Pascal Camia (General Manager of the hotel Hermitage in Monaco):
Mr. Cumia, you — born Monegasque. A lot of talk about the difference in mentality between you and the French. Is she really that big?
Monegasques are people educated in the French cul tural tradition, but with Italian blood. Such is the mixture. We feel that we are Mediterranean people, however, do not feel French. This is probably because we are only about 8000 people and we view ourselves as family and not as citizens of the state. And Prince albert II head we consider not so much the state as our family.
We try to keep our traditions, they are very important to us. For example, every time the royals celebrate a birthday or any celebration, they have picnics, all are welcome to attend the Monaco. On 12 July, Prince albert celebrates the 10th anniversary of his reign. And to celebrate he’s invited everyone on the Monaco Palace square for a great dinner with cocktails. Continue reading
Full name: Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg
Type: historic hotel
Number of rooms: 168, including 5 presidential suites
Room price: from 8 000 in low season
At the turn of XIX-XX centuries only the most fashionable hotel in the world named “Astoria”. The founders of this tradition became the Anglo-American heirs of the dynasty the Astors, who created a network of luxury hotels “Waldorf Astoria”.
St. Petersburg “Astoria”, built 100 years ago in the era of the Belle époque by the famous architect Johann-Friedrich Lidval, from the first days of its existence has gained the reputation of the most comfortable hotels of the city and one of the best in Europe. Its luxurious hall “Winter garden”, a superbly equipped kitchen, restaurants, cafes, Banquet halls, library and rooms – this was all done by the very latest technology and meet the requirements of the most demanding and famous guests. Continue reading
Any phenomenon that cannot be explained from the point of view of science, scares and frightens people. We are afraid of ghosts, werewolves, vampires, bloodthirsty aliens and black magicians, however, in some cases, unknown phenomena become much closer to our real world. So, for example, happened to the ghosts that live in the famous hotels. Guests are so used to them that already don’t pay attention to strange things and events. Moreover, this hotel has become world famous and attract thousands of tourists from all corners of the globe. Unfortunately, our family hotels in Kazan or Moscow can not boast “homemade” ghosts. Ghosts are more Inns live in houses built at least 100 years ago. Most of these hotels in UK and USA. Some of them we will cover in this article.
Let us begin, perhaps, with England. The most famous Ghost of the country lives in the Ostrich hotel. According to the legend, a Ghost is the undead spirit of a former innkeeper, who was executed in the 16th century for the murder of his guests. No less popular and the Macdonald Berystede Hotel, in the corridor which can often be seen the Blue lady. In the early 19th century the hotel was on fire. Beloved master, Eliza Kleininger tried to pull from the fire your jewelry, but did not have time to run out of the building and burned. Since then, she wanders on the site of his death, is still trying resuscitology with the decorations. Continue reading