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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

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