FTRB’s Top Hotels: the Historic Edition

FTRB’s Top Hotels: the Historic Edition

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with hotels. They evoke adventure and a boundless world and embody the romance of travel. Some transport us to another era, others just invite us to live a lifestyle different from our own for a short while, and many 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. I will follow up later in the year with my top resorts. 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.*****

 

Amangalla
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

 

 

Augustine
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

 

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