Traditional hotels have been built from locally sourced materials and long-established methods. Historic architectural heritages that are open to visitors. The list includes the oldest ryokan in Japan through rock-cut architecture in Turkey to thatched-roof buildings in the United Kingdom.
Traditional Hotels
Gangtey Lodge Bhutan - Tranquility & Traditional Bhutanese Spa
'21mar16
Gangtey Lodge  
Bhutan
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The Kingdom of Bhutan remains one of the most mysterious and least visited countries in the world. The country has opened its doors to tourism in 1974 when a total of only 287 tourists arrived. Even today the government of Bhutan tries to restrict mass tourism to protect its unspoiled ...
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Hostal Sa Rascassa - Delicious On A Deserted Cove
'20nov30
Hostal Sa  
Rascassa
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Located in one of Costa Brava’s best coves, Hostal Sa Rascassa is a quaint guesthouse with a well-regarded restaurant attached. The pine-surrounded building is quiet and peaceful with the coastline a short walk away. If you prefer longer ambulations there are various paths you can take to explore the dramatic ...
Accommodation types: Traditional
Location: Begur  Spain  West Europe
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village - Traditional Scottish Blackhouses Restored For Visitors
'20nov26
Gearrannan  
Blackhouse Village
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In Scotland, you don’t need to travel far to feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The rugged landscape stretches as far as the eye can see and life at local villages goes at a different pace. But if you want to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of the ...
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Emerson on Hurumzi - Heritage Boutique Hotel In Stone Town
'20nov4
Emerson  
on Hurumzi
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When coming to Stone Town, a UNESCO site famous for virtually intact architectural heritage, it only makes sense to fully immerse yourself in the experience by staying in one of those historic buildings. Emerson on Hurumzi, housed in a property with a rich history, is the perfect candidate for the ...
Accommodation types: Traditional
Location: Zanzibar  Tanzania  Africa
Hotel Fife Arms Braemar - Heritage, Craftsmanship And Culture In The Scottish Highlands
'19nov27
The Fife Arms  
Braemar
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This impressive former Victorian coaching inn in the Scottish Highlands has freshly undergone a complete renovation. Hotel Fife Arms is located within the pristine nature of the Cairngorms National Park in a historic village called Braemar. This place hosts the Braemar Gathering every year since 1832 at Princess Royal and ...
Accommodation types: Luxury   Traditional
Al Bait Sharjah - 5-Star Arabic Heritage
'19oct29
Al Bait  
Sharjah
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Sharjah has a new surprise within Emirate’s largest historical preservation project. The most luxurious new hotel of UAE is the Al Bait Sharjah Resort. A number of historic manor houses have been converted into a 5-star luxury resort with 53 rooms and unparalleled hospitality. Part of the project, Souq Al ...
Accommodation types: Luxury   Traditional
Ahn Luh Zhujiajiao - Historic Chinese Courthouse Hotel In Zhujiajiao
'18aug2
Ahn Luh  
Zhujiajiao
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It’s impossible to look at Ahn Luh Zhujiajiao and not be impressed. Housed partially in a 600-year-old courthouse from the Ming Dynasty, this hotel looks like the film set for Raise the Red Lantern. The historic building, which had been beautifully restored, now serves as the hotel lobby and will ...
Accommodation types: Luxury   Traditional
Location: Shanghai  China  East Asia
Douar Samra - Homestay Experience in The Atlas Mountains at a Berber Family
'18jul3
Douar Samra  
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Forget the anonymous and characterless hotel stays. At Douar Samra, you will know everyone’s name (even the donkey’s!) and you’ll be a part of the family. It’s a traditional Berber home which had been restored as a guesthouse but didn’t lose its original character. Set in Imlil Valley, in the ...
Accommodation types: Mountain   Traditional
Location: Imlil  Morocco  Africa
Talist Siwa - Traditional Eco Clay Houses in Egypt
'18jan31
Talist Siwa  
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Talist Siwa in Egypt is an ecological lifestyle experience. Talist means ‘Lake’ in the local Amazig language and that’s exactly where this lodge is located – next to the Siwa Lake close to the Libyan border. It has a stunning view of the Jafar and Al Gary Mountains. This family ...
Accommodation types: Desert   Nature   Traditional
Location: Siwa  Egypt  Middle East
Inkaterra La Casona - An ex Incan army ground turned into a luxury hotel
'17jun22
Inkaterra  
La Casona
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Less than a five-minute walk from Peru’s Plaza de Armas, the Inkaterra La Casona is the first boutique hotel in the city of Cusco. Built in a 16th Century manor house on an old training ground for the Incan army, guests will truly feel as though they’ve stepped back in ...
Accommodation types: Luxury   Traditional
Location: Cusco  Peru  South America
Hotel Arbez - A Hotel With Half In Switzerland And Half In France
'16sep26
Hotel Arbez  
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Hotel Arbez is an unusual place – half is in France and half in Switzerland. When a new border between the two countries was drawn in 1862 it happened to run down the middle of a field owned by one Mr. Ponthus. He built a shop that straddled the border ...
Accommodation types: Traditional
Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan  - The Oldest Hotel In The World
'16aug2
Nishiyama Onsen  
Keiunkan
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The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan spa hotel was originally opened in 705 AD and in 2011 it was declared the oldest hotel in the world by Guinness World Records (currently 1311 years old). The hotel has been owned and operated by the same family for 52 generations, since its inception. As ...
Accommodation types: Spa   Traditional
Location: Yamanashi  Japan  East Asia
The Himalayan Village Resort - Eco-Friendly Fairytale Retreat
'16jul7
The Himalayan  
Village
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Tucked in India’s Parvati valley travelers will find the eco-friendly Himalayan Village; a perfect spot for adventure seekers and those who want to find the ultimate fairytale retreat. The valley offers treks, blooming flower valleys, thick flora and fauna, crystal clear waterfalls, and calming rivers set in the Deodar forest. ...
Accommodation types: Fairytale   Mountain   Nature   Traditional
Location: Kasol  India  South Asia
The Bath Priory - Luxur Spa Hotel in England
'16apr4
The Bath  
Priory
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Located just a short walk away from the city centre of Bath (UK), this luxury hotel and spa is set in an 1835 Georgian manor in a residential area. Privately owned, this country house hotel built on land once owned by The Priory of Bath Abbey, is warm and welcoming ...
Accommodation types: Luxury   Spa   Traditional
Genuine Draft Horse Ranch
'16feb13
Genuine Draft  
Horse Ranch
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The Genuine Draft Horse Ranch is located in the high desert of California’s Morongo Valley and spreads across five acres. Just a twenty minute drive from Palm Springs, this ranch will have you transported to the Wild West. While this horse ranch is host to weddings, photo shoots and field ...
Accommodation types: Traditional
Cappadocia Cave Suites
'15dec9
Cappadocia Cave  
Suites
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Let’s go to the fairy chimneys where the cavemen used to live! No this is not the beginning of your favorite bedtime story. I am talking about a place that really exists and you can stay there too… no fooling. Fairy Chimneys exist all over the world. They are sometimes ...
Accommodation types: Cave   Traditional
Location: Goreme  Turkey  Middle East
Follonico
'15nov30
Follonico  
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Billed as a “four suite B&B” the Follonico bares only a loose resemblance to the shabby seaside experience of the usual B&Bs found in Europe. It is run by a husband and wife team and is perfect for a quiet getaway in the Toscana countryside. Breakfast is served reassuringly late ...
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Locanda Rosa Rosae
'15sep21
Locanda  
Rosa Rosae
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The Locanda Rosa Rosae is a truly magical place nestled in the Venetian countryside. Surrounded by indescribable natural beauty, this bed and breakfast is a hidden gem waiting to welcome travelers. In a secluded locale between Treviso and Venice, this unique guesthouse is the embodiment of rustic charm. Originally built ...
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Herangtunet Boutique Hotel - Fairytale Log House In The Norwegian Wilderness
'15jun18
Herangtunet  
Hotel
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Nestled in Norway’s highest mountain range, the enchanting village of Heggenes is perched between two picturesque national parks. At an altitude of 500 meters, you will find the exclusive boutique hotel Herangtunet. This stunning estate seems as if it was taken from the pages of a fairytale. Set amid an ...
Accommodation types: Design   Nature   Traditional
Location: Heggenes  Norway  West Europe
Berghaus Sulzfluh - Alpenhütte - Authentic Alpine Hut In Switzerland
'15jun5
Berghaus Sulzfluh  
Alpenhütte
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Sulzfluh Mountain Inn seems as if it came directly from a classic piece of literature; it is tucked into the end of a valley basin offering a magnificent view of the Swiss Alps, the mountain scenery of the Partnun Valley, and the community of Graubünden below. The hotel offers a ...
Accommodation types: Mountain   Traditional