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Historic Hotels: Campo Imperatore, Gran Sasso Mountains

Campo Imperatore on Gran Sasso Mountain is the historic location where Otto Skorzeny (Austrian soldier in WW2) freed Benito Mussolini in a daring commando operation. Today there is a hotel by the same name and an observatory on this mountain plateau, which resembles Tibet or the Andes,.


Campo Imperatore is conveniently situated on the highway between Rome and Pescara.


From the main highway it is only 25 km uphill ...


on an immensely beautiful mountain road, a great delight for drivers, ...


past cows ...


and wild horses ...


until you reach the plateau ...


where you can imagine Skorzeny hovering in with his glider planes.


Today's observatory ...


some of the residents ...


and finally the Campo Imperatore ...


which is not always open (there is an alternative hotel at the mountain bottom, the Nido del Aquila) ...


and quite a run-down wreck, but nevertheless worth a visit.


Recommended reading:


"The Eagle Has Landed" by Jack Higgins, 1975


Posted by LuxuryRogue 02:03 Archived in Italy

Charismatic Hotels: Lake Kezenoy, Chechnya/Dagestan

Excursion to Lake Kezenoy, high up in the Chechen Caucasus Mountains:


A three hours drive uphill from Grozny, partly on gravel roads:


This road sign is at 2.000m above sea level, and exactly on the border between Chechnya and Dagestan:
(Lake Kezenoy in the left background)


With a friendly local guard:


Beautiful Lake Kezenoy is two thirds in Chechnya and one third in Dagestan:


The brandnew Lake Kezenoy Hotel & Villas and its Sports Sanatorium at 1.800m:


From outside:


View towards the lake:


With a collection of ancient Chechen swords and pistols:


Hotel Kezenoy lobby:


Hotel Kezenoy first floor;


Hotel Kezenoy waiting room:


Hotel Kezenoy's general manager lady and Hasan from the Chechen tourism ministry



Click: Official hotel opening in the press (Vesti Respubliki Online)


Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:51 Archived in Russia

Charismatic Hotels: ROOMS Hotel Kazbegi, Caucasus, Georgia

This Designhotel is situated at a three hour drive from the capital Tbilisi, in Stepantsminda, high up the Georgian Military Highway, in the Caucasus Mountains, next to the Russian border, with a million-dollar-view on Mount Kazbegi (where Prometeus was chained to, after he stole the fire, according to the ancient Greek sagas). Here are some impressions:
















Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:50 Archived in Georgia

Ferragamo's Four Fashion Hotels in Florence

In beautiful Florence, choice of top hotels is certainly impressive, but definitely not easy!

View over Florence from Villa Vedetta

For the holidaymaker or relaxation tourist, there is only one hotel:

The Four Seasons, situated on the outskirts, with a fantastic pool, spa and garden.

Lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Florence

For the businessman, art enthusiast, fashonista or other upscale traveller, the decision is more difficult:

My personal choice is the Lungarno Hotel, owned by the Ferragamo family - of celebrity shoes & fashion fame.


Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 near Napoli. When the family moved to the USA before World War I, Salvatore quickly made his luck in Hollywood, providing made-to-measure shoes to stars like Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich or later Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. He moved back to Italy in 1937 and acquired Florence's biggest private medieval palace, the Palazzo Spini Feroni, which today houses the Ferragamo company's headquarter, flagship store and museum. After Salvatore's death in 1960, the family managed to keep control and grow the business, including many other luxury lifestyle products, like their Lungarno Collection hotels.


The name Lungarno originally derives from the cobbled streets that stretch alung the Arno River since antiquity. Nowadays, the Lungarno Collection comprises the four Ferragamo hotels in Florence, plus their super-luxury hotel "Portrait" in Rome. In addition, the family owns the "Borgo San Jacopo" gourmet restaurant inside Hotel Lungarno, "Villa Le Rose" in Chianti, the "Puro Suites" at Scarlino Yacht Club, including use of Nautor Swan Sailing Yachts, a company controlled by Salvatore Ferragamo's son Leonardo, who also runs the Lungarno Collection.

The fabulous four Ferragamo Florence hotels are distinct properties with different styles and strengths and price tags. What they have in common is not only the family ownership, or the sophisticated style by interior designer Michele Bönan, but also the town's monopoly position closest to the Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno.

Ponte Vecchio

Here's my personal impressions of the Lungarno Collection in Florence:

Portrait Florence
This is the group's newest (Spring 2014), most private, expensive and luxurious all-suite hotel in Florence.

The Portrait hotel's private lobby lounge

Hotel Lungarno Florence
This is the group's most famous property, very sophisticated, elegant, romantic and "old school", with an award-winning restaurant and perfect balcony views of Ponte Vecchio.

Hotel Lungarno (center, with balcony rooms)

Ferragamo biography book in the Lungarno lobby

Lungarno lobby bar with view of Ponte Vecchio - and Ferragamo croco shoes

Lungarno view toward Ponte Vecchio and Hotels Portrait, Gallery Art and Continentale

Hotel Continentale Florence
This is the group's most edgy and avantgarde boutique hotel (member of Design Hotels Group), with a slightly feminine or gay touch, appealing to the urban lounge and party crowd. It also hosts a popular rooftop terrace and a spa.

Entrance to Continentale

View from the popular Continentale "La Terrazza" rooftop directly above Ponte Vecchio

Avantgarde design hotel interior

Crazy elevators at Continentale

Continentale relaxation lounge above the tourist crowd (right at Ponte Vecchio entrance)

Gallery Hotel Art, Florence
This is the group's most commonly accessible hotel (by taste and price), with contemporary design and art exhibitions.

Entrance to Gallery Art

Gallery Art lobby bar and restaurant with a nice sundeck outside

Gallery Art library

Temporary public art installation between Hotel Continentale and Gallery Art

Ferragamo headquarters, flagship store and museum in Palazzo Spini Feroni




(Museum foto: Wikipedia)


Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:47 Archived in Italy

Camp Barneo at the North Pole

-30 °C


Ice Camp Barneo


Each year in April, the Russian Geographical Society builds a spectacular tent camp for scientists, explorers and tourists. The Logistical effort to build Barneo is fascinating. They called it Barneo, because, ahem, well, it is not Borneo ! :-)


Take off from Spitsbergen, Norway on an Antonov AN-74 "Arctic" airplane, nicknamed "Cheburashka" (a comic figure with large ears) ...


... with 32 passengers max


On the flight deck with 4 pilots and navigators, plus one flight engineer and one steward (drinks only during the 2.5 hrs)


Landing on the ice runway at Barneo, 89°12.562’ N (today's drift position: 87 km from the North Pole)


Built every year from scratch with a scraper tractor, which is parachuted in at the beginning, and then sunk (without oils or fuels) at the end of each season


Impressions from the drifting ice camp


Toilet facilities. A hard affair at temperatures around -30 °C


Tents are for 12 people max and heated to ca 12 °C. Excellent sleeping bags are provided.


The main public mess tent


Rules. Against ice bears and ice cracks.


Current overview of "last degree" expeditions to the Pole by foot or dogsled


With Victor Serov, the Russian expedition leader
(and Ice Figure Skating World Champion Miki Ando from Japan who went for the first skate at the North Pole)


With Horacio Galanti, world class explorer of 7summits2poles


Just a day before, Artur Chilingarov, Russia's most famous explorer, Member of Parliament and Presidential Envoy for International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, had visited the Barneo Camp.


His daughter Ksenia Chilingarova produces the Russian Arctic Explorer clothing.


A variety of passport stamps and other souvenirs are available from the friendly Russians


Guns against icebears. There was a rare sighting of a female with 2 cubs in the vicinity.


A symbolic foto opportunity at the Ice Camp Barneo


30 min helicopter ride ...


... on a 25-seater MI-8T Russian helicopter ...


... to a provisional pole at the North Pole on the constantly moving ice (ca.4.000 km per year) ...


... at -41 °C ...


... and 90°N 00' 00" * ...


--- on Horacio Galanti's GPS.


Outworldly emptiness


A certificate for the rest of the world

It is no surprise that the Russians have a certain right to claim the North Pole, as their territory circles around more than half of it - and they are uniquely capable of operating in those difficult and cold conditions - as proven by Ice Camp Barneo. It is now scientific fact that the first person to reach the North Pole was Russian Ivan Papanin in 1937 - and not Frederick Cook or Robert Peary, who faked their accounts (North Pole History ). The South Pole (McMurdo Base) is instead controlled by the US-Americans.

Compare: CIA-Operation COLD FEET with the Soviet North Pole-1


The first and only drive to the Geographic North Pole by car was the Russian Yemelya Expedition by Vasily Elagin, in 2013, crossing the whole Arctic Cap from Russia to Canada. The first and only drive by motorbike to the Geographic North Pole was the amazing Shinji Kazama in 1987. In comparison, the English "Top Gear" drive to the Magnetic North Pole of 1996 (at 78°N "only") was rather a quick PR stunt. Think about it...


Posted by LuxuryRogue 05:51 Archived in Russia

Gazprom's hotels at the Polar Circle

-20 °C

Yamal-Nenets Republic in Russia's Northern Central Siberia is Gazprom territory with lots of oil and gas exploration. The region is reachable by air with Yamal Airlines and by car on an asphalted road from Surgut to Novy Urengoy (770 km) or Nadym (1.000km).

Here is a road map:


The excellent 4*-Hotel Yamburg in Novy Urengoy is operated at a high standard by Gazprom.
Beware: Novy Urengoy is formally a closed town, so you require a "propusk", an FSB-permit to stay overnight at any of the hotels in town. However, entrance or transit through town are not a problem.







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The best hotel in Nadym - not a closed town - is also operated by Gazprom. The 3*-Hotel Iceberg is shaped like a pyramid.






Nadym is the starting point for the 350km "Zimnik" (winter road / ice road) to Salekhard,


also known as Stalin's "Dead Road" or "Dead Trassa" on the "Transpolarnaya Railway".


A highly recommended "extreme" tourism experience.


Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:42 Archived in Russia

The famous eating at the Bilderberger Hotel


Location of the Hotel de Bilderberg near Arnhem, Holland, on the Lower Rhine River


Hotel facade (Source: Wikipedia)


This hotel had been on my list for quite a while, because of its history as the original hotel and namegiver of the Bilderberger conference, which is still a pretty elitist annual circle with a knack for very private accomodation and for art-of-the-state remote control amenities. Whereas the hotel doesn't set world standards anymore and is by no means a game changer, its Bilderburger is easily digestable, not only for the Big Cheese, and boils in a class of its own. Tastes like the beef was personally ground by Kissinger, and the sauce a secret recipe handed down by oral traditions without any notes taken. The new-world design is pleasant and the conference facilities plenty. If the agenda of the Bilderbergers is as bright and friendly as the hotel, we have nothing to fear...




The annual Bilderberger conference draws controversy today because of its undemocratic, intransparent format - and the enormous security cost, which has to be covered by the taxpayer. The 2015 Bilderberger conference is staged at the Interalpen Hotel Tyrol, near Innsbruck, Austria.




Interior design after current renovation


The famous Bilderburger


The bill of the Bilderberg

"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."

David Rockefeller, Speaking at the June, 1991 Bilderberger meeting in Baden, Germany

Say "cheese" !

Posted by LuxuryRogue 23:31 Archived in Netherlands

Hotels in Russia's most pleasant city: Vladikavkaz

I found Vladikavkaz to be Russia's most pleasant city with an almost mediterranean feel, nestled in the Caucasus mountains, along the Terek River, with open cafes on a pedestrian boulevard (with an old tramway) and at least three good hotels: the Alexandrovsky Palace, the Imperial and the (former Intourist) Hotel Vladikavkaz. Here are some impressions:










Hotel Alexandrovsky Palace:


Hotel Imperial:


Hotel Vladikavkaz:



Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:50 Archived in Russia

Luxury Hotels in Literature

Waldhotel Arosa - Thomas Mann "Der Zauberberg"

Hotel Elephant, Weimar - J.W.v. Goethe

Grand Hotel La Perla, Pamplona - Ernest Hemingway

Pera Palace Istanbul - Agatha Christie "Murder in the Orient-Express"

Winter Palace & Old Cataract - Agatha Christie "Death on the Nile"

Villa Feltrinelli - remotely connected with Boris Pasternak "Dr. Zhivago"

Hotel Oloffson, Port-au-Prince - Graham Greene "The Comedians"

The Stanley Hotel, Colorado - Stephen King "Shining"

Timberline Lodge, Oregon - Stanley Kubrick's film choice for Stephen King's Overlook Hotel in "Shining"

Askanischer Hof, Berlin - Franz Kafka "Der Prozess (The Trial)"

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Nairobi, Kenya - Karen Blixen "Out of Africa"

Finch Hatton's Luxury Camp, Tsavo, Kenya - after Karen Blixen's Lover, game hunter Denys Finch Hatton

Twin Farms, Vermont - Once owned by Harry Sinclair Lewis, first American recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature, and his wife, journalist Dorothy Thompson

Grand Hotel des Bains, Venice-Lido - Thomas Mann "Death in Venice"

The Cadogan Hotel, London - John Betjeman "The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel"

Waldorf-Astoria The Roosevelt, New Orleans - Arthur Hailey "Hotel"

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans - Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, William Faulkner

Hotel Del Coronado, - L. Frank Baum "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

Hotel Algonquin, NY - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonquin_Hotel

The Plaza, NY - Kay Thompson "Eloise" and F. Scott Fitzgerald "The Great Gatsby"

The Ritz, Paris - F. Scott Fitzgerald "Tender is the night"

The Bristol, Berlin - Vicki Baum "Menschen im Hotel"

The Metropole, Hanoi - Graham Greene "The Quiet American"

Posted by LuxuryRogue 06:26

Hotels that entered language

Some luxury hotels transcended their meaning and entered daily language:

"The Hanoi Hilton" - Vietnam war prison

"Fawlty Towers" - fictional, for a hotel with funny shortcomings

"Heartbreak Hotel" - several meanings; from Elvis Presley song to Graceland to the Ramada Plaza JFK Airport

"National Hotel disease" - a mysterious sickness, possibly a political poisoning, that killed 35 and injured 400 staying at the National Hotel Washington in 1857

"Bed-In for Peace" - John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Amsterdam Hilton

"Puttin' on the Ritz" - a high lifestyle, born at the The Ritz, Paris; also a song

"NRT - Not Ritz Type" - conceived at The Ritz, Madrid

"Watergate" - The Watergate Hotel, Washington DC

"Bilderberger" - from the conference that started in 1954 at Hotel de Bilderberg, Oosterbeek, Holland

"Hotel Rwanda" - Hotel des Mille Collines Kempinski (ex-Sabena), Kigali, a movie and statement against genocide

"Hotel California" - The Beverly Hills Hotel, LA (other ideas exist), from the famous song by the Eagles

"The lyrics weave a surrealistic tale in which a weary traveler checks into a luxury hotel. The hotel at first appears inviting and tempting, but it turns out to be a nightmarish place ... It's basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream." (Wikipedia)

Posted by LuxuryRogue 05:27

Grozny, Chechnya's Best Hotels & Restaurants

Grozny has quickly developed into one of the most modern and safe cities in all of Russia.

A unique mixture of Papua, Palermo, Abu Dhabi and Monte Carlo.




There are currently 2 flights per day with Grozny Avia in a Yak 42 from/to Moscow-Vnukovo, plus 1 flight per day with Rusline in a Bombardier Canadair jet from/to Moscow-Domodedovo, and 2 flights per week from/to Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen Airport. As an alternative, one can fly in modern jets to Magas (1,5 hrs drive), Vladikavkaz (2 hrs drive), Mineralnye Vody (4 hrs drive), Tbilisi (3,5 hrs drive plus ca. 2 hrs border crossing).




Hotel Grozny City *****











Hotel Arena City ****









There are also several good restaurants in Grozny now:

Grozny City Hotel 32. floor

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Grozny City Hotel 3. floor


Arena City Hotel


Mediterranean style restaurant right beside Grozny City Hotel (outside lobby turn right 150 m) with following view


Globus Restaurant (outside lobby turn left 100 m)

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Steakhouse inside Grand Park shopping mall (500 m from Grozny City Hotel)

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Underground Steakhouse & Bar (300 m from Grozny City Hotel)

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Restaurant Schowda "Fountain" (10 km on the road to Gudermes and Machackala)



Video: Tourist speed drive into Grozny city center (coming from Machackala). Big city!


Video: Traditional Chechen Dances


Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:38 Archived in Russia

Nordkapp in Winter - and the three Ice Hotels



Reaching Nordkapp in Winter on icy roads is a driver's delight


Several tunnels are locked by anti-weather gates opening automatically when approaching


The last 13 km are behind a compulsory convoy (in winter) leaving at 11h30 and 12h30.


Don't attempt to drive around the turnpike.


You will get stuck and pay € 185 to the local towing service.


Walking is not allowed either (in winter). Harald needed 2 hours. It saved him the 20 € entry fee.


Me driving behind the snow plough


Not really Europe's most northerly point, but a traveler-must-do-experience anyway: the Nordkapp.


It is good to be there before the hordes of the Hurtigruten ships arrive with the second convoy.



The Igloo Hotel in Sorrisniva near Alta is the best of the three Ice Hotels


A chapel for weddings or other sinful evening activities


The cool suite in Sorrisiniva has its own fireplace. However everybody has to walk outside for showers or toilets.



The Snow Hotel Kirkenes costs € 700 per night in a double room (just like in Sorrisniva and Kiruna) ...


... but the quality is much lower.


Norway is an outstandingly mediocre country. Forget food and service quality, like here at the Kirkenes snow hotel's restaurant.


Visiting Icehotels is ok, but sleeping there is not recommended! Nothing more than a costly tourist trap.


Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:57 Archived in Norway

Spy - War - Dangerzone Hotels

Smooth hotels in tough places. Legendary names that continue to provide (luxurious) shelter in the remotest places, during wars, crises and in danger zones.

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Hotel Waldorf-Astoria Jeddah (left), Hotel Baghdad, Iraq (Wikipedia, center), Hotel Prezident Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (right)


"Great hotels have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service."
Joan Didion


"War of the Hotels", Beirut, 1975

"A War Reporter's Most Memorable Hotels", Travel & Leisure, 2011

"The War Hotels", Global Post, 2011

The Guardian about Journalists at the Rixos Hotel Tripoli, 2011

"Iconic War Hotels", Al Jazeera, 2011

"Top 10 War Hotels", The Departure Board, 2012



Serena Kabul, Afghanistan

Intercontinental Kabul, Afghanistan

(Gandamack Lodge, Kabul, Afghanistan)

Spinghar Hotel, Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Shigar Fort Residence Serena, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

(Green's Hotel Peshawar, Pakistan)

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Khorog Serena Inn, GBAO, Tajikistan

Gostinitza Kantubek, Vozrozhdeniya (Rebirth) Island, Aral Lake, Kazakhstan (abandoned)

Malikha Lodge, Putao, Burma

Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia ("Le Phnom")

Rex, Continental and Caravelle Hotels, Saigon, Vietnam

Park Hyatt Saigon, Vietnam (the former Brinks Hotel)

Hotel Everest View, Namche, Nepal

360° Leti, Ladakh, India

The Taj Mahal Mumbai, India (site of biggest hotel terror attack)

Hermes Palace Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

Sheraton Timika Eco-Hotel, Papua, Indonesia

Esplanada, Dili, East Timor

Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

Ryugyŏng Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea (105 floors high, 330 m tall, unfinished)

The Ananti, Mount Kumgang Tourist Zone, North Korea (opening delayed)

Folk Hotel, Kaesong, North Korea


Kabul Serena Hotel

Kabul Serena Hotel



(El Minzeh, Tanger, Morocco (In WWII. Said to be the inspiration for Rick's Bar in Casablanca.))

(Shepheard Hotel, Cairo, Egypt)

Rixos Al Nasr Hotel, Tripoli, Libya

Corinthia Hotel, Tripoli, Libya

Tibesti Hotel, Benghazi, Libya

Kempinski Hotel N'Djamena, Chad

Intercontinental, Asmara, Eritrea

Kempinski Palace, Djibouti

(Sheraton Djibouti)

Sheraton Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya

Treetops Hotel, Aberdare, Kenya

Oasis Lodge, Lake Turkana, Kenya

Almond Resort, Garissa, Kenya (near Dadaab Refugee Camps)

Paradise Beach Resort, Kikambala, Kenya (bombed in 2002)

Serena Hotel Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Kempinski Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali, Rwanda (Movie "Hotel Rwanda")

Serena Polana Maputo, Mocambique

Grand Hotel Beira, Mocambique

Serena Hotel Kampala, Uganda

Emin Pasha, Kampala, Uganda

Masindi Hotel, Masindi, Uganda

Hotel Ihusi, Goma, DR Congo

Orchids Safari Club, Bukavu, DR Congo

Hotel Park, Lubumbashi, DR Congo (formerly "The Leopold")

Hotel Memling, Kinshasa, DR Congo

Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika, Bujumbura, Burundi

Club Med Tokeh Beach, Sierra Leone (destroyed)

Country Lodge, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Wusum Hotel, Makeni, Sierra Leone

Mamba Point, Monrovia, Liberia

RLJ Kendeja Monrovia, Liberia

(Ducor Interconti, Monrovia - defunct - from luxury refuge to rebel base to squatter ruin)

(Hotel Africa, Monrovia, Liberia - defunct)

Golf Hotel Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Hotel Ivoire, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (former Interconti)

Hotel President Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (former Interconti)

Sheraton Lagos, Nigeria

Sofitel Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Radisson Bamako, Mali

(Ambassador Hotel, Hargeisa, Somaliland)

Jazeeera Palace Hotel, Mogadishu, Somalia

(Olympic Hotel, Mogadishu, Somalia - Defunct hideout of Warlord Aidid before Battle of Mogadishu)

(Sahafi Hotel, Mogadishu, Somalia)

Al Salam Rotana Khartoum, Sudan

(Grand Hotel Holiday Villa, Khartoum, Sudan)

(Hotel Acropole Khartoum, Sudan)

Equatoria Hotel Juba, South Sudan

Kwanza Tarpon Lodge, near Luanda, Angola

Hotel Terminus, Lobito, Angola

Selborne Lodge, Durban, South Africa (Shooting of FIFA-delegate Burgstaller)

Itsandra Hotel, Moroni, Comores

Galawa Beach Hotel, Moroni, Comores (Ethiopian Air water crash landing)

For classic wildlife and game lodges in East & South Africa please click here


Remains of Ducor Intercontinental, Monrovia

Remains of Ducor Intercontinental, Monrovia


Middle East

Hotel Mertur, Kilis, Turkey / Syria Border

Dama Rose Hotel, Damascus, Syria, fka Dedeman and Le Meridien

(Le Commodore, Beirut, Lebanon)

(St. Georges Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon - closed)

(Queen Elissa Hotel, Tyre, Lebanon)

American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem

King David Hotel, Jerusalem

Intercontinental Bethlehem, West Bank

Intercontinental Jericho, West Bank

Mövenpick Ramallah, West Bank

Al Deira, Gaza

Mövenpick Hotel, Sanaa, Yemen

Hotel Abbasi, Isfahan, Iran

Hotel Sepehr, Tehran, Iran

(Esteghlal "Hilton", Tehran, Iran)

(Canal Hotel, Baghdad, Iraq - destroyed in 2003)

(Ishtar "Sheraton" Baghdad, Iraq)

(Palestine Hotel, Baghdad, Iraq)

Al Rasheed Hotel, Baghdad, Iraq

Erbil Rotana, Erbil, Kurdish Autonomous Region, Iraq

(Hotel International Erbil, Kurdish Autonomous Region, Iraq, fka Sheraton)

Waritheen International Hotel, Mosul, so-called Islamic State

Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai (Mossad assassination of Al Mabhouh)

Armed Forces Officer's Club & Hotel, Abu Dhabi


At Beirut's bombed St. Georges Hotel (Source: LebanonMatters.com)

At Beirut's bombed St. Georges Hotel (Source: LebanonMatters.com)



Arkin Palm Beach Hotel, with view to (defunct) Argo Hotel, Famagusta-Varosha, Northern Cyprus

Aman Sveti Stefan & Villa Milocer, Montenegro

Hotel Vilina Vlas, Visegrad, Bosnia

(Hotel Tomislav, Tomislavgrad, Bosnia-Hercegovina, from Rob Krott's book "Save the last bullet for yourself")

(Holiday Inn Sarajevo, Bosnia)

(Hotel Neretva, Mostar, Bosnia)

Hotel Jalta, Prague, Czech Republic (Soviet Spy Center & Bunker)

Hotels Afa, Ora and Ambassador, Pristina, Kosovo

Barclay Hotell, Tartu, Estonia (Dzokhar Dudaev's Room)

Hotel Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

(Hotel Polissya, Pripyat, Ukraine (abandoned after Chernobyl, only alive in computer game "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare"))

Ramada Hotel Donetsk, Ukraine

(Hotel Timoty, Tiraspol, Transnistria)

Hotel Lux, Moscow (defunct; to be reopened as Mandarin Oriental)

Sheraton Batumi, Adjaria

Hotel Aytar, Sukhumi, Abkhazia

Hotel Alan, Tskhinvali, South Ossetia

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, Stepantsminda, Georgia

Artis Plaza Hotel, Magas, Ingushetía

Hotel Grozny City, Grozny, Chechnya

(Hotel Arena City, Grozny, Chechnya)

Hotel Metropol, Makhackala, Dagestan

Hotel Armenia Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh

Tulip Hotel Pyramiden, Russian part of Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Royal Horseguards Hotel, London, UK (WW I Spy History and James Bond location)

Millenium Mayfair, London, UK (after the Litvinenko affair)

St. Ermins Hotel, London, UK

Hotel Savoy, London, UK

Solent Forts, near Portsmouth, UK

Hotel Lutétia, Paris, France (Gestapo seat in WW II.)

(Hotel Belvédère du Rayon Vert in Cerbère, France - defunct)

Hotel Pragser Wildsee, Lago di Braies, South Tyrol, Italy

Grand Hotel des Palmes, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Mafia Meetings)

(Hotel Paradiso del Cevedale in Valmartello, Italy - defunct)

Palacio Estoril, Portugal (WW II History and James Bond Location)

Pera Palace, Istanbul, Turkey (Refuge in WW I & II.)

Athénée Palace Hilton, Bucharest, Romania

Hotel Bristol, Warsaw, Poland

Chateau Hotel Zbiroh, Czech Republic (SS and later radar station)

Hotel de Bilderberg, Oosterbeek, Holland

Hotel de Wereld, Wageningen, Holland

Hotel Sacher, Vienna, Austria (Graham Greene and other Spy Histories)

Hotel Beau Rivage, Geneva

Rifugio Garibaldi, Three Language Peak, Stilfserjoch, Italy

Campo Imperatore Hotel, Gran Sasso, Italy (Mussolini)

Panzer Hotel, Stuttgart-Möhringen, Germany (US Army only)

(Hotel General Walker, Garmisch-Partenkirchen - initially called Der Platterhof, now defunct)

Edelweiss Lodge, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (US Army only)

Hotel Lederer, Bad Wiessee, Germany (the former Kurheim Hanselbauer where Röhm's SA was killed)

Kempinski Berchtesgaden, Germany (At the site of Hitler's Obersalzberg refuge)

Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten, Munich, Germany (Thule-Society)

Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany (Montgelas, Bavarian Illuminati, SIKO)

Hotel Marienbad, Munich, Germany (SA HQ)

Hotel Torbräu, Munich, Germany (founding of Schutzstaffel Hitler, SS)

Hotel Altmünchen, Munich, Germany (Hitler Youth)

Hotel Excelsior, Munich, Germany (US army HQ in WWII)

Hotel Stadt Hameln, Germany (allied prison after WWII)

Hotel Kaiserhof, Porta Westfalica, Germany (British military HQ after WWII)

Hotel Adlon, Berlin, Germany

(Hotel Luftbrücke, Kreutzberg, Berlin, Germany (former Stasi operations center "Rhineland Base"))

(Hotel Prora in Rügen, Germany - defunct)

Hotel Neptun, Warnemünde , Germany (infamous Stasi hang out)

Rheinhotel Dreesen, Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany

Haus Waldhof Villa Schuster, Kronberg im Taunus, Germany (CIA-Operation Artichoke)


Royal Horseguards Hotel, London

Royal Horseguards Hotel, London


Caribbean, Central & South America

Fairmont Princess, Hamilton, Bermuda (Allied intelligence hub where all mail, radio and telegraphic traffic bound for Europe, the U.S. and the Far East was intercepted and then analyzed by 1,200 British.)

(Hotel Ambos Mundos, Havana, Cuba (Hemingway))

(Hotel Oloffson, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

Goldeneye Hotel, Oracabessa, Jamaica (tribute to Ian Fleming / James Bond)

Melia Panama Canal, Colon, Panama (former School of the Americas)

Royal Torarica, Paramaribo, Suriname

Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

Rock View Lodge, Rupununi, Guyana

The Charlee Medellin, Colombia

Decameron Decalodge Ticuna, Leticia, Columbia

Wittmer Lodge, Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador ("Galapagos Affair")

Llao Llao Hotel, Bariloche, Argentina (Soros)

Eden Hotel, La Falda, Cordoba, Argentina (defunct; formerly owned by Hitler supporters Eichhorn)

Hotel Baviera, Parral, Chile (formerly Colonia Dignidad)

ESO Hotel, Paranal Observatory, Chile (in movie "Quantum of Solace")

Malvina House Hotel, Stanley, Falkland Islands


Former "School of the Americas" Melia Hotel Colon, Panama

Former "School of the Americas" Melia Hotel Colon, Panama


North America

Ambassador Hotel, LA - (destroyed) murder of Robert Kennedy

Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, Vermont, USA

The Greenbrier Resort (and Bunker), West Virginia, USA

(Marriott World Trade Center, New York, USA)

Millenium Hilton, New York, USA

The Watergate Hotel, Washington DC, USA

Sheraton Hotel Gary, Indiana (former Holiday Inn, abandoned since 1985)

(Holiday Inn, Monterrey, Mexico) (shooting)

Habita Hotel, Monterrey, Mexico

Hotel Boca Chica, Acapulco, Mexico

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico


The Watergate Hotel, Washington

The Watergate Hotel, Washington



Menen Hotel, Nauru

Robert Reimers Hotel, Majuro, Marshall Islands

Luana Liki Hotel, Tokelau

The George Hotel, Tarawa, Kiribati (surrounded by WW2 relics)

Airways Hotel, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Ambua Lodge, Tari, Papua New Guinea

Aggie Grey's, American Samoa (well, never a tough place, but "war history")





Ice Camp Barneo, North Pole (Russia)

Estrella Polar Hotel, King George Island (Chilean Base)

Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, US Base

"Vela Hotel"
Not really a hotel. In 1979, the American spy satellite "Vela Hotel" recorded a flash of light near Bouvet, a remote and uninhabited island belonging to Norway, which was later interpreted as a South African / Israeli nuclear bomb test. The Vela Incident is still not completely resolved.




"Wherever you go, try to stay at the most famous hotel - even if you can only afford the smallest room!"
Aristoteles Onassis


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Selborne Lodge Durban, ZA (left), Juba Grand Hotel, South Sudan (center), Mövenpick Sanaa, Yemen (right)






Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:48 Archived in Monaco

Rothschild Hotels

This is a list of (former) Rothschild family related places, now operating as hotels:


Waddesden Manor, Five Arrows Hotel, Buckinghamshire, England

Mentmore Towers, Bedfordshire, England (not yet reopened)

The Rothschild Hotel Tel Aviv, Israel

The Rothschild 71, Tel Aviv, Israel

Fink's Bar, Jerusalem, Israel

Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France (closed)

Domaine du Mont D'Arbois, Megeve, France

Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay, France

Montvillargenne House, Picardy, France

Schlosshotel zum Römischen Kaiser, Vienna, Austria

Villa Rothschild Kempinski Königstein, Germany

Gasthof zum Schützenwirt, Langau near Gaming, Austria

Hotel Zamek, Chalupki, Poland


Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:00

Famously abandoned Luxury Hotels

Please click to view these hotels' interesting history.
Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea


Hotel Paradiso del Cevedale in Valmartello, Italy


Hotel Belvédère du Rayon Vert in Cerbère, France


Hotel Prora in Rügen, Germany


Hotel Argo in Varosha/Famagusta, Cyprus


Arctic Hotel Murmansk, Russia

Foto: own

Hotel Polissya in Pripyat/Chernobyl, Ukraine


Ducor Intercontinental Monrovia, Liberia


Hotel Africa in Monrovia, Liberia

Foto: myworldshots.com

Grand Hotel Beira, Mocambique


Canal Hotel Baghdad, Iraq


Hotel St. Georges in Beirut, Lebanon


The Watergate Hotel in Washington, USA

Foto: own

Sheraton Gary, USA

Foto: eridony at wiki.worldflicks.org

Coco Palms Resort, Kauai

Foto: sometimes-interesting.com

Montserrat Springs Hotel, Richmond Hill, Montserrat (destroyed by Souffrière Volcano 1996)
Foto: http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/wells/pix/04mrat_pool-th.jpg

Fotos from Wikipedia, except if otherwise noted.

Posted by LuxuryRogue 18:27

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