Rooms with a View: The Secret Life of Great Hotels

Rooms with a View: The Secret Life of Great Hotels

by Adrian Mourby


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785784019
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 580,667
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Adrian Mourby was an award-winning BBC drama producer before turning to full-time writing. He has published three novels, two AA travel guides and a book of humor based on his Sony Award-winning Radio 4 series Whatever Happened To? In recent years Adrian has won two Italian awards for his travel journalism. He also writes extensively on opera and has produced operas by Mozart, Handel and Purcell, both in the UK and in Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

The Americas

Parker House Hotel, Boston 18

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans 23

Le Château Frontenac, Québec City 28

The Algonquin, New York 33

Plaza Hotel, New York 38

Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro 43

Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki 48

Biltmore Hotel, Miami 54

United Kingdom

The Langham, London 59

The Randolph, Oxford 64

The Savoy, London 68

The Caledonian, Edinburgh 74

The Waldorf, London 79

The Dorchester, London 84

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe 90


Le Meurice, Paris 96

Grand Hotel Terminus, Paris 101

The Ritz, Paris 106

The Carlton Hotel, Cannes 112


Frankfurter Hof, Frankfurt 118

The Adlon Hotel, Berlin 123


Imperial Hotel, Vienna 130

Hotel Sacher, Vienna 135


Hotel des Bergues, Geneva 141

Baur au Lac, Zurich 146

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad 152


Hôtel de Russie, Rome 157

The Gritti Palace, Venice 162

Londra Palace, Venice 167

Grand Hotel et de Milan, Milan 171

Hotel Eden, Rome 176

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como 181

Hotel Cipriani, Venice 186


Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens 192


Hotel Bristol, Warsaw 198


Grand Hotel d'Europe, St Petersburg 204

Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg 209


Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul 215


Mena House, Giza, Egypt 221

Reid's New Hotel, Funchal, Madeira 226

Hotel de la Mamounia Transatlantique et CFM, Marrakech, Morocco 231

Hotel Cecil, Alexandria, Egypt 237


Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay 242

The Imperial Hotel, Delhi 247


The Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand 252

The Continental Hotel, Saigon, Vietnam 257

Raffles Hotel, Singapore 262

Le Métropole, Hanoi, Vietnam 267

The Cathay Hotel, Shanghai, China 272

The Peninsula, Hong Kong, China 277

A Personal Note 284

Acknowledgements 287

Guest List 290

Behind the Scenes 299

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