VIENNA RED SACHER
Anna, the founder’s wife, began making the most distinguished guests sign on the tablecloth, and then embroidered the names by hand. Today, three paintings with autographs of great celebrities hang on the walls.
“Took a lightning trip to Vienna / Ate chocolate cake in his bag / Newspapers wrote: “She turned his head / They look like two gurus in suits” (“The Ballad of John and Yoko”). It’s hard to imagine anything further from Sacher’s fin-de-siècle charm, all the red brocade and oils of gentlemen hunting with dogs, and that 1969 press conference when Lennon and Ono were locked in a white bag while he mocked The Blue . The Danube is a stone’s throw from the State Opera. But the hotel, having avoided wars and Third Man conspiracies, survived bugism and then the pandemic, remaining independent. Thanks to the cake on which it is based, it is available anytime, anywhere: in signature suites named after the most appropriate guests (Elizabeth II, Indira Gandhi, Herbert von Karajan), in 1920s cafes and in a carriage ride through the streets of the center. The store has exclusive access to the Artist’s Collection, limited to a thousand copies: the 2023 packaging is signed by Georg Baselitz, who on his 85th birthday gave 100 drawings to Albertina, who is exhibiting them until September 17th. Some of his works are also in the collection of Heidi Horten, a woman of boundless (and controversial) wealth, which was revealed in May when her jewelry fortune was put up for auction at Christie’s. Revenue: $202 million for 400 precious items. Another 300 will be beaten in November.
MARRAKECH THE BIG LADY
After the 1943 Casablanca Conference, Winston Churchill took refuge in La Mamunia and invited Roosevelt to join him in “the most charming place in the world.” To the American President, whom he presented, who had just painted a picture, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque, which was part of Angelina Jolie’s collection in 2011 and was sold two years ago for more than £8.2 million. The suite, overlooking gardens of orange trees, palms and bougainvillea, and the multi-person bar with grand cru and caviar are now named after the British Prime Minister, who stayed at the hotel a dozen times and completed 45 oil paintings. Sete de The Man Who Knew Too Much Hitchcock and Inventing Anna, filmed in the same riad Delvi rented in 2017 when the self-proclaimed heiress was arrested; the base camp of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berger in search of their Moroccan home; Venue: February 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair: golden book de la Mamunia, opened in 1923, is full of dedications from world stars. Entering the 21st century after a complete renovation designed by Jacques Garcia, the hotel was renovated three years ago by Jouin Manku. The second phase of the project will end in mid-September, when the Grande Dame, as it is nicknamed, will be ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary with live performances and a luxurious gala evening from 5 to 7 October.
PARIS HIGH CLASS
“When I dream of an afterlife in paradise, the scene is always at the Ritz Paris.” Ernest Hemingway
It was the first hotel to have telephone lines and private bathrooms in all rooms. Gabrielle Chanel made her residence here for 34 years. Marcel Proust was a regular: “Nobody rushes you at the Ritz.” Hemingway “released” him on August 25, 1944, in memory of a drink with F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Roaring Twenties: “When I dream of an afterlife in paradise, the scene is always at the Ritz Hotel in Paris.” After several years of renovations completely renovating the interiors, there was no longer room for the furniture and it was put up for auction in 2018. Most unusual item? 19th century bath. Dearest? Set of Louis XV style desk chairs from the Coco Suite. In May, the hotel lost another piece of history: Colin Peter Field, the bartender at Hemingway’s who created the Kate 76 (vodka, grapefruit juice and champagne) for Kate Moss, who reciprocated by writing the foreword to Le Ritz Paris, history of cocktails. But there is never a shortage of stars at 15 Place Vendôme. Now Francois Perret shines with his Madeleine and Jérôme Legras, who opens kitchen doors to reveal the technology behind dishes served in a restaurant or restaurant. diner confidential opened in May. In September, Ecole Ritz Escoffier organizes Escapade au Marché: four courses prepared (and then enjoyed) using ingredients selected by a chef from the market.
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