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On 6 January 1923 Somerset Maugham arrived in Bangkok by train from Chiang Mai and booked a room at The Oriental: ‘I was in Bangkok. It is impossible to consider these populous modern cities of the East without ... more



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LONDON: Mourby of St Pancras

Like most people I like to think of myself as reasonably tolerant. I believe that even the most pernicious of books should not… [more]

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Davos Summit embraces Grand Hotel Belvedere

For three days each January, the Grand Hotel Belvedere Davos is taken over by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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The Oriental: Bikini Scandal

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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Sorry Dear Wes Anderson

Some books come out too late. So I have to say: 'Sorry my dear Wes Anderson! After you had contaced me in search for a suitable… [more]

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Vienna/Austria and Xian/China

While visiting Xi'ans Terracotta Army you can now stay in ultimate luxury at the People's Grand Hotel. And in Vienna, the Imperial… [more]

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Premier Palace Kiev

While the Ukraine is making the headlines, Premier Palace stands firm like a rock. In 1909, construction had started of the Palast… [more]

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NEW YORK: Hotel Albert

Stan Turkel from New York: the original… [more]

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PARIS: The lost Bristol Hotel

The long lost Hotel Bristol in Paris seems to have inspired legends. Was it inspired by the Earl of Bristol, and did it inspire… [more]

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The Rise of the Swiss Grand Hotel

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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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Breakfast with Stephen Antram

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

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Mount Nelson: Breakfast with Xavier Lablaude

At the launch of 'I Had Tea at the Nellie — The Mount Nelson Treasury' — meet Xavier Lablaude of the legendary… [more]

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Istanbul/TR: Breakfast with Pınar Kartal Timer

Pinar Kartal Timer

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

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Britannia (1897)

The list of famous guests at this Trondheim (Norway) legendary hotel is truly impressive, including writer…more

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