What Hoteliers Say About Our Work
Since 1986, we have listed over 450 hotels: over 50 rooms, over 50 years old, open more than 50% of the year.
We have researched the history of numerous individual hotels, recorded their history, and published it in our library.
There is a global demand to take history earnest, with a certain twist of entertainment. Our readers are educated, travellers. They want well researched information. So we are as diligent, profound and thoughtful as possible. We know this makes THE MOST FAMOUS HOTELS IN THE WORLD such a successful library.
We should not forget that we have inherited the responsibility to research and record the history of a famous hotel. It is an asset which needs to be developed with expert advise, carefully nourished and accompanied for ever.
We have the honour to be working with the most legendary hotels in the world, meeting the most famous hoteliers in the world — here's my salute to them all!
Here is what some of our partners have to say about our work.
" ... And the book is a big success — in fact a bestseller." Kurt Wachtveitl, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
"As of 1986, Andreas Augustin has been instrumental in documenting and featuring our rich history through his wonderful publication “The Oriental” – The Amazing Tale of Bangkok’s Legendary Hotel.
The path of history* that Andreas has created in the hotel compliments perfectly the bestselling book he has authored. Guests from across the globe continue to be delighted in taking home with them a piece of The Oriental’s history."
Greg Liddell, General Manager, The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
* The Path of History is "The Oriental's Journey" a permanent exhibition presenting the rich history of the hotel.
'Maybe the most striking fact was that when we took over the hotel from the former owners all archive material was lost. When we decided to launch the history project very little of the hotels history was actually known, and none was collated. We had no opening date, all material had either left Vietnam or was lost.
General Manager of the historic Hotel Metropole Hanoi in 1996
Famoushotels provides outstanding references on the truly great Hotels of the world. The research is thorough and the attractiveness of each book combines tradition and history in the settings of todays competitive environment. Keep up the traditions, each book is a unique piece of history in its making.
(was the general manager of the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest when famoushotels researched and produced the book about the history of this icon of Hungarian hospitality).
The Imperial's pillared verandahs, dining rooms, tea lounges, Royal Ballroom, cool and verdant gardens have been witness to the venue of many celebrated encounters between the British and Indian aristocracy and gentry. If only walls could speak, here indeed was a repository of fascinating anecdotal material for authors of romantic and detective fiction.
Andreas Augustin's books The Most Famous Hotels in the World featuring The Imperial is definitely an invaluable asset since history is a very important facet of The Imperial. It has made a huge impact coming from the most renowned keeper of grand traditions and heritage in luxurious hospitality.
Sr. Vice President & General Manager
"Reid's Palace is one of the most famous hotels in the world, and as such, we bear a great responsibility for our heritage and history. We are delighted about the research made in cooperation with famoushotels.org, that has enabled us to highlight even further this beautiful hotel and its landmark experiences, like the afternoon tea. It is with great pride that we have been welcoming and pampering guests since 1891!"
Acting General Manager
Reid’s Palace, Madeira, Portugal
"The Premier Palace, as Kyiv's oldest existing luxury hotel, is one of The Most Famous Hotels In The World. Opened in 1912, this legend of Ukrainian hospitality has set all standards for tourism in the country. The saying goes that he who does not appreciate the past has no future. And as such the hotel’s team bears a great responsibility for our heritage and history.
Andreas Augustin - with the help of local professionals - made a deep professional research of the historic data of the Premier Palace and of Kyiv life, as well. After one year of solid work a complete history was established and the author had a clear picture of the development of hospitality industry in Ukraine. The elegant, individual book illustrated with unique historical photographs, published in 2009, became a result of detailed work."
The Premier Palace Hotel
In 2009 - to serve the logical language request of the hotel's guests - we published three edtions of this book: one in English, one in Ukrainian and one in Russian.
"I love this 'philosophical air of history', and I am sure many of our guests feel the same! A great challenge: a responsibility towards our founders linked with the promise to continue their work in the same spirit whilst at the same time allowing for the changes and developments of our generation.
When you run a hotel where the Treaty of Zurich has been signed, the concept of the Nobel Prize has been conceived, Austria’s Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” held her banquets – to mention just three of hundreds – one cannot ignore this abundance of history in marketing."
Baur au Lac, Zurich, CH
'Time freezes and smiles back with wisdom. History is one of our strong marketing points.'
Hotelier with Accor & Raffles
"History is key and in particular for our leisure guests from Europe and the USA, this is a key selling point. Our book by Andreas Augustin and his team is a great success with our guests."
Grand Hotel Royal, Budapest
The Most Famous Hotels in the World have researched this hotel's history with Hungarian author Sally Noemi.
"The history of a place gives it a soul and makes it unique. Our hotel has a long history and with it many interesting stories have been developed and collected over the years. A luxury brand has in most cases a longstanding tradition. History becomes part of the DNA."
Hotel Goldener Hirsch Salzburg, Hotel Bristol, Vienna and Hotel Prince de Galles, Paris
Since 1998 The Most Famous Hotels in the World are researching and publishing the history of the hotel in a successful book.
Famoushotels' support of our hotel school is a wonderful example of the commitment our alumni and industry friends have to our teaching mission. Thank you again for the thoughtful generousity.
David W. Butler, Dean,
Cornell School of Hotel Administration
FAMOUSHOTELS books are found in the libraries of hotel management schools all over the world.
"History is a unique selling opportunity to transmit reliability, tradition and charm. We have been successfully working with Andreas Augustin on his Roman history book about the Grand Hotel — today's St. Regis."
Hotel Excelsior, Rome
famoushotels researched the history of the Grand Hotel (St Regis) and the Excelsior, both books published in the library THE MOST FAMOUS HOTELS IN THE WORLD.
"History makes the difference for me. New Hotel Projects might invest more or try to be even more luxuries than others, but they don’t have history. For every guest in a hotel it is interesting to know where they are and what has happened at the property. We as the professionals on property need to make personal contact to and with our guests. History is most helpful in this respect. No one will really remember the color of the carpet in his room, but the history of the hotel and place where they stayed will be in most cases unforgettable, if someone tells you about it."
The Falkenstein Grand
Villa Rothschild (both Königstein, Germany) - both books were published in 2009
"The hotel has a very rich history and has also played an important part in the history of the city. This adds an additional dimension – you are not only enabling your guests to experience a delightful hotel but also a part of the history of the city. It does of course also come with the great responsibility to maintain and preserve such an architectural treasure."
Oscar del Campo
Hotels Imperial and Bristol, Vienna
Our books HOTEL IMPERIAL and HOTEL BRISTOL VIENNA are both part of the hotel's history and heritage concept since 1996.
Former general manager Thomas Noll remembers: "Famous Hotels have produced the Grand Hotel Europe St Petersburg history, a book that proves to be very successful from the PR and commercial point of view. We receive very positive comments and we also had excellent international press coverage initiated by famoushotels themselves. Our guests love the book, and it has become a best-seller among our various souvenir items. We appreciated the good, professional cooperation and the efficient delivery to Russia."
For the leisure market history is a decision maker. Not too many hotels like this one here are left in this part of the world.
The Metropole Hanoi
Michael Shepherd (right) and Andreas Augustin discussing picture material of The London Hilton on Park Lane
"Grand Hotels still play a significant part in the evolution of society and contribute significantly to local economies.The series of The Most Famous Hotels in the World make a wonderful set of chronological history of some unique trophy palaces. The team of The Most Famous Hotels in the World capture beautifully not only the history, but the vibrancy of many such intriguing organizations, in a well presented format. Our guests have passed much praise and credit on the book in relation to quality, presentation and content."
was General Manager at The Savoy, London, The Most Famous Hotels in the World conducted this history project from 1999-2001. The book was presented in 2001.
Master Connection Associates, US
Peter Wirth, hotelier.
(from the Hotel Hassler, Rome; former General Manager of Waldorff Towers, New York)