Notable Hotels

Buildings of historic or architectural interest designed and still operating as hotels. The building must be noteworthy enough for a visit on its own.

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Budapest Gellert Hotel, built in Art Nouveau style and famous for its thermal baths
Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (1888) one of Canada's grand railway hotels
Christiansfeld Gemein logi, built 1773 and still serving as a hotel
Diamantina Hotel do Tijuco
Great Spa Towns of Europe Grandhotel Pupp, Imperial Hotel in Karlovy Vary, Ambassadeurs Hotel in Vichy
Levuka The historic Royal Hotel dates to about 1860 but was rebuilt in 1917 after a fire destroyed the original building.
Medina of Marrakesh Hotel La Mamounia. Famous for its guests (inc Churchill/Roosevelt whilst at Casablanca) and art deco/moorish designs from 1922.
Melaka and George Town Georgetown: Eastern & Oriental Hotel, one of the most famous hotels during colonial time in Asia
Mexico City and Xochimilco Examples: • Hotel de Cortés: opened 1620 as a hostel for Augustinian friars, initially known as "Hostería Santo Tomás de Villanueva". It was later a residential complex (vecindad), but later became a hotel again. In 1948, it hosted Simone de Beauvoir. At Avenida Hidalgo 85. • Hotel Gillow: opened 1876, on the site of a house for spiritual exercises by Jesuit friars. Was reinaugurated by president Porfirio Díaz in 1910. At Isabel la Católica 17. • Hotel Principal: opened 1906, on the site of a former house. At Bolívar 29. • Hotel Ritz: opened 1930. Among others, it hosted Errol Flynn, Leopold Stokowski and the Mexican jet set and was usually visited by intellectuals as José Clemente Orozco and Octavio Paz.
Nice Hotel Negresco
Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro The Ritz and Westin Palace were the very first hotels in Madrid. The Westin was built in 1912 at the former site of the palace of the Duke and Duchess of Medinaceli, and decorated in the same style as the grand Parisian buildings of the Belle Époque, it was, at the time, the largest and most luxurious hotel in Europe. It deserves a visit if only for its amazing stained glass dome. The Ritz (1910) was designed by French architect Charles Mewes and Spanish architect Luis de Landecho. It became one of the first in Madrid to use reinforced concrete in its construction. The most famous Spanish and foreign companies of the time contributed to the decoration of its rooms. Carpets were woven to order at Spain's Royal Tapestry Factory, linens were commissioned from Ireland and crockery and cutlery arrived from England.
Quedlinburg Zur Goldenen Sonne
Québec "The Chateau Frontenac was one of a series of "chateau" style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company at the end of the 19th and the start of the 20th century. The railway company sought to encourage luxury tourism and bring wealthy travelers to its trains." (wiki)
Venice and its Lagoon Grand Hotel des Bains, Lido. The actual location where Thomas Mann "got the inspiration" for his novella "Death in Venice" and actually used as the main location in the movie (and as Shepheards in Cairo in "The English Patient"). A significant Palladian/Art Nouveau building from 1900.
Vienna Hotel Sacher (Wiki: "It is famous for the speciality of the house, the Sachertorte chocolate cake. There is also an art gallery in the hotel with works from the 19th century. The hotel is built where Antonio Vivaldi once lived.")
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Prince of Wales Hotel (1927), one of Canada's grand railway hotels
Yellowstone Old Faithful Inn - The structure is the largest log hotel in the world; possibly even the largest log building in the world. The Inn, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. (wiki)
Yosemite National Park Wawona Hotel & Ahwahnee Hotel (Both listed as National Historic Landmarks)


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