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Great, Grand & Famous Hotels

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Great, Grand & Famous Hotels

…facts, tales, secrets and scandal

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“Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon.” — César Ritz

It’s time to pack your suitcases once again, as we embark on a revised and updated journey with the 3rd edition of our popular title, Great, Grand & Famous Hotels.

Discover Les Trois Rois—a thousand year old Swiss hotel that continues to welcome guests today—or Rambagh Palace, a palatial hideaway first built as a sanctuary for the female consorts of the Maharaja of Jaiphur. Rediscover the hotels that time forgot, including the original Waldorf=Astoria, now home to the Empire State Building, and the ill-fated El Rancho Vegas, Las Vegas’ first resort hotel. With the constantly transforming world of hotels, keep up to date with every detail, from unexpected ownership changes to lavish renovations.

A Stunning New Design…

Now in its third edition, Grand, Great & Famous Hotels contains additional content and a stunning new design. Case-bound with a French-fold jacket embellished in gold, and featuring over 500 full colour photographs, Grand, Great & Famous Hotels is a luxurious compendium for the discerning traveller.

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What's Inside
  • Fascinating profiles of eighty of the world’s greatest hotels, past and present.
  • Hundreds of rare, vintage and full-colour photographs.
  • A stunning new design and an additional 16 pages.
Iconic Characters...

As well as unique portraits of the hotels themselves, Great, Grand & Famous Hotels is a fascinating who’s who of history, featuring a host of entertaining cameos from industry titans as Cesar Ritz (“King of hoteliers and hotelier of kings”) and Oscar Tschirky (maître d’hôtel extraordinaire and creator of the Waldorf Salad) to such infamous guests as Oscar Wilde and Mata Hari, Ernest Hemingway and Marilyn Monroe. Discover which suite Coco Chanel called home for more forty years and the ballroom where Truman Capote is said to have thrown “The Party of the Century”.

Book Details


320 pages


234 mm x 300 mm


500+ colour throughout





About the Authors

About Fritz Gubler
With four years’ research and over 25 years’ experience in the hotel industry, Fritz Gubler has uncovered a wide array of fascinating details, including the stories of personalities who influenced, shaped and developed the hotel industry.


Basia Bonkowski has worked as a television presenter and journalist and been a features writer on several magazines. Having written the book Jesse’s World in 2005, she recently completed her Master of Letters at Sydney University.

Josephine Brouard regularly contributes to various Australian publications including Reader’s Digest and Notebook. She recently wrote the critically acclaimed Monsoon Rains and Icicle Drops.

Di Buckley is a freelance writer and editor and has wide experience in media, politics and corporate communications. Di has had many articles published in newspapers, books and magazines and has lived and worked in London, New York, The Hague, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Jane-Anne Lee has been a journalist for more than 25 years, working on a variety of newspapers and magazines in Australia and abroad.

Laurel McGowan has been an author, performer and director in theatre and television. She has worked as a television writer and presenter and had a column in the Australian publication, The Review.

Hellen Morgan-Harris is a freelance journalist, copywriter, editor and researcher.

Susan Myers is a travel writer, historian and lawyer who is currently researching and writing a book.

Jane Walker has a background in production of documentaries and commercials, advertising, promotions and publicity.

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