15 oldest hotels in the world (Part I)

Many visitors come to the oldest hotels because of not only accomodations but also their long history.


Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, Yamanashi, Japan:

In 2011, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan hot spring hotel was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest hotel on the planet. The hotel has been managed by 52 generations in a family for more than 1,300 years since its opening in 705. Photo: Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan.


Hōshi Ryokan, Komatsu, Japan:

Hōshi Ryokan is a ryokan, or a traditional Japanese inn, with tatami floor, futon beds and local dishes. This hotel was established in 717 and managed by 46 generations of a family since its opening. Photo: Daily Mail. 


Maids Head Hotel, Norwich, England:

Since the first Norman bishop of Norwich, Herbert de Losinga built Maids Head in the mid-1090s, it welcomed England’s city and rural visitors. The hotel accommodated many royal family members such as the black prince Edward, the son of King Edward III, or Queen Catharinen of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. Photo: Classicbritishhotels.


Zum Roten Bären, Freiburg, Germany:

As you stroll around the city of Freiburg, you will, no doubt, come across an old-style red building whose façade is laden with murals, flower boxes, and a shiny bear over the entrance. This is Zum Roten Bären, also known as “The Red Bear", built in 1120 and considered the oldest hotel in Germany. The Duke of Zähringen had built the hotel before the city Freiberg was established in 1457. Photo: Staedte-fotos. 


Olde Bell, Berkshire, England:

The Olde Bell Hotel, which was founded in 1135, is a guest house for visitors coming to the nearby Benedictine church. For hundreds of years, the Sanctus bell signaled to monks that an important visitor had come to the village. The Sanctus bell is today still hung on Olde Bell's door as a welcome sign. Photo: Zinzins.


Angel & Royal, Grantham, England:

The Angel & Royal hotel was built in 1203 as a dormitory for the Brotherhood of Knights Templar. Today, visitors come to the hotel for not only accommodations but also the history of this place. Photo: AngelRoyalHotel.


Sanct Peter, Cologne, Germany:

The Sanct Peter Hotel, which has been operating since 1246, possesses a restaurant that is recognized as one of the top 100 restaurants in Germany. The name was given by Cologne Cathedral lords, the inn owners until 1805. In 20th century the entire Sanct Peter estate acquired the Brogsitter family, which lived in the Ahr Valley for over 400 years. Photo: HRS.

By: Christina Baker

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