HOTELS

The Pump Room at Chicago’s former Ambassador East Hotel

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood in the Pump Room. www.cruisingthepast.com

When Ernie Byfield opened The Pump Room in the Ambassador East Hotel on October 1, 1938, he undoubtedly had little idea that he was beginning an enterprise that would still be thriving to this day. Today, The Pump Room remains highly acclaimed restaurant and Chicago landmark. Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast inside the Ambassador East Hotel, the Pump Room’s traditional ... Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL…

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Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here from King Kong to the Sound of Music.   One of the greatest Art Deco structures ever built, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most well known landmarks of New York City. Showing a mixture of movies and shows for almost fifty years, the format was changed in ... Read More »

NOAH GREENBERG’S new website on youth hostel and celebrating the 100 year history of Youth Hostels…

The first permanent hostel, Alenta Castle in Germany… (Left: Noah Greenberg) Noah Greenberg is a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has come up with an excellent website for making youth hostel reservations: hostels.findthebest.com. Noah is an expert on this famous alternative style of accommodations dating back to 1909.  Following a trip to Australia and Thailand this ... Read More »

Social History: The Greenbrier, America’s Resort.

Social History: The Greenbrier, America’s Resort. Timeless traditions. Unforgettable experiences. Over two centuries ago, in fact, more than 230 years, in a valley nestled within the eternal majesty of the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a most extraordinary happening occurred – we pampered our first guests. And from that moment, until today, when you enter our grounds ... Read More »

THE RITZ-CARLTON in BERLIN…

The Ritz-Carlton Berlin makes our list of top hotels – for the second time.   This terrific Berlin landmark joins our list of great world hotels.   From  grand and boutique to old or modern – hotels that all share an elegant, even sometimes hip, link to social history and the travel past. “Never say no when a client asks for something, ... Read More »

2010 CHOICE FOR BEST HOTEL IN BERLIN – THE RITZ-CARLTON.

“Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible.” César Ritz (23 February 1850 – 24 October 1918) the famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously the Hôtel Ritz, in Paris and ... Read More »

Social History: HOTEL ADLON Kempinski – the finest hotel in BERLIN. One of the great hotels of the world. Berlin was a port of call by train in 1929 — after sailing from New York to Germany aboard the SS BREMEN.

great youTUBE video of Berlin in 1929 with views for the Hotel Adlon… Sailing in the 1920s to Germany from New York on the SS Bremen was very popular.  Upon arrival, tourists enjoyed a quick train ride from Hamburg to Berlin and then accommodations at the world famous Adlon Hotel in Europe’s favorite destination in the 1920s. Hotel Adlon in ... Read More »