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César Ritz (1) PERSONALITIES

César Ritz (1)

CÉSAR RITZ The first years in a nutshell   César Ritz* was the son of farmers, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald on 23 February 1850, a tiny village in the Swiss Alps. He spent his childhood  tending goats. At the ...

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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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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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Breakfast with Christian Tavelli, Hotel Ritz, Madrid Breakfast with

Breakfast with Christian Tavelli, Hotel Ritz, Madrid

Reading time: 1000 words / approx. 3 minutes   The fine dining Goya Restaurant. I am having breakfast with Christian Tavelli, right at the time the new edition of our book HOTEL RITZ MADRID hits the market. On my way to the restaurant I am c...

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César Ritz (2) PERSONALITIES

César Ritz (2)

Above: Supper at the Savoy  THE SAVOY — 1889–1900 From our research work at The Savoy, London     In the late 1880s, London's new hotel The Savoy was the most important stepping stone in Ritz’s magnificent...

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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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Frank Meier meets Berry Wall PERSONALITIES

Frank Meier meets Berry Wall

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 he wasn’t serving drinks to the grand and glorious he found time to write a book, The Artistry of Mixing Drinks, publ...

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London Ritz since 1906 HOTELS

London Ritz since 1906

Cesar and Marie Ritz opened the London 'Ritz' after Savoy disaster The Ritz London opened its doors on May 24th 1906 on the Piccadilly site of the Walsingham House Hotel, formerly the Bath Hotel. After Cesar Ritz has been dismissed as gener...

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Ritz Madrid - The Birth of a Hotel The Making Of Books

Ritz Madrid - The Birth of a Hotel

 Birth of A Modern City (Excerpts of chapter 2. of the book HOTEL RITZ MADRID)   While César Ritz was busy constructing his hospitality empire, Spain’s own empire was in the process of disintegrating. In 1898 the country w...

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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 hotels bearing these names, all conceived and opened by César Ritz, the Swiss hotelier: The Carlton in London and the Ritz in Paris and London. 1911 The Illustrated London...

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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 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 Savoy London - the making of The Making Of Books

The Savoy London - the making of

Mr Ritz, You are Fired! Andreas Augustin   In 2000, Michael Shepherd, General Manager of The Savoy at the time, was sitting on a very old history book about The Savoy. It had been written by Stanley Jackson in 1964. He knew that we update ou...

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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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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