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Old 04-23-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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Those may be historical American landmarks but most aren't really old hotels. If that's your hobby, you should start traveling international. Stay at a few 800 year old abbey's, keeps, and old lodges.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:57 PM
 
Location: NY/LA
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Stay at a few 800 year old abbey's, keeps, and old lodges.
That sounds like a pretty interesting experience. Do you have any recommendations?
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:50 PM
 
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That sounds like a pretty interesting experience. Do you have any recommendations?
Yeah I do but I don't think it's active anymore - Portugal travel bureau had a travel feature called a Pousada Pass that lets you stay at historical inns in Portugal for a reduced price maybe 10 years ago. It was an amazing experience when we did it - one night we stayed in an abbey from the medieval times, one night we stayed in a castle. No one else around in the castle so we started walking around in this walled town looking for food. Walked into a tiny pub and the guy had his wife cook a dinner for us.
Portugal is amazing and probably the last of the "Old Europe" feel.
We also stayed in a castle in Wales I think, long forgotten how we got hooked up for that but do the usual internet searches.

Really, when you go to Europe and you stay in the central cities that weren't bombed out in WW2, doesn't matter where, you are going to be in a very very old hotel. But check out the Pousada pass.
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:14 PM
 
Location: NYC
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That looks like an amazing hotel. How was your room? How was the service? Did you eat there as well?

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It was in the last century but what I remember was that the Chateau Frontenac oozed atmosphere like the scene of some old Agatha Christie murder mystery. The rooms we had were small but clean & "woody" & old world style. I don't think we ate there except perhaps breakfasts or cocktails, we rather ate in old Quebec city restaurants. The hotel was massive.

The mention of old European hotels above reminded me of a weeklong stay a long time ago in a small village in the Romantic Road region of Germany, the village name is long forgotten but near Bad Mergentheim, where we stayed for a week in the town's only hotel/restaurant/bar. The place was a couple of hundred years old with a mural in the bar of a nearby significant battle from ages ago & not a whole lot of rooms which were simple but clean. They had a small brewery primarily just for the inn & the food was amazing, I had no concept how delicious German food could be, but I was pretty young then too. Even though we were working we finished each day with way too much bier, I mean way, way too much, & still managed to put in a full day the next day & then do it all over again.... ah, youth! Didn't even get hangovers then.
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Anyone who has traveled outside NA would not think it unusual to stay in s high-rise inner-city lodging. But there are only a few left standing in the US, and those have been mostly restored. Mos big cities still have one or two downtown, but they are not the kind of places you'd want to stay at if you had a choice.

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Old 04-23-2019, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I used to be able to get the friends and family special rate at The Grand Hotel:

https://www.grandhotel.com/

A more modest place in North Wales we had a lot of fun at:

https://www.gwydyrhotel.co.uk/

We didn't actually stay in a manor room when we were here, though probably should have sprung for it:

https://www.dalmahoyhotelandcountryclub.co.uk/
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Anyone who has traveled outside NA would not think it unusual to stay in s high-rise inner-city lodging. But there are only a few left standing in the US, and those have been mostly restored. Mos big cities still have one or two downtown, but they are not the kind of places you'd want to stay at if you had a choice.
The Parker House in Boston dates to the mid-1800s (I think the current building was built in the 1930s). Lots of history (they even have their own little museum about their history). It's a grand old dame that we like to stay at (it's an Omni property now). Right in the heart of downtown.
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Two gems in Florida: Club Continental just outside of Jacksonville was built by the "Palmolive" magnate almost 100 years ago as a summer estate (think Great Gatsby). It's now a hotel and truly amazing property. The Lodge at Wakulla Springs was built by Alfred DuPont's brother-in-law, who oversaw much of the DuPont fortune. It dates to 1930s. Another grand old property that has been maintained close to its original condition (no TVs, the original elevator and soda fountain, etc). It has never been "updated"..... a really remarkable place just south of Tallahasee.

The Plaza resort on Daytona Beach is the oldest one there.....from the early 1900s. But It's been renovated/updated a lot. Still has some of the old charm.
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Old 04-23-2019, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I'll stay in any hotel, new, old, or ancient, but I absolutely demand a balcony!
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:00 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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https://www.bantryhouse.com/accommodation.html
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