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In many cities, there is an interesting old [[Hotels|hotel]], something to remind you of the days when travel meant long journeys by rail or sea, a place where the rich and the famous of its day would stay. Nearly all of these were built before the Second World War, and many date back to Queen Victoria's reign.  
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In many cities, there is an interesting old [[Hotels|hotel]], something to remind you of the days when travel meant long journeys by [[rail travel|rail]] or sea, a place where the rich and the famous of its day would stay. Nearly all of these were built before the Second World War, and many date back to Queen Victoria's reign. Many of these hotels have hosted world celebrities of the 19th and 20th centuries, and some are mentioned in classical works of fiction.
  
Staying in such places is usually not cheap, though it may be cheaper than a more modern high-end hotel. Nor are they necessarily the most luxurious option; the modern high-end places may be even better. However, the grand old hotels are usually very central and they do have an appeal all their own; the old fashioned fittings, the lack of the latest amenities and a certain graceful agedness are often part of their character.
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Staying in such places is usually not cheap, though more modern high-end hotels might be even costlier. Nor are they necessarily the most luxurious option; the modern high-end places may be even better. However, the grand old hotels are usually very central and they do have an appeal all their own; the old fashioned fittings, the lack of the latest amenities and a certain graceful agedness are often part of their character.
  
 
Of course, you need not stay in such hotels to enjoy some of their services. For example, a visitor to Singapore might just go to Raffles for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar where Rudyard Kipling and Noel Coward once drank, and check out the Billiard Room where Singapore's last tiger was shot.
 
Of course, you need not stay in such hotels to enjoy some of their services. For example, a visitor to Singapore might just go to Raffles for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar where Rudyard Kipling and Noel Coward once drank, and check out the Billiard Room where Singapore's last tiger was shot.
  
 
A traveler with piles of money might consider a [[Round the world flights|round the world flight]] staying in many of these hotels.
 
A traveler with piles of money might consider a [[Round the world flights|round the world flight]] staying in many of these hotels.
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As many Grand old hotels were built in the late 19th century to complement the railroads or the steamer docks, they might be close to, but not inside, an [[Old Town]].
  
 
==Africa==
 
==Africa==
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===South Africa===
 
===South Africa===
 
* [[Cape Town]] - Mount Nelson [http://www.mountnelson.co.za/web/ocap/mount_nelson_hotel.jsp]
 
* [[Cape Town]] - Mount Nelson [http://www.mountnelson.co.za/web/ocap/mount_nelson_hotel.jsp]
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* Riebeek Kasteel - The Royal Hotel [http://www.royalinriebeek.com]
  
 
===Mozambique===
 
===Mozambique===
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* [[Hong Kong]], [[China]] - The Peninsula [http://hongkong.peninsula.com], Kowloon side at the foot of Nathan Road
 
* [[Hong Kong]], [[China]] - The Peninsula [http://hongkong.peninsula.com], Kowloon side at the foot of Nathan Road
 
* [[Beijing]], [[China]] - Beijing Hotel [http://www.chinabeijinghotel.com.cn/en/index.html]
 
* [[Beijing]], [[China]] - Beijing Hotel [http://www.chinabeijinghotel.com.cn/en/index.html]
* [[Shanghai]], [[China]] - The Peace Hotel [http://www.shanghaipeacehotel.com/indexe.htm]
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* [[Shanghai]], [[China]] - The Peace Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/peacehotel]
* [[Shanghai]], [[China]] - Astor House Hotel [http://www.pujianghotel.com/]
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* [[Shanghai]], [[China]] - Astor House Hotel [http://www.pujianghotel.com/]  
* [[Hangzhou]], [[China]] - The New Hotel [http://www.thenewhotel.com/Weben/Public/Default.aspx]
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* [[Hangzhou]], [[China]] - The New Hotel [http://www.thenewhotel.com/Weben/Public/Default.aspx]  
 
* [[Seoul]], [[South Korea]] - Westin Chosun [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1064]
 
* [[Seoul]], [[South Korea]] - Westin Chosun [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1064]
 
* [[Taipei]], [[Taiwan]] - The Grand Hotel [http://www.grand-hotel.org/newsite/html/e/ca01.htm]
 
* [[Taipei]], [[Taiwan]] - The Grand Hotel [http://www.grand-hotel.org/newsite/html/e/ca01.htm]
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* [[Jerusalem]], [[Israel]] - American Colony Hotel [http://www.americancolony.com]
 
* [[Jerusalem]], [[Israel]] - American Colony Hotel [http://www.americancolony.com]
 
* [[Jerusalem]], [[Israel]] - King David Hotel [http://www.danhotels.com/danSite/eng/hotelHomepage.asp?hotelNo=4]
 
* [[Jerusalem]], [[Israel]] - King David Hotel [http://www.danhotels.com/danSite/eng/hotelHomepage.asp?hotelNo=4]
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* [[Aleppo]], [[Syria]] - Baron Hotel
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===North East Asia===
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* [[Darjeeling]], [[India]] - Windamere Hotel [http://www.windamerehotel.com/]
  
 
===South Asia===
 
===South Asia===
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Many of Southeast Asia's grand old hotels can be credited to a single family, the remarkable '''Sarkies brothers''' from [[Armenia]], who founded all of the following icons:
 
Many of Southeast Asia's grand old hotels can be credited to a single family, the remarkable '''Sarkies brothers''' from [[Armenia]], who founded all of the following icons:
  
* [[George Town (Malaysia)|George Town]], [[Malaysia]] - Eastern & Oriental [http://www.e-o-hotel.com/eoh/index.htm]
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* [[George Town (Malaysia)|George Town]], [[Penang]], [[Malaysia]] - Eastern & Oriental [http://www.e-o-hotel.com/eoh/index.htm]
 
* [[Singapore]] - The Raffles [http://www.raffleshotel.com]
 
* [[Singapore]] - The Raffles [http://www.raffleshotel.com]
 
* [[Surabaya]], [[Indonesia]] - Hotel Majapahit [http://www.hotel-majapahit.com/]
 
* [[Surabaya]], [[Indonesia]] - Hotel Majapahit [http://www.hotel-majapahit.com/]
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==Europe==
 
==Europe==
 
===Northern Europe===
 
===Northern Europe===
* [[Copenhagen]], [[Denmark]] - Hotel D'Angleterre [http://www.dangleterre.com/]
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Many Swedish towns have a town hotel, ''stadshotell'', colloquially ''Statt'', usually built with the advent of rail traffic in the late 19th century. This hotel is usually the most prominent historical building, second to the church or the city hall, and the city's nightlife hotspot. The rating is usually proportional to the town's size, at three stars in small towns, reaching five stars only in major cities.
* [[Helsinki]], [[Finland]] - Kämp [http://www.hotelkamp.fi/]
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* [[Copenhagen]], [[Denmark]] - Hotel D'Angleterre (1875) [http://www.dangleterre.com/]
* [[Oslo]], [[Norway]] - Grand Hotel [http://www.grand.no/]
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* [[Helsinki]], [[Finland]] - Kämp (1887) [http://www.hotelkamp.fi/]
* [[Stockholm]], [[Sweden]] - Grand Hôtel [http://www.grandhotel.se]
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* [[Oslo]], [[Norway]] - Grand Hotel (1874) [http://www.grand.no/]
* [[Stockholm]], [[Sweden]] - Hotel Saltsjöbaden [http://www.helnan.info/Saltsjobaden]
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* [[Gothenburg]], [[Sweden]] - Hotel Royal (1852) [http://www.hotel-royal.se/]
* [[Sundsvall]], [[Sweden]] - Hotel Knaust [http://www.elite.se/eng/node/710]
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* [[Stockholm]], Sweden - Grand Hôtel (1872) [http://www.grandhotel.se]
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* [[Stockholm]], Sweden - First Hotel Reisen (1819) [http://www.firsthotels.se/Vara-Hotell/Hotell-i-Sverige/Stockholm/First-Hotel-Reisen/]
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* [[Stockholm/Southern Suburbs]], Sweden - Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden (1893) [http://www.helnan.info/Saltsjobaden]
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* [[Sundsvall]], Sweden - Hotel Knaust (1861) [http://www.elite.se/eng/node/710]
  
 
===West Europe===
 
===West Europe===
* [[Amsterdam]], [[Netherlands]] - Amstel Hotel [http://www.amsterdam.intercontinental.com]
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* [[Amsterdam]], [[Netherlands]] - Amstel Hotel (1867) [http://www.amsterdam.intercontinental.com]
* [[London]], [[UK]] - Savoy Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/savoy/]
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* [[Brussels]], [[Belgium]] - Hotel Metropole (1895) [http://www.metropolehotel.com/]
* [[London]], [[UK]] - The Ritz [http://www.theritzlondon.com]
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* [[London]], [[UK]] - Savoy Hotel (1889) [http://www.fairmont.com/savoy/]
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* [[London]], [[UK]] - The Ritz (1906) [http://www.theritzlondon.com]
 
* [[London]], [[UK]] - The Langham [http://london.langhamhotels.co.uk/en/]
 
* [[London]], [[UK]] - The Langham [http://london.langhamhotels.co.uk/en/]
 
* [[Paris]], [[France]] - Hôtel Ritz [http://www.ritzparis.com]
 
* [[Paris]], [[France]] - Hôtel Ritz [http://www.ritzparis.com]
 
* [[Paris]], [[France]] - Hôtel de Crillon [http://crillon.concorde-hotels.com/]
 
* [[Paris]], [[France]] - Hôtel de Crillon [http://crillon.concorde-hotels.com/]
 
* [[Paris]], [[France]] - Le Grand Hôtel InterContinental [http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/paris-legrand]
 
* [[Paris]], [[France]] - Le Grand Hôtel InterContinental [http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/paris-legrand]
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* [[Nice]], [[France]] - Hôtel Negresco [http://www.hotel-negresco-nice.com/en]
  
 
===Central Europe===
 
===Central Europe===
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* [[Hamburg]], [[Germany]] - Hotel Atlantic [http://www.kempinski.atlantic.de/en/home/index.htm]
 
* [[Hamburg]], [[Germany]] - Hotel Atlantic [http://www.kempinski.atlantic.de/en/home/index.htm]
 
* [[Heiligendamm]], [[Germany]] - Grand Hotel Heiligendamm [http://www.hotelheiligendamm.de/en/home/index.htm]
 
* [[Heiligendamm]], [[Germany]] - Grand Hotel Heiligendamm [http://www.hotelheiligendamm.de/en/home/index.htm]
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* [[Krakow]], [[Poland]] - Grand Hotel [http://www.grand.pl/]
 
* [[Lucerne]], [[Switzerland]] - Grand Hotel National [http://www.national-luzern.ch/]
 
* [[Lucerne]], [[Switzerland]] - Grand Hotel National [http://www.national-luzern.ch/]
 
* [[Munich]], [[Germany]] - Bayerischer Hof [http://www.bayerischerhof.de/en/hotel/index.php]
 
* [[Munich]], [[Germany]] - Bayerischer Hof [http://www.bayerischerhof.de/en/hotel/index.php]
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* [[Vienna]], [[Austria]] - Hotel Imperial [http://austria.starwoodhotels.com/186.0.html]
 
* [[Vienna]], [[Austria]] - Hotel Imperial [http://austria.starwoodhotels.com/186.0.html]
 
* [[Vienna]], [[Austria]] - Hotel Sacher [http://www.sacher.com/]
 
* [[Vienna]], [[Austria]] - Hotel Sacher [http://www.sacher.com/]
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* [[Wroclaw]], [[Poland]] - Hotel Monopol [http://monopolwroclaw.hotel.com.pl/en/Home]
 
* [[Zurich]], [[Switzerland]] - The Dolder Grand [http://www.thedoldergrand.com/]
 
* [[Zurich]], [[Switzerland]] - The Dolder Grand [http://www.thedoldergrand.com/]
 
* [[Zurich]], [[Switzerland]] - Hotel Widder [http://www.widderhotel.ch]
 
* [[Zurich]], [[Switzerland]] - Hotel Widder [http://www.widderhotel.ch]
  
 
===South Europe===
 
===South Europe===
* [[Istanbul]], [[Turkey]] - Pera Palace [http://www.perapalas.com/en/index.php]
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* [[Istanbul]], [[Turkey]] - Pera Palace [http://perapalace.com]
 
* [[Lisbon]], [[Portugal]] - Pestana Palace Hotel [http://www.pestana.com/hotels/en/hotels/europe/lisbonhotels/palace/home]
 
* [[Lisbon]], [[Portugal]] - Pestana Palace Hotel [http://www.pestana.com/hotels/en/hotels/europe/lisbonhotels/palace/home]
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* [[Lisbon]], [[Portugal]] - Hotel Avenida Palace [http://www.hotelavenidapalace.pt]
 
* [[Barcelona]], [[Spain]] - El Palace [http://www.hotelpalacebarcelona.com/]
 
* [[Barcelona]], [[Spain]] - El Palace [http://www.hotelpalacebarcelona.com/]
 
* [[Madrid]], [[Spain]] - Hotel Ritz [http://www.ritzmadrid.com/web/orit/hotel_ritz_madrid.jsp]
 
* [[Madrid]], [[Spain]] - Hotel Ritz [http://www.ritzmadrid.com/web/orit/hotel_ritz_madrid.jsp]
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* [[Madrid]], [[Spain]] - The Westin Palace [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=79]
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* [[Seville]], [[Spain]] - Hotel Alfonso XIII [http://www.hotel-alfonsoxiii-sevilla.com/]
 
* [[Pisa]], [[Italy]] - Royal Victoria Hotel [http://www.royalvictoria.it/]
 
* [[Pisa]], [[Italy]] - Royal Victoria Hotel [http://www.royalvictoria.it/]
 
* [[Valletta]], [[Malta]] - The Phoenicia [http://www.maltaconferences.com/index.pl/le_meridien_phoenicia]
 
* [[Valletta]], [[Malta]] - The Phoenicia [http://www.maltaconferences.com/index.pl/le_meridien_phoenicia]
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===Eastern Europe===
 
===Eastern Europe===
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* [[Lviv]], [[Ukraine]] - Hotel George [http://www.georgehotel.com.ua/]
 
* [[Moscow]], [[Russia]] - Hotel Ukraina [http://www.eng.ukraina-hotel.ru]
 
* [[Moscow]], [[Russia]] - Hotel Ukraina [http://www.eng.ukraina-hotel.ru]
 
* [[Saint Petersburg]], [[Russia]] - Grand Hotel Europe [http://www.grand-hotel-europe.com]
 
* [[Saint Petersburg]], [[Russia]] - Grand Hotel Europe [http://www.grand-hotel-europe.com]
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[[Image:The CinHotel.JPG|thumb|200px|The Cincinnatian Hotel.]]
 
[[Image:The CinHotel.JPG|thumb|200px|The Cincinnatian Hotel.]]
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There is a program called [[http://www.historichotels.org/ Historic Hotels of America]] with 200-odd hotels involved.
  
 
* [[Boulder]], [[Colorado]] - Hotel Boulderado [http://www.boulderado.com/]
 
* [[Boulder]], [[Colorado]] - Hotel Boulderado [http://www.boulderado.com/]
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* [[Pittsburgh]], [[Pennsylvania]] - The William Penn [http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/PittsburghWilliamPenn.aspx]
 
* [[Pittsburgh]], [[Pennsylvania]] - The William Penn [http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/PittsburghWilliamPenn.aspx]
 
* [[San Diego]], [[California]] - The Hotel Del Coronado [http://www.hoteldel.com]
 
* [[San Diego]], [[California]] - The Hotel Del Coronado [http://www.hoteldel.com]
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* [[San Francisco]], [[California]] - Palace Hotel [http://www.sfpalace.com]
 
* [[Waikiki]], [[Hawaii]] - Moana Hotel [http://www.moana-surfrider.com/]
 
* [[Waikiki]], [[Hawaii]] - Moana Hotel [http://www.moana-surfrider.com/]
 
* [[Washington, D.C./West End]] - The Willard Intercontinental [http://www.washington.intercontinental.com]
 
* [[Washington, D.C./West End]] - The Willard Intercontinental [http://www.washington.intercontinental.com]
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* [[Vancouver]] - The Hotel Vancouver [http://www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver/]
 
* [[Vancouver]] - The Hotel Vancouver [http://www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver/]
 
* [[Victoria (British Columbia)|Victoria]] - The Empress Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/empress]
 
* [[Victoria (British Columbia)|Victoria]] - The Empress Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/empress]
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* [[Victoria (British Columbia)|Victoria]] - The Oak Bay Beach Hotel [http://www.oakbaybeachhotel.com/]
 
* [[Winnipeg]] - The Hotel Fort Garry [http://www.fortgarryhotel.com]
 
* [[Winnipeg]] - The Hotel Fort Garry [http://www.fortgarryhotel.com]
  
 
===Mexico===
 
===Mexico===
 
[[Image:DSC 4993W.jpg|thumb|Hacienda Chichen Resort]]
 
  
 
* [[Chichen Itza]], [[Yucatan]] - Hacienda Chichen Resort and Spa [http://www.haciendachichen.com], 16th Century colonial landmark
 
* [[Chichen Itza]], [[Yucatan]] - Hacienda Chichen Resort and Spa [http://www.haciendachichen.com], 16th Century colonial landmark
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===Costa Rica===
 
===Costa Rica===
  
* [[San Jose]], [[Costa Rica]] The Gran Hotel Costa Rica [http://www.grandhotelcostarica.com], 20th Century colonial landmark  
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* [[San José (Costa Rica)|San José]], [[Costa Rica]] The Gran Hotel Costa Rica [http://www.grandhotelcostarica.com], 20th Century colonial landmark  
  
 
[[Image:Memoria_patrimonio_009.jpg|thumb|The Gran Hotel Costa Rica]]
 
[[Image:Memoria_patrimonio_009.jpg|thumb|The Gran Hotel Costa Rica]]
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* [[San José (Costa Rica)|San José]], [[Costa Rica]] The Hotel Grano de Oro [http://www.granodeoro.com/], Grand old hotel of Victorian design. Also listed as a small, distinctive hotel. In the heart of San Jose by Sabana park and walking distance to the art museum.
  
 
===Cuba===
 
===Cuba===
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===Australia===
 
===Australia===
 
* [[Melbourne]], [[Victoria (state)|Victoria]] - Hotel Windsor [http://www.thewindsor.com.au]
 
* [[Melbourne]], [[Victoria (state)|Victoria]] - Hotel Windsor [http://www.thewindsor.com.au]
* [[Brisbane]], [[Queensland]]- Conrad Treasury [http://www.conradtreasury.com.au]
 
  
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Revision as of 13:23, 4 January 2013

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In many cities, there is an interesting old hotel, something to remind you of the days when travel meant long journeys by rail or sea, a place where the rich and the famous of its day would stay. Nearly all of these were built before the Second World War, and many date back to Queen Victoria's reign. Many of these hotels have hosted world celebrities of the 19th and 20th centuries, and some are mentioned in classical works of fiction.

Staying in such places is usually not cheap, though more modern high-end hotels might be even costlier. Nor are they necessarily the most luxurious option; the modern high-end places may be even better. However, the grand old hotels are usually very central and they do have an appeal all their own; the old fashioned fittings, the lack of the latest amenities and a certain graceful agedness are often part of their character.

Of course, you need not stay in such hotels to enjoy some of their services. For example, a visitor to Singapore might just go to Raffles for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar where Rudyard Kipling and Noel Coward once drank, and check out the Billiard Room where Singapore's last tiger was shot.

A traveler with piles of money might consider a round the world flight staying in many of these hotels.

As many Grand old hotels were built in the late 19th century to complement the railroads or the steamer docks, they might be close to, but not inside, an Old Town.

Contents

Africa

Egypt

  • Alexandria, Egypt - Cecil Sofitel [1]
  • Aswan, Egypt - Old-Cataract Hotel [2]
  • Cairo, Egypt - Marriott Hotel [3], originally the "Al Gezira Palace" built to house Napoleon's wife, Empress Eugenie of France
  • Giza, Egypt - Mena House Oberoi [4]
  • Luxor, Egypt - Old Winter Palace [5] The discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb was first announced on their bulletin board.

Morocco

Kenya

South Africa

Mozambique

Asia

East Asia

The Grand Hotel, Taipei

Middle East

North East Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

Raffles, Singapore

Many of Southeast Asia's grand old hotels can be credited to a single family, the remarkable Sarkies brothers from Armenia, who founded all of the following icons:

Of course, there are some other very classy options as well:

Europe

Northern Europe

Many Swedish towns have a town hotel, stadshotell, colloquially Statt, usually built with the advent of rail traffic in the late 19th century. This hotel is usually the most prominent historical building, second to the church or the city hall, and the city's nightlife hotspot. The rating is usually proportional to the town's size, at three stars in small towns, reaching five stars only in major cities.

West Europe

Central Europe

South Europe

Eastern Europe

North America

United States

The Cincinnatian Hotel.

There is a program called [Historic Hotels of America] with 200-odd hotels involved.

Canada

The grand old hotels in Canada have a unique place in Canadian history. Most of them were built during first quarter of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway or Grand Trunk Railway in order to provide elegant accommodation while viewing the natural beauty along the rail line. Later, the railway sold them to international chains, mainly Fairmont.

These hotels are popular with tourists and locals alike and though overnight stays are expensive, they represent a fine piece of Canadiana worth visiting even if you only have time for a walk through the lobby. Two - Banff and Lake Louise - are major tourist resorts in their own right, located amid stunning Rocky Mountain scenery.

Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City

Mexico

Costa Rica

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica


  • San José, Costa Rica The Hotel Grano de Oro [121], Grand old hotel of Victorian design. Also listed as a small, distinctive hotel. In the heart of San Jose by Sabana park and walking distance to the art museum.

Cuba

  • Havana, Cuba Hotel Nacional La Habana [122], a grand old lady filled with memories of times past

South America

Argentina

Brazil

Oceania

Australia

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