Top 10 Historic Hotels by keara


									Top 10 Historic Hotels
The hotel price comparison has put together a list of ten historic
international hotels and the famous individuals they have received.

London, March 22, 2010 – What makes a holiday special or a hotel stay unique? Trying out
new cuisines and enjoying a break from the daily routine is part of it, but something more is
required to transform a normal holiday into a truly unforgettable experience. Culture and
history are the missing elements – they breathe life into a trip and stir the appetite for
further knowledge. For this reason, has identified ten of the best rated
historic hotels in Europe and the United States. From Washington and London to Krakow and
Seville, these hotels will pamper their guests with first class service and a historical charm.

Here is the list of historic hotels in Europe and the United States, ranked according to ratings
given by travelers.

1. Palace Beau Rivage, Lausanne, Switzerland
Situated on the Quai d'Ouchy waterfront in Lausanne, the five-star hotel Palace Beau Rivage
commands a spectacular view of the beautiful Lake Geneva and snow-capped mountains of
the Swiss Alps. Since its founding in 1861, the Palace's original architectural style and décor
have been rigorously preserved, and the hotel stands as a symbol of Europe's aristocratic
past. Many defining moments in world history occurred within its walls, such as the
coronation of King Hussein of Jordan and the ratification of treaties on the reconstruction of
Post-WWI Europe. World leaders and celebrities routinely stay at the Palace, and notable
figures from history include Nelson Mandela, Charlie Chaplin and Victor Hugo. Top dining
options, a wine cellar stocked with over 75,000 bottles, 168 luxurious rooms and walking
distance to Lausanne's lively downtown area combine to make a stay at the Palace Beau
Rivage a truly memorable experience.
Available starting from £254 for a standard double room through Hotel.Info

2. Hotel Copernicus, Krakow, Poland
Taking its name from frequent guest and world-renowned Polish astronomer Nicolas
Copernicus, the Hotel Copernicus in Krakow is a living, breathing embodiment of medieval
Europe. Formerly a meeting point for intellectuals and academics, the building was restored
and reopened in 2000, and now offers guests a chance to stay in luxurious rooms styled after
the high ceilings and dark wood furnishings of the Renaissance period. Hotel Copernicus is
located on Kanonicza, the oldest street in the city, and is close to numerous cultural and
historical sites such as the Royal Palace, various Gothic churches and cathedrals, and the
historic Jewish quarter of Kazimierz.
Available starting from £137 for a standard double room through

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3. Las Casas De La Juderia, Seville, Spain
Located in the old quarter of Seville in Andalusia, Spain, Las Casas De La Juderia perfectly
captures the beauty and spirit of the Andalusian heritage by blending together European and
Arabic elements and designs. Open courtyards, graceful fountains and sweeping arches
complement each other greatly and create an inspiring atmosphere. The name literally
means 'the houses of the Jewish quarter', and refers to the historical period when Ferdinand
III of Castile reclaimed the city from the Muslim Caliphates and concentrated the Jewish
population into one district, or Juderia. Las Casas De La Juderia also was used to house the
first native Americans brought back by Christopher Columbus after his first travels to the
'New World'. Other notable attractions include the Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar Palace.
Available starting from £84 for a standard double room through

4. The Willard, Washington, USA
The Willard on Pennsylvania Avenue represents the pinnacle of American comfort and style,
and this can clearly be seen from the hotel's grandiose rooms, lavish spa- and health-
treatments, and sumptuous dining opportunities. Founded in 1818, the Willard has often
been described as the center of Washington's political and social life – a reputation that is
likely enhanced by the imposing presence of the White House, only a few streets away, and
by the fact that Martin Luther King wrote his landmark 'I have a dream' speech while staying
at the Willard. The surrounding area is also rich in scenic attractions, including the
Smithsonian Museum, National Theatre, National Mall and numerous galleries and
performing arts venues.
Available starting from £217 for a standard double room through Intercontinental Hotels

5. Reid's Palace, Funchal, Portugal
Located on a cliff overlooking the south coast of Funchal and first opened in 1891, Reid's
Palace was the crowning achievement of Scotsman William Reed, an impoverished cabin boy
who landed on the island of Madeira at age 14 and eventually made his fortune in the wine
trade. Although he did not live to see the hotel's completion, Reid's Palace quickly became a
major attraction, in large part due to the small flotilla of boats and vendors that greeted
each new guest upon arrival. Distinguished guests included playwright George Bernard
Shaw, Prime Minister Lloyd George, and the 'travelling Empress', Elizabeth of Austria, known
for her extensive travels after the suicide of her only son Rudolf. Today, the feeling of
nobility remains, and chief among the hotel's attractions are the semi-tropical gardens that
are unique to Reid's Palace. Kept in full bloom throughout the year, the flowers and plants
originate from all over the world, and are a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful
Available starting from £215 for a standard double room through

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6. Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg, Bonn, Germany
From its high vantage point atop the Petersberg mountain in the Siebengebirge ranges, the
Steigenberger Grandhotel looks down on Königswinter and the River Rhine as it flows
through North Rhine-Westphalia. Majestic and remote, the Grandhotel was founded in
1892, and has been the hotel of choice for many visiting heads of state, including Queen
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, King Rama IX of
Thailand and Emperor Akihito of Japan. The hotel also served as the seat of the Allied High
Commission for Germany in the years following the Second World War. In addition to the
breathtaking view from its open-air terrace and the royal splendor of its 99 rooms, the
Grandhotel also features numerous paintings and antiquities, on loan from the German
federal government, and a picture archive displaying images from its illustrious past.
Available starting from £89 for a standard double room through

7. Le Plaza, Brussels, Belgium
Inspired by the Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris, Le Plaza hotel in Brussels first opened
in 1930, and masterfully conveys the elegance and luxury conceived by architect Michel
Polak. Distinguished guests such as Winston Churchill admired the high ceilings, French
facades in 'pierre de France', and open spaces, all of which contribute to the refined
atmosphere of the hotel. Although Le Plaza ceased operations in 1976 due to widespread
urban redevelopment, it was reopened in 1996 by Baron van Gysel de Meise and restored to
its original glory. The Presidential Suite is particularly sensational, taking up a remarkable
340 square metres and featuring Verona marble floors and a jacuzzi. Le Plaza is only five
minutes away from Grand Place, Brussels’ central square and most important tourist
destination alongside the Mannekin Pis and Atomium sculpture.
Available starting from £77 for a standard double room through

8. Grand Hotel Rimini, Rimini, Italy
With its Liberty-style facades, classical architecture, and location on the Adriatic Coast, the
Grand Hotel Rimini is one of the most beautiful places to stay in the Rimini region of Italy.
Originally founded in 1908, the hotel was damaged in both the First and Second World Wars,
but was always fully rebuilt. Its rooms have also been restored to the Venetian and French
styles of the 18th Century, particularly with respect to the original wooden parquet floor and
Venetian chandeliers. The Grand Hotel was the favorite destination of Italian Director
Federico Fellini, and has been immortalized in many of his films; it was also declared a
National Monument by the Italian Government in 1994 and placed under the protection of
the Italian Fine Arts programme. Ancient monuments such as the Roman Amphitheatre, the
Arch of Augustus and the Ponte d'Augusto are not to be missed.
Available starting from £173 for a standard double room through

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9. The Cadogan, London, United Kingdom
The Cadogan in London, built in 1887, is best known for the dalliances of its infamous guests,
including King Edward of England, British actress Lillie Langtry, and playwright Oscar Wilde.
Located close to Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and various museums, the Cadogan is in the
heart of London's cultural and tourist attractions. The hotel's 65 rooms and suites are
decorated in a modernised Edwardian style, and Langtry's Restaurant offers creative dishes
and imaginative combinations to tease and seduce your appetites.
Available starting from £191 for a standard double room through Onhotels

10. Grand Hotel de Cabourg, Cabourg, France
The Grand Hotel de Cabourg in Normandie opened in 1907 and is located in one of the best
locations on the Channel coastline. The hotel was a favorite destination of French writer
Marcel Proust, who immortalized it in his celebrated work In Search of Lost Time under the
name Grand Hotel de Balbec. Proust was a regular visitor, and his room has been faithfully
preserved. In addition to the grandiose guest rooms, balconies overlooking the sea, and
wide terraces and gardens, fresh delicacies from the sea and surrounding region ensure that
a stay at the Grand Hotel de Cabourg is an unforgettable treat for the senses.
Available starting from £161 for a standard double room through

The ranking is based on the top rated hotels in March 2010 on with the
most interesting and exciting historical backgrounds.

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Pictures of the historic hotels:

1. Hotel Palace Beau Rivage, Lausanne (Source: Hotel Palace Beau Rivage)
The exterior of the hotel:
The atrium:
The dining hall:
The hotel's restaurant:
One of the luxurious suites:

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2. Hotel Copernicus, Krakow (Source: Hotel Copernicus)
The exterior of the hotel:
One of the suites:
View from the rooftop terrace of the hotel:
The indoor pool:

3. The Willard, Washington (Source: The Willard)
View of the hotel from a park:
The lobby of the Willard:
One of the suites:

4. Reid’s Palace, Funchal (Source: Reid’s Palace)
Bird’s eye view of the hotel:
The dining room:
One of the suites:
The pool and the terrace:
The dining terrace:

5. Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg, Bonn (Source: Steigenberger Grandhotel
The exterior of the hotel:
One of the rooms:
The lobby:
View of the terrace:

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6. Le Plaza, Brussels (Source: Le Plaza)
The exterior of the hotel:
The lobby:
One of the suites:
The restaurant:

7. Grand Hotel, Rimini (Source: Grand Hotel)
The exterior of the hotel:
The rooms:
The restaurant:
The dining-terrace:

8. Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, Sevilla (Source: Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia)
The entrance of the hotel from the outside:
The lobby:
View of the patio:
One of the rooms:
The restaurant:

9. Cadogan, London (Source: Cadogan)
The exterior of the hotel:
View inside the “Oscar Wilde-Suite”:
View inside other luxurious rooms and suites of the hotel:
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10. Grand Hotel de Cabourg (Source : Grand Hotel de Cabourg)
The exterior of the hotel (Picture: Jacques Lebar):
View from a room at the balcony (Picture: Serge Detalle):
One of the rooms (Picture: Serge Detalle):
The lobby (Picture: Jack Burlot):

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