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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.
Boasting opulent Baroque architecture, The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel offers luxury accommodations in a historic setting situated in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia. Reminiscent of imperial times, the hotel boasts luminous guestrooms and suites, refined dining establishments, and exclusive access to the Hermitage Museum.
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.
A stunning mile-long avenue crossing the River Unshin and winding through ancient woods and deer pastures leads to the enormous front door of Coopershill House, an 18th-century luxury countryside hotel on a 500-acre private estate in the heart of County Sligo, Ireland.
Originally built in 1903 as the personal residence and hunting lodge of Baron Jan Jacob Luden, Landgoed Jachtslot de Mookerheide is a luxury historic hotel surrounded by a thick green forest reminiscent of a classic romantic fairytale setting. Constructed in an Art Nouveau architectural style, the castle has been carefully restored to feature original fixings of the structure and beautifully detailed interior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rich in heritage, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is an urban resort, nestled in the hart of Old Quebec, that seduces with its historic charm, distinctive elegance, world-class hospitality and magic touch. Once the site of personal residence of the English and French governors, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac stands high on Cap Diamant, overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River.
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.
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.
On a rainy night in 1865, a group of travelers en route to Montreal was stranded when their stagecoach hit a muddy rut and overturned. Despite the late hour, they found a warm welcome at the nearby Dodge farmhouse and were so captivated by the hospitality of their hosts and the spectacular surroundings that they prolonged their stay.
This beautiful and serene inn is a top 25 AAA 4-Diamond Historic Hotel, decorated with carefully chosen Arts & Crafts style furnishings such as hand-screened Bradbury and Bradbury wallpapers and hand-made Fulper tiles. The 21 rooms are true to the Arts and Crafts style and enhanced with featherbeds, luxury linens, and modern amenities. Environmentally responsible as well, the inn has been recognized for its water and energy conservation.
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