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
Monteverdi  
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In Tuscany, there is a beautiful villa that has been restored. With only seven rooms, this exclusive hotel has married modern furnishings with the traditional style. The half-ancient wooden beams hold up the ceiling as you sit in front of a 200-year-old fireplace next to a stone wall that was …
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional   Wine
Hotel Union  
Øye
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This Norwegian hotel was opened in 1891 to cater to the crème-de-la-crème of European society. Over the years it hosted Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, King Oscar II, Queen Maud, and King Haakon VII. In 1989 the hotel was restored to its former glory after years …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Traditional
Location: Øye  Norway  West Europe
Hotel  
Viking
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Which was the coolest iron-age tribe? The Vikings of course. Their horned helmets, love of pillage, and super-fast longboats made them a fiercesome force to be reckoned with in early Europe. Every summer, in a typically unpronounceable Icelandic town, Viking culture comes alive in the Viking Festival in Hafnarfjordur. There …
Accommodation types: Traditional
Hotel Niles  
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Sitting boldly in Old Istanbul, Hotel Niles is located near all the best sites: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. It is the perfect base for you to explore the city from and one you will secretly long to return to. Why? Well, look at these pictures: the …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Traditional
Location: Istanbul  Turkey  East Europe
Camel Camp  
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Safari was an Indian invention. The word Sahar means travel in Sanskrit/Hindi and the British appropriated the word and took it to Africa. The India Safari club takes you on trips in the Rajastani wilderness using 4x4, camels, or even elephants. It was all the brainchild of founder, Reggie Marwar …
Accommodation types: Desert   Tent   Traditional
Location: Jodhpur  India  South Asia
Crater  
Lodge
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About three million years ago an enormous volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself much to the hilarity of the other volcanoes who laughed so much they blew their own tops. This massive event created what is known today as the Ngorongoro Crater. For millions of years, the crater has …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Nature   Traditional
Location: Ngorongoro  Tanzania  Africa
Mecavnik  
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This hotel was built by the Serbian Tim Burton, Emir Kusturica, and is based on his film Life is Miracle. Everything is constructed from wood mixing traditional with modern styles. The famous director still lives there with his family in the large main house. The design was set to recreate …
Accommodation types: Movie   Traditional
Prince  
Noir
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If you were a French Celt living in the 2nd Century AD under threat from the Romans you would want to in Les Baux-de-Provence. Set high in the Alpilles mountains on a rocky outcrop with a view of the surrounding plateau, the location has been inhabited for thousands of years. …
Accommodation types: Castle   Cave   Traditional
Adrere  
Amellal
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*‘At night it is so quiet that you begin to hear the stars’* - Benedict Allen The ancient Egyptians called Siwa the ‘Field of Trees’. Today this most isolated settlement is home to a small population of Berbers and one of the world’s most interesting hotels. You won’t find marble …
Accommodation types: Desert   Traditional
Location: Siwa  Egypt  Middle East
Elsewhere  
Goa
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Goa is one of the most popular destinations on the globe. Its year-round sunshine, laid-back culture, and infinite stretches of beach attract people the world over. Now wouldn’t it be nice if you could break-off a piece of this paradise to call your own? Well, you can at Elsewhere. The …
Accommodation types: Beach   Traditional
Location: Goa  India  South Asia
Dersaadet  
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You go to Istanbul because it is one of the world’s great historic cities. So why stay in a boring hotel? You want to stay in something charming, something with a connection to the city with a unique character. Step forward to the Dersaadet Hotel. The name means “place of …
Accommodation types: Traditional
Location: Istanbul  Turkey  East Europe
Hakone  
Ginyu
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This compact luxury inn or “ryokan” is situated in a perfect location with mountains falling like curtains behind small valleys and rivers. The inn has balconies where you can relax and take in the amazing Japanese countryside. There is a nearby train station, so you will easily be able to …
Accommodation types: Spa   Traditional
Location: Hakone  Japan  East Asia
Kasbah  
Tamadot
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Kasbah Tamadot is part of Richard Branson's portfolio of unique retreats. It is a traditional Moroccan castle in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The Kasbah is surrounded by scented gardens, terraces, and staircases and maintains traditional glamour. You can stay in the Berber Tent suites which are in the …
Accommodation types: Castle   Luxury   Traditional
Location: Asni  Morocco  Africa
Riad  
AnaYela
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AnaYela is a 300-year-old city palace in the historic part of Marrakech. When the new owners took it over, they found a secret room that was bricked up. In that room, there was a small jewelry box covered in dust. Inside was a hand-written note telling the story of a …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace   Traditional
Location: Marrakech  Morocco  Africa
Dunton  
Hot Springs
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This town was founded in 1885 when Marty McFly arrived from the future looking for The Doc… hang on. Wrong review. Yes, this town was founded on the banks of the Dolores River in 1885, about half a mile from a mine where the townsfolk worked. It was always a …
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Location: Dolores  USA  North America
The Jane  
Hotel
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In 1908 if you were a tired seadog taking a well-earned shore leave, you would stay in the Seaman's Relief Centre. Immature snickers aside, the building was built by the famous architect William A Boring and is a fine example of turn of the century neoclassicism. It once housed the …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Ghost   Traditional
Location: New York  USA  North America
Old Dungeon  
Ghyll
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The Old Dungeon Ghyll is in England’s Lake District, a beautiful area that inspired some of the greatest poetry ever written. Indeed the air still resounds with Coleridge’s blessing: ‘Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee, Whether the summer clothe the general earth With greenness, or the redbreast sit …
Accommodation types: Nature   Remote   Traditional
Les Folies  
de la Serve
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Deep in the rolling hilled wine regions of France, you can find a selection of beautifully restored traditional Gypsy Caravans. These are available for hire and are decorated in four different styles reflecting all kinds of Gypsy Heritage. You can be transported into a lifestyle that hasn’t changed for centuries …
Accommodation types: Gypsy   Traditional   Trailer
Location: Ouroux  France  West Europe
Aspros  
Potamos
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You won’t wake to the sound of your neighbor’s obnoxious music blasting from their in-room iPod dock here. Nor will you hear anyone talking to their friends on their mobile phones. Because it’s all banned. All the annoyances of the modern world are left behind you so you can yourself …
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Murtoli  
A Figa
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The A Figa Villa in Corsica was built in the 17th Century and has been wonderfully maintained in that original style. It is the signature property in a portfolio of stunning buildings in beautiful landscapes around the Corsican coast. It houses seven people and is a traditional ‘tall house’ looking …
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional   Villa
Location: Sartène  France  West Europe