Hotels have been the hotbed of the rich, famous, and powerful in the modern age of human existence. Here are some of the most famous hotels from history located outside of the United States.
The Cecil Hotel in Alexandria, Egypt, was used as a base by Winston Churchill and other world leaders as they visited Egypt. Currently a luxury hotel in the middle of the business district, the Cecil was built in 1929 and is right on the Mediterranean.
The Imperial Tokyo was built in 1890 to a rousing success that still brings in high class visitors. The hotel sits across from the emperor’s palace in Tokyo and was redesigned with a new structure in 1923 by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Savoy in London is one of the most recognizable luxury hotels in Great Britain. Located on The Strand with views of the Thames, this hotel sits in the heart of the West End theatre district. At this point in time it is undergoing a renovation that will keep it closed until 2010.
Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India, will take your breath away. Built in 1835 as a royal palace, it was converted into a hotel in 1957. Exquisite gardens and marble floors await you as you walk the halls that Indian royalty frequented.
The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland, is the iconic hotel you see when golfers finish the British Open major tournament. Overlooking the coastline of Scotland you can imagine how many golf balls have ended up in the water from wayward shots.
The Peninsula in Hong Kong was built in 1928 and has seen the likes of Julie Andrews, Yul Brynner, Gene Hackman, Brian Keith, Sir Roger Moore, and George C. Scott. Still a luxury hotel, the Peninsula is a wonderfully historic place to stay.
Canada’s Chateau Frontenac is the iconic building in Quebec with the green roof and tall spires on the edges of the roof. Opened in 1893 this huge hotel was originally owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway to entice tourists to different destinations.
Hotel Kamp in Helsinki, Finland, has been seeing guests since 1887. Composer Jean Sibelius made this hotel his home as he composed many of his famous works.
D’Angleterre is Copenhagen’s oldest hotel started as a restaurant in 1755 and became a hotel in 1787. It has hosted Danish royalty ever since when they visit the city. Amongst its famous American guests you can count Dwight Eisenhower and Al Gore. Dozens of famous actors have called this hotel home for at least one night including Tony Curtis, Christopher Lee, Max von Sydow, and Viggo Mortensen.
The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne, Australia, opened its doors in 1883 in grand Victorian fashion. Just about any celebrity or politician who goes to Australia stays here.