Entries tagged with: Somerset Maugham

Feuilleton 339 Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 339

Our Italian and German speaking readers scroll down: Built as the retreat for a prince, converted into a hotel for the perfect vacation, grown into a world class resort. The history of Schloss Velden is the fascinating tale of one of the legendary a...

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Hanoi: The Opening Riddle Feuilleton

Hanoi: The Opening Riddle

1896! No Problem! by Andreas Augustin One day, in 1996, we received a phone call from Richard Kaldor, general manager of the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Vietnam: ‘Could you come and research the history of our hotel?‘ ‘Of course...

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (5) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (5)

Photographs on top of page: A porter at the Imperial in New Delhi / Andreas Augustin exploring a long abandoned tunnel under the People's Grand Hotel in Xian, China / The courtyard at Raffles Hotel in Singapore. In 30 years the author...

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Making Of Oriental Bangkok The Making Of Books

Making Of Oriental Bangkok

A room at the Oriental in  the 1920s, at the time of Somerset Maugham's arrival Fighting White Ants by Andreas Augustin At The Mandarin Oriental shop, and present in every room, the book about the Oriental's history is more than j...

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Raffles Singapore — A Literary Journey The Making Of Books

Raffles Singapore — A Literary Journey

For 3 years I lived at Raffles in Singapore. First I occupied Suite 114 on the ground floor of the Palm Court. Followed by Room 336. Finally, for over two years, Suite 254. By Andreas Augustin In 1986, Raffles Hotel in Singapore was one of th...

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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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Somerset Maugham arrives at the Oriental PERSONALITIES

Somerset Maugham arrives at the Oriental

Bangkok / Siam (today Thailand) "The hotel faced the river. My room was dark, one of a long line, with a verandah on each side of it, the breeze blew through, but it was stifling. The dining-room was large and dim, and for coolness" sake the windows...

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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

Ritz Paris

Ritz Paris

First of all, obtain your very own and personal copy of Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. Inform reception tha...Read More