has written over 50 history books about them. A journey around the world can take – as we have all learnt – 79+1 da...

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Bristol - who or what’s behind the popular hotel name HOTELS

Bristol - who or what’s behind the popular hotel name

We were not aware that it was somewhat difficult to document exactly why a hotel is called Bristol. Soon we realised that this was a dilemma all Bristol hotels around the world suffered from. They all told the same story. They were allowed to name ...

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Carême, Marie-Antoine PERSONALITIES

Carême, Marie-Antoine

Marie Antoine Carême (June 1784–12 January 1833), known as "The King of Chefs, and the Chef of Kings". He was an early practitioner of a modern style of cooking known as haute cuisine, the "high art" of French cooking favoured by both int...

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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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Chaïm Soutine — Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys HOTELS

Chaïm Soutine — Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

LONDON: This major international loan exhibition of works by Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943) will be the first show on the artist in the United Kingdom in 35 years. Soutine was one of the leading painters in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, part of ...

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Frank Meier meets Berry Wall PERSONALITIES

Frank Meier meets Berry Wall

Above: Frank Meier is talking to Evander Berry Wall, reputably the best dressed American on the continent.   "Back when cocktails were a serious part of life, a man named Frank Meier held sway over the bar at the Ritz in Paris. And when ...

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Holtmann, Franka PERSONALITIES

Holtmann, Franka

This native of Essen, Germany graduated from the hotel school in Munich and arrived in France some 24 years ago. Holtmann knows better than most how to steward a top Paris hotel. She has honed her managerial talents at some of the finest addresses in...

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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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Men in Black—The Bohemian’s Guide to a Viennese Coffee House TRAVEL

Men in Black—The Bohemian’s Guide to a Viennese Coffee House

Welcome to the Club (German translation below) Once you enter a Kaffeehaus, you are on stage. Everybody is watching you. There is nothing else to do. Having been inspected by the crowd, you are either accepted and from then on ignored, or you are...

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PARIS: Mourby of Meurice Adrian Mourby

PARIS: Mourby of Meurice

After staying at a number of hotels where everything  -from the lights to the TV, from the window blinds to the air conditioning - is controlled by one complex  sheet of interactive glass it is rather nice to return to Le Meurice in Paris a...

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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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Ritz, Charles C. PERSONALITIES

Ritz, Charles C.

Charles C. Ritz (August 1, 1891 – July 11, 1976) was a hotelier and fly fishing specialist. Charles Ritz was the son of César Ritz and Marie-Louise Beck. He did not know his itinerant father well who died when Charles was sixteen. He em...

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The Great César — Life and Times of César Ritz PERSONALITIES

The Great César — Life and Times of César Ritz

CÉSAR RITZ César Ritz*, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald (Switzerland) on 23 February 1850, died in Küssnacht (Switzerland) on 26 October 1918. César Ritz started his hotel career at the age of 15 in S...

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The Vietnamese at the Ritz PERSONALITIES

The Vietnamese at the Ritz

1919: Versailles, France Ho Chi Minh It is one of those "what would have been if ..." footnotes of history. World War 1 was over. We are in Paris. In 1919 at Versailles, France, America’s President Woodrow Wilson arrived at the Par...

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Vuitton, Louis PERSONALITIES

Vuitton, Louis

Vuitton, Louis - the luggage provider   In the late 19th century, Louis Vuitton was a renowned trunks and luggage retailer. Entering into the 20th century, the company expanded in terms of locations and financial success. Beginning in the midd...

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Wanderwell, Aloha PERSONALITIES

Wanderwell, Aloha

  Fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and marginally fluent in Russian, Chinese and Japanese, Aloha Wanderwell – nomen est omen – was the first woman to drive around the world in a customised Model T Ford.   Aloha Wan...

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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, your very own and personal copy of Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. Ask reception to extend your...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

Le Royal

Le Royal

In 1928, the construction of the Grand Hotel in Phnom Penh was well under way. In late 1923 and early 1924, the construction of a 55-room hotel in...Read More