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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
A 19th-century Victorian Palace, the iconic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan affords an authentic, magical experience on the banks of the river Nile. Discover sophisticated interiors by Sybille de Margerie in the historic Palace, a world of Moorish arches, exquisite refined dining, and luxurious accommodations in one of the 138 guestrooms and suites.
Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Built in 1886, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor is a historic treasure perched on the Nile River amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples. Blending rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times, this Luxor, Egypt hotel boasts sumptuous accommodations in 92 guestrooms and suites that have be the choice destination among luminaries and dignitaries for over a century.
Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa
Somerset West, South Africa
This historic resort dates back to the mid-17th century, when it once constituted a portion of Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s massive homestead. While the current structure that now constitutes the resort first appeared in 1817, it did not become known as the Erinvale Estate until Edward Strangman acquired the location some five decades later. Today, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa is one of South Africa’s most luxurious holiday destinations.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Considered an important part of Phnom Penh’s history, Raffles Hotel Le Royal has stood for 90 years, its walls bearing witness to a revolution while honoring the past and embracing the city. Hotel Le Royal hosted royalty from day one, with His Majesty Sisowath Monivong, King of Cambodia, attending the opening ceremony in 1929.
The Murray Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel is located in the heart of Central, Hong Kong along legendary Cotton Tree Drive. The area is the business and retail heart of Hong Kong and is brimming with energy.
Fairmont Peace Hotel
Fusing ancient and modern into one flawless façade is the Fairmont Peace Hotel, a landmark hotel in Shanghai for over 80 years. Consisting of two buildings, the North Building and the South Building, the hotel is separated by Nanjing Road. The two buildings combined to become the Fairmont Peace Hotel in 1959 after standing as two separate entities for over 40 years.
The Strand Hotel
Acclaimed as a leading luxury hotel, the iconic Strand Hotel in Yangon has been a city landmark since it was founded in 1901. The beautiful Strand is a social epicentre of Yangon for locals and travelers. The 32-suite hotel is one of South East Asia’s few grand colonial hotels.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a 100-acre beach and mountainside heritage-inspired property. Home to almost forty original Spanish-Filipino colonial structures, the property showcases the vision of Jose Acuzar who collects, transplants, and restores built heritage.
The Raffles Singapore rose from humble origins as a small seaside hotel that first operated in the late 1800s. When its owner died, the famed Sarkies Brothers acquired the building to develop a luxury hotel in Singapore.
The Great House Antigua
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
Experience the best kept secret in the Caribbean: The Great House Antigua. This boutique hotel located within a 350-year-old stone house emulates elegance and excellence set within a tropical oasis.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
Known affectionately by locals as The Pink Palace, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is a treasured destination where history meets modern sensibility. This urban oasis was opened in January 1885 and has been a popular resort locale ever since.
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Since its inception in 1919, the historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel has catered to sophisticated San Juan travelers who place one aspiration above all else – to pursue a lifestyle of five-star luxury and leisure within some of the world’s most exclusive destinations. Discover Puerto Rico as it is meant to be experienced at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel where exacting service, luxury accommodations, exquisite amenities, and fine dining are a hallmark of every stay.
Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg - MGallery by Sofitel
Straddling the majestic Norman coastline is the Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg MGallery by Sofitel, a luxury hotel that has been entertaining guests for more than a century. First built during the 1860s, ambitious hoteliers reconstructed the Grand Hôtel in 1907 to serve the town’s flourishing tourist population.
Hôtel Golf Château de Chailly
Located between Paris and Lyon, Hôtel Golf Château de Chailly is a former 16th-century medieval residence. Classified as a historical monument, it has been completely restored to offer modern and elegant comfort in the traditional French style.
Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton
La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
With its white façade echoing the azure blue of the sea, the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a veritable balcony on the Mediterranean that offers a journey back into history. Built on the fortune of Marius Michel, Comte de Pierredon, Chevalier of the légion d'honneur, and Pacha of the Ottoman Empire, the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage played host to the prosperity of France's golden age, the Belle Époque, and survived two world wars.
Hotel Scribe Paris Opera By Sofitel
Experience Parisian luxury where history and lavish architecture blend with sleek contemporary design at the Scribe Paris Opéra by Sofitel. Book your stay at this luxury hotel at Historic Hotels Worldwide.
Hôtel Paris Bastille Boutet - MGallery by Sofitel
Hôtel Paris Bastille Boutet – MGallery by Sofitel derives its name from a historic Parisian company named Maison Boutet. The building was a factory for over 63 years, then transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. Since 2015, Sofitel has operated the site as part of its esteemed MGallery collection.
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
Built in the 18th century by the Saxon king, August the Strong, as a pledge of love to his mistress and faithfully restored in 1995, Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden is a beautiful combination of historic glory and contemporary elegance.
Just an hour's drive from Dublin lies Kilkea Castle, a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide.
Nestled in 220 acres of Cork countryside, Castlemartyr Resort offers luxury and activities for all. Guests can stay in one of the 108 guestrooms and suites or 36 residences across the 18th century Manor House and new wing, many with sweeping views of the 17th century parkland and lakes.
Dromoland Castle Hotel
County Clare, Ireland
Ireland’s most magical address, Dromoland Castle Hotel, has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. It is the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, with a lineage that dates back over 1,000 years to one of the last High Kings of Ireland, Brian Boru. The castle was massively updated and renovated in the 1820s, with additions, carvings, and priceless art, and little having changed since then.
Great Southern Killarney
Great Southern Killarney is located in Killarney, Ireland, directly adjacent to Killarney Train Station. Killarney Bus station is a two-minute walk from the hotel, and Killarney National Park is just a five-minute walk away. Though its prime location is in the heart of the town center, the hotel is set amid six-acres of gardens to give it the private feel of a country estate.
The K Club
With its structures dating back to 1832, The K Club represents true luxury that has been able to withstand the test of time. The historic Kildare, Ireland hotel offers a wealth of dining outlets, featuring locally-sourced cuisine, international fare, afternoon tea service, and more for travelers' enjoyment.
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
On the banks of Giudecca Island resides Hiltons Molino Stucky Venice hotel, an iconic building that has defined the Venetian landscape for more than a century. The pinnacle of industrialist Giovanny Stucky’s commercial empire, the Molino Stucky originally functioned as one of Europe’s largest mills from the 1880s until the 1950s.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lake Como, Tremezzo, Italy
Immersed in the beauty of Lake Como offering a spectacular view of the glorious ancient town of Bellagio, and the surrounding Alps, the century old Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a treasured example of the finest authentic Italian-liberty Art Nouveau palaces. With period furnishings, intricate in detail, and unparalleled views, Grand Hotel Tremezzo envelopes the decadent ambiance throughout the walls and invites a sensation of harmony and tranquility.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski
San Clemente Palace Kempinski is set on a private island in the heart of the Venetian Lagoon. San Clemente Island played a key role in the history of the Republic of Venice, and for centuries it housed a monastery. The stunning San Clemente Church, built in the 12th century and among the oldest ones in Venice, reminds visitors of the monastic settlement.
Hotel Union Geiranger
Nestled within the fairytale landscape of the Geirangerfjord, in the idyllic village of Geiranger, Hotel Union Geiranger not only boasts some of the most stunning views in Norway, but quite possibly the world, making it an ideal home base when exploring this fjord-dotted corner of the country. Open year-round, this mountainside hotel was established in 1891 and has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations since they initially purchased the property in 1899.
The Oscarsborg Castle sits on a small island south of Oslo in a structure originally used a fortress through the World Wars.
Lofthus i Hardanger, Norway
Originally a “staging inn” with one straw bed over a shipping office, Hotel Ullensvang is rooted with deep Norwegian history and traditions. This property has been run by five generations of the Utne family after Hans Utne built the inn in 1846. A cabin in Lofthus near the inn was the inspiration and birthplace of the musical creations by the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Little by little, the hotel was expanded and restored to the luxury property that it stands today.
Solstrand Hotel & Bad
Os, Bergen, Norway
Originally an intimate escape for merchant princes to revitalize creative notions, Solstrand Hotel & Bad was built in 1896 by Christian Michelsen, who later became the first prime minister of Norway after gaining independence from Sweden in 1905. Today, Solstrand Hotel is run by the fourth-generation of the Schau-Larsen family and remains a holiday resort offering the its original wooden architecture affording the rich natural and cultural landscape that surrounds it.
Sofitel Grand Sopot
Located on the Baltic Sea in the seaside resort city of Sopot, the Sofitel Grand Sopot hotel is an unforgettable retreat for guests visiting Poland. Completed in 1927, this Art Deco style resort has played host to many famous guests such as Omar Sharif, Charles de Gaulle, and Greta Garbo.
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach, and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded resort has 144 guestrooms, including 35 suites, and is recognized as one of Europe's leading resorts.
Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras
Strbske Pleso, Slovakia
Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras is an oasis of luxury on the shores of a glacial mountain lake, overlooking the majestic panorama of the High Tatras. Its 98 luxurious guestrooms, conference spaces with state-of-the-art technology, and one of the finest and most beautiful spa facilities in Europe rank it among the world’s most exclusive resorts.
Kempinski Palace Portorož
The Kempinski Palace Portorož boasts 164 superior and deluxe rooms, 17 exclusive suites, including a luxurious 230 square meters Presidential Suite and two rooftop Laguna Suites with open-air Jacuzzis. All guestrooms and suites are spacious, superbly furnished in modern or traditional design, with a park or a sea view.
Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski St. Moritz
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Enjoy dining at three gourmet restaurants, deep relaxation at Kempinski The Spa, restful nights in the 184 comfortable guestrooms and suites and 27 luxury residences, and hundreds of miles of pristine slopes on your doorstep at the Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski St. Moritz.
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof
Discover the history and heritage of the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. Nestled within the dynamic landscape of the Alps in a remote mountain village, this early 19th-century luxury hotel effortlessly blends old world charm with modern elegance. It’s stunning setting and warm hospitality has attracted illustrious guests, from Audrey Hepburn to Walt Disney.
The Galata Istanbul Hotel - MGallery by Sofitel
Just in the heart of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighborhood, on the European side of the city, sits The Galata Istanbul Hotel - MGallery by Sofitel. This historic hotel is situated directly between the Galata Tower and the Golden Horn, and guests will find it offers ideal access to the most celebrated areas of Istanbul.
Raffles London at The OWO
London, United Kingdom
Raffles London at The OWO vaunts 120 exquisite guestrooms, a dozen high-concept restaurants and bars, a Guerlain spa, rooftop terraces, and an opulent ballroom. “OWO” is a nod to its illustrious past as the Old War Office building—Winston Churchill’s former HQ and spy-turned-novelist Ian Fleming’s WWII workplace. Located in prestigious Whitehall, this neo-Baroque 1898 edifice is steps from key Westminster attractions. Interiors converge antique furnishings with modern art for a vibrant ambiance.
London, United Kingdom
Nestled on London’s charming High Holborn, Rosewood London is a historic Edwardian-Belle Epoque hotel built in 1914. Featuring 262 luxurious guestrooms and 44 opulent suites, 11 expansive meeting spaces, and the finest of dining options, this historic London hotel ensures a memorable stay.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
As one of Canada’s most recognizable landmarks, Fairmont Château Laurier offers an experience few can rival. Stationed in the center of Downtown Ottawa, this recently renovated hotel was built to resemble a Renaissance-era French Château.
Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs is the luxury stop in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to pursue a grand vision of opening up the Canadian west to tourists, Fairmont Banff Springs has had over 100 years of providing a sophisticated resort experience.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge began as a “Tent City,” associated with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Embedded in the Canadian Rockies, the actual hotel was opened in June 1922 with eight log cabins, with the main building being billed as the largest single-story log structure in the world.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Just below the majestic Victoria Glacier sits the epic Fairmont Château Lake Louise. As part of Alberta’s Banff National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Château Lake Louise is globally recognized for its progressive environmental stewardship and responsibility.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The Fairmont Empress is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria, British Columbia and is an iconic symbol of the city itself. Opened in 1908, this gorgeous hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury and overlooks the Victoria Harbour.
Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada
Situated in serene Nova Scotia, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa is the ideal getaway to experience Canada's finest outdoor offerings. Dating back to 1940, this beautiful resort boasts a variety of luxurious accommodations, fine dining experiences, and the best of indoor and outdoor activities.
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu overlooks the picturesque St Lawrence River on top of Point-au-Pic, an area known for its hospitality and inspiring landscapes. It was built to accommodate growing tourism in the area due to the great salmon fishing that was discovered in the mid-1700s.
Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello
Montebello, Quebec, Canada
In Quebec, directly on the Ottawa River, sits the grand cedar structure of the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, a historic resort featuring buildings that date back to 1930. With over 10,000 red cedar logs used in the construction of the three main buildings, this resort contains the largest log cabin in the world.
Chablé Resort & Spa
The 40-room Chablé Resort & Spa incorporates traditional Mayan architecture, warm woods, and modern touches to make it a true work of art. The original walls of the working hacienda serve as the framework for the guestrooms and offers delightful amenities such as a private outdoor pool, sunbeds, spacious terrace, and outdoor shower.
Hacienda Santa Rosa, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Santa Rosa, Mexico
Hacienda Santa Rosa, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is a former 17th century manorial house that was repurposed and adapted to serve as a luxury boutique hotel.
Hacienda Temozon, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Temozon Sur, Mexico
Hacienda Temozon, A Luxury Collection Hotel, was formerly a sisal hacienda of the 17th century and beautifully repurposed into a luxury 28-guestroom boutique hotel.
Hacienda Labor de Rivera
Set on a 16th century Mexican estate, Hacienda Labor de Rivera is an elegant luxury boutique spa hotel. It is 4.8 km from the town of Teuchitlán and 7 km from the Zona Arqueológica Guachimontones. The whole region, including the nearby tequila distilleries, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Hacienda San Jose, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Embedded within a centennial jungle, Hacienda San Jose, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is an original hacienda from the 18th century with expansive wild gardens and a swimming pool that floats over the jungle.
Hacienda La Magdalena
Hacienda La Magdalena features eight guestrooms with bath and balcony, ten suites with Jacuzzis, and two presidential suites, each individually and elegantly decorated for serenity and a peaceful night’s rest. Guests can bask under the sun by the pool or book a therapeutic spa treatment or massage. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, game room, business center, and event space for romantic weddings or playful celebrations.
Hacienda de los Santos
A family-operated boutique property, Hacienda de Los Santos welcomes guests in for limitless dining options, luxurious guest rooms, suites, and villas, and endless relaxation at the hotel's spa, and beyond within Alamos, Mexico.
Hacienda Xcanatún is a luxurious boutique hotel, located in an authentic 18th century hacienda within Merida, Mexico, offering elegant accommodations, exquisite dining, and more for guests to enjoy.
Hotel del Coronado
San Diego, California, United States
A living legend for 130 years, Hotel del Coronado celebrates its rich history as a proud host to celebrities, royalty, and beach-loving families through timeless experiences that resonate with modern-day guests. Rated one of the top ten hotels in the world by USA Today, The Del offers a contemporary beachfront experience, ocean view dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, and a variety of recreational activities.
West Baden Springs Hotel
West Baden Springs, Indiana, United States
An architectural marvel, West Baden Springs Hotel is the crown jewel of French Lick Resort's $500 million restoration. The turn-of-the century National Historic Landmark offers 246 exquisitely appointed rooms, a world-class spa, championship golf, and a wide array of dining and entertainment options.
The Sagamore Resort
Bolton Landing, New York, United States
Situated in the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, The Sagamore Resort opened in 1883 and was a social center for the wealthy visiting Lake George. After closing in 1981, the hotel was reopened a few years later and restored to its original grandeur. Today the resort offers a wealth of recreational and dining opportunities for guests who enjoy "roughing it" with an elegance in the woods.