The grandeur and opulence of the 1920s is alive and well in the Hotel Alfonso XIII, which was designed in the neomudejar style, a distinctive Sevillian architecture that mixes Moorish and Spanish influences.
The movie business was big in 1929. So big the Loew's Theatre chain built five new 'Wonder Theatres' in the NYC area, temples to entertainment of a scale and befitting the industry's success.
The 1990s-looking lobby of the Standard Hotel gives little indication of the exquisite golden den on the 18th floor, which has some of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.
It was the week before midsummer that we went on our research trip for A Stockholm Interlude. The days were long, the nights warm, and we had as our base Hotel Stureplan.