Entries tagged with: Rome

Feuilleton 333 Feuilleton

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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Feuilleton 347 - Ritzy Things You Should Know Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 347 - Ritzy Things You Should Know

Some Ritzy Things To Spice Up Your Dinner Conversation   During his career, Swiss born César Ritz (1850–1918) managed or owned the following hotels. A buffet in the Bois de Boulogne (his first private enterprise), ... and in l...

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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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1932: Flying from Europe to Asia TRAVEL

1932: Flying from Europe to Asia

The last stop before Bangkok was Rangoon. After flying over dense jungle, the mountains gave way to flat irrigated paddy rice fields and soon Don Muang, Bangkok’s airport, was reached. In March 1924 the British formed Imperial Airways (the for...

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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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Bucher and Durrer PERSONALITIES

Bucher and Durrer

Franz Josef Bucher and Josef Durrer were among Europe’s leading hotel pioneers in the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1871 the two Swiss entrepreneurs bought a plot of land registered as “Alp Tritt“ high above the Lake of...

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From India in Style (7): Residing Abroad L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (7): Residing Abroad

Jagatjit-Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Kapurthala on his visit to Vienna's Hotel Imperial. Not just travel, Indian royalty were also creating second homes in the international playfields of the rich and famous or in the exclusively secluded plac...

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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 entries are in alpahbetical...

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Mourby of Rome Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome

Adrian Mourby travelled to Rome and landed in history. In search for a decent 'albergo', two books of The Most Famous Hotels library came to aid. At the time of Italy's Unification in 1870, Rome was already a city of hotels and inns. The...

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Mourby of Rome — Eden Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome — Eden

  Our Roving Contributing Editor welcomes the reopening of Rome’s Hotel Eden.   When Cavalier Rufini took his census of Roman hotels for Pope Pius IX in 1855, the city was found to possess many small hotels and inns, some dating ...

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Mourby of Rome — Hotel Minerve Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Rome — Hotel Minerve

The view of Rome from the rooftop terrace of Grand Hôtel de La Minerve is justly celebrated. In 1917 Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau and Picasso’ s future wife Olga went up there to take photos. At the time Picasso and Cocteau were staying 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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Summer Time / The Best Concierge Stories HOTELS

Summer Time / The Best Concierge Stories

Concierge stories are traded at famous hotels like good Jewish jokes. They are always a success. Adolfo Facchin made his first steps in the trade at the Excelsior in Rome in 1965, when the colourful Adamo Cecchini was running the concierge show...

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Grand Hotel Scarborough

Grand Hotel Scarborough

The Grand Hotel has been selected (in the travel and tourism category) as one of the top ten places, buildings and historical sites that tell the...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...Read More

Galle Face

Galle Face

  "So pleasant a change from the dreary ordinariness of most modern hotels. This is an Island of charm on a charming Island." Simon...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

Grand Hotel Royal (Corinthia Budapest)

Grand Hotel Royal (Corinthia Budapest)

The man with the sign ‘Grand Hotel Royal’ awaits me on the platform at Keleti railway station. He takes my bags and me to the hotel. The...Read More