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In the footsteps of history: these hotels have a long tradition

If you are interested in history, you will be in good hands in these hotels.

25 October 2021

When travelling, it is often not only the destinations themselves that look back on thousands of years of culture and numerous historical highlights . Many accommodations also have a long tradition. Whether a former castle or monastery, an old grand hotel or a simple inn - we have summarized the most famous historic hotels.

Where Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Truman all went hand in hand...

It was considered London's first luxury hotel and was groundbreaking in many ways: the Savoy Hotel. When it opened in 1889, it was the first hotel in the British Isles to be fully electrically lit and purposefully designed as a luxury accommodation, it set new standards in luxury, comfort and service. For example, the Savoy also had the first electric lifts in the country as well as hot and cold water in the bathrooms, which was unusual for the time. No wonder it magically attracted actors, politicians, musicians and other rich and famous people of all kinds. Their stories, which have accumulated over the decades, have long since become part of the legend: It is said, for example, that the dessert Peach Melba, which French chef Auguste Escoffier created for singer Nellie Melba at the Savoy in 1892, originated there. Today, the Savoy is still considered one of the best addresses in London and is the venue for weddings and events of all kinds.

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Named after a patissier, world famous for his cake: The Hotel Sacher

The history of Vienna's Hotel Sacher began when Prince von Metternich asked the baker's apprentice Franz Sacher to make a cake for his discerning guests in 1832. To this day, the world-famous Sacher cake is baked by hand at the Hotel Sacher according to the recipe from back then. A few years later, in 1876, the baker's son, Eduard Sacher, opened a hotel and restaurant in a Renaissance-style palace opposite the Vienna Opera, which he later renamed Hotel Sacher. From the beginning, the renowned hotel was one of the best addresses in Vienna. People enjoyed the excellent cuisine of the house before the opera and met afterwards in the legendary séparées. As it was known for its discretion, high-ranking politicians and famous personalities went in and out of the Hotel Sacher. To this day, the hotel is considered a social institution in Vienna and a top hotel if you want to enjoy service at the highest level, culinary highlights in Café Sacher, the Red Bar or the Blue Bar and original Viennese culture in the heart of the city.

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One of the most prestigious houses in the Far East

Opened in 1889, Raffles Hotel in Singapore is considered a true hotel legend that is still visited by many people as a tourist attraction. The hotel was opened by four Persian-born brothers Martin, Tigran, Aviet and Arshak Sarkies with ten rooms right on the beach of Singapore Island overlooking the South China Sea, who named it after the city's founder Sir Stamford Raffles. Today, Raffles is still located on "Beach Road" - although the beach is now some 500 metres away due to land reclamation projects. The hotel proved so successful that the brothers extended it by three floors in 1899. It was the first building in Singapore with electric ceiling fans and electric light and attracted famous guests such as Ernest Hemingway and Queen Elizabeth II. Raffles was also the birthplace of a drink that is still popular as a cocktail today: the Singapore Sling. Until today, drinking a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar of the Raffles is a fixed part of many tourists' Singapore trip, because the experience of drinking a Singapore Sling in the shady palm garden of this legendary hotel is priceless despite the high price.

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The hotel that Coco Chanel affectionately called "her home".

Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, King Alfonso of Spain... they were all regulars at the Hotel Ritz in Paris on Place Vendôme, opened in 1898 by Swiss hotlier César Ritz, who had previously worked at the Savoy in London. To this day, it is probably the most famous and recognized 5-star luxury hotel. When the Ritz Hotel opened its doors, every room had its own bathroom, which was completely unusual at the time, and flaunted high-end fabrics, tapestries and gilding. With its reputation for glitz, glamour, opulence and fine dining, it soon counted many prominent names among its regular guests. Today, the Ritz still thrives on the wild and romantic stories that surround it. Only a few years ago, it was reopened after an extensive four-year renovation and restoration and now presents itself in new splendour.

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Meeting place for glitz and glamour

It is considered one of the most famous and mythical luxury houses in the world: The Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin. Even today, the hotel is still a meeting place for important celebrities from all over the world, such as Sophia Loren, Dustin Hoffmann, the Dalai Lama or Barack Obama. But probably the first guest was Kaiser Wilhelm II, who intensively supported the building project and thus contributed to Lorenz Adlon being able to open the Hotel Adlon in 1907. The hotel was to be in no way inferior to the addresses in London and Paris and offered its guests pompous furnishings, marble columns, velvety fabrics as well as electricity and hot running water. This quickly became a hub for heads of state, industrialists, intellectuals and stars - and a place where stories and scandals were born: Kaiser Wilhelm II is said to have met foreign ladies here, Marlene Dietrich was discovered at the Adlon and Michael Jackson dangled his child from the balcony. Shortly after the end of the war in 1945, the Adlon burned down completely due to unexplained circumstances and was only ceremoniously reopened in 1997 by German President Roman Herzog. Only shortly after the reopening in the Adlon Kempinski was quickly known as Berlin's most famous hotel and impresses to this day with its unique history, the outstanding location and an unsurpassed service.

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