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César Ritz (1) PERSONALITIES

César Ritz (1)

CÉSAR RITZ The first years in a nutshell   César Ritz* was the son of farmers, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald on 23 February 1850, a tiny village in the Swiss Alps. He spent his childhood  tending goats. At the ...

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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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Vaslav Nijinsky: A Ballet Dancer’s Christmas Carol PERSONALITIES

Vaslav Nijinsky: A Ballet Dancer’s Christmas Carol

Todays pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter and a save place for their child can be witnessed in the heart of Europe every day.     HOTEL BRISTOL VIENNA THE BOOK Opened in 1892, the Viennese Hotel Bristol’s story is full...

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“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!” PERSONALITIES

“I hope he is not going to die at my hotel!”

To die at a famous hotel might not be the idea, but if you want to give God a good laugh, tell him about your plans. Fatal last stays at hotels are of course part of the business, however, the hoteliers main concern is always: "I hope he/she is not g...

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1975: Luxury Hotel Keeping — Imperial Vienna HOTELS

1975: Luxury Hotel Keeping — Imperial Vienna

The Hotel Imperial in Vienna is a monument to aristocratic Belle Epoque Europe. The hotel was built in 1867 and was one of the new buildings on the Ringstrasse, the city's new Boulevard. The hotel was originally constructed by the Duke of Wurtt...

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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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Hotel Astoria Vienna HOTELS

Hotel Astoria Vienna

Not top luxury, but with a central location in the heart of Vienna, it has a great history. Built in 1912 by the hotelier Anton Hanl in „fin du siècle“- style, the HOTEL ASTORIA opened its doors as the most modern hotel in the w...

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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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Sacher Vienna - the making of The Making Of Books

Sacher Vienna - the making of

YOU CAN HAVE THE CAKE - AND ENJOY IT by Andreas Augustin No other cake in the world sells better than the Original Sacher-Torte. The Hotel Sacher produces around 320,000 of this sweetest of Viennese ambassadors per year. On good days the order r...

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The First Grand Hotel HOTELS

The First Grand Hotel

In No. 43 King Street, in Covent Garden, the first house to be built on this site, was occupied by Admiral Edward Russell in 1689 or 1690. He had played a leading part in bringing William of Orange to England, and as Treasurer of the Navy and command...

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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 Firestone,...Read More

Prince de Galles

Prince de Galles

A hotel with two names! The rumor persists that in the 1920s the Prince of Wales influenced the naming of this house. So it was called (see...Read More

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

Metropole (Sofitel Legends)

If you haven't been to the Metropole, you haven't been to Vietnam! "The Metropole is one of the last grand hotels of the exotic East. I...Read More

Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel

  A book of history, stories and memories of all the artists and writers who found inspiration at The Strand. "The Strand" — what a...Read More

The Peninsula

The Peninsula

'I feel like a million dollars!' became the immortal first impression of a lady walking through the corridors of The Peninsula at...Read More