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Famous Hotels FEUILLETON 333 Feuilleton

Famous Hotels 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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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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Baur au Lac: “I want to transfer 10 million from our joint account.” HOTELS

Baur au Lac: “I want to transfer 10 million from our joint account.”

Writing in Forbes, Richard C. Morais introduces the Hotel Baur au Lac. When Swiss bankers loosen up at Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel, you can overhear some great gossip."I want you to transfer 10 million kronor from the joint account." In the hush...

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Borer, Peter Camille PERSONALITIES

Borer, Peter Camille

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd. The Peninsula Group Appointed to the Board as an executive director in April 2004. A graduate of the Lausanne Hotel School, Switzerland, he joined the group in 1981, enjoying senior roles in the Hong Kong and Ban...

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Breakfast with Michel Rey Breakfast with

Breakfast with Michel Rey

MICHEL REY in 2010. The Baur au Lac is A Select member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World from its founding hour. It is set in its own park on the shore of Lake Zurich, a stone's throw from the Paradeplatz, the city's bustling financ...

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Davos Summit WEF embraces Grand Hotel Belvedere HOTELS

Davos Summit WEF embraces Grand Hotel Belvedere

The Davos summit is among the most important gatherings of the leaders of our globe. It generates a yearly turnover of 40 million Swiss Franks (2014) for the little grand city of Davos. The Steigenberger Grand Hotel Belvédère, A Selec...

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Engadin - The Suvretta Story HOTELS

Engadin - The Suvretta Story

Lightly I do not speak of happiness, Yet I almost think I am happy here. Thomas Mann HOTEL SUVRETTA HOUSE   The Engadine - where people greet each other with 'Allegra', a Ladin expression roughly meaning, in today's terms, 'be...

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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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Lunn, Sir Henry Simpson PERSONALITIES

Lunn, Sir Henry Simpson

In the late 1880s, London's new hotel The Savoy was the most important stepping stone in Ritz’s magnificent career. (30 July 1859 – 18 March 1939) was an English humanitarian and religious figure, and also founder of Lunn Poly, one of...

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Mourby of Bürgenstock Adrian Mourby

Mourby of Bürgenstock

BÜRGENSTOCK, Switzerland In August 2017 the Bürgenstock reopened to the public. Mr Mourby visited the heart of the continent. Mrs Mourby was kind enough to bring her camera. In 1871 two Swiss men bought a mountain in order to put a ho...

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MOURBY OF STAIRS Adrian Mourby

MOURBY OF STAIRS

You can tell a lot about a hotel from its staircase. Some dominate the foyer as if attempting to emulate a palazzo or perhaps the Opera Garnier in Paris, a truly wonderful building that is essentially an elaborate flight of steps with an average-size...

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Seiler, Alexander PERSONALITIES

Seiler, Alexander

It is hard to imagine that, as late as the middle of the 19th Century, not many guests came to visit the king of the mountains, the Matterhorn. The fact that this has changed in the last 150 years is due to the work of a great pioneer of the hotel in...

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The Great César — Life and Times of César Ritz PERSONALITIES

The Great César — Life and Times of César Ritz

CÉSAR RITZ César Ritz*, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald (Switzerland) on 23 February 1850, died in Küssnacht (Switzerland) on 26 October 1918. César Ritz started his hotel career at the age of 15 in S...

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The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (1) HOTELS

The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (1)

By Adrian Mourby HOTEL DES BERGUES, GENEVA   Geneva’s Hotel des Bergues (A Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World) is a restrained and elegant building and full of idiosyncrasies. It is the oldest purpose-built hot...

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The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (2) HOTELS

The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel (2)

The City of Lucerne By Andreas Augustin In the mid of the 19th century, Switzerland had narrowly avoided financial ruin. In the years leading up to 1880, Switzerland was a classic emigration land. It was very much partially due to the influx of t...

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Travel History: Thomas Cook PERSONALITIES

Travel History: Thomas Cook

During the 1870s, a new 'movement' was to be observed in England. The English suddenly travelled in larger groups than any other nation. Only a few decades ago travelling was almost exclusively reserved for a small elite, the upper class. W...

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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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Writers at Hotels: Thomas Mann PERSONALITIES

Writers at Hotels: Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist and essayist, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and n...

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At Angkor Wat - like around the pyramids in Egypt - virtually every hotel group of note operates a (sometimes historic) hotel. The most notable...Read More

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

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Bristol Vienna

  When you read 'originally opened', you know that there is something special about the opening date(s) of a hotel. Well, the...Read More

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Oriental Kobe

The Oriental's story begins in 1870, shortly after the opening of Kobe Port to foreign ships. The hotel was of western style, located in...Read More

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Le Royal

In 1928, the construction of the Grand Hotel in Phnom Penh was well under way. In late 1923 and early 1924, the construction of a 55-room hotel in...Read More