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Grand Hotels of the World.com


Grand Hotels of the World.com and VB.com are Hotel Culture Information sites part of the company Phonebook of the World.com.



What is a Grand Hotel of the World ?

Very Recently in 2010 the French Ministry of Tourism has created a new Hotel category called "Palace". It was to define a new category of 5 star Hotels.
If you would show the list to 3 Ladys, which all had a bit of an impact on this website, not so sure that they would have approved the selection.
Each of them had an immense sense for glamour and style and many of those Hotels where they all liked to go, the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, the Hotel Ritz in Paris or the Hotel Normandy in Deauville were missing in the selection ...

Hotels listed on Grand Hotels of the World.com (or it's French version Palace Hotels of the World.com) all have someting in common. They are places where each of the 3 Lady's would have liked to go for a drink because these Hotels are places full of taste and magic where something amusing is happening all the time ...



Historic Background of the Website
Grand Hotels of the World.com is edited from the Cremerie de Paris, a place in the heart of Paris that has lived lots of fascinating history over a long long period of time. Since Queen Catherine de Medici (1519-1589), all Kings and Queens of France have been to our house
that belonged to the Villeroy family, state secretaries and ministers in the Kingdom of France. The staircase with the "5" logo was build in 1640 by Nicolas 5 de Villeroy, educator of the young King Louis XIV that spend parts of his childhood at our house.

Historic people from more recent times have left some impact on this website.


Gabrielle Chanel
From 1920 to 1970 our staircase became a secret night walk destination for the fashion designer Coco Chanel that lived at the Ritz. The barriers of time have made it impossible for us to meet her in person, but we had the chance to have had a friend in common. In the 1960s Chanel and her friend loved to walk from Place Vendôme down the Rue Saint Honoré to our Rue des Halles when Paris was asleep, except for the Les Halles Centrales foodmarket.


Aimee de Heeren
Aimée de Herren was Brazilian, back in 1923 she had been invited to the opening Gala of the Copacabana Palace in Rio.
She was so beautiful everybody was captivated by her, including someone who would later be called the father of modern Brazil. He made her become the country's secret first Lady.1938 she had to leave Brazil overnight and arrived in France where she landed at the Hotel Meurice soon crossing the path of the fashion Desiger Gabrielle Chanel. Her live was split between Paris and the côte d'Azur. At the Hotel du Cap she run into a young high school graduate who would help her move on to the United States with war arriving in Europe. Joseph P Kennedy Jr, JFK's older brother had projects to make her become America's official First Lady ... 1986 she found a new company for her night walks through Paris, replacing her wonderful friend Gabrielle Chanel with the editor of this website, a young student. Chanel was so present in the night walk conversations as if she would have been part of them. At the time he did not realise the enormous age difference and that all these fascinating stories were directly connected to many of the most important actors of the last century, many of them have happened in the Grand Hotels of the World. The night walks lasted for 20 years and they were not only taking place in Paris. Biarritz, New York, Palm Beach, Munich, London, Côte d'Azur, Madrid, Switzerland, Austria, Venice, all places full of spectacular Hotels. Aimée loved to transmit souvenirs to very young people ... the same had happened to her back in the 1920s with some much much older friends, two of them were inventors, one had invented the telephone, the other electric light. Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison were rivals but both were fascinated by Aimée and both enjoyed to travel around glamorous Grand Hotels.


Princess SorayaPrincess Soraya, Aimée de Heeren
The idee to make this website came alive in 2000 during a time Cremerie de Paris was the first Internetcafe in Paris. Destiny brought a wonderful woman with the idea to get some distraction by taking an internet lessons at the cafe.
The Lady was a little lonely and the lesson was so captivating, it just continued every week, from one week to another, it was like walking through the history of the World's most iconic Grand Hotels with an exceptional witness. The Lady had an immense sense for glamour and style and she had known the most beautiful Grand Hotels, not only like a normal guest but as the Queen of a country coming on an official State visits, Princess Soraya from 1951 to 1958 the Queen of Iran. At those years both the Western and the Easten World wanted to be friends with Iran. The people that made all possible efforts to meet her were called Dwight Eisenhauer, Joseph Staline, Winston Churchill, Konrad Adenauer or Javaherlaal Nehru.
She loved her husband but the tragedy was that she could hot have children and for State reasons they had to divorce. They secretly stayed in touch. From now on the Golestan Palace was replaced by a mutitude of Grand Hotels where she returned as a single woman, one of the most photographed ones of her times. Getting older she would have loved to be friends with some young people, but unfortunately most of them were just too busy. Sometimes one could see her sitting in the lobby of the Plaza Athenee located opposite her appartment all by herself.
Thanks to her support and inspiration, a multitude of iconic Hotel culture domain names, still available during the early years of the internet, could be registered.




After having been sitting in a drawer for years the domain is finally coming alive.
We will try to add some cultural background information
as if all the wonderful people that have come by our Cremerie de Paris
were still around to make us write down the fairy tales or crazy and funny stories stories
they have lived at the

Very Beautiful Grand Hotels of the World ...

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