Hotels with pools, casinos, spas, waterfront properties, ultra-modern skyscrapers… there is no shortage of super-luxury hotels in prime locations or away from the crowds. Away from them all, there are also many classic lodgings that come with a lot of history. The rich past is their most prized asset. They have been a witness to many historical events. Revel in their charming ambiance. Appreciate their stunning architecture. Learn about their colorful past. Here are some of the best historic hotels.
You don’t have to cut back on your comfort while staying there. These historic hotels have upgraded themselves and offer all modern amenities and luxuries. As a bonus, you will get to stay in a property that has hosted the royals, presidents, ambassadors, and celebrities.
The Ritz, Paris, France
Located near Place Vendome, the hotel is housed in one of the oldest buildings of Paris. It is a short distance away from the Louvre Museum. Founded in 1898, the Ritz is reminiscent of the 18th-century houses. It was one of the first hotels in Europe to offer electricity, en-suite bathrooms, and a phone in each room. It naturally gained fame with the elite quite fast. On a visit to the Ritz, you will find the rooms named after several celebrity guests who have stayed here like Charlie Chaplin and Coco Chanel.
Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town, South Africa
In the city center of Cape Town, the building is visible even from a distance. Nellie, as people lovingly call it, recently celebrated 120 years. It was one of the first hotels in Cape Town, and all the wealthy people in South Africa made it their favorite place to stay. It was renovated in 1918 after Belmond took over this historic hotel. They have added a manicured garden around the property.
Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam
Inaugurated in 1901, the hotel had humble beginnings. It is one of the few places in the city that has stood the test of time. It was even converted into a ‘Bomb Shelter’ during the 1960s American air raids. The Sofitel Legend now has beautiful rooms, many shops like L’epicerie du Metropole, and the Club lounge selling sweet treats and other foodie delights. The interior remains calm. There is express check-in, a delightful breakfast buffet, and some of the best cocktails in Hanoi.
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Intercontinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu, France
Overlooking an old port, the building also includes an 18th-century hospital. A part of the building goes back to the 12th century. Napoleon III renamed it, Hotel Dieu. Today, it is a part of the Intercontinental Group. It has 194 rooms and suites, the Clarins spa, and the Michelin Star Alcyone Restaurant.
The Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy
Built in 1475, it sits along the Grand Canal, opposite the Salute Church. The Gritti is now a part of the Marriott Luxury Group. They have invested more than 50 million USD to renovate the building and make it look like a 21st -century hotel while retaining the old charm. You will find Murano chandeliers, Rubelli fabrics, and antique detailing in all the rooms, suites, and corridors. Visit the Gritti Epicurean is one of the best cooking schools in the city. Read a review of the Gritti Palace Venice published by The Gritti Palace UK.
Le Meurice, Paris, France
This 1835 landmark building was the first hotel in Paris to have a phone. Le Meurice is at the Rue De Rivoli overlooking the Tuileries Garden. It has hosted royalty and celebrities from the fashion world. The hotel has witnessed the most lavish hires, with one serving only quail and other partridge eggs to guests. It is particularly popular with British travelers, which is why it is often called the ‘City of London.’ Even Queen Victoria have stayed here while visiting Paris.
St. Regis, Florence, Italy
This 15th-century former palace on the Piazza Ognissanti overlooks the Arno River. You will find the best artworks, frescoes, and antiques adorning the interiors of this historic hotel. The warmest hues add color to the walls. A Florentine architect, Filippo Brunelleschi designed the building around 1400, but the building was transformed into a hotel in 1866. Earlier called The Grand Hotel, it was the first luxury hotel in Florence. It has 81 luxurious rooms and 19 suites. Handcrafted gold leaf plaques adorn the interiors. Furniture pieces from the Bottega Veneta collection decorate the rooms and corridors.
Mandarin Oriental, Prague, Czechia
Prague, the city with a hundred spires, has the Mandarin Oriental. It perfectly reflects the architectural wonders of the city. The hotel occupies pride of place in a part of Mala Strana. You can trace it to a 14th-century monastery. The rooms are decorated in typical Renaissance or Baroque style.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Cambodia
The Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened its doors to the public in 1932. It is steeped in rich and treasures. All the rooms and suites reflect Cambodian charm. The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor was voted among the top 50 best hotels in Asia. This historic, luxury hotel has survived the bad times and the good times. Today, it is a heritage landmark and a luxurious retreat with the best amenities.
De L’Europe, Amsterdam, Holland
The first hotel in Amsterdam that received the Green Key Gold award for environmental friendliness. It sits on its own peninsula, overlooking the Amstel River. The historic 19th-century hotel now has a contemporary twist. It has crystal chandeliers, luxury fabrics, and Nespresso machines in the rooms. The Michelin star restaurant Bord’eau is the city’s best. Its menu changes with the season.
Learn about more of these historic hotels from around the world. There are surely many more, with a fascinating story to tell.