FTRB’s Top Hotels: the Historic Edition

FTRB’s Top Hotels: the Historic Edition

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with hotels. For me, they embody the romance of travel and evoke a sense of adventure and a boundless world. They can transport us to another era, invite us to live a lifestyle different from our own for a short while, and inspire us long after we’ve checked out….. I could wax poetic about them forever…….

Well, I’ve had the good fortune to have collected some truly incredible hotel experiences all over the world and while I’m always asked for hotel recommendations, I’ve never compiled any kind of official list. Until now. I thought it was about time I put it all down in one place.

There are quite a few hotels to cover so I’ll break up my list into a few parts. To start, let me share with you my favorite grand dames as well as other hotels housed in historic properties because they tend to be my all-time favorites. My top resorts can be found here. All of them combine beautiful design, a special location/setting/atmosphere, and exquisite service to create magical, special environments that have long stayed with me.

For the record, none of these hotels were comped so you’re getting my 100% unbiased opinion. And a note about the top three: All of the hotels on this list are wonderful properties that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend but the top three really stand out in my mind as having impeccable service. (I’m not high maintenance but I am a stickler for service – there’s a difference! 😉 –  so there are many beautiful hotels that didn’t make the cut at all because service was lacking in some way.) Okay, so without further ado, I give you…….


FTRB’s Top Hotels: the Historic Edition



Number 1. Aman Venice
Venice, Italy





Number 2. Lake Palace
Udaipur, India





Number 3. The Connaught
London, UK




*****The rest are in no particular order.*****


Galle, Sri Lanka





Gresham Palace
Budapest, Hungary





La Mamounia
Marrakech, Morocco





Palacio Duhau
Buenos Aires, Argentina





Copacabana Palace
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil





Samode Haveli
Jaipur, India





Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
Paris, France





Prague, Czech Republic





Governor’s Residence
Yangon, Myanmar





Hotel Grande Bretagne
Athens, Greece





The Gritti Palace
Venice, Italy





Palais Jamai
Fes, Morocco





The Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe





Hotel Maria Cristina
San Sebastian, Spain