Postcards from the past--And in this case, a nearly 150-year past. Although with a recent 20 million dollar renovation under her belt, this grande dame is under no risk of showing her age. A world-class golf course, onsite spa, and beautiful views of the White Mountains make this New Hampshire Historic Hotel a fall sightseeing must. Click on any photo to learn more.
For over 125 years, political figures and starlets alike have sipped beachside cocktails at "The Del"--including the inimitable Marilyn Monroe, pictured here in 1958 during the filming of Billy Wilder's comedic masterpiece, "Some Like it Hot." With over 28 oceanfront acres, The Del has long been a summer favorite. However, don't underestimate this Victorian Grande Dame's ability to shine during the holidays. What better way to celebrate New Year's morning than to slip on your board shorts and greet the day with a bit of seaside ice skating? And, if needs must, rumors are the old gal knows how to make a pretty mean Bloody Mary!
Located on one of Bruges' most picturesque canals, the Hotel Die Swaene has recently earned several top awards, including the Mayfaire Times' moniker as the '3rd most romantic hotel in the world.' Parts of the main building date back to the 15th century; while the lounge (with its original furnishings) has been comforting travelers since the 1800s. Click on any photo to learn more.
Silk brocades. Intricate murals. Venetian glass: The Hotel Cipriani, has it all. Opened in 1958 by Guiseppe Cipriani--founder of the famed Harry's Bar in Venice--the elegant hotel was purchased in 1976 by the Orient Express, representing its maiden voyage into the world of hotel ownership. Considered one of Venice's finest, the hotel is located on the tip of Guidecca island, and is even rumored to have housed romantic trysts by none other than Giacomo Casanova. What better place to stage a romantic interlude of your own? Click on any photo to learn more...
Dominating the coveted location at the top of Rome's famed Spanish Steps, the Hotel Hassler has been in operation since the late 1800s. This fifth generation family-run hotel was completely rebuilt in 1939, requisitioned by the US Air Force during WWII, and reopened to the public in 1947. Renovations--in keeping with the hotel's old world charm--were initiated in 2007, bringing the historic Hassler up-to-date and insuring its continued legacy as one of Rome's best. Click on any photo to learn more.
Ah...the deliciously over-the-top Georges V, all the better since its 2008 pairing with The Four Seasons. To view the hotel's delightful video on the covered passages of Paris, click here. (As a bonus--those yearning to know where that Diane Keaton-Jack Nickolson scene was filmed, look no further.) Click on any photo to learn more.
Originally built as the summer palace for Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, Hotel Du Palais is everything aspiring royalty could hope for. Perfectly positioned, with breathtaking views and access to pristine beaches, the hotel blends old world glamor with Basque country warmth. While you're there, don't miss out on the tapas and wine in beautiful San Sebastian, Spain--an easy jaunt south. Click on any photo to learn more...
For over 100 years, Hotel De L'Europe has been one of Amsterdam's premier properties. In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock used the hotel as a location for his film, "Foreign Correspondent." Shortly after Hitch left, the Germans moved in-requisitioning the hotel during WWII. In 2011, after a 65 million euro refurbishment, Hotel De L'Europe reopened its doors, earning industry accolades and a coveted spot on Conde Naste Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards. Click on any photo to learn more.