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Around the World in 80 Hotels (1) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (1)

In 1873, a journey around the world took Jules Verne's novel character Phileas Fogg 80 days. A journey around the world takes us to 80 different hotels. Andreas Augustin PART 1: From England to Scotland When you cross a street in Mayfair, K...

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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 on 23 February 1850, died in Küssnacht on 26 October 1918. César Ritz started his hotel career at the age of 15 in Switzerland, but he truly lea...

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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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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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Frankfurter Hof — A German Hotelstory The Making Of Books

Frankfurter Hof — A German Hotelstory

Since 1876 the Frankfurter Hof ranks among the most famous hotels in the world. Its façade is a reminiscence of glorious days, of splendid festivities and heydays of an empire. But it is also a symbol of downfall and resurrection – the...

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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. London was for Ritz a very special social p...

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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, 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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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

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

The Hotel Majestic is one of the very special historic hotels of Barcelona that lives its history, while having safely arrived in today's...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

Prince de Galles

Prince de Galles

The Parisian hotel with two names! And it all started with a kiss! More than anybody else, Edward, the Prince of Wales (1910–1936),...Read More