Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781861890108 Published September 1998 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781861891211 Published April 2004 For sale in North and South America only

Grand Hotels

Reality and Illusion

Elaine Denby

Grand Hotels
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Elaine Denby

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304 pages | 8.75 x 10.75
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781861890108 Published September 1998 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781861891211 Published April 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Grand Hotels is the fruit of the many years Elaine Denby has devoted to travels and visits throughout Europe, North America, the Near East and the Orient; it is a fascinating architectural and social history that covers the globe from the 1830s to the 1930s, but which also takes note of the most recent refurbishments.

The styles of architecture and decor have varied enormously for grand hotels: a French Renaissance château manner for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in the 1880s; a fantastic Moorish-style confection for the Tampa Bay on Florida's Gulf Coast (1891); Art Deco for Oliver Hill's seaside Midland Grand at Morecombe in England (1933). And the services available were equally stunning: Turkish baths, rifle-ranges, even a fleet of vintage Rolls-Royces at Hong-Kong's Peninsula. To keep this illusory world glittering, the reality had to run like clockwork, with managers like César Ritz, king of hoteliers, monitoring every detail from ballrooms to basement boilers. Grand Hotels explores every aspect of this all-but-vanished world of opulence, from the entrepreneurs, architects and designers who made it possible to the ambitious individuals and dynasties that kept it going.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Preface
1. Origins
2. Size and Grandeur in the United States
3. Europe Burgeoning
4. The Swiss Genius
5. Fin de Siècle
6. Founded in Empires
7. Journeys to the East
8. Into the Twentieth Century and Times of Change
9. Reality and Illusion
References
Select Bibliography
Index
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