Expansive oceans, tranquil lakes, and majestic rivers provide refreshing landscapes for historic accommodations around the globe.
A 19th-century Victorian Palace, the iconic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan affords an authentic, magical experience on the banks of the river Nile. Discover sophisticated interiors by Sybille de Margerie in the historic Palace, a world of Moorish arches, exquisite refined dining, and luxurious accommodations in one of the 138 guestrooms and suites.
Built in 1886, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor is a historic treasure perched on the Nile River amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples. Blending rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times, this Luxor, Egypt hotel boasts sumptuous accommodations in 92 guestrooms and suites that have be the choice destination among luminaries and dignitaries for over a century.
From the alluring island of Puerto Rico and the vibrant city of San Juan, the Caribe Hilton is a AAA Four Diamond award-winning beach resort where ordinary ceases to exist and paradise never ends. Featuring a secluded beach, oceanfront swimming pools, nine restaurants, a full-service spa, and 65,000 sq ft of meeting space, the historic Caribe Hilton boasts the ultimate Caribbean experience.
Since its inception in 1919, the historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel has catered to sophisticated San Juan travelers who place one aspiration above all else – to pursue a lifestyle of five-star luxury and leisure within some of the world’s most exclusive destinations. Discover Puerto Rico as it is meant to be experienced at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel where exacting service, luxury accommodations, exquisite amenities, and fine dining are a hallmark of every stay.
Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Lagoon, The Condado Plaza Hilton is a historic San Juan, Puerto Rico destination elevating the luxury accommodation, dining, meeting, and hospitality experience.
Royally perched on magnificent ancient cliffs that soar more than 400 meters above the Mediterranean Sea, the exquisite Chateau Eza welcomes guests to a fairytale enchantment filled with mesmerizing views of the shimmering sea, charmed furnishings and antiques, and dreamlike embellishments and trappings – all tucked away in a magical 1000-year-old medieval village.
Domus Renier Boutique Hotel is a small yet impressive luxury boutique hotel in Chania, Crete. It consists of nine guestrooms and suites, all different from one another, and most with sea view of Chania Harbor and the Egyptian Lighthouse.
Originally built in the early 19th century, Antica Dimora Suites is a beautifully-restored destination situated on the picturesque Greek island of Crete. Boasting architectural integrity and historic charm, the hotel is located in the heart of old town Rethymno, near exciting cultural sights, refined Mediterranean dining, and beautiful sandy beaches.
With its structures dating back to 1832, The K Club represents true luxury that has been able to withstand the test of time. The historic Kildare, Ireland hotel offers a wealth of dining outlets, featuring locally-sourced cuisine, international fare, afternoon tea service, and more for travelers' enjoyment.
Unspoiled lakes and rambling hills and mountains create the foundation for this ancient land that holds the secrets of thousands of years – of megalithic tombs, ring forts, and chants of an Iron Age people of a forgotten time. These misty waters shroud the secrets of clan battles, skirmishes for rights, and long lost loves that over time turned to words on a poet’s page.
Housed in a 13th-century monastery, which once was home to Cistercians monks and Cappuccini friars, the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is perched on a cliff top high above sea level with spectacular views of Amalfi and the Mediterranean Coast and only steps away from the historic city center and the harbor of Amalfi.
Immersed in the beauty of Lake Como offering a spectacular view of the glorious ancient town of Bellagio, and the surrounding Alps, the century old Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a treasured example of the finest authentic Italian-liberty Art Nouveau palaces. With period furnishings, intricate in detail, and unparalleled views, Grand Hotel Tremezzo envelopes the decadent ambiance throughout the walls and invites a sensation of harmony and tranquility.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski is set on a private island in the heart of the Venetian Lagoon. San Clemente Island played a key role in the history of the Republic of Venice, and for centuries it housed a monastery. The stunning San Clemente Church, built in the 12th century and among the oldest ones in Venice, reminds visitors of the monastic settlement.
A restored fishing warehouse, Hotel Brosundet is a Art Nouveau escape combining a charming nautical design with contemporary fixings complete with a converted lighthouse suite. Situated in the small fishing and boating village of Ålesund, the property offers 47 guestrooms incorporating the original wooden floors and panels, and exposed brick exuding an authentic seaside experience.
Originally a modest guesthouse built in a classic Swiss style, the Kvikne family has owned and managed Kviknes Hotel for over 135 years. As the first known hotel in the Sognefjord, Kviknes Hotel is a fine example of warm traditional Norwegian hospitality and service. Situated on the Sognefjord, in the center of Balestrand, Kviknes Hotel offers a astonishing view of the mountains and sea inviting a breathtaking experience.
Known as the "fairytale hotel," Dalen Hotel in Telemark is built in a grand, romantic style adorned with dragonheads, turrets, spires, cornices, towers, and balconies. Its lavish architecture was inspired by traditional stave churches from the Middle Ages.
As one of the few remaining Functionalist-style buildings in Norway, Strand Hotel Fevik is a leading venue for luxury vacations and functions. In complete harmony with its peaceful surroundings, a stay at Strand Hotel Fevik affords beautiful views of the ocean and rolling dunes.
Originally the farm of wealthy businessman Christen Fretheim, Fretheim Hotel began operations in 1870 as a modest posting inn for visiting fisherman. Located on the Flåmselva river, highly populated with salmon and trout, Fretheim Hotel quickly became a choice destination for anglers and nature enthusiasts, quickly demanding expansion.
Høyevarde Fyrhotell is a beautiful seaside hotel dating back to 1700 when the lighthouse guided sailors along the Karmsund strait, previously known as ‘Nordvegen' or the North Passage. Boasting 10 beautifully-appointed guestrooms, the hotel offers a tranquil and serene setting in Havik, Norway.
Comprised of several beautiful historic buildings in Kalvag, Norway, Knutholmen Hotell lends insight to the rich maritime heritage of the renowned fishing village that remains a celebrated destination today. While celebrating its fishing and seaside culture, the hotel affords the setting to explore the majestic mountain and forest surroundings of Kalvag.
Originally a “staging inn” with one straw bed over a shipping office, Hotel Ullensvang is rooted with deep Norwegian history and traditions. This property has been run by five generations of the Utne family after Hans Utne built the inn in 1846. A cabin in Lofthus near the inn was the inspiration and birthplace of the musical creations by the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Little by little, the hotel was expanded and restored to the luxury property that it stands today.
Ideally situated on the Vefsna riverside in the center of Norway within Mosjøen, Fru Haugans Hotel has been a women-run retreat since 1885 offering warm hospitality and excellent service. Strolling around the hotel is a journey through time, where the rich history of Norway is exhibited. A beautiful location at the end of the picturesque Sjøgata street, Fru Haugans Hotel has holds the distinction of being Northern Norway’s oldest preserved adjoining wooden buildings.
A history rich in entertaining and generous hospitality, Hotell Refsnes Gods has earned its reputation as a choice destination to experience tranquil luxury on the Jeloy island in Moss, Norway, just an hour outside of Oslo. Originally a lavish private residence, Hotell Refsnes Gods was frequented by luminaries and dignitaries that have left their mark on the property, including artists Edvard Munch who inspired The Munch Restaurant and King Oscar II who is celebrated by the historic King Hall.
Hotel Union Øye is a historic gem, situated in a peaceful village on Hjørundfjord with the Sunnmøre Alps towering all around. Dating from 1891, the property is a historical journey in itself with authentic rooms, all named after royal and dignified guests, with rich and traditional decorations.
Former home of architect, entrepreneur, and traveler Christian Thams, Bårdshaug Herregård began as a parsonage converted into a thoughtfully decorated personal residence. Today, the 65 guestrooms at the hotel still reflect the intricate details of Christian Thams' passions and history with its decor and original furnishings.
Originally an intimate escape for merchant princes to revitalize creative notions, Solstrand Hotel & Bad was built in 1896 by Christian Michelsen, who later became the first prime minister of Norway after gaining independence from Sweden in 1905. Today, Solstrand Hotel is run by the fourth-generation of the Schau-Larsen family and remains a holiday resort offering the its original wooden architecture affording the rich natural and cultural landscape that surrounds it.
Originally built by Magnus Poulsson during World War I, Lysebu Hotel was used as a personal residence for Norwegian ship owner Anton Fredrik Kaveness. After the World War II, Lysebu was donated to The Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund in appreciation of the food aid Norway received from Denmark during German occupation.
Centrally located in Sandane, Norway, Gloppen Hotell has been a premier destination for fishing and nature enthusiasts since 1866. Inspired by the flourishing fishing interest, Gloppen Hotell was built to support the local angling business and has since continued to remain passionate and committed to stimulating and strengthening interest for the community.
With front row seats to the North Sea, Sola Strand Hotel has been an idyllic example of the perfect beach vacation for decades. The interior of the property transports guests to a historic life at sea with the floors and walls lined and decorated by materials of old vessels. Sola Strand Hotel has thrived through occupation during World War II and nearly a century of careful preservation.
Originally a postal inn accommodating travelers following the mail route, Stalheim Hotel was built in 1750 with humble amenities and only 20 beds. With centuries of experience, renovation, and expansion, Stalheim Hotel today is a family-run business boasting 124 comfortable guestrooms, a delicious restaurant and bar, and meeting spaces, all with expansive panoramic views of the breathtaking Nærøyfjord and Nærøy Valley.
Built in 1845, in the heart of a park on the Oslo fjord coastline, Engo Gard has been an idyllic country inn since the twenties. Originally known as Pihls Pensjonat, the modest guesthouse was slowly expanded and restored to great the luxury historic hotel it stands today. Engo Gard has converted its property to house 44 guestrooms, a renown restaurant with private wine cellar, and other exciting facilities.
One of the oldest hotels in Norway, the iconic Utne Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1722. With its intricate decorative details and collection of antique treasures, entering the historic hotel is like living in a history book.
Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras is an oasis of luxury on the shores of a glacial mountain lake, overlooking the majestic panorama of the High Tatras. Its 98 luxurious guestrooms, conference spaces with state-of-the-art technology, and one of the finest and most beautiful spa facilities in Europe rank it among the world’s most exclusive resorts.
The Kempinski Palace Portorož boasts 164 superior and deluxe rooms, 17 exclusive suites, including a luxurious 230 square meters Presidential Suite and two rooftop Laguna Suites with open-air Jacuzzis. All guestrooms and suites are spacious, superbly furnished in modern or traditional design, with a park or a sea view.
There are a handful of hotels in the world so iconic, so distinctive that they become synonymous with the city that created them. In Istanbul, that hotel is the Cıragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. For travelers who want to fully experience the grandeur, elegance, excitement and mystery of one of the world’s most extraordinary cities, there is no other choice.
Located in the peaceful Hertfordshire countryside, Sopwell House is a 20 minute train ride from London. This historic, Georgian country style hotel dates back over three-hundred years, as the earliest record of Sopwell House is noted in a deed from 1603.
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach, and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded resort has 144 guestrooms, including 35 suites, and is recognized as one of Europe's leading resorts.
The Algonquin Resort, blending historic charm with contemporary amenities, is the ideal choice for a seaside getaway in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. Boasting a variety of spacious accommodations, this picturesque resort ensures luxury comfort in an intimate setting.
A rare jewel in Nova Scotia, Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa offers excellent dining, a dedicated staff, and exceptional accommodations which will exceed all expectations.
A grand jewel of a hotel in Halifax, The Westin Nova Scotian brings together comfort and style as well as traditional elegance. A unique AAA/CAA Four Diamond hotel, The Westin Nova Scotian offers unmatched luxury accommodations for all guests.
Situated in serene Nova Scotia, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa is the ideal getaway to experience Canada's finest outdoor offerings. Dating back to 1940, this beautiful resort boasts a variety of luxurious accommodations, fine dining experiences, and the best of indoor and outdoor activities.
Set on a 16th century Mexican estate, Hacienda Labor de Rivera is an elegant luxury boutique spa hotel. It is 4.8 km from the town of Teuchitlán and 7 km from the Zona Arqueológica Guachimontones. The whole region, including the nearby tequila distilleries, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Embedded within a centennial jungle, Hacienda San Jose, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is an original hacienda from the 18th century with expansive wild gardens and a swimming pool that floats over the jungle.
Casa Lecanda, located within Merida, Mexico, offers guests thoughtfully-appointed luxury accommodations and a close proximity to the most coveted sights in the Yucatan region.
Hacienda Xcanatún is a luxurious boutique hotel, located in an authentic 18th century hacienda within Merida, Mexico, offering elegant accommodations, exquisite dining, and more for guests to enjoy.
Dating back to 1912, Wyndham Merida is a luxury property located in Merida, Mexico, offering travelers exquisite accommodations, unparalleled dining options, and a beautiful historic setting. Set in the vibrant Yucatan Peninsula, this heritage hotel boasts convenient access to explore the cultural attractions nearby.
Originally built in 1852, the landmark Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa is located in Mobile's revitalized downtown, situated near the riverfront and Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center
Boasting luxury accommodations, America's first full-service spa, and championship golf courses, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a historic retreat affording a true Southern California ambiance and picturesque natural landscape.
Overlooking La Jolla Cove and the sky blue Pacific Ocean, it's easy to see how La Valencia Hotel took its inspiration from Mediterranean resorts. Walk toward "the Jewel of La Jolla," as La Valencia is known, and you pass the colonnade flanking the palm-shaded patio before entering the historic lobby.
Nestled into the heart of Napa Valley, the Napa River Inn stands out as an upscale boutique hotel offering traditional comfort, convenience, and personal service to both leisure and business travelers. Surrounded by the valley's world-renowned vineyards, beautiful scenery, excellent restaurants, and favorable climate, the inn sits snugly along the banks of the Napa River on 2.5 riverfront acres.
For over a century, dreamers, farmers, investors, and even a Prussian Count have envisioned a grand future for the Colorado Springs area. One man, Spencer Penrose had the dedication and vision to bring the dream to reality. That dream was The Broadmoor, which officially opened on June 29, 1918 and marks its 90th anniversary in 2008.
History, vibrant nightlife and tropical paradise come together at the La Concha Hotel & Spa. Throughout the years, famous authors such as Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams have visited this tropical island and found inspiration and contentment. Guests can indulge in Key West's notoriously playful nightlife - centered on Duval Street.
The Raleigh Miami Beach is an impeccable beachfront haven, offering views of both the colorful cityscape and clear blue ocean, while providing South Beach visitors luxurious, serene, and convenient accommodations.
There's no mistaking the Don CeSar. Instantly known as Florida's Pink Castle when it opened back in 1928, this ten-story hotel sits on the sugary sands of St. Pete Beach, an island in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges.
The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, a Doubletree by Hilton, has 320 fully-refurbished guestrooms and suites that provide upscale, contemporary lodging for vacationers exploring the charms of Hilo and nearby attractions, such as stunning waterfalls, Volcanoes National Park, snorkeling, and surfing off the beautiful bay and ocean coasts.
As Waikiki's only true destination resort, Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort offers the perfect mix of exceptional resort accommodations and classic Hawaiian hospitality. Originally developed by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser in 1955, this historic Honolulu hotel affords the widest stretch of white sand on Waikiki, a serene beachfront lagoon, lush tropical gardens and cascading waterfalls, majestic views of Diamond Head and romantic seaside sunsets.
From it's opening in 1927, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort has been recognized as an icon of luxury resort travel. Known to the world as "The Pink Palace of the Pacific", The Royal Hawaiian is a lifestyle destination, mirroring the quiet confidence and impeccable standards expected by discerning travelers.
Overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan, Hilton Chicago has served as one of the city’s most revered addresses since 1927. Meticulously redesigned and restored, this historic Beaux-Arts hotel offers 1,500 guestrooms and suites, exceptional dining options, a 16,450 square foot athletic club, and over 234,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Set in the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood at the start of the Magnificent Mile, The Drake Hotel is a historic Chicago landmark featuring breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, 535 thoughtfully-appointed guestrooms and 74 suites, indulgent amenities, lavish ballrooms and event venues, and unparalleled service.
Offering tastefully-appointed accommodations ideal for business and leisure, the Hilton Orrington/Evanston is a sophisticated Chicago North Shore hotel with amenities like complimentary high-speed Internet access, a full fitness center, 24-hour self-serve business center, a new conference center affording 12,000 sq ft of flexible venues, and valet parking.
Surrounded by sparkling waters and boasting brilliant views of Casco Bay, The Westin Portland Harborview offers luxurious accommodations and thoughtful amenities. Situated in the vibrant Arts District of Portland, Maine, The Westin Portland Harborview boasts 289 elegant guestrooms and suites, rooftop bar Top of the East Lounge, refined Congress Squared Restaurant, a full-service Akari Spa, dynamic meeting and function venues, and gracious hospitality.
At the tip of Cape Cod's distinctive tip sits the eclectic village of Provincetown, home to the magnificent Crowne Pointe Historic Inn, where luxury meets history. Originally established a bustling seaport, Provincetown was once inhabited by a rowdy mix of smugglers, outlaws and raucous mariners. Today, the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn boasts charming accommodations, unrivaled service, and a unique historic experience.
The old-world elegance of Grand Hotel envelops you the moment you step onto Mackinac Island and board a horse-drawn carriage taxi or stroll the short distance to the hotel. Either way, your passage will be peaceful; cars aren't allowed on Mackinac Island -- one of the many traditions that still reign from the opening days of Grand Hotel back in 1887.
General Ebenezer Brewster, whose home occupied the present site of the Inn, founded the Dartmouth Hotel in 1780 but later burned to the ground and was replaced two years later on the same site by the Wheelock Hotel. From 1901 - 1903, Dartmouth College carried out extensive renovations to the facility, which was then renamed the Hanover Inn.
Situated in the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, The Sagamore opened in 1883 and was a social center for the wealthy visiting Lake George. After closing in 1981, the hotel was reopened a few years later and restored to its original grandeur. Today the resort offers a wealth of recreational and dining opportunities for guests who enjoy "roughing it" with an elegance in the woods.
A historic, luxury, European-styled boutique hotel, The Chanler at Cliff Walk boasts the best ocean view in Newport. This oceanfront hotel is only steps from Easton's Beach and a mile from downtown. Offering discerning travelers a glimpse of Newport's Golden Age, it is the first mansion and only hotel located on the famous Cliff Walk.
Ideally nestled along the historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio, the Omni La Mansión del Rio is where history comes alive. The Texas Historical Commission and the San Antonio Conservation Society have designated Omni La Mansión del Rio as a historical treasure. The historic hotel includes 338 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Las Canarias restaurant and its Texas Hill Country-infused menu, flexible meeting and event space and unparalleled service standards.
Boasting Gothic architecture and located in the heart of San Antonio's downtown district, the Emily Morgan Hotel exemplifies luxury accommodations coupled with the allure of historical significance. Nearby to prime locations such as the Alamo and the scenic River Walk, bask in the Hotel's inviting setting, showcasing a myriad of dining options, accommodation and event space styles, and a timeless charm.
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