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A Palace on the Strand Adrian Mourby

A Palace on the Strand

In 1900 visitors to London were advised by Baedeker to find a hotel on the Strand. The choice began with 700-room Hotel Cecil, built on the site of Lord Cecil’s Thameside home, then the Savoy (built by Richard D’Oyly Carte who produced ...

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Feuilleton 338 Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 338

This week in Yekaterinburg, Russia, 60,000 devoted followers participated in a 22-kilometer procession in honor of the Romanovs, the family of the last Tsar of Russia. It was led by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill....

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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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Engadin - The Suvretta Story HOTELS

Engadin - The Suvretta Story

Lightly I do not speak of happiness, Yet I almost think I am happy here. Thomas Mann HOTEL SUVRETTA HOUSE   The Engadine - where people greet each other with 'Allegra', a Ladin expression roughly meaning, in today's terms, 'be...

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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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The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (2) HOTELS

The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (2)

The City of Lucerne By Andreas Augustin In the mid of the 19th century, Switzerland had narrowly avoided financial ruin. In the years leading up to 1880, Switzerland was a classic emigration land. It was very much partially due to the influx of t...

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The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Since decades “The Oriental”, as it is affectionately known by travellers from all over the globe, leads the lists of all...Read More

Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel

The historic building (top, slide to the right): The "new" Raffles main building in 1899. It opened on 18 November 1899, featuring the all new...Read More

Le Royal

Le Royal

In 1923/24, the construction of a 55-room hotel in Phnom Penh was proposed, with Ernest Hébrard as architect. A visionary planner, he was in...Read More

Galle Face

Galle Face

The Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864, five years before the Suez Canal came into operation. A journey through the Suez Canal was a...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 Firestone,...Read More