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
Albergo  
Il Monastero
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This was once a convent. Built in the 16th Century, the cloisters and passageways once echoed with the sound of rosary beads and prayers. Today, it is the building that contemplates on a rock overlooking the sea while, inside, the residents relax. Thousands of religious hours have been worn into …
Accommodation types: Castle   Island   Traditional
Location: Naples  Italy  West Europe
Hatari  
Lodge
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In the shadows of Kilimanjaro there is a lush and fertile plain on which lies a farm that was first built by the Trappe family in 1907. Successful farmers, conservationists and hunters; the Trappe family leased their farm to Hollywood in the 1960s so they could film classic John Wayne …
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Location: Arusha  Tanzania  Africa
The Royal  
Crescent
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The Royal Crescent, Bath, was built in the 1770s by noted architect, John Wood. A keen occultist and freemason, when viewed from above, the crescent represents the moon as part of a series of buildings that mimic Masonic symbols. Shapeshifting Lizards notwithstanding, The Royal Crescent Hotel is a fine place …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Spa   Traditional
Chateau  
St Philippe
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Chateau St. Philippe is the ideal place to enjoy the quintessential French lifestyle. Explore local bakeries, cheese shops, and open-air markets that typify French living. Excellent shopping and restaurant opportunities can be found in the surrounding towns and villages. Take in the spectacular views of the Alps, Mt. Blanc, and …
Accommodation types: Chateau   Traditional   Wine
Kelebek  
Cave Hotel
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‘Kelebek’ means ‘the butterfly’ in Turkish so-called because of its two fairy chimneys that rise from the rocks like the wings of a butterfly. Set in the mythical lands of Cappadocia, the rock formations that created the hotel date back to a pre-historical volcanic eruption. For thousands of years, people …
Accommodation types: Cave   Traditional
Location: Goreme  Turkey  Middle East
Yunak Evleri  
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There’s something inherently thrilling about being in a cave. The environment is so different from what we usually experience. In your cave-room, no outside sounds penetrate the thick rock walls and a deep peace settles your soul as you take to your bed for the night. Rooms are decorated in …
Accommodation types: Cave   Traditional
Location: Urgup  Turkey  Middle East
Kasbah  
du Toubkal
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The Kasbah du Toubkal was conceived more as a Berber hospitality center than a hotel. It was designed to be eco-friendly and sustainable; 5% of all profits go directly to local villages making education a reality for the young people who live there. Originally the summer home of a local …
Accommodation types: Mountain   Movie   Traditional
Location: Imlil  Morocco  Africa
Ikies  
Traditional Houses
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Ikies offers you the chance to stay in the traditional village houses of Oia on the Greek island of Santorini. Stunning little whitewashed domes with mosaic floors built on terraces carved from a cliff where the Mediterranean sea sings 1000 feet below. The Oia sunset is famous for its beauty …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Traditional
Location: Oia  Greece  East Europe
Ginzan  
Fujiya Inn
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What makes this hotel so special is your host’s meticulous adherence to Japanese inn-keeping traditions. The aim is to anticipate and meet your needs before you are even aware of them yourself. Your hostess, Jeanie Fuji, is arguably the world’s best practitioner of the traditional Japanese art of hospitality. It …
Accommodation types: Spa   Traditional