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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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Breakfast with Kai Speth, Metropole Hanoi Breakfast with

Breakfast with Kai Speth, Metropole Hanoi

I am having breakfast with Kai Speth, the man who manages the legendary Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Vietnam, the first of the “Legends” of Sofitel and of course a Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. The Metropole histor...

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Metropole Hanoi: bunker discovered HOTELS

Metropole Hanoi: bunker discovered

Unearthing History by Andreas Augustin Oh people of the shelter what a gift you've given me, To smile at me and quietly let me share your agony, And I can only bow in utter humbleness and ask, Forgiveness and forgiveness for the things we've...

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The return of Joan Baez PERSONALITIES

The return of Joan Baez

For over one week, singer and former peace activist Joan Baez stayed once again at the legendary Hotel Metropole Hanoi. This time in peaceful days she remembered her days at the hotel during the dreadful ‘Christmas bombing‘ of 1972. Joan...

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The Vietnamese at the Ritz PERSONALITIES

The Vietnamese at the Ritz

1919: Versailles, France Ho Chi Minh It is one of those "what would have been if ..." footnotes of history. World War 1 was over. We are in Paris. In 1919 at Versailles, France, America’s President Woodrow Wilson arrived at the Par...

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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