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Feuilleton 334 Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 334

Dear Friend of The Most Famous Hotels in the World; While researching our books about the most legendary temples of hospitality, we always come across interesting findings, more often than not linked to the hotel(s) we are researching. Enjoy a look ...

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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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Feuilleton in Reflection of the Armistice — 11. November 1918 Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton in Reflection of the Armistice — 11. November 1918

  Dear Friends of The Most Famous Hotels in the World Dear Readers; This is a weekend of remembrance and appreciation; it is “Armistice”. 100 years ago, World War I, the so-called Great War, ended on this date. The unthinkabl...

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Hotels lost in History HOTELS

Hotels lost in History

Austria Hotel Metropole, Vienna, opened 1873; by architects K Schumann und L Tischler, famous before the war, infamous headquater of the GESTAPO during 1939–1945, destroyed by bombs in 1945, never rebuilt. Hotel Continental, Vienna, open...

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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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Chaïm Soutine — Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys HOTELS

Chaïm Soutine — Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

LONDON: This major international loan exhibition of works by Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943) will be the first show on the artist in the United Kingdom in 35 years. Soutine was one of the leading painters in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, part of ...

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Kienberger Family PERSONALITIES

Kienberger Family

The Waldhaus was opened on June 15, 1908 by Josef Giger (1847–1921) and his wife Amalie who had previously managed large hotels in Bad Ragaz, in Russia, in Italy and finally in St. Moritz. They were succeeded by daugher Helen and her husband Os...

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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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Tchaikovsky & Strauss at Grand Hotel Europe HOTELS

Tchaikovsky & Strauss at Grand Hotel Europe

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–93) got married on 6 July 1877 and arrived in St Petersburg to introduce his wife to relatives. ‘We put up at Evropeyskaya*),’ he wrote to his brother. ‘Very good, even luxurious.’ Unfortun...

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Via Grand Hotel to Execution Adrian Mourby

Via Grand Hotel to Execution

The Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg has been at the centre of life in the old Russian capital since it was constructed in its current form in 1875. The royal families of Denmark, Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Siam and Swed...

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Wanderwell, Aloha PERSONALITIES

Wanderwell, Aloha

  Fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and marginally fluent in Russian, Chinese and Japanese, Aloha Wanderwell – nomen est omen – was the first woman to drive around the world in a customised Model T Ford.   Aloha Wan...

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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