'White smoke' over our conference venue in Pall Mall in London yesterday indicated that new members of The Most Famous Hotels in the World had been confirmed.
The membership is a honourable affair. It cannot be bought.
It was again the highest standards and the historical significance that attracted the attention of the jury. It was also the election of the exceptions, as two hotels do not meet our required minimum number of 50 rooms. The exception was granted because of their outstanding location and the fact that they are landmarks of their countries.
Let me thank all members for attending, in particular those who arrived from the United States and from South East Asia, to present and defend their candidates.
All selected hotels are allowed to bear the title 'A Select member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World' .
This time the jury rejected the application of five (5) hotels and accepted four (4) hotels as new members of the independent organisation The Most Famous Hotels in the World.
We are proud to welcome
1. The Lenox
Opening year: 1900
Boston, United States of America
710 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-2699
Tel (617) 536 5300
Fax (617) 236 0351
Manager: Jose Estrompa
In 1900 The Lenox opened as the city's most luxurious hotel. As the jury pointed out, at The Lenox tradition meets modern times: some of the rooms still have working fire places and fire tenders deliver wood and kindle the fire. While sitting in front of your fireplace you can access the Internet in your room over wireless LAN.
It is the haunt of many celebrities and fits perfectly into the list of famous historic hotels. In 1963 the Saunders family took over the fabled Boston landmark. The current President and CEO is Jeffrey Saunders, safeguarding the future of this historic landmark.
The Lenox has one of the best presented historic press kits featuring an illustrated timeline, Lenox Dining over 100 Years and a Sampling of Lenox Postcards 1901-2000 and a Celebrity Gallery. We would like to see more of this material on the web page.
2. The Dalat Palace
Opening year: 1922
Address : 12 Tran Phu Street
Tel :(+84)63/825444 Fax :(+84)63/825666
38 rooms and 5 suites
Hotel manager: Mr Antoine SIROT
This relict of French colonial days is a resort in the Vietnamese mountains. Situated in the very heart of Dalat, it is surrounded by a superb park at the edge of a lake. Inaugurated in 1922 as the Langbian Palace Hotel, it changed its name to Dalat Palace Hotel in 1958. The renovation of the Dalat Palace Hotel started in 1991. It re-opened in 1995 under the Sofitel Dalat Palace, managed by the French ACCOR group of Hotels and Resorts.
3. The Gran Hotel
Opening year: 1901
GM Roberto Abimerhi B.
With 33 rooms only, it is the Grand Hotel of the city. Opened in 1901, the Gran Hotel in Merida is the oldest hotel of this Mexican city. The French neo-Classic architecture has attracted many movie producers and photographers. Guest book entries range from Fidel Castro to Charles Lindbergh, from Douglas Fairbanks to Cesar Augusto Sandino.
4. Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin
Opening year: 1885
Koningin Astrid Boulevard 5
P.O. Box 85
2200 AB Noordwijk aan Zee
Tel: +31 (0)71-361 9220
Fax: +31 (0)71-361 9401
228 rooms, 22 suites, 4 penthouses
Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin first opened its doors in 1885. Over its first decades members of the Dutch as well as the Belgian Royal Families visited, as did artists and actors.
The hotel was sold and sold again in the 1960s and became the property of a company looking to demolish the entire complex to realise a new project. These plans were rejected by the municipal council, after which the hotel was sold to the present owner. Following a renovation and an extension, the hotel was reopened in 1984 by Princess Margriet, counting 90 hotel rooms, 93 studios, 9 conference rooms, restaurants, a nightclub and a fitness room.
A large part of the hotel was destroyed by fire in January 1990. The renovation of the hotel centred on designing an efficient and optimally secure hotel with stature, which would meet the highest standards of both congress and individual guests.
Optically, Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin can be separated into two parts: the Grand Hotel and the Nouvel Hotel. The original Grand Hotel survived the fire of 1990. The hotel wing has five floors, four of which with hotel rooms. The Nouvel Hotel was built after the fire. This hotel wing comprises eleven floors, nine of which with hotel rooms.
I wish to congratulate all new select hotels and their responsible management. Please bear in mind that the election of your hotel as a member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World is an international recognition, an honour and more over a duty: the duty to carry the legacy of history on modern wings into a successful future.
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