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Feuiletton 358 — Anchored Feuilleton

Feuiletton 358 — Anchored

"Unspeakably hot. The equator is arriving again. We are within eight degrees of it. Ceylon present. Dear me, it is beautiful! And most sumptuously tropical, as to character of foliage and opulence of it. 'What though the spicy breezes blow soft o...

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Feuilleton 342 — 1896: Destination Budapest Feuilleton

Feuilleton 342 — 1896: Destination Budapest

Grand Hotel Royal — The Corinthia Budapest   April 1896, boarding the Orient Express at Paris, bound for Budapest The Orient Express left Paris for Vienna and Budapest at 6.50 pm sharp.  The train was full. There was a flutter of...

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Feuilleton 348 — Half Moon Jamaica - It’s all about people Feuilleton

Feuilleton 348 — Half Moon Jamaica - It’s all about people

Dear Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World, My dear Readers; All that matters in hospitality are people. We meet them, need them, interact with them. We must not take it for granted that they serve us. They could merely do their jobs...

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From India in Style (1): Indian Royalty L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (1): Indian Royalty

The Delhi Durbar, the "Court of Delhi", where the King-Emperor announced the move of India's capital from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911. From our book IMPERIAL New Delhi. India has been viewed with a lot of awe and amazement by the entire world for...

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The Most Famous Hotels in the World Jury Meeting 2018/December Andreas Augustin

The Most Famous Hotels in the World Jury Meeting 2018/December

Excerpt of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Jury (London, December 2018) Do we Brexit or not? For 33 years the minutes of our organisation were typed at Pall Mall, London. Last December we held our regular jury meeting at our historical conference ...

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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 Oscar del Campo Breakfast with

Breakfast with Oscar del Campo

Europe / Austria / Vienna “The Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria, wishes you a pleasant morning and a wonderful day!” the little breakfast newspaper announces. On the following pages the weather preview, followed by the music and cultu...

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From India in Style (2): Diamonds are Forever L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (2): Diamonds are Forever

From our book IMPERIAL New Delhi.     India's kings and queens always had a deep fondness for jewellery. Both royal men and women wore priceless, precious pieces all over their personage, starting from rare gems encrusted in t...

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From India in Style (3): Shoes L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (3): Shoes

Salvatore Ferragamo "Maharani" wedge, 1938 Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, famous for the Patiala Necklace, and his queen Rani Yashoda Devi, were known to travel to London, to Vandyk Studios (a successful London photographer, bo...

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From India in Style (4): Royal Cars L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (4): Royal Cars

The first three Rolls-Royce cars owned by the Rajpipla royal family. Leading is a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1921 carrying Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla and Governor of Bombay Sir Frederick Sykes, followed by Rolls-Royce 20 hp 1922, and Rolls-Ro...

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From India in Style (5): Western Music and Arts L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (5): Western Music and Arts

Just as the West was enamoured by the wonders of India and Asia, the royals from India were adapting to the western culture with élan. Photograph from our book IMPERIAL New Delhi.   Being an Indian royal was all about the finer things ...

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From India in Style (6): Royal Luggage L. Aruna Dhir

From India in Style (6): Royal Luggage

The original Louis Vuitton 1923 cabin trunk of the private secretary of the Maharajah of Alwar. When the Indian Royalty travelled abroad, they travelled in style. Even their luggage planning was a big affair. Bespoke, monogrammed luggage with the R...

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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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Grand Hotel Royal Budapest The Making Of Books

Grand Hotel Royal Budapest

Producing a book about the Grand Hotel Royal was probably as exciting as rebuilding it. And both activites brought a number of people back to the stage of this Hungairan legend, who had been working for this grand hotel in the past. The magic spell ...

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Grand Oriental Palace Hotel Andreas Augustin

Grand Oriental Palace Hotel

Andreas Augustin Hotelnamen haben einen besonderen Klang. Manche versprechen weltweit Qualität, andere erreichten als Solitäre globalen Ruf und wurden zum Synonym für die Destination, an der man sie findet. Manche sind schlicht irref&...

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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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Scent of a Woman Andreas Augustin

Scent of a Woman

Author Andreas Augustin visits a good old friend. Once called one of the “Maidens of the East”, today one of the Grand Old Ladies of South East Asia. The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok keeps its reign as the most famous hotel of Thailand, b...

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The Oriental Bikini Scandal HOTELS

The Oriental Bikini Scandal

The first pool at The Oriental (1959)   Exactly 50 years ago, swimming pools were not necessarily part of the basic facilities of an Asian hotel. In the 1960s, The Oriental in Bangkok was among the first hotels to have its own pool, long bef...

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Wachtveitl - Why don’t you do some work ? PERSONALITIES

Wachtveitl - Why don’t you do some work ?

From the book THE ORIENTAL, BANGKOK, the history of the legendary hotel, published in the library THE MOST FAMOUS HOTELS IN THE WORLD® by Andreas Augustin and Andrew Williamson Why don't you do some work, for a change? Chapter: Italthai 196...

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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

Recently renovated and painted white, the hotel dates back to the heydays of Indochine in the 1920s. In 1923/24, the construction of a 55-room...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

Plaza Athénée

Plaza Athénée

1867 saw the opening of the Grand Hôtel Athénée on Rue Scribe by Louis Raphaël Bischoffsheim to provide...Read More