Top Ten Luxury
Historic Hotels

Some of the world's most luxurious hotels have become icons thanks to their historic connections.  Some have gained infamy for their interior or exterior design, and their significant political or social affiliations. Others have shone by the determined will of their owners to provide the very best for their guests - including those with a sweet tooth. Here's our list of Top Ten luxe hotels that have helped create history.

Deb Neilson-Hunter, 27/9/10
Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland
Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews is most renowned as the world's premier golfing destination as its emerald fairways have hosted some of the biggest names in the sport.  

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Hotel Sacher, Austria
Hotel Sacher, Austria
You're not a true chocolate cake aficionado if you haven't sampled Sacher Torte. And the only place to order a slice of the world's most famous (and decadent) chocolate cake is here in Vienna at the Hotel Sacher.
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Houshi, Japan
Houshi, Japan
Keeping visitors to the Japanese island of Honshu comfortable has been the proud tradition of 46 generations of one family. In 1994, Houshi was formally recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the oldest inn in the world.
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San Francisco Fairmont, California
San Francisco Fairmont, California
 It's hard to miss the grand façade, atop Nob Hill enjoying some of the best views of the dazzling Bay beyond.
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The Algonquin, New York
The Algonquin, New York
The oldest operating hotel in NYC (since 1902), it's position in mid-town Manhattan (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) has established it as not just one of the most sought after places to stay, but to wine and dine and be entertained.
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The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal
The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal
The Canadian hotel has hosted princes, princesses and pop music royalty.
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The Savoy London
The Savoy London
The Savoy (another Fairmont managed hotel) is a London icon. It was here at a reception that the future Queen Elizabeth's relationship with Prince Philip became public.
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The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam
The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

Open your copy of Graham Greene's The Quiet American and start reading now. Think Catherine Deneuve in Indochine and a Vietnam in the last throes of French Colonialism and you have the feel of this place.

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Hotel du Crillon, Paris
Hotel du Crillon, Paris
A classic example of 18th century aristocratic extravagance, this former residence was where the French allied with the US during its battle for independence from Britain.
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Kempinski Hotel Bristol, Berlin
Kempinski Hotel Bristol, Berlin
Established in 1897, the Kempinski luxury hotel collection is one of the oldest in Europe - with properties now stretching across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. 
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