They say some things get better with age, and luxury hotels the world over certainly prove that to be true. Rich in history and culture, these hotels have been aged to perfection – some many centuries over.
From castles and palaces to manors and estates, a stay at these luxurious properties will indulge your inner history buff and satisfy your culture craving. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has found some of the most extravagant accommodations across the world that that have stood the test of time.
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Belmond Villa San Michele – Fiesole, Italy
Dating back to the 15th century, this former monastery nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees offers panoramic views of Florence. Stroll through the immaculate gardens bursting with lemon trees and fragrant roses, or savour superb Tuscan cuisine on the alfresco loggia as if in a private home. With a Michelangelo inspired design, this villa is outfitted with terracotta floors and Carrara-marble bathrooms – exemplifying traditional Italian décor.
Hotel Pierre du Calvet – Montreal, Canada
This charming family mansion turned hotel is a historian’s dream. Built in 1725, guests can bask in the hotel’s European character and antique allure – from the mahogany canopy beds to the Victorian gardens and stone-paved terrace. Ideally located in the heart of Old Montreal, this perfect 16th century escape is only moments from the Old-Port, museums and tons of other historic destinations.
Claridge’s – London, England
The glamorous and elegant Claridge’s presents sophisticated 5-star luxury with historical appeal in the heart of Mayfair. Each sumptuously furnished room offers a luxe marble bathroom and peaceful views of the courtyard, while the Reading Room serves a contemporary menu in lavish Art Deco surroundings. With a suite once declared Yugoslavian territory at the request of Winston Churchill for the birth of a prince, the hotel supplies no shortage of rich historical background.
Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, India
Presenting manicured gardens and beautiful Indian architecture, this former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur turned luxury hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool, full spa services, and spacious rooms decorated with lavish carpets and hand-painted wall motifs. Known as the “Jewel of Jaipur”, Rambagh Palace offers guests personal butlers, guidance from experienced yoga gurus and even serves traditional afternoon tea.
Hotel Alfonso XIII – Seville, Spain
The prestigious Hotel Alfonso XIII has been an iconic global destination since 1929. The elegantly designed accommodation flaunts Arabic-style arches and ornate ceramic tiles to exhibit an aura of history and glamour. Set on the edge of the famous Santa Cruz district, guests can explore the nearby Seville Cathedral and the Giralda – making it an ideal locale for those with a passion for architecture.
Loews Don CeSar Hotel – Florida, USA
Nicknamed The Pink Palace for its pink façade and grandeur architecture, Loews Don CeSar Hotel has welcomed guests since its opening in 1928. The extravagant beachfront hotel has two heated pools, three lounges, a world-class spa and remarkable unguarded views of the Gulf of Mexico. The 227 room Gatsby-esque locale boasts history as colourful as its bright outer walls including the backdrop for several movie sets throughout the latter half of the 20th century.