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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

Hotel Gems on the Panamericana



Harald pushing our Mitsubishi Pajero to the limit. Drove 8.000km in one week.



Entering the Mexican theatre, here between Laredo and Monterrey



At the fantastic rooftop pool of Hotel Habita Monterrey *****



Nightlife in Monterrey



In the garden of the rather mediocre Rosewood Hotel San Miguel de Allende *****



At the beautiful patio of Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City *****



The iconic pool at La Purificadora Hotel in Puebla. Source: Habita Hotels



Lush landscape in Chiapas, just before entering Guatemala



Our hotel in Guatemala City, the Westin Camino Real ****/*.
The Real InterContinental ***** is better as it allows smoking cigars at the pool.



Breathtaking volcanoes between Guatemala and El Salvador
Best hotel: Real InterContinental San Salvador *****



The border post in Honduras



Entering my 172nd United Nations country: Honduras



Surprising perfection in Nicaragua's capital: the Real InterContinental Managua *****



View from the executive lounge of the Real InterContinental over the city and Lake Managua



Finally at the über-cool pool of the Trump Ocean Club Hotel in Panama City



Movie: Panamericana. Source: Wikipedia


Posted by LuxuryRogue 05:53 Archived in Panama

Charismatic Hotels: Designhotel Habita Monterrey




Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:30

Charismatic Hotels: The Patio at Four Seasons Mexico City



Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:27 Archived in Mexico

Charismatic Hotels: The Pool at Trump Ocean Club Panama







Posted by LuxuryRogue 02:50 Archived in Panama

Charismatic Hotels: The Real InterContinental Managua


The beautiful pool of the InterConti Managua in the evening ...


... and in the morning.


View from the Executive Lounge ...


... over the city towards Lake Managua.


Don't miss a Nicaraguan cigar !

Posted by LuxuryRogue 00:35 Archived in Nicaragua

Ukraine's Best Luxury Hotels

Ukraine has the most advanced "home-made" luxury hotels of all post-Soviet countries

Suggestion for a road trip from West to East:



Old Continental Uzhgorod ****/*

Star Hotel Mukacheve ***/*

Leopolis Lviv *****

Premier Palace Kiev *****

Hotel Opera Kiev ****/*

Otrada Odessa *****

Maristella Club Odessa *****

Oreanda Yalta ****/*

Donbass Palace Donezk *****

Good Zone Dnipropetrovsk *****

Palace Hotel Charkiv *****


Interesting press article: 100 best Ukrainian hotels


Interesting discussion: Ukraine's unique luxury hotels


Posted by LuxuryRogue 07:32 Archived in Ukraine

Formula 1 Drivers' Hotels

On and off the Grand Prix Tracks: the Big Boys' Places to stay (or own) ...

Emirates Palace Kempinski, Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace Kempinski, Abu Dhabi


Viceroy Yas Hotel and Marina, Abu Dhabi

Viceroy Yas Hotel and Marina, Abu Dhabi


Fairmont Monte-Carlo (formerly Loews)

Fairmont Monte-Carlo (formerly Loews)


David Coulthard's former Hotel Columbus, Monaco

David Coulthard's former Hotel Columbus, Monaco


Dorint Hotel, Nürburgring

Dorint Hotel, Nürburgring


Lindner Congress Motorsport Hotel, Nürburgring

Lindner Congress Motorsport Hotel, Nürburgring


Hotel de la Source, Spa-Francorchamps

Hotel de la Source, Spa-Francorchamps


Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore


Las Arenas Balneario, Valencia

Las Arenas Balneario, Valencia


Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain


Pan Pacific Airport Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Pan Pacific Airport Hotel, Kuala Lumpur


Hotel De La Ville, Monza

Hotel De La Ville, Monza


Crowne Plaza Asia, Istanbul

Crowne Plaza Asia, Istanbul


Transamerica Hotel, Sao Paulo

Transamerica Hotel, Sao Paulo


Crown Casino Melbourne

Crown Casino Melbourne


Whittlebury Hall, Silverstone

Whittlebury Hall, Silverstone


Barcelo Montecastillo Resort, Jerez de la Frontera

Barcelo Montecastillo Resort, Jerez de la Frontera


Didi Mateschitz' Laucala Resort, Fiji

Didi Mateschitz' Laucala Resort, Fiji


Didi Mateschitz' Schloss Gabelhofen, near A1-Ring, Austria

Didi Mateschitz' Schloss Gabelhofen, near A1-Ring, Austria


Richard Branson's Necker Island, BVI

Richard Branson's Necker Island, BVI


Lewis Hamilton's Grand Beach Resort, Grenada

Lewis Hamilton's Grand Beach Resort, Grenada


Red Bull Dr. Marko's Schlossberg Hotel, Graz

Red Bull Dr. Marko's Schlossberg Hotel, Graz


The Aviator Hotel, TAG Farnborough Airport (McLaren co-owner Mansour Ojjeh)

The Aviator Hotel, TAG Farnborough Airport (McLaren co-owner Mansour Ojjeh)


Le Castellet Hotel, Airport and Circuit Paul Ricard (Bernie Ecclestone)

Le Castellet Hotel, Airport and Circuit Paul Ricard (Bernie Ecclestone)


Bernie Ecclestone's Olden Hotel, Gstaad

Bernie Ecclestone's Olden Hotel, Gstaad


Former F1-Caterer Joschi Walch's Hotel Rote Wand in Zug am Arlberg

Former F1-Caterer Joschi Walch's Hotel Rote Wand in Zug am Arlberg


F1-Catering legend Karl-Heinz Zimmermann's Gasthof Alpenblick in Lech

F1-Catering legend Karl-Heinz Zimmermann's Gasthof Alpenblick in Lech


F1 Hotel History: Kyalami Ranch, Johannesburg (Click)


Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:46 Archived in Monaco

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