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About: Luxury Rogue's blog

This is my hotel blog. For dangerzone travel, please see my other blog Gentleman Adventurer.


Take your time ... for some really special places ...
(here: Hotel Arena City, Grozny, Chechnya)



Arriving at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London with a particular history from World War I to James Bond location.


Featured as BBC Travel Pioneer

and in the "Hall of Fame" of Most Traveled People

and in Jorge Sanchez' book "Meetings with Remarkable Travelers"

and - with hotel reviews in more countries than anyone else - as TripAdvisor Nr. 1 Explorer


I like travel in style, even in rough places, but with minimum (hand-) luggage only.

Seeing reality beyond TV and meeting people with powerful stories drives me forward.

On the way, I collect my trophies: the world's most charismatic hotels.



A Hideaway from Drug Cartels and Active Volcanoes at Hacienda San Antonio, Colima, Mexico


Early on, I learned to enjoy the history and social magnetism of "Grande Dame" hotels in major capitals.

Then I started loving the aesthetic experience of Ian Schrager Hotels, Hip Hotels and Designhotels.

The serenity and service of the Amanhotels in Bali addicted me to become an "Amanjunkie".

Adventure lust took me further to Wilderness Safaris, Explora, Oberoi, Taj, CC Africa & Beyond.



In the Footsteps of Treasure Hunter Howard Carter at the Winter Palace in Luxor, Egypt



A different winter palace near the Nordkapp at Igloo Hotel Sorrisniva, Alta, Norway


My ultimate joy, however, became reaching the refuge, social intensity and relative luxury of hideouts in conflict zones.

As collector of hospitality experiences and connoisseur of "les émotions fortes" all over the planet, please see my

"Spy - War - Dangerzone Hotels"

"Trophy Hotels"

"Formula 1 Hotels"

"James Bond Hotels"



At the Grozny City Hotel, a skyscraper with 33 floors, in Chechnya



At the Koryo Hotel, a similarly high skyscraper in Pyöngyang, North Korea

"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln


With Libyan "Freedom" Fighters in front of the Tibesti Hotel in Benghazi (Arab Spring, May 2011)



Room with a view at a "top address": Atlantis Beach Hotel, United Nations Drive, Mamba Point, Monrovia, Liberia



Heavy (!) Security at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria Qasr al-Sharq in Jeddah (Note: me in WHITE shirt ;-)



At war-famous Holiday Inn Sarajevo, Respublika Srpska, Bosnia-Hercegovina (built for the 1984 Winter Olympics) with America's most dangerous man (for the girls) Craig



No ride with the hotel Rolls Royce, but with Donald Rumsfeld in the elevator of the Sheraton Batumi, Adjaria.



New countries, new hotels ... here in Juba, capital of South Sudan (2011) ... a Grand Hotel made from containers.



Old systems, cold hotels: the largest building above the Polar Circle ... Hotel Arctic in Murmansk, Russia.



LOVE signals intelligence at the W Hongkong


"Wherever you go, try to stay at the most famous hotel!" Aristoteles Onassis


Great Hotel Groups:

Red Carnation Hotels
Dorchester Collection

Sofitel Legends
Orient-Express Hotels (now Belmond)

Sol Kerzner and his former Sun Int. Hotels
Michel Reybier Hotels

Serena Hotels (Africa & Central Asia)
Operation Loango (Africa)

Amanhotels (Asia-Pacific only)
Victoria Hotels (South-East Asia)

Constantinou's Lamana Hotel Group (PNG & South Pacific)
Chris Blackwell's Island Outpost Hotels (Jamaica)

Real Hotels and Resorts (Central America)
Grupo Habita (Mexico)



Everyone has his own idea about "gross national happiness". King's family car at the Uma Paro Hotel in Bhutan.



At the Barvikha Luxury Village, Hotel & Spa near Moscow.



At La Mamounia, Marrakech.



The Kobe Burger at designhotel Habita Monterrey's rooftop pool was great. A Fugu Burger would also fit the location.



At the beautiful and atmospheric patio of the Four Seasons Mexico City.



At the über-cool infinity pool of the Trump Ocean Club Panama



In the lobby of the Four Seasons Florence, Italy



Meet Mr. Boom Chop, the resident white king buffalo at the
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Golden Triangle, Thailand.



The glory of life at the Getty Family's Phinda Lodge, South Africa



Enjoying the taste of revolution at the Habanos cigar shop in Cuba's flagship Hotel Nacional



Voodoo valet service at the most charismatic of all dangerzone hotels, the Oloffson in Haiti



My personal Watergate. A photo that couldn't be missing on this blog ...



The location and name-patron of the first Bilderberger Conference (in 1954) in Oosterbeek near Arnhem, Holland



At Schloss Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the G7 Summit's Hotel in 2015.



Probably my worldwide favourite: the Airways Hotel, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea


For my main travelblog, please click Gentleman Adventurer


Posted by LuxuryRogue 07:20 Archived in Monaco

The Babylon Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq


There is a giant Ishtar Gate at the entrance to the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad. The original was built by King Nebukhadnezzar around 575 BC in ancient Babylon. The remains of the original are today at the Pergamon Museum Berlin. Other names for Ishtar are Astarte or Aphrodite or Isis (!).


The Babylon Hotel is shaped like a giant Babylonian zikkurat pyramid. It is currently the best hotel in Baghdad for foreign visitors. It is outside the so-called Green Zone and heavily fortified after several attacks by car bombs and kamikaze.


Tanks are a typical sight at every corner of Baghdad, here at the sister Hotel Coral.


I felt like a fish in the water at the shark aquarium in the lobby of the Babylon Hotel


Beautiful gardens in the back of the Babylon building


The security tunnel to get inside the Babylon is the best I have seen at any hotel in the world: Nepalese gurkha mercenaries, snipers, sniffer dogs, X-ray, etc.


The security situation at the Iraqi National Museum is somewhat more open and less organised ...


... and certainly more friendly. Selfie with dangerous guy :-)


The Iraq Museum from outside


Further impressions from the city at the Rivers of Babylon









Posted by LuxuryRogue 07:20 Archived in Iraq

San Clemente Palace, Private Island, Venice

The best hotel in Venice


Venice, one of my 3 favourite cities in the world, together with Istanbul and Udaipur


The eternal beauty


Unfortunately so crowded with mass tourism these days


Taking the boat to the private island of San Clemente Palace, a Kempinski Hotel


A private shuttle service running every 30 minutes from San Marco Square


Approaching San Clemente Island, a former hospice for pilgrims and soldiers to the Holy Land, built in 1131 by Venetian merchant Pietro Gattilesso


Arriving at the hotel's beautiful Private Yacht Harbour


One of the inner courtyards at San Clemente Palace


The Public Pier


Plenty of little hideaways to sit and relax


An Olympic sized pool is pretty unique in crowded Venice


The opulent Hotel Bar


The hidden gem on the island: San Clemente Church






The antique Christian church is currently being renovated by the Turkish hotel owner Permak Group






@ Kempinski San Clemente Palace Venice

Posted by LuxuryRogue 21:03 Archived in Italy

Hotel Pragser Wildsee, South Tyrol

Pragser Wildsee (or Lago di Braies in Italian) is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps, however it is not so easy to reach.


The Pragser Lake & Mountains are located in South Tyrol, in the Dolomites around the Pustertal Valley, between Bruneck and Cortina d'Ampezzo, close to the Austrian Border.


South Tyrol is the German-speaking part of Italy, therefore all signs are bi-lingual.


Hotel Pragser Wildsee from the front (arriving by car).


Hotel Pragser Wildsee from the back, facing the lake.


What a beautiful mountain lake.


Plenty of hiking in the vicinity.


Why is it not allowed to take pictures of this beautiful signboard in the hotel lobby?


There are simply too many turistas in this area !


The hotel furniture is dated.


The hotel has an interesting history going back 110 years.


At the end of WW2, the Pragser Wildsee was the SS concentration camp for VIP-prisoners such as Central Bank President Hjalmar Schacht, Austrian Chancellor von Schuschnigg, Hungarian Prime Minister Miklos von Kallay, the Jewish Prime Minister of France Leon Blum, Greek and Russian Generals, etc. with their wives and kids. In total 139 persons from 17 countries.


The famous inmates had been transported here for protection at the end of WW2 from their former camps, such as Dachau, Mauthausen or Buchenwald, and were then liberated by the German Army itself, on the day of Hitler's suicide.

Posted by LuxuryRogue 00:53 Archived in Germany

Tabon Te Keekee Hotel, North Tarawa, Kiribati


This is one of the most remote and romantic hotels in the world: Tabon Te Keekee


Located ca 10 kilometers north of Tarawa's Bonriki International Airport ...


... initially by car.


Plus a short ride across the channel by motorised pirogue (or walking in low tide).


Very friendly locals.


Open bure rooms.


Fresh coconuts in the restaurant.


Fantastic South Pacific postcard views.






Posted by LuxuryRogue 00:51 Archived in Kiribati

The Lovelace, World's loveliest Pop-Up-Hotel, in Munich

The Lovelace - A Hotel Happening , a temporary hotel, for 3 years, in the building of former Bayerische Landesbank.

Located right in the center of Munich in Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse 1

The beautiful turn-of-century facade

An unusual entrance hall

The Lovelace is member of Brave Hotels of the World, a collection of unusual places, not really hotels:
Grand Hotel Cosmopolis, Augsburg
Bellevue di Monaco, Munich
The Walled Off Hotel, Bethlehem
Good Hotel, London
Woodstock Animal Sanctuary, New York

Why a hotel happening?

Culture: Ausstellungen, Performances, Konzerte, Lesungen, Filme
Fashion & Design: Showrooms, Temporary Shops
Society & Politics: Talks, Discussions, Conferences
Eat & Drink: Coffee Shop, Kiosk, Streetkitchen
Nightlife: Housetop-Bar, Club-Nights, Partys
Business Events: Meetings, Seminars, Trainings

Lovelace has no guests, but collaborators.

Get your freak on. No one belongs here more than you.

This is really happening. All places are temporary places.

The grand atrium

The coffee bar in the grand atrium

Serving only vegan food and drinks. Soya, rice, hemp, but no cow milk.

There is also a barber

And other shops

Reception. We were shown around by the lovely General Manager Fitna Ludwig.

Several corner bars, like here the Fever Tree Bar

What a view, from Fever Tree Bar over Munich's old town

Negroni Bar

Meeting rooms

Public sitting areas

The fitness center

Street Kitchen take away food

Lots of wisdom



The Zwickl Suite, usually booked for unusual events & parties

Separate reception for Zwickl Suite

Zwickl suite details

A standard room with a view

Well-equipped minibar

Desk, Chair and minibar-inspector Snoopy

King Bed

Shiny happy people in the shower

This is really happening. Don't miss this place. Pop in. Lovelace !

Posted by LuxuryRogue 02:31 Archived in Germany

Blockchainhotel @Unperfekthaus in Essen, Germany

I visited the Blockchainhotel @ Unperfekthaus during #BTCM - Blockchain Tech Crypto Meetup 2017 in Essen, Germany.
A very unusual concept. A meeting point and incubator for startups and technology in the blockchain and crypto world.














Posted by LuxuryRogue 23:54 Archived in Germany

Best airport stopover: Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park


I'm surprised that Air Kenya does not market this world-unique opportunity at all, despite the graphic displays at Nairobi Airport.


Ololo Lodge's friendly driver Sylvester picked me up punctually and in true Safari style at the airport gate.


As ususal in Nairobbery he couldn't keep such a beautiful car for long ...


The drive from the airport to the lodge takes 45 minutes, thereof 30 minutes are a pure game drive already. Superb experience with Nairobi's skyline in the background.


Nairobi National Park is pretty big, but well sign-posted. It never feels touristy or even asphalted, unlike Kruger Park in South Africa.


The tracks and the scenery are 100% wild Africa.


To the South the Park is unfenced, so some of the animals roam or migrate freely.


These fotos are obviously taken with a mobile phone camera.






The black (and white) rhino population is particularly rare and impressive in Nairobi National Park. With the exception of elephants you can see pretty much all big animals, including hyeana, buffalo and leopard.


I saw two different lion tribes in just one drive, and even a remarkable lion kill ...





Then Sylvester and I reached the entrance to Ololo Lodge.


There is a hanging bridge over a small river (which is technically the edge of Nairobi National Park).


Beautiful facilities at the lodge.














Depending on wind conditions, the landing path can go directly over the lodge.

Staying for a 20 hour stopover at Nairobi National Park - and making my airport transfer a game drive - was one of the better decisions in my travel life.

Thanks to www.olololodge.com !

Posted by LuxuryRogue 00:40 Archived in Kenya

Jazeera Palace Mogadishu

The best hotel in the most dangerous city


Posted by LuxuryRogue 07:33 Archived in Somalia

AVUS Motel Berlin

The AVUS Racetrack was founded in 1921 by the Kaiserlicher Automobil Club (now AVD) and financed by tycoon Hugo Stinnes. AVUS is an abbreviation for "Automobil-Verkehrs- und Übungsstraße" ('Automobile traffic and training road') with a connotation of avia ("flying"). It is also the oldest stretch of "Autobahn" in Germany and Europe. The north curve was turned into a steeply banked turn (43°) made of bricks and dubbed the "Wall of Death," especially as it had no retaining barrier so cars that missed the turn easily flew off it. The curve was dismantled in 1967 for safety reasons. The last automotive race was held here in 1998. Nowadays it is solely a city highway at the south-western entry of Berlin with a low speed limit (for German standards) of 100km/h. This is for environmental reasons to reduce CO2-related climate change, followed by flooding and subsequently polar bears migrating to the city, while Berlin's mascot has always been a black bear. The movie Bourne Identity was filmed at the AVUS Motel in 2004. The whole complex is as run-down and filthy as the whole political culture of German capital Berlin.




Foto: Wikipedia



Foto: Wikipedia


Foto: Wikipedia

Posted by LuxuryRogue 06:39 Archived in Germany

The G7 Hotel Schloss Elmau


Schloss Elmau is located at the end of a small valley in the Wetterstein Mountains near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany


This bench outside the castle symbolises the G7 Summit for passers-by who are not allowed on the premises


This is the real bench (inside the premises) where Obama and Merkel were famously pictured in June 2015



These were some of the gifts (from us, the taxpayers, I presume) for members of the G7 Summit


There is an extensive cultural program ...


... and several libraries, all system-conformous.


During my stay an environmentally freaky BMW i8 could be test driven.







The hotel hardware is excellent throughout. The hotel software (service, attitude) is not always on a par with the high price-tag (min. € 700 in the main building, min. € 1.000 in the retreat, per night). There are favourable deals for regime collaborators - such as politicians and mainstream journalists - but not for normal hotel guests.

I find it noteworthy how deep this hotel kowtows in front of the powers-to-be, whoever may be in power at the time:

Schloss Elmau History quoted from their own website

1914-1916 Schloss Elmau was built by Dr Johannes Müller (1864–1949), a renowned Protestant theologian and philosopher of his time. Müller wanted Schloss Elmau to be a space for the development of personal and communal life free of any ideology, where those interested in his writing and lectures would come together to transcend the self-centeredness of their egos and become aware of silence as the essence of being by listening or dancing to classical music or beholding the beauty of untouched surroundings.

Construction was made possible with financial assistance from Elsa, Countess of Waldersee; Professor Carlos Sattler, Müller’s brother-in-law, served as architect. Critical of individualism, materialism and capitalism, Müller was also an ardent opponent of both the established church as well as anthroposophy, which he considered a particularly dangerous attempt of “divinisation of human beings by human beings”. For him, Jesus was the “Conqueror of Religions” and “childlike oblivion to self”, the prerequisite for fulfilling the promise of salvation on earth contained in the Sermon on the Mount. Thousands of people flocked to his lectures; his books, published by C. H. Beck, enjoyed massive print runs.

His greatest admirers included the founders of Cultural Protestantism, especially Adolf von Harnack, and Ernst Troeltsch, as well as Jewish leaders and thinkers like Walter Rathenau and Martin Buber. Prince Max von Baden, who called Müller his spiritual guide, presided over the opening of Schloss Elmau in 1916. His brother in law Carlo Sattler was his architect.

In 1933 the great majority of the politically conformist elites of the bourgeoisie, who shared the resentment of Cultural Protestantism against capitalistic and individualistic western civilization in particular, immediately joined forces with the Nazi Regime after Hitler´s sudden rise to power. The anti-civilizational imperative “Das Ich ist Nichts, das Volk ist alles” (or, “The I is nothing, the People is all”) of the German “Volksgemeinschaft” (“tribal brotherhood”) had also convinced Johannes Müller that Hitler, whom he had hitherto ignored completely, has become the leader of a “national revolution of the common good over self-interest” to fulfil the promise of the sermon of the mount.

However, since for Müller the success of a “community of brothers looking-after-one-another” depended on the inclusion of the Jews as the “most noble representatives of the intellectual elite”, he publicly criticised the Nazis’ anti-Semitism as a “disgrace for Germany”, one that “causes me to blush with shame”.

Indeed, his expressed respect for the German Jews as well as the Orthodox Jews, whom he admired for their adherence to tradition despite persecution, saw him branded “a friend of the Jews”; that in turn drew the ire of the propaganda ministry and provoked a smear campaign in the Bavarian provincial press.

The only reason Müller was not arrested immediately was that the Bavarian state chancellery was able to convince Joseph Goebbels that Müller’s public advocacy of German Jews lent moral value to his commitment to Hitler and was therefore more to the benefit of the Nazis than to their detriment. However, from then on Müller was constantly interrogated by the Gestapo and kept under tight surveillance.

He was permitted to publish his memoirs under the title “Gegen den Strom” (“Against the Current”)—but only up to 1933. And despite Müller’s allegiance to Hitler, whom he had never met, the Nazi salute was forbidden at Schloss Elmau. The Nazis’ anti-Semitism had in any case prevented him and his children from applying for membership in the party or affiliated organisations. Since Schloss Elmau, unlike most coastal resorts and holiday hotels, did not have a reputation for being anti-Semitic, did not become one of the Nazi elite’s favourite hotels.

From 1935 onwards Dr Müller was forbidden to undertake lecture tours. Further, the University of Leipzig would have revoked his doctorate had it not been for the intervention of philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer.

In 1942, with the war under way, Johannes Müller managed to prevent Schloss Elmau from being requisitioned by either Göring or Himmler by instead renting it out to the German army as a vacation resort for soldiers returning from the front.

In 1943 the commandant of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp demanded the arrest of Müller “due to work greatly detrimental to the state under the pretence of being an honest, upright citizen”. The rationale: a prisoner had mentioned Müller’s name during interrogation. No action was taken, however, due to the respect Müller had earned with others over the years. Intervention in his favour came most probably from Reich interior minister Wilhelm Frick (who actually had never been to Schloss Elmau).

In 1945, immediately after the end of the war, Schloss Elmau was requisitioned by the US Army and used as a prison camp for occupants of a German military hospital. Later it served as a winter military training school.

In 1946 the Bavarian state commissioner for persons subject to racist, religious and political persecution, Dr Philip Auerbach, sued for a denazification case to be brought against Johannes Müller in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the grounds of “glorification of Hitler both orally and in writing”.

The case was found against Müller, based on the claim that his public criticism of the Nazis’ anti-Semitism had, paradoxically, reinforced the effect of his support for Hitler. But the verdict was seen as controversial, and a call for the immediate expropriation of his property failed—not only because Countess Waldersee refused to sell her share of the property, but also because Müller had been neither a member of the Nazi Party nor been involved in any acts of war. The laws governing liberation from National Socialism and militarism therefore provided no legal grounds for a conviction or punishment.

Dr Auerbach took possession of Schloss Elmau in 1947 despite not holding title deeds. Until 1951 Schloss Elmau operated as a sanatorium for displaced persons and Shoah survivors.

Tragedy had befallen Dr Auerbach: accused of misappropriation, he was imprisoned and then took his own life. (Some years later all charges against him were dismissed and he was rehabilitated.)

In 1951 two of Müller’s 11 children, whom he had named as his heirs, rented Schloss Elmau from the Office for Restitution. Under the auspices of Johannes Müller’s son Bernhard, his daughter Sieglinde and her husband Dr. Odoardo Mesirca, Schloss Elmau with the support of the legendary Amadeus Quartet quickly developed into an internationally renowned centre for Chamber Music favoured by world famous musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Julian Bream, Wilhelm Kempff, Gidon Kremer, Friedrich Gulda and Thomas Quasthoff.

In 1961 an appeal to legal proceedings regarding ownership was abandoned and Bernhard Müller-Elmau and Sieglinde Mesirca were declared owners of Schloss Elmau with a half share each.

The famous German humorist known as Loriot worked on all his film projects there. And former Federal President Johannes Rau, who referred to Schloss Elmau as his spiritual home, came to visit several times every year from the end of the 1950s.

In 1997 Dietmar Müller-Elmau, a son of Bernhard, became proprietor of Schloss Elmau. He had created Fidelio and Opera, the world’s market leaders in hotel software, then sold his company to Micros in the US. He focused on renovating the castle as well as redefining Schloss Elmau as a “Cultural Hideaway”. He set out to create a space where high art would could flourish as the foremost expression of a jewish-american ideal of individual freedom and creativity.

Since 1998 Schloss Elmau has also become a regular meeting place also for scholars from all over the world—thanks also to the cooperation of Professor Christoph Schmidt of the Hebrew University and Professor Gabriel Motzkin, Head of the van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, as well as Professor Dan Diner of the Simon Dubnow Institute in Leipzig and Professor Michael Brenner from the chair for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. The Schloss Elmau Symposia on Political Theology and the History of Ideas have since received extraordinary media coverage.

The Schloss Elmau Symposium on “Globalisation without Migration?” in October 1998 opened up a wide public discussion about the necessity of introducing Green Cards, which at the turn of the 20th century was still rebutted by german politicians with the arguments of 19th-century criticism of civilisation and capitalism.

In 1999 philosopher Peter Sloterdijk gave a speech at the Schloss Elmau Symposium on Political Theology with the title “Beyond Being”, dealing with Emanuel Levinas’ criticism of the lack of ethics in Martin Heidegger’s ontology, entitled “Rules for the Human Park”, later referred to as “the Elmau Speech”. The reactions of Saul Friedländer and Jürgen Habermas led to an unparalleled public debate in the German-language press over several months about the ethical limits of genetic engineering. That resulted in establishment of a National Ethics Council by the Social Democrat government under Gerhard Schröder. The first and only public meeting of the Council then took place in Schloss Elmau.

Shortly before, Friedländer chaired the Schloss Elmau Symposium on “Wagner in the Third Reich”, at which for the first time almost all of the recognised pro- and anti-Wagner experts participated. The symposium was hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper as an overdue debate on the ideological roots of National Socialism and the politically fateful role of Bayreuth in the Third Reich. The lectures were subsequently published by C. H. Beck as a book with the same title.

Since 2001 Schloss Elmau has been regularly hosting a Jewish Tarbut under the direction of Dr Rachel Salamander and Professor Michael Brenner, where leading Jewish intellectuals from all over the world meet with members of the Jewish communities from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Since 2002 regular Transatlantic Forums have been staged by the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of Washington led by Craig Kennedy and the late Dr Ron Asmus to bring together American with German and other European politicians. Just two months before her election in September 2005 to the post of Federal Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel gave a vigorously debated lecture about the relationship between Turkey and the European Union. The late Richard Holbrooke as well as Carl Bildt have made use of the GMF events for a series of informal meetings with presidents and politicians from Eastern European nations applying to become members of NATO and the EU.

In 2005 a major fire caused by a short circuit destroyed two thirds of the castle. Fortunately no one got hurt. The fire made it possible for Dietmar Mueller-Elmau to create a completey new Schloss Elmau.

On June 21, 2007 the new Schloss Elmau opened after 14 months of construction and according to plans made by Christoph Sattler and Dietmar Mueller-Elmau as a "Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway" and member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Schloss Elmau has since receveid numerous awards as the and one of best spa of the europe and the world.

On March 21, 2015 the Schloss Elmau Retreat opened after two years of construction and according to plans made by Christoph Sattler and Dietmar Mueller-Elmau. The Retreat is a hotel within a hotel, as much part of Schloss Elmau as it is a world of its own with 47 suites, 2 restaurants and lounges, library, gym, yoga pavillon and Shantigiri Spa with separate areas and pools for adults, ladies and families.

On June 7/8, 2015 the G7 Summit took place in Schloss Elmau with the heads of state & goverment from the US, Canada, Japan, France, Great Britain, Italy and Germany. "

Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:43 Archived in Germany

There is a Mammoth in my Lobby: Hotel Polar Star, Yakutsk


Posted by LuxuryRogue 00:07 Archived in Russia

Lllao Llao Hotel: a Grande Dame abused by the Great Unwashed

.., and by a moneychanger

What a deception. For a long time I had wanted to visit this "famous" hotel. The setting at the lake and mountainous scenery of Bariloche is spectacular indeed. The architecture is timeless. Service staff was friendly to us, especially at reception and concierge, as they could see we were well dressed individuals and not part of the abundant hoi-polloi groups. However, the interior furniture is very old and in desperate need of investment. One can feel that the owners don't give a damn and try to extract the last penny out of this Grande Dame. The tour group crowds who fill up the occupancy rates are TERRIBLE. The worst of the "unwashed". Shorts, sandals, backpacks galore. Especially in the breakfast hall which has a Las Vegas Casino atmosphere. Food at the main dinner restaurant wasn't much better either. Worst of all: the hotel rips you off with the old exchange-rate back-and-forth trick, which raised the final roomprice on the credit card by some 30%, compared to the hard currency price at online booking. In addition, they deducted 800 Pesos for no reason which I had to protest against by mail. Still hasn't been credited to my card after more than 3 weeks. What else should one expect from a hotel that is co-owned by George Soros, who became (in)famous as a moneychanger (e.g. short-selling 10 billion Pound Sterling against the Dollar in 1992)?


Pictures of Llao Llao Resort, Bariloche:




"The Rape of Europa"

by Francisco Goya (Source: Wikipedia)

Posted by LuxuryRogue 23:19 Archived in Argentina

Charismatic Lighthouse Hotel Campo, Peninsula Valdes

An almost secret hideaway on beautiful Peninsula Valdez, Patagonia, Argentina (lighthouse at the bottom right of the map)


Posted by LuxuryRogue 02:11 Archived in Argentina

The nightmare Hotel Bauen, worker cooperative, Buenos Aires

When a hotel is taken over by its "workers", in a cooperative, without any entrepreneur or ownership: world's worst hotel !

Wikipedia: Hotel Bauen


Posted by LuxuryRogue 02:11 Archived in Argentina

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