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Around the World in 80 Hotels (4) HOTELS

Around the World in 80 Hotels (4)

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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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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Historic Hotelnames HOTELS

Historic Hotelnames

This growing log explains the origins of names of hotels, frequently used in history. We are constantly expanding this list and you are invited to share your knowledge, or ask questions at [email protected] All entries are in alpahbetical...

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I need not have any money! PERSONALITIES

I need not have any money!

If you think you have seen them all, read this one. Around 1960, it was sent to the proprietress of the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Germaine Krull, who remembers: ‘Our bill collectors had their problems. One debtor had left the French Embassy a...

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Kurt Wachtveitl– 40 years with The Oriental PERSONALITIES

Kurt Wachtveitl– 40 years with The Oriental

Picture: "Khun" Kurt, as he is respectfully addressed in the original Thai way with the hotel's Executive Chef Norbert Kostner, 60-year Oriental veteran Ankana Kalantananda, Guest Relations Consultant, and his wife Mrs. Penny Wachtveitl. Why do...

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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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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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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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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