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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==
  
 
===Egypt===
 
===Egypt===
* [[Alexandria]], [[Egypt]] - Cecil Sofitel [http://www.accorhotels.com/accorhotels/fichehotel/gb/sof/1726/fiche_hotel.shtml]
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* [[Alexandria]], [[Egypt]] - Steigenberger Cecil [https://www.steigenberger.com/en/hotels/all-hotels/egypt/alexandria/steigenberger-cecil-hotel]
 
* [[Aswan]], [[Egypt]] - Old-Cataract Hotel [http://www.sofitel.com/sofitel/fichehotel/gb/sof/resort/1666/fiche_hotel.shtml]
 
* [[Aswan]], [[Egypt]] - Old-Cataract Hotel [http://www.sofitel.com/sofitel/fichehotel/gb/sof/resort/1666/fiche_hotel.shtml]
 
* [[Cairo]], [[Egypt]] - Marriott Hotel [http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/CAIEG], originally the "Al Gezira Palace" built to house Napoleon's wife, Empress Eugenie of France
 
* [[Cairo]], [[Egypt]] - Marriott Hotel [http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/CAIEG], originally the "Al Gezira Palace" built to house Napoleon's wife, Empress Eugenie of France
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===Kenya===
 
===Kenya===
* [[Nairobi]], [[Kenya]] - Giraffe Manor [http://www.giraffemanor.com]
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* [[Nairobi]], [[Kenya]] - Giraffe Manor [https://www.thesafaricollection.com/properties/giraffe-manor/]
 
* [[Nairobi]], [[Kenya]] - Norfolk Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/norfolkhotel]
 
* [[Nairobi]], [[Kenya]] - Norfolk Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/norfolkhotel]
  
 
===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]
* Riebeek Kasteel - The Royal Hotel (http://www.royalinriebeek.com)
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* Riebeek Kasteel - The Royal Hotel [http://www.royalinriebeek.com]
  
 
===Mozambique===
 
===Mozambique===
  
* [[Maputo]] - Polana Hotel
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* [[Maputo]] - Polana Hotel [https://www.serenahotels.com/serenapolana/en/default.html]
  
 
==Asia==
 
==Asia==
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* [[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.fairmont.com/peacehotel]
 
* [[Shanghai]], [[China]] - The Peace Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/peacehotel]
* [[Shanghai]], [[China]] - Astor House Hotel [http://www.pujianghotel.com/] 
 
 
* [[Hangzhou]], [[China]] - The New Hotel [http://www.thenewhotel.com/Weben/Public/Default.aspx]  
 
* [[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]
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* [[Tokyo/Chiyoda|Tokyo]], [[Japan]] - The Imperial Hotel [http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp]
 
* [[Tokyo/Chiyoda|Tokyo]], [[Japan]] - The Imperial Hotel [http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp]
 
* [[Yokohama]], [[Japan]] - Hotel New Grand [http://www.hotel-newgrand.co.jp/english/]
 
* [[Yokohama]], [[Japan]] - Hotel New Grand [http://www.hotel-newgrand.co.jp/english/]
* [[Nara]], [[Japan]] - Nara Hotel [http://www.narahotel.co.jp/english/index.html]
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* [[Nara]], [[Japan]] - Nara Hotel [http://www.narahotel.co.jp/]
  
 
===Middle East===
 
===Middle East===
  
 
* [[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]
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* [[Jerusalem]], [[Israel]] - King David Hotel [https://www.danhotels.com/JerusalemHotels/KingDavidJerusalemHotel/]
 
* [[Aleppo]], [[Syria]] - Baron Hotel
 
* [[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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* [[Bangalore]], [[India]] - Taj West End [http://www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/The%20Taj%20West%20End%2CBANGALORE/]
 
* [[Bangalore]], [[India]] - Taj West End [http://www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/The%20Taj%20West%20End%2CBANGALORE/]
 
* [[Chennai]], [[India]] - Taj Connemara [http://www.tajhotels.com/Business/Taj%20Connemara,CHENNAI/]
 
* [[Chennai]], [[India]] - Taj Connemara [http://www.tajhotels.com/Business/Taj%20Connemara,CHENNAI/]
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* [[Colombo]], [[Sri Lanka]] - The Galle Face Hotel [http://www.gallefacehotel.com/]
 
* [[Kolkata]], [[India]] - The Great Eastern Hotel. Once known as 'the jewel of the east' the hotel is sadly dilapidated these days.
 
* [[Kolkata]], [[India]] - The Great Eastern Hotel. Once known as 'the jewel of the east' the hotel is sadly dilapidated these days.
 
* [[Kolkata]], [[India]] - The Grand Hotel [http://www.oberoikolkata.com/]
 
* [[Kolkata]], [[India]] - The Grand Hotel [http://www.oberoikolkata.com/]
 
* [[Delhi]], [[India]] - The Imperial Hotel [http://www.theimperialindia.com/]
 
* [[Delhi]], [[India]] - The Imperial Hotel [http://www.theimperialindia.com/]
 
* [[Delhi]], [[India]] - Maidens Hotel [http://www.maidenshotel.com/index.htm]
 
* [[Delhi]], [[India]] - Maidens Hotel [http://www.maidenshotel.com/index.htm]
* [[Kandy]], [[Sri Lanka]] - The Queen's Hotel
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* [[Kandy]], [[Sri Lanka]] - The Queen's Hotel [http://www.queenshotel.lk/]
 
* [[Mumbai]], [[India]] - The Taj Mahal Palace [http://www.tajhotels.com/Palace/The%20Taj%20Mahal%20Palace%20%26%20Tower%2CMUMBAI/default.htm]
 
* [[Mumbai]], [[India]] - The Taj Mahal Palace [http://www.tajhotels.com/Palace/The%20Taj%20Mahal%20Palace%20%26%20Tower%2CMUMBAI/default.htm]
 
* [[Shimla]], [[India]] - Clarke's Hotel [http://www.clarkesshimla.com/]
 
* [[Shimla]], [[India]] - Clarke's Hotel [http://www.clarkesshimla.com/]
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* [[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/]
* [[Yangon]], [[Myanmar]] (Burma) - Strand Hotel [http://www.ghmhotels.com/]
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* [[Yangon]], [[Myanmar]] (Burma) - Strand Hotel [https://www.hotelthestrand.com/]
  
 
Of course, there are some other very classy options as well:
 
Of course, there are some other very classy options as well:
  
 
* [[Bangkok]], [[Thailand]] - The Oriental [http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/]
 
* [[Bangkok]], [[Thailand]] - The Oriental [http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/]
* [[Hua Hin]], [[Thailand]] - Sofitel Centara [http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-0891-sofitel-centara-grand-resort-and-villas/index.shtml]
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* [[Hua Hin]], [[Thailand]] - Centara Grand [https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/chbr/]
 
* [[Hanoi]], [[Vietnam]] - The Metropole [http://www.sofitel.com/sofitel/fichehotel/gb/sof/1555/fiche_hotel.shtml]
 
* [[Hanoi]], [[Vietnam]] - The Metropole [http://www.sofitel.com/sofitel/fichehotel/gb/sof/1555/fiche_hotel.shtml]
 
* [[Ho Chi Minh City]], [[Vietnam]] - Continental Hotel [http://www.continental-saigon.com/]
 
* [[Ho Chi Minh City]], [[Vietnam]] - Continental Hotel [http://www.continental-saigon.com/]
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* [[Manila]], [[Philippines]] - The Manila Hotel [http://www.manila-hotel.com.ph]
 
* [[Manila]], [[Philippines]] - The Manila Hotel [http://www.manila-hotel.com.ph]
 
* [[Siem Reap]] (Angkor Wat), [[Cambodia]] - Grand Hotel d'Angkor [http://siemreap.raffles.com/]
 
* [[Siem Reap]] (Angkor Wat), [[Cambodia]] - Grand Hotel d'Angkor [http://siemreap.raffles.com/]
* [[Phnom Penh]], [[Cambodia]] - Le Royal [http://phnompenh.raffles.com/]
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* [[Phnom Penh]], [[Cambodia]] - Le Royal [http://www.raffles.com/phnom-penh/ ]
 
* [[Vientiane]], [[Laos]] - Settha Palace Hotel [http://www.setthapalace.com/]
 
* [[Vientiane]], [[Laos]] - Settha Palace Hotel [http://www.setthapalace.com/]
 
* [[Singapore]] - Goodwood Park Hotel [http://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/]
 
* [[Singapore]] - Goodwood Park Hotel [http://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/]
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* [[Yogyakarta]], [[Indonesia]] - The Phoenix Hotel [http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-5451-the-phoenix-hotel-yogyakarta-mgallery-collection/index.shtml]
  
 
==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) [https://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 (1872) [http://www.grandhotel.se]
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* [[Oslo]], [[Norway]] - Grand Hotel (1874) [http://www.grand.no/]
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* [[Gothenburg]], [[Sweden]] - Hotel Royal (1852) [http://www.hotel-royal.se/]
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* [[Stockholm]], Sweden - Grand Hôtel (1872) [http://www.grandhotel.se]
 
* [[Stockholm]], Sweden - First Hotel Reisen (1819) [http://www.firsthotels.se/Vara-Hotell/Hotell-i-Sverige/Stockholm/First-Hotel-Reisen/]
 
* [[Stockholm]], Sweden - First Hotel Reisen (1819) [http://www.firsthotels.se/Vara-Hotell/Hotell-i-Sverige/Stockholm/First-Hotel-Reisen/]
* [[Stockholm/Southern Suburbs]], [[Sweden]] - Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden (1893) [http://www.helnan.info/Saltsjobaden]
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* [[Stockholm/Southern Suburbs]], Sweden - Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden (1893) [https://grandsaltsjobaden.se/en/]
* [[Sundsvall]], [[Sweden]] - Hotel Knaust (1861) [http://www.elite.se/eng/node/710]
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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]
* [[Brussels]], [[Belgium]] - Hotel Metropole [http://www.metropolehotel.com/]
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* [[Brussels]], [[Belgium]] - Hotel Metropole (1895) [http://www.metropolehotel.com/]
* [[London]], [[UK]] - Savoy Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/savoy/]
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* [[London]], [[UK]] - Savoy Hotel (1889) [http://www.fairmont.com/savoy/]
* [[London]], [[UK]] - The Ritz [http://www.theritzlondon.com]
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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]
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===Central Europe===
 
===Central Europe===
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* [[Baden-Baden]], [[Germany]] - Brenners Parkhotel [http://www.brenners.com/eng/welcome/]
 
* [[Berlin]], [[Germany]] - Hotel Adlon [http://www.hotel-adlon.de/en/hotel/index.htm]
 
* [[Berlin]], [[Germany]] - Hotel Adlon [http://www.hotel-adlon.de/en/hotel/index.htm]
 
* [[Budapest]], [[Hungary]] - Hotel Gellért [http://www.danubiushotels.com/en/budapest-hotels/danubius-hotel-gellert-budapest]
 
* [[Budapest]], [[Hungary]] - Hotel Gellért [http://www.danubiushotels.com/en/budapest-hotels/danubius-hotel-gellert-budapest]
 
* [[Budapest]], [[Hungary]] - Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal [http://www.corinthiahotels.com/home?l=1&c=3]
 
* [[Budapest]], [[Hungary]] - Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal [http://www.corinthiahotels.com/home?l=1&c=3]
 
* [[Frankfurt]], [[Germany]] - Frankfurter Hof [http://www.steigenberger.com/aw/Hotel_Steigenberger_Frankfurter_Hof/~baid/]
 
* [[Frankfurt]], [[Germany]] - Frankfurter Hof [http://www.steigenberger.com/aw/Hotel_Steigenberger_Frankfurter_Hof/~baid/]
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* [[Geneva]], [[Switzerland]] - Beau Rivage [http://www.beau-rivage.ch/uk]
 
* [[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]
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* [[Heiligendamm]], [[Germany]] - Grand Hotel Heiligendamm [https://www.grandhotel-heiligendamm.de/&lang=en]
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* [[Karlovy Vary]], [[Czech Republic]] - Grand Hotel Pupp [http://www.pupp.cz/en/]
 
* [[Krakow]], [[Poland]] - Grand Hotel [http://www.grand.pl/]
 
* [[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/]
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===Eastern Europe===
 
===Eastern Europe===
 
* [[Lviv]], [[Ukraine]] - Hotel George [http://www.georgehotel.com.ua/]
 
* [[Lviv]], [[Ukraine]] - Hotel George [http://www.georgehotel.com.ua/]
* [[Moscow]], [[Russia]] - Hotel Ukraina [http://www.eng.ukraina-hotel.ru]
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* [[Moscow]], [[Russia]] - Hotel Ukraina [http://www.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]
 
* [[Saint Petersburg]], [[Russia]] - Hotel Astoria [http://www.thehotelastoria.com/]
 
* [[Saint Petersburg]], [[Russia]] - Hotel Astoria [http://www.thehotelastoria.com/]
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===Canada===
 
===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.
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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, the Canadian National 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.
 
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.
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[[Image:ChateauFrontenac.jpg|thumb|250px|Le Château Frontenac, [[Quebec City]]]]
 
[[Image:ChateauFrontenac.jpg|thumb|250px|Le Château Frontenac, [[Quebec City]]]]
  
* [[Banff]] - The Banff Springs Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/banffsprings/]  
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* [[Banff]], [[Alberta]] - The Banff Springs Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/banffsprings/]  
* [[Calgary]] - The Palliser Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/palliser/]
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* [[Calgary]], [[Alberta]] - The Palliser Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/palliser/]
* [[Edmonton]] - The Hotel MacDonald [http://www.fairmont.com/macdonald/]
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* [[Edmonton]], [[Alberta]] - The Hotel MacDonald [http://www.fairmont.com/macdonald/]
* [[Lake Louise]] - The Chateau Lake Louise [http://www.fairmont.com/lakelouise/]
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* [[Lake Louise]], [[Alberta]] - The Chateau Lake Louise [http://www.fairmont.com/lakelouise/]
* [[Ottawa]] - The Chateau Laurier [http://www.fairmont.com/laurier/]
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* [[Ottawa]], [[Ontario]] - The Chateau Laurier [http://www.fairmont.com/laurier/]
* [[Quebec City]] - The Chateau Frontenac [http://www.fairmont.com/frontenac/]
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* [[Quebec City]], [[Quebec]] - The Chateau Frontenac [http://www.fairmont.com/frontenac/]
* [[Saskatoon]] - The Bessborough Hotel [http://www.deltahotels.com/hotels/hotels.php?hotelId=8]
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* [[Saskatoon]], [[Saskatchewan]] - The Bessborough Hotel [http://www.deltahotels.com/hotels/hotels.php?hotelId=8]
* [[Toronto]] - The Royal York [http://www.fairmont.com/royalyork/]
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* [[Toronto]], [[Ontario]] - The Royal York [http://www.fairmont.com/royalyork/]
* [[Vancouver]] - The Hotel Vancouver [http://www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver/]
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* [[Vancouver]], [[British Columbia]] - The Hotel Vancouver [http://www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver/]
* [[Victoria (British Columbia)|Victoria]] - The Empress Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/empress]
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* [[Victoria (British Columbia)|Victoria]], [[British Columbia]] - The Empress Hotel [http://www.fairmont.com/empress]
* [[Victoria (British Columbia)|Victoria]] - The Oak Bay Beach Hotel [http://www.oakbaybeachhotel.com/]
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* [[Victoria (British Columbia)|Victoria]], [[British Columbia]] - The Oak Bay Beach Hotel [http://www.oakbaybeachhotel.com/]
* [[Winnipeg]] - The Hotel Fort Garry [http://www.fortgarryhotel.com]
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* [[Winnipeg]], [[Manitoba]] - The Hotel Fort Garry [http://www.fortgarryhotel.com]
  
 
===Mexico===
 
===Mexico===
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[[Image:Memoria_patrimonio_009.jpg|thumb|The Gran Hotel Costa Rica]]
 
[[Image:Memoria_patrimonio_009.jpg|thumb|The Gran Hotel Costa Rica]]
 
  
 
* [[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.
 
* [[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.

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    This article is a travel topic

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.

Africa[edit]

Egypt[edit]

  • Alexandria, Egypt - Steigenberger Cecil [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[edit]

Kenya[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Mozambique[edit]

Asia[edit]

East Asia[edit]

The Grand Hotel, Taipei

Middle East[edit]

North East Asia[edit]

South Asia[edit]

Southeast Asia[edit]

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[edit]

Northern Europe[edit]

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[edit]

Central Europe[edit]

South Europe[edit]

Eastern Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

United States[edit]

The Cincinnatian Hotel.

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

Canada[edit]

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, the Canadian National 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[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica
  • San José, Costa Rica The Hotel Grano de Oro [127], 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[edit]

  • Havana, Cuba Hotel Nacional La Habana [128], a grand old lady filled with memories of times past

South America[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

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