An Unbounded Reverence for History

Those of us who are heritage enthusiasts at home or while traveling all share an endless quest for history. Wherever one calls home, there are historic buildings, each with its own story to tell.  And when we travel we have the rare opportunity to experience the history of another place. There’s no better way to do that than to spend the night.

This category of accommodation represents those places that have retained much of their original architectural features and historic style. They may be large or small, they may be 100 years old, or they may be 400 years old. Properties in this category typically feature interiors that are consistent with the historic period. Early buildings that have been modernized are presented in the “Contemporary” category of accommodation.

We seek recent hotel restoration projects and re-openings to evaluate how the historic spaces are regenerated and re-energized. Advancements in preservation and sustainable design technologies for historic buildings enable us to appreciate our heritage. We honor the architects and designers of record who have succeeded in keeping history alive in the 21st Century.

If history is to repeat itself, we celebrate that it has done so as a place of accommodation.


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The Balmoral — the "Grand Dame" of Edinburgh for over 110 years... and still counting

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The historic Galleries Des Gobelins, the place to see and be seen — then and now

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The lounge that shows off the best of French interior design at Le Maurice

Le Meurice

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The Hotel Bel-Air's legacy is recaptured as it raises its own bar on design and luxury

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A very special slice of New York Art Deco glamour, recast as the Chatwal

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The Winter Garden — the soul of the Landmark London and a standout atrium space

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The elegant architecture and refined detailing of the Neoclassical Palais Coburg

Palais Coburg

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Cesar Ritz's extraordinary vision of classic luxury lives on in the St. Regis Grand Rome

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The year was 1893. The city was Rome. The hotel was the Grand Hotel, and it was created ...


The graceful beauty of the Palacio's entrance gate increases the closer you get to it

Tivoli Palacio de Seteais

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A restoration of presidential proportions recaptures the legacy of the Jefferson DC

The Jefferson DC

In 1923 a star was born in America’s political capital. It was the Jefferson Apartment Building on 16th ...

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The lobby of a 19th century bank is now the lobby of Berlin's exclusive Hotel de Rome

Hotel de Rome

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The immediate richness of the historic entrance resonates at the Shelbourne

The Shelbourne Dublin

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Making an entrance at the New York Palace

The New York Palace

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Chicago's famous Blackstone Hotel retains its rightful place in history for a new generation

Blackstone Chicago Hotel

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The show-stopping entrance to the Hammam at Ciragan Palace

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The magnificent and absolutely breathtaking lobby of the Danieli

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The Hotel Danieli enjoys a rich history dating to the late 14th century. A palazzo was built on ...


,A bold addition embraces a new generation of resort lovers at the famed Dolder Grand

The Dolder Grand

Since its opening in 1899, the “Dolder Grand Hotel & Curhaus” soon become the destination for relaxation and ...


Hotel Georgia - Historic sitting room

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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Pestana Palace - Exterior approach

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The main salon of Hotel Sacher is a standout space and speaks to the glory of Vienna

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Peacock Alley

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Intercontinental Le Grand - Lobby

Intercontinental Paris – le Grand

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Casa Fuster - Exterior Facade

Casa Fuster

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The Millenium Biltmore - Lobby

Millenium Biltmore Hotel

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A brilliant interplay of antiquity and 21st century luxury resonate at Augustine, in Prague

Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel

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Shangri-La Hotel - La Bauhina Restaurant from above

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

The Shangri-La Hotel brand continues its legacy of Eastern-influenced, refined luxury with a new address in Paris. Originally ...