Are we fishing for compliments? YES!
About our books in general:
Dear Mr. Augustin, I received my 4 books yesterday and want you to know that they arrived in perfect condition. You are to be commended for producing such a fine book. Your books are a work of art. They are beautifully bound , excellent photographs and well written . We do not usually find such high quality in books these days so it is a pleasure to find such gems !
They will become part of my “ favorites library “ and hope to acquire more as I stay at additional prestigious hotels around the world.
With Warm Regards
Grassmann-Blake, Inc. / USA
I frequently visit The Most Famous Hotels of The World website
when I am doing research for our books.
Great, Grand & Famous Hotels and Waldorf Hysteria: Hotel Manners, Misbehaviour & Minibars.
Great, Grand & Famous
"Very interesting reading!"
Fredrik af Petersens
Just to let you know have loved the books. They bring back such fond memories of my visits at the hotels. Still waiting on the reprint of the Raffles.
About our book Schlosshotel Velden, Lake Woerth (Austria)
Your book on this hotel was a real find for me, I loved it. My mother used to take my brothers and me to the hotel just about every summer for years in the fifties and sixties. It was my favorite place in the world. We became friends with Karlheinz Bohm ( whose aunt owned the hotel at that time) and his wife Barbara, and through him my parents got to know his father Karl Bohm the conductor.
Santa Monica, California
About our book The Savoy London
I finally tracked down a copy of your out of print book on the Savoy Hotel London.... I found it in a second hand dealer in new york. I must say it is one of the most interesting,informative and entertaining books in the series. ... loved the outline of the 'america bar' its orign and history is amazing...made me go and buy the cocktail book.
... what a charming tale of 'kaspar' the wooden cat who makes up number 14 at a table...nice to see that history and nostalgia is being maintained.
... I'd already read alot about the famous cesar ritz but to discover he was actually dismissed from the Savoy for mis-management and neglect was truly amazin... then there was the equally famous chef Auguste Escoffier who also was dismissed for fraud/corruption and mis-management
...very informative ... a truly amazing book...as always thanks for the memories.
Gerard Phillip Francis Newcombe
LORD OF LOCHABER
About our book Reid's Palace Madeira
I received the new "Reid's Palace Madeira" book yesterday. It is an absolutely fascinating read!
Gerald E. Noeske
Reids Palace. What a great book...really enjoyed it...started reading the night I got it and stayed up until 2am finishing it off...truly sounds like an amazing hotel...talk about history ...what a great pix of Winston Churchill on the balcony.
(short message sent via facebook)
Gerard Phillip Francis Newcombe
LORD OF LOCHABER
About our book Secrets of a Grand Old Lady, The Sacher Treasury (Vienna)
by Andreas Augustin — arrrived quickly, carefully packaged with autograph by the author. Well done and well written! Many thanks!
Lorraine Eda Rolla
About our book Mena House Treasury
It is a very interesting read about the history of Egypt and this great property! Anyone interested in historic hotels with character should read this book.
Mr V Matveev
Thank you for your continued emails, they are a great source of information for me. I have ordered two books, The Peninsula, Hong Kong and Hotel Metropole, Hanoi, both where we have stayed. Would you please sign the books for us!
"I frequently visit The Most Famous Hotels of The World website when I am doing research for our books and thought that you and your readers and newsletter subscribers would be interested in hearing about two of our latest titles – Great, Grand & Famous Hotels and Waldorf Hysteria: Hotel Manners, Misbehaviour & Minibars."
Great, Grand & Famous Pty Ltd
About our book GRAND HOTEL ROYAL BUDAPEST:
"I am a set/production designer in the film world. Your reference photos are great for my library!"
Stephen Sharratt, UK
Thank you for a wonderful book about the Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest! Me and my husband enjoyed our stay in one of the suites in late October! The book really added up to our full experience of coming home to old central Europe...
I will be sure to join you for news, and looking forward to inspiration to
visit new hotels.
About our book The Oriental Bangkok:
'Great - The Oriental only!' Pornphatu Rupjumlong (Bangkok)
'An absolute experience'Shahid Ahmad (Karachi, Pakistan)
'A wonderful informative souvenier'T. J. Forrext (Pafos, Cyprus)
'I really enjoy the way your books tell an era of the history of the cities through the history of the hotels. You have a great storytelling style in your writing. It is as if I were listening to you, over drinks in the lobby bar. Your books help fill in the blanks in the history for me. I appreciate that they aren't just big hotel sales brochures or fluffy junk history.' A.R. USA
About our book The Strand, Yangon
'Thank you for your wonderful book. I was at The Strand last week!' Y.S. Shin (Incheon, South Korea)
About our book Hotel Metropole Hanoi
Dear Mr. Augustin,
With great pleasure I've read the book about the Sofitel Metropole hotel in Hanoi, which I've bought in the hotel during our stay (me and my husband)
last August. We visited Vietnam for the first time. The hotel made our holiday worthwhile. Included in the book was a postcard which I could sent
in but this card is very nice that I want to keep it for memories. I hope I can create a free membership via this route.
Marion van de Voort/Holland/Europe
Dear Sir or Madame,
I recently stayed a wonderful week at the Metropole in Hanoi. It was a fabulous hotel. The service was extraordinary and the ambiance was perfect.
I purchased the book "Sofitel Metropole Hanoi" at the hotel. It's a nice book and enhanced my enjoyment and understanding of the hotel. I read the whole book while in Hanoi. I still love the book and am contemplating purchasing the leather bound edition.
And in General:
Liebe Freunde der Famous Hotels,
mit Vergnügen lese ich immer wieder Ihre Newsletter, welche nicht nur den Verstand (mit „hard facts“) sondern meist das Herz (zum “Träumen”) ansprechen. Für dieses – kostenlose – Service möchte ich mich einmal herzlich bedanken.
Mag. Franz BERTHOLD