The World's Great Historic Hotels Revived
Collected by Afar Magazine
We love a good story, and Europe’s historic hotels have plenty to tell. Thanks to recent renovations, guests can luxuriate in modern-day comforts while taking in the ageless glamour of these icons. This appeared in the October 2015 issue of AFAR.
Via Regina, 8, 22016 Tremezzo CO, Italy
The Grand Hotel Tremezzo has been the summer home for Europe’s jet set since opening in 1910. Over the past five years, the Como-based De Santis family, which has owned the lakefront hotel since 1975, has ushered the grande dame into the modern...
108 Rue Saint-Lazare, 75008 Paris, France
Hilton’s reentry into the heart of Paris is nothing short of majestic. After a $50 million design overhaul, the 125-year-old hotel, made for the 1889 World’s Fair, has been revived to its 19th-century splendor with a contemporary...
R. Jau 54, 1300-314 Lisboa, Portugal
The Pestana Palace Lisboa in Santo Amaro (about a 20-minute cab ride from the historic center), bears a unique honor: it’s also a designated national landmark. It’s a fitting recognition: the 194-room property occupies a carefully...
Ashford Castle Estate, Leaf Island, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48, Ireland
What trip to Ireland is complete without a stay in a castle hotel? Ashford fulfills even the wildest castle fantasies with its crenellated towers, medieval-looking canopy beds, and esteemed falconry program that lets guests explore its 350...
15 Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW, UK
The royal family has made this intimate hotel their home-away-from-home since Otto Goring first opened its doors in 1910—which is why it’s the only hotel to hold an official Royal Warrant for hospitality services, bestowed in 2013 by...
Plazoleta Nazarenas 223, Cusco 08000, Peru
Like its nearby sister, the Belmond Hotel Monasterio, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a hotel with ancient roots: the onetime private residence-turned-convent—and now turned hotel—has original Inca walls and colonial-era frescoes.
1228 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada
First opened for business in 1912, the iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal—known as "the grande dame of Sherbrooke Street"—began a $200 million facelift in 2008, opening its doors again in 2012. Quebec’s most luxurious and historic...
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