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 Andreas Augustin

Hanoi: The Opening Riddle

1896! No Problem! by Andreas Augustin In 1996, I received a phone call from Richard Kaldor, one of the first general managers of the newly reopened Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Vietnam: ‘Could you come and research the history of our ...

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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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Le Royal

Le Royal

Indochine 1923/1924. The construction of a 55-room hotel in Phnom Penh was proposed, with Ernest Hébrard as architect. A visionary planner,...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

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

The hotel opened in 1891. One of the first advertisements we found dates from 1899. The hotel was the former residence of Sir Edward Barns,...Read More

Mena House

Mena House

  The Mena House presented us with a remarkable challenge — we had to verify its opening date which appeard to be wrong (1865?). We...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