For many travellers, history is a huge attraction when deciding on a destination. Whether it’s discovering a variety of ancient ruins in Turkey or exploring mythological sites in the Greek Islands, it’s safe to say that history plays a huge part in tourism. What’s more, Europe is one of the best places to visit when it comes to historical landmarks. But aside from visiting these historical monuments, why not stay in a hotel which also shares a fascinating history? It may be the stories they hold or what they symbolise that intrigue you, but overall, it’s great to experience a part of history. So, if you’re interested in staying in one of Europe’s hotels with amazing histories, check out our choices!
The Pulitzer is set amongst restored canal houses from the 17th and 18th centuries which Dutch aristocrats called home. In fact, the buildings have been around since the Netherlands’ ‘Golden Age’ which saw the country thrive and prosper in a number of industries. However, it was in 1960 when Peter Pulitzer bought 12 of these houses along the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals which would then go on to become the oldest 5-star hotel in Amsterdam.
Since then, the hotel has grown from 12 houses to 25 and in 2016 it had its biggest renovation ever. Which has added a sense of modernity to one of Europe’s most historic hotels.
Located amongst lush gardens and at the entrance of Malta’s capital of Valletta, The Phoenicia is the island’s first luxury hotel built in 1939. It was recently renovated in 2016, mainly with the aim to restore the hotel’s richness and opulence. The Phoenicia boasts wonderful views of the port, Mediterranean Sea and the historic city.
But it’s not just The Phoenicia’s interior that is stunning, the hotel is well-known for its beautiful exterior too. As a result, it is often considered an architectural wonder within itself along with the island’s other sightseeing favourites.
Fancy transporting yourself to the times of Shakespeare? How about a little Romeo & Juliet? Well, Il Sogno di Giulietta is set over the courtyard of Juliet’s house which is of course one of the main tourist attractions of Italy’s Verona. This small hotel only features 16 rooms yet each one is decorated and styled differently.
The courtyard is the perfect place to spend some time with your loved one, especially after roaming the enchanting streets of Verona.
The beautiful city of Vienna has plenty of history to go around, yet you’ll find it’s well-known Sacher Hotel in the midst of many historical stories. After the events of World War II, many of Austria’s hotels were taken over and controlled by four allied forces. The Sacher Hotel was held by the British during this time.
The debut of the ballet “Hotel Sacher” by the Vienna State Opera was held in the hotel. Plus, in 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave a press conference from their bed in the Sacher Hotel too.
Brown’s Hotel, London
Set in a peaceful location of London’s expensive Mayfair area, the Brown’s Hotel has a few historic stories to tell. The hotel opened in 1874 during the city’s Victorian period and it still oozes this authentic sophistication. As well as being London’s first hotel, it also served as the base for many famous authors over the years, including Robert Louis Stevenson, Agatha Christie and Rudyard Kipling who is said to have written “The Jungle Book” during his stay at the hotel.
Plus, Alexander Graham Bell – the inventor of the telephone made the nation’s very first phone call from the Brown’s Hotel.
The Grande Bretagne Hotel was built in 1842 and opened in 1874. Although Athens wasn’t considered a modern city, the hotel’s aim was to be one of the most luxurious and to welcome even the most prestige visitors.
In fact, it earned a reputation for itself and welcomed a number of foreign visitors. However, in 1941 the Nazis converted the hotel into their very own headquarters for a total of three years. Then, the Grande Bretagne became a sanctuary for refugees after the war.
Italy’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one that has kept up with the times above all else. Starting off as one of the country’s original Grand Tour hotels, the First World War eventually changed the hotel’s focus to leisure tourism.
The hotel stayed open during the Second World War and changed its focus once again to new clientele. This family-run hotel continues to impress travellers and highlight Lake Como as a popular destination.
The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh
The Scotsman Hotel was built in 1905 and was the former building of The Scotsman newspaper. What used to be home to large printing presses and equipment is now home to the hotel’s Health Club & Spa area. In 2001, the building became The Scotsman Hotel which boasts amazing views of the surrounding city.