Tag Archives: History

New Life for Abandoned Hotels?

Continuing our series of articles about abandoned hotel and resorts (see our earlier posts – The Incongruous Idea of Abandoned Hotels… and Abandoned Hotels – Part 2, to follow are some hotels that were abandoned but now show signs of life, either as new attempts to get the properties up and running or re-purposed as […]

Do Not Disturb!

A 2018 article in ‘Conde Nast Traveler’ suggested that due to events in the USA after the mass shooting in Las Vegas from a hotel room we will most likely see an end to DND signs in hotels as the hotels ensure they inspect rooms at least once in every 24 hours (https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why-hotel-do-not-disturb-signs-are-disappearing). Most hotels […]

Fun Hotel Facts – part 2

Continuing list of Fun Hotel Facts… 17. Popular hotels in New Orleans put grease on balcony support poles during Mardi Gras so drunks can’t climb in… 18. One of the largest hotel suites in the world is located 22 stories under the surface in the Grand Canyon Caverns. One night for two people in this […]

The Hotel Guest and the Soap…

For hoteliers, some stories are timeless. The story of the hotel guest, the soap and the room attendant is one of those enduring yarns. I’m not sure if it was ever true, but the fact that all of us who have worked in the industry can actually imagine it really happening is probably enough, so […]

When Enough is Enough…

There are days in our lives when getting out of bed is a chore, let alone the thought of going to work. We all have had days like this – some have had more than one or two… With the recent passing of Anthony Bourdain, 3-star Michelin chef Benoit Violier (some years ago) and one […]

The Bold and the Beautiful…. an ode to the Executive Housekeeper

For many years, female Executive Housekeepers were an integral part of a luxury hotel operation. Starting at the very beginning of the post war hotel industry and going back to the days when Juan Trippe pioneered 5 star hotels to accommodate his PAN AM passengers and a gutsy Texan by the name of Conrad Hilton […]

The incongruous idea of abandoned hotels…

The past 40 years has seen unprecedented growth in tourism and business travel, resulting in the development of thousands of hotels and resorts in all parts of the globe. Even in times of economic difficulties new hotels continue to pop up somewhere in the world… So when you hear about once great and luxurious hotels […]

Pioneers of the Hotel Industry – Developments in the 60’s and 70’s…

Who were the post war pioneers of the international hotel industry? Those that made a significant impact on today’s hospitality industry, its standards and services… Staying in a 5 star hotel in the post war era and early 60s was a privilege for the few with the financial muscle and it was mostly for business. […]