10 historic hotels you need to visit today

10 historic hotels you need to visit today
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This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.

If your staycations are starting to feel a bit too staid and modern, perhaps a bit of old world luxury and glamour will leave you feeling young and rejuvenated.

Skyscanner brings you ten amazing time capsule hotels that will transport you to another era of fabulous comfort that aren't just for history buffs or fairytale lovers.

1. Raffles Hotel, Singapore

This national treasure was built way back in 1887, and has since been host to royalty and celebrity alike. Part of its notable guests were literary icons, such as Maugham, Hemingway, Kipling, Conrad and Hesse.

Raffles Hotel is also known for the Singapore Sling, which was invented right in the hotel's Long Bar.

Known far beyond its history, some excellent shopping can done here as well, featuring boutiques from Louis Vuitton and Tiffany. Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew even got his shirts made at the tailor here!

2. Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Built in 1864, this hotel claims to be the oldest east of the Suez. Science fiction giant Arthur C. Clarke stayed here on numerous occasions, as did Mahatma Gandhi and first man in space Yuri Gagarin.

This hotel was the site of countless important moments in Sri Lanka's political history. Lee Kuan Yew stayed here on his first visit to Sri Lanka in 1956, and used it as a base for his exploration of the city. Sri Lanka's progress inspired him to plan for Singapore's future, setting in motion one of the most dramatic urban upgrades of the 20th Century.

The hotel's luxury wing, the Regency, has all the latest amenities and comforts of the 21st century while the historic wing is a gorgeous wooden throwback to times of colonial splendour. Facing west, the hotel provides gorgeous sunsets over the Indian ocean in the heart of Colombo.

3. Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, Yamanashi, Japan

Founded in 705 AD, this hotel has been run by several generations of the same family. Though this building may have been rebuilt a few times and modernised, the spirit of the feudal times lives on here in the mountains west of Tokyo.

This is a family-style Japanese ryokan, and is especially excellent in the wintertime. It's got toasty hot springs for you to dip into when the winter wind is blowing and the snow is falling. Ideal for couples and families, the hotel serves amazing Japanese food, and for the more spiritually inclined, lies very close to the town of Minobu, where buddhist monk Nichiren founded his sect 750 years ago.

Famous guests include shoguns and emperors. It's an amazing feeling to soak in the pure mineral waters heated by volcanic power deep under the surface of the earth and know that many generations of Japanese of high and low birth have done the same. Does Japan get any better than this?

4. Copernicus Hotel, Krakow, Poland

Krakow's oldest street is home to Poland's oldest hotel, just down the cobblestones from the picturesque royal castle. Surrounded by renaissance homes, this hotel will transport you to a time and place far away, a time of knights and damsels.

The building was erected in the first decade of the 16th century, and some rooms are decorated with actual renaissance-era murals, well-preserved by those who treasure the past.

The hotel's spa lies below, and includes an amazing pool under a vaulted ceiling of medieval brick. There's also a modern wellness centre, open round the clock.

5. Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, USA

This gorgeous Victorian hotel is extremely well preserved, with its fairytale spires still towering over the pristine beaches of southern California.

This SoCal landmark has hosted presidents and royalty over the years, and still retains its period charm, though augmented by modern villas and cottages to accommodate an even wider range of guests.

For literary buffs, most of the Wizard of Oz was written at this hotel. It's great for families, and tons of activities are available for both younger and older children.

Enjoy southern California's legendary sunshine and the dazzling Pacific Ocean sunsets with the hotel's beachfront location. If you're worried about sunburns, you can head inside to the spa for some pampering instead.

6. Hotel D'inghilterra, Rome, Italy

Soak up the culture in one of the grand cities of the Mediterranean! This luxury boutique hotel with 88 rooms opened in 1845, though building dates back even further to the mid 1500s.

Lord Byron and John Keats, stayed here, as did Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway. The food is magnifico, served al fresco in nice weather. It sits near the luxury shopping district Via Borgognona, and is within striking distance of all the historic sites of this timeless city.

7. The Savoy, London, UK

Nothing says refined English luxury like The Savoy. The name alone conjures images of luxury fit for a king (or queen), and the actual experience of staying in this grand dame actually delivers on that promise.

This hotel offers a beautiful melding of the past and present, where modern comfort meets rich mahogany history.

Lying on the north bank of the Thames, adjacent to Covent Garden, its location provides an excellent base for shopping and sightseeing. Savoy's American Bar is known as one of the best places in the world for cocktails, and you would be remiss to pass up a chance at tasting one.

They are also famed for their roasts, so be sure to reserve a table. If roasts aren't your thing, they also do a legendary high tea.

8. Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio's best luxury hotel, this Art Deco masterpiece from 1923 still retains its roaring 20s charm, making it the perfect place to stay if you're in for a luxurious trip back in time.

If you can manage to get a room, that is. Overlooking the famed Copacabana Beach, this hotel offers an incredible experience that should belong on your lifetime bucket list.

9. Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany

Adjacent to the Black Forest, this 140 year old hotel has lost none of the grand majesty it was famed for during the days of the Prussian Empire. Built in a park in the middle of a cosmopolitan German city, this hotel has embraced innovation without abandoning what made it great in the first place.

The grounds are home to a massive spa occupying the entirety of a 5 storey building, and there's a clinic on site catering to the medical needs of guests.

Snowbound winters will enchant you; but spring bursts into a thousand beautiful hues.

Good luck choosing which season is the loveliest! If you get tired of all the walking, you can even arrange a helicopter tour of the vicinity.

10. La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

This stunning hotel, constructed in 1923, sits inside the old medina of Marrakech, and is the undisputed sultan of all the hotels in the area. Its recent restoration took a whopping three years to complete, but their obsessive attention to detail drove them to do it right.

Close to the largest traditional souk in Morocco, and a short walk from the Jemaa el Fna square, La Mamounia also features a gorgeous spa that looks like something out of an Ottoman palace.

Set in royal gardens, the hotel provides rooms resplendent with sumptuous Moorish decor and private terraces with its own organic vegetable garden.

The excellent food is complemented by the amazing pre-war cocktails available from the bar. Are you bringing your kids? Fret not, for babysitters are available for little ones, so the adults can play.

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