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Author winterkjm
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#16 | Posted: 24 Jul 2018 07:41 
Using the Temple Stay program you can stay in Bulguksa, Haeinsa, and many of the recently inscribed Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries. In addition to these Buddhist temples, you can stay within the inscribed boundaries of Hahoe village.

https://eng.templestay.com/#

Author evilweevil
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#17 | Posted: 24 Jul 2018 07:43 

Author meltwaterfalls
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#18 | Posted: 24 Jul 2018 07:53 
I know we have the Historic Hotels connection but actually this is proving to be quite a useful resource, thanks for starting it GaryArndt.

Obviously lots of us have done the planning on this, perhaps there is someway of harnessing all of this research in a central place to aid us slightly more specialised travellers, perhaps we could do it in a more organised way than just a forum thread?

I wouldn't want to say for each WHS we identify a hotel or similar, but perhaps we could have a list somewhere with them, or perhaps on the page for each one.

The only issue is I'm sure Els would probably want to steer clear of anything that looks like a recommendation or direct endorsement of a particular establishment coming form the website. Anyway for now keep on with the recommendations, if we don't do anything else with them then this thread will still be a great resource.

Author Zos
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#19 | Posted: 24 Jul 2018 08:12 | Edited by: Zos 
Colvin:
I'm glad you specified overnight, since any World Heritage Site would work for a narcoleptic traveler! Here are a couple that come to mind:

Colvin Laughing out loud on this one. One of my favourite past time while viewing WHS is taking a nap within the vicinity. If I wasn't always travelling alone, I would already have a collection of photos for them.

Author clyde
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#20 | Posted: 24 Jul 2018 09:58 | Edited by: clyde 
Just a couple of more that come to mind: Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, Poblet Monastery, one of the forts of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores, some of the B&Bs in the inscribed worker cottages district in Falun, the expensive parador in Santiago de Compostela square where you'd be sleeping in 2 WHS at the same time, the hotel in front of the unfinished minaret in Khiva (Itchan Kala), etc.

Author elsslots
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#21 | Posted: 24 Jul 2018 12:49 | Edited by: elsslots 
meltwaterfalls:
Obviously lots of us have done the planning on this, perhaps there is someway of harnessing all of this research in a central place to aid us slightly more specialised travellers, perhaps we could do it in a more organised way than just a forum thread?

I wouldn't want to say for each WHS we identify a hotel or similar, but perhaps we could have a list somewhere with them, or perhaps on the page for each one.

The only issue is I'm sure Els would probably want to steer clear of anything that looks like a recommendation or direct endorsement of a particular establishment coming form the website. Anyway for now keep on with the recommendations, if we don't do anything else with them then this thread will still be a great resource.

I have also been thinking about this. Maybe provide them in a new category of links (additional to Related or In the news). Or expand the connection, that way it stays away from the recommendation/commercial links

Author Zos
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#22 | Posted: 24 Jul 2018 15:16 
elsslots:
additional to Related or In the news

elsslots
This seems to me a good solution Els. To steer away from recommendation/commercial links, we can just be "Overnight Stay: ____". It can be Yes (Historic Centre, Core Zone, XXX Building, etc.), Yes (Buffer Zone), No, or Not confirmed or something similar.

Certainly it would help us specialised WHS travellers. Some of the best WHS visits I have so far involved staying in the core zone till late at night or early morning without the crowd - Pingyao, Rome, Hongcun, Hani Terraces, Lijiang and more.

* WHS mountains in China have hotels at the summit
* I remember there are Kungfu academies inside Shaolin Temple Scenic Area offering short stay
* There are also tours that provides homestay in the Fujian Tulou
* Borobudur has the Malhotra Hotel (the only hotel in the core zone)

Author Kbecq
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#23 | Posted: 25 Jul 2018 16:33 
Fort aan de Nekkerweg (part of the Amsterdam defense line WHS) is now a hotel, as is the Lo-Reninge belfry (Belgian-French belfries WHS).

Author Colvin
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#24 | Posted: 25 Jul 2018 22:27 
These are all fascinating! I would note that in addition to Els' link to Hotels in Historic Buildings, there is also a connection for Notable Hotels, which includes the Château Frontenac, perhaps the most recognizable feature of the skyline of Québec City.

Other World Heritage Sites that offer interesting options for staying overnight include:

The Great Wall of China, which has a tour that allows visitors to stay overnight in a watchtower.

When visiting the Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution, visitors can stay overnight in a ryokan within the inscribed Hagi Castle Town.

Visitors to Lake Baikal can enjoy the lake by night via a short multi-day cruise.

Finally, Australia's Great Barrier Reef has a multitude of options for staying overnight on the reef.

Author Colvin
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#25 | Posted: 25 Jul 2018 22:39 
Zos

Your goal of taking a nap in the vicinity of each WHS sounds amusing, though a bit challenging for those sites which must be visited on tours!

Author Solivagant
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#26 | Posted: 26 Jul 2018 06:40 
elsslots:
Or expand the connection, that way it stays away from the recommendation/commercial links

Regarding potential "Connections" arising out of this topic.
Many of the suggestions are interesting "travel tips" of the "did you know that you could do this ......" type but are not really "strictly defined" Connections. It could be useful to be able to link these to the relevant WHS - as long as we avoid the "recommendation" from those who received a free stay etc etc or start including so many that we morph into a pale copy of "Trip Advisor"!!! And we do already have the "Review" feature where such tips could be included - is it worth also having a quick short facility limited to "Twitter length" just for"travel tips"? And the "Connections " could be a "travel tip" too - e.g "did you know that you could stay in a Tower on the Great Wall of China...?" etc. There would seem no reason not to allow "travel tips" about those "overnight locations" which are also "Connections"??

We currently have 2 relevant "Connections"
a. 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.". This seems ok and worth continuing with as defined. The requirement for the building to have been "built" as a hotel avoids overlap with the other Connection. There may occasionally be a debate about whether a particular hotel has "historic or architectural interest" but we have managed ok so far and should be able to do so in future
b. Hotels in Historic Buildings "WHS containing a building of historic or architectural significance converted from its original use into a hotel. Building must be noteworthy enough for a visit on its own". Many of the interesting suggestions made above would fit quite happily into this Connection - with, perhaps, removal (or downgrading??) of "Noteworthy for a visit on its own". The word "Hotel" might also be a bit limiting - perhaps add "(Including hostels and other buildings converted for overnight stay)". The difficulty as I see it, is how to avoid including within the "Connection" every "oldish" building converted to a hotel or "used" as a B+B within the inscribed area of a city, town or village - Prague, for instance, could have 100s!!! But even villages such as Holasovice, Holloko and Hahoe are a bit problematic. If an entire village has been inscribed for its "overall fabric" then it could be said that every building within it is of some "historic/architectural" interest. So - it could be argued that an "original" building in (say) Holasovice in which one can stay in as a "B+B" should be included. But is it "converted"?? I suppose so if it was once a peasants house and now a "B+B"??? And what about the Ryokan in Hagi Castle town - it is interesting and worth knowing about but is the building really "historic"?

On the other hand - the Arc et Senans "Hotel", the tower on the Great Wall, the Flemish belfry, the Amsterdam defence line fort, the Angra Fort, the New Lanark "Factory" Hotel and several others from above seem worth adding to the "Converted" Connection - we just need to work on the "definition" a bit??

Author meltwaterfalls
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#27 | Posted: 27 Jul 2018 01:56 
It looks like one of these recommendations has gained a little bit of notariaty in the last week. I can understand where the monk is coming from though.

Even monks get impatient': Buddhist priest sorry for anger at tourist reviews

Just a reminder if you go to stay in a temple, expect it to be like staying in a temple.

Author Jarek Pokr
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#28 | Posted: 27 Jul 2018 06:07 
For Poland it is possible to stay overnight at Polish salt mines (underground). Check Wieliczka https://www.wieliczka-saltmine.com and Bochnia http://bochnia-mine.eu/underground-events/index for details

Author GaryArndt
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#29 | Posted: 2 Aug 2018 16:26 
Just found out today that you can stay at the Convent of St John in Müstair, Switzerland. They have a building which is next to the main complex and is part of the site, where guests can stay.

Author joelonroad
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#30 | Posted: 2 Aug 2018 17:33 
Colvin:
The Rideau Canal in Canada can be experience by day and night by traveling along it in a houseboat.

You can also do this on the Canal du Midi in France :)

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