Heritage hotels in 5 popular cities

Feb 14,2018

The best way to understand the history of a destination is to actually experience it for yourself. These timeless hotels not only ooze tradition and elegance, but they each have a story to tell.

Opened in 1927, this hotel has had many gifted intellectuals and artists grace its corridors, from Charles Lindbergh, who stayed here after completing his legendary flight across the Atlantic, to Jean Cocteau, the acclaimed French author of Les Enfants Terribles. For its interior, architects masterfully combined Belle Époque, Beaux Arts and Art Deco elements, creating the style of Années Folles (Roaring Twenties). Today, its main hall still retains many features from the past, such as its Art Deco lifts and furniture, grand pillars, as well as elaborate marble, wood and brass carvings. Crowning the hotel is also a unique glass roof cupola that allows for natural light during the day and welcomes the dazzling lights of the city by night.

Millennium Hotel Paris Opéra

Located in London’s museum quarter, South Kensington, Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington is a grande dame that survived the turn of the century and two World Wars. Established in 1876, this restored Victorian townhouse still boasts the same red brick and white stone from that era. Lining its interior is a traditional spiral staircase, stained-glass windows and working fireplaces. Its rooms have also recently been refurbished, blending rustic furnishings with modern amenities.

Millennium Bailey’s Hotel London Kensington

With a history tracing back to 1807, this is undoubtedly one of the oldest UK hotels in existence. Its famous former guests include Sir Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt's special envoy, Harry Hopkins, who met here in 1941 to discuss the war effort. Now, Millennium Hotel Glasgow’s dark wood panel furnishings have been augmented with a sleek, contemporary aesthetic, providing the comforts of a four-star hotel while still offering a vintage experience that travellers crave, as well as classic Scottish flavours in its brasserie. Situated on the historic George Square, guests can enjoy both the neo-Gothic architecture of the area and the hotel’s close proximity to charming countryside.

This five-star boutique hotel is in one of Rome’s most prestigious period buildings. It was designed by prodigious architect, Marcello Piacentini, in classic Italian high-culture style, with gold enamelled furnishings and sleek chequered marble tiling. Guests enter through a wrought-iron gate, with its public areas featuring frescoes depicting Roman high society in the 1920s, Murano crystal chandeliers and colourful mosaics. Located on the vibrant Via Veneto, guests can also enjoy al fresco dining out on the hotel’s terraces.

Grand Hotel Palace Rome

An icon of downtown Los Angeles, Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles is synonymous with the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood. Open since 1923, this upscale hotel was designed in a neo-Renaissance style and is adorned with marble columns and intricate murals, evoking the opulence and wild abandon of the decade. It has a star-studded history, from hosting the early editions of the Academy Awards, to being a key filming location for international box office hits such as Iron Man and The Wedding Crashers. Today, the hotel still possesses that same flair that it originally came to be known for and is a preferred site for high-profile show business events.

For more hotel accommodation options that blend heritage style and sophistication, check out Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ range of luxury hotels in other destinations.

Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles


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