Turn back time and book in to the world’s oldest hotels
We all know that today’s modern world can be exhausting! So, why not escape to a bygone era and relax in some of the world’s oldest properties. With the help of Booking.com, we’ve put together a list of the most mature (and most beautiful) accommodations around the world. Steeped in history, these serve as the perfect excuse to get away while soaking up some culture. Indulge the past (and yourself) with these aged beauties:
Hoshi, Ishikawa, Japan
Hoshi is the world’s oldest hotel according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Hoshi has been operated by 46 generations of the same family over the past 1,299 years. Legend has it that a Buddhist monk found this sacred hot spring in 718 AD, after being lead to it by a dream. Guests at Hoshi can immerse themselves in Japanese culture with traditional meals, an on-site hot-spring bath, garden and pottery gallery. Located near Osshobe Park and Nata Temple it’s also convenient to get out and see all Ishikawa has to offer.
Ringhotel zum Roten Bären, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Located in the heart of the medieval old-town of Freiburg is the Ringhotel zum Roten Bären, a guest house so historic that its foundation predates the founding of the town itself. Inside you will find multiple internal gardens and rooms looking out on tranquil courtyards, creating a country oasis-feel in a central location. Experience the rich tradition and authentic quirkiness of Germany’s oldest guesthouse.
Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, United KingdomThe oldest hotel in Britain, the Old Bell dates back to 1220 AD. The quaint hotel runs adjacent to the famous Abbey in the historic town of Malmesbury, on the edge of the popular Cotswolds region. Enjoy period touches such as roll top baths, stone walls and antique furniture in rooms set in the eaves. If you are lucky enough (or possibly unlucky enough) you may even catch a ghost or two, as the hotel is reportedly haunted by a ‘Grey Lady’.
Villa Orso Grigio, Ronzone, Italy
Perched on the mountainside near the famous Adam Brenta National Park, the enchanting, Villa Orso Grigio has sat since the 14th Century. Each of its exclusive 10 rooms feature their own secret garden, elegant furniture and massage services. A special few also have a spa bath and a private pool on the balcony! Set among landscaped lawns, ponds and with an onsite restaurant – you’ll never want to leave this alpine paradise.
Cardrona Hotel, Otago, New Zealand
And finally, our own little piece of history, New Zealand’s most iconic hotel - The Cardrona! Established in 1863, this slice of heaven is one of only two buildings left over from the Cardrona Valley gold rush era, and is said to be the most photographed pub in New Zealand. Located close to the Cardrona ski field and with its own famous bar, restaurant and gardens, a night at The Cardrona is a must for any Kiwi!