sisi at reid's

Was she a great traveller or on a permanent escape? Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria enjoyed the hospitaliy of “this NEW hotel” in 1893, referring to Reid’s New Hotel, on the Island of Madeira, Portugal (off the African coast). The island paradise is still home to this fabulous hotel, one of the “Most Famous” in the world, the view remained unchanged. More ...

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Xian - People’s Hotel - Chinese/English

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50 years ago, on 30 July 1964, pretty blond haired model Kiki Sackmann created a sensation when she wore a bikini during a fashion… [more]

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Vienna/Austria and Xian/China

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Frankfurter Hof – the new book

Since 1876 the Frankfurter Hof ranks among the most famous hotels in the world. Its façade is a reminiscence of glorious… [more]

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104 good reasons to call the staff

The Teleseme —  by the push of a button you could order a glass of milk, fresh towels or your… [more]

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César Ritz (1)

Cesar Ritz, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald on 23 February 1850. He began his hotel career at the age… [more]

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The most spectacular luxury hotel opening of 2014 China took place in Xian. Stephen Antram did it.


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She is the General Manager of the iconic Istanbul Pera Palace Hotel, now under… [more]

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Imperial Vienna (1873)

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