There are many opinions about how to be a luxury hotel. What makes the hotel so? Historic building and tradition? Architectural beauty? Designer fashion? Sverchkova? Unimaginable price? Unique natural landscape? Unforgettable experience?
This book is an attempt to tell about the best hotels in the world. The most expensive, most famous, most beautiful and certainly the most convenient. And not just to tell but to give readers the opportunity to see them through the eyes of the modern travellers: experienced, sophisticated and professional as can be only journalists, including those working in the publishing house “Kommersant”.
Hotels, which will be discussed (as, indeed, those who wrote about them), are very different. So we tried to break them into groups. Turned out to be seven groups. Accordingly the book in seven chapters. Continue reading
Going out to breathe the fresh sea air one evening on the balcony of our office, we discussed recently viewed ads one of the hotel chains. Dark, frogs singing near the office and lyrical mood draw us into the conversation about the past.
I wonder what was advertised of in the last century? The next day we found on the Internet the answer to this question. Let’s look at the old advertisements.
In the early twentieth century a clear competitive advantage was in the hotel steam heating. In the ad below, it looks like a comma is missing before the word Elevator, for information about electric light “Elevator” on the Internet we have found.
But we learned that for the first time lift at the hotel appeared in London in 1869. It was hydraulic, that is, raised of guests on the 5th floor of the hotel with water. By the way, surprisingly, in London, this hotel is now The Grosvenor Hotel. Which is not true of first-class hotel “London” from Tiflis (Tbilisi). Advertisers (hehe) of emphasized a reading room, a garden with river views and reasonable prices. Although the story tells that there was even a casino and the cost was quite high. Continue reading
Nevsky prospect in St. Petersburg – one of the earliest and most famous street in the Northern capital. Its length is 4.5 km, the maximum width is 60 m at the arcade. the lowest 25 m Sink. This is one of 3 streets-rays radiating from the Admiralty .
The history of Nevsky prospect
The need for the construction of the road occurred shortly after the founding of the city to connect the industrial center of the city – Admiralty. with the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. on whose behalf and was named the Avenue. The construction was carried out with 2 sides and just connect the two clearing failed. This explains the kink of the street near the present-day Vosstaniya Square. The construction was completed in 1720. Later, trying to straighten the road on the section from Ploschad Vosstaniya to the Alexander Nevsky monastery. began to build a New Nevsky prospect . So there was the street Trolly and Pottery. And the area after the area of the Rebellion still popularly called Old Nevsky . The road becomes stone, planted rows of birch trees on each side, installed oil, and then gas and electric lights. Intensive construction is taking place. Continue reading