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??