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  1. Mandarin Oriental New York Some five-star hotels enlist famous designers to create over-the-top accommodations, but the Mandarin Oriental New York took a different approach when it fashioned the $8,...
  2. June never spits,” says Tim Boda, hotel manager of the Anantara resort on the Thai island of Samui. Jirachai “June” Sethisakko, Anantara’s slight, 31-year-old sommelier, looks up from his glass of...
  3. It may be a stretch to suggest that the course of World War II changed in spring 1944 when General Eisenhower, unhappy with the decor at Claridge’s, checked out of the hotel and took a 10-minute...
  4. Ricco Deblank,general manager of the new Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, likes to tell the story of a couple who spent an evening sipping Diamond Is Forever cocktails in the hotel’s 45th-floor sky lobby. After...
  5. During his brief reign as emperor of Mexico in the mid-1860s, Austrian-born Maximilian I ordered the construction of a wide boulevard that would traverse the country’s capital in the same fashion...
  6. Once while visiting Bombay, George Bernard Shaw was asked if he wanted to travel to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. "I have no desire to see it," the writer replied, "as the Taj Mahal where I am staying...
  7. Just beyond the walls of the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, Bourbon Street, the St. Louis Cathedral, and the many other attractions of the French Quarter beckon. But you need not leave the Ritz’s...
  8. During winter’s aqua alta , or high-water season, Venetians forgo designer shoes and instead slosh around their city in rubber boots. Sirens warn residents and visitors to move to higher ground as...
  9. Like mainsails strainingagainst a spar, the concave- and convex-walled towers of the new InterContinental Boston appear to billow over the city’s waterfront, including the location where the Tea...
  10. Few hotels better representrecent social, political, cultural, and economic changes than the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, which opened in July within spying distance of Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s...

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