Room for scandal

19 July, 2013
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Signage: Grand Hotel (1922)

Signage: Grand Hotel (1922)

Ballard Estate.

The Grand Hotel is not only a popular name for hotels across the globe it also refers to a genre of hotels.

Grand hotels were large establishments run by a manager and his staff (rather than the proprietor of the hotel), had an atmosphere of anonymity and availed of the latest technologies of lifts, electric fans and gadgets.

Scandals were good business for grand hotels. High passion romances and affairs, a small dose of suicides on the hotel premises, all became the stuff of urban legend.

Once again, DJ Murty in the house.

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