Historic Hotels from Around the World

Historic Hotels from Around the World

Marcia Prentice
Jul 19, 2010

Each city has its own history and I am fascinated by its stories and myths. Staying in a historical hotel allows me to be one step closer to the building's prior life. However, silly as it may seem, I would have to verify that the older hotel doesn't have any current hauntings. I love history, but I wouldn't find any enjoyment in ghosts lingering in my room at night.

Top Row:

  • Grand Hotel Miramare: (Ligure, Italy) The hotel first opened in 1903 and was managed by the Kuoni-Stoppani.
  • El Peiron Hotel: (Aragon, Spain) The stone walls of the El Peiron Hotel dates back to the 17th Century. It mixes medieval decor with the latest conveniences and technology.
  • Soho House Berlin: (Berlin, Germany) In 1928 the Soho House was a department store, which was later converted in a hotel.
  • The Carlyle: (New York, New York) The prominent hotel has accommodated many prestigious business leaders since its original debut in 1930.
  • Hotel Monaco: (Washington, D.C.) Hotel Monaco opened in 2002, but the building was originally constructed in 1839. The hotel was once the General Post Office Building and is on the Historic Hotels of America list.

Bottom Row:

  • Hospes Palace del Bailio: (Cordoba, Spain) The luxury hotel was built between the 16th and 18th century. It is the only 5-star hotel in Cordoba and includes a tapas bar, a rare plant garden, and a spa.
  • W Hotel New Orleans: (New Orleans, Louisiana) The W hotel is located in the center of the famous French Quarter. Its New Orleans architectural style mixed with its modern furnishings creates a beautiful balance between old and new.
  • La Purificadora Hotel: (Puebla, Mexico) A former ice factory, the La Purificadora Hotel was converted and redesigned by Legorreta + Legorreta and Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos.
  • The Liberty Hotel: (Boston, Massachusetts) Dare to stay in an old jail? The liberty jail was built in 1851 and was once the well-known Charles Street Jail.
  • The Allerton Hotel Chicago: (Chicago, Illinois) Known for its "Tip Top Tap" sign, the Allerton Hotel was home to the 1940s and 1950s luxury lounge, Tip Top Tap. The hotel is 25 stories high and was the first building to have pronounced setbacks and towers.

What are your favorite historical hotels?

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