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.
Established around 1800, Bantú Hotel Boutique is a beautifully-appointed destination situated in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia boasting unique Colonial architecture, elegant guestrooms, and unparalleled hospitality.
The first hotel built in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, Hotel Caribe boasts 363 thoughtfully-appointed guestrooms and suites, versatile event spaces, relaxing pool area, a variety of dining venues, and convenient facilities. Surrounded by vibrant cultural attractions, sandy beaches, and a rich history, Hotel Caribe offers an unrivaled 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dating back from 1311, Kasteel Daelenbroeck was the brainchild of Godfried van Heinsberg, Lord of Wassenberg who dreamed of building a castle in the marshland, at the time, known as broeck. What was once a relatively uninhabited land became a thriving community surrounding the castle and remains enchanting as ever.
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.
Grotli Høyfjellshotel is a carefully preserved mountain lodge dating back to the 1860s. Whether they spend the day skiing, hiking, sightseeing or in quiet repose, guests at the historic hotel enjoy the inviting warmth of the original timber walls and authentic antique furnishings reminiscent of a bygone era.
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.
Named after King Carl IV of Sweden and Norway, idyllically situated in the center of the whaling and recreational town of Sandefjord, Hotel Kong Carl has been a luxury lodging establishment since 1721, with the building dating back to 1690 making it the oldest structure in town.
Majestically situated in the heart of treasured Telemark is Seljord Hotell. With its proximity to magnificent area attractions, both cultural and natural, historic Seljord Hotell is the perfect oasis for travelers visiting the enchanting Telemark area.
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.
Tucked in Svolvær harbor on the Lofoten Islands, Anker Brygge is where a historic setting meets modern luxury. Visitors to the enchanting Lofoten Islands take in the spectacular Nordic seascapes, fresh air, and dramatic mountains while soaking up Norwegian history in Anker Brygge's carefully restored cabins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perched on a majestic bluff overlooking the sweeping Pacific Ocean, The Pierpont Inn & Spa is a romantic Ventura Beach landmark on the charming California coast. Constructed in 1910, this historic hotel was the brain child of Joesphine Pierpont when the Pacific Coast Highway became a popular trail to explore the Western coastline. Pierpont commissioned famous architect Sumner P. Hunt to design a Craftsman-style bungalow inn that would later become The Pierpont Inn & Spa that stands today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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