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The World's Best Historic and Heritage Accommodation

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Written by
Joyce Choi, Kate Herz, Katie Holmes & Emily Hunter

Published on: September 5th, 2017

Last modified: November 18th, 2019

Here at Jacada we enjoy a touch of Old World style.

Whether it's African camps echoing bygone days of a colonial era or gorgeous art deco Vietnamese hotels, we are always on the lookout for the best heritage accommodation to add a touch of history to your adventure.

Take a look below for some of the world's best historic and heritage accommodation.

Gateway to Machu Picchu
Hotel Monasterio
Ocean views
Palacio Astoreca
Idyllic countryside
Hacienda Zuleta
Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru

1) Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru

One of our all-time favourite hotels in Latin America, Hotel Monasterio is a former monastery which has been lovingly restored to beautiful effect. Decorated with antiques of Spanish design and built on Incan foundations, this renowned and luxury hotel is protected by the National Institute of Culture.

Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru

In the heart of the magical and magnificent city of Cusco, and just minutes away from the main plaza with all the best restaurants and museums, the hotel also offers extra-luxurious comfort in the form of oxygen enriched bedrooms to help guests acclimatise to the high altitude.

Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru
Colourful houses and blooms in Valparaiso, Chile

2) Palacio Astoreca, Valparaiso, Chile

Based atop a hill in Valparaiso, Palacio Astoreca is a striking red and white 1920s mansion that has been restored into a lovely boutique hotel. The historic building’s design is contrasted with contemporary furnishings which include pieces of modern art plus a luxury steam room and massage rooms.

Palacio Astoreca, Chile, Valparaiso

Enjoy the hotel’s stunning restaurant and wine bar, head out on explorations of Valparaiso’s colourful 19th century architecture and faded coastal grandeur, or dip into the nearby vineyards of the Aconcagua and Casablanca Valleys.

Wine Cave at Palacio Astoreca, Valparaiso, Chile
Horses Zuleta Otavalo Ecuador

3) Hacienda Zuleta, Otavalo Area, Ecuador

The former president’s home in the stunning Otavalo countryside, this seventeenth century property is now a beautiful hotel boasting guestrooms adorned with antiques and libraries decorated with historical paintings and photographs. The estate produces its own cheese onsite and there is an exciting program for the rehabilitation of Condors.

Interior, Hacienda Zuleta, Otavalo, Ecuador

Based in an impressive 2,000 hectares of countryside, when you are not admiring the heritage furniture and ornaments, spend your time horse riding, mountain biking and hiking around the surrounding pastureland. For the ultimate in authentic Ecuadorian culture, head over to the Otavalo Market on your way there.

Horseback riding, Hacienda Zuleta, Otavalo, Ecuador
Bar El Coro, Sofitel Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia

The best of the rest

4) Sofitel Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia

Found in the lovely Colombian city of Cartagena, the grand Sofitel Santa Clara is an original colonial convent featuring cloistered gardens, terracotta walkways and arches, and strewn with gorgeous antique furniture. The luxury guestrooms here offer modern comfort, while the colourful colonial suites combine a nostalgic sense of old and new.

Cloisters at Sofitel Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia

5) Hacienda Xcanatun, Merida, Mexico

Surrounded by exotic gardens, Hacienda Xcanatun is found just outside Merida and brims with history, charm and character. The authentic hacienda provides private, spacious rooms that are designed with rural old-world affluence mind. Its extensive grounds add to the feeling of timeless seclusion.

Interior at Hacienda Xcanatun, Merida, Mexico

6) Hub Porteno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This historical property in Buenos Aires has been wonderfully renovated to create a lovely hotel. A mix of original antiquities and modern, quality artisan works including hand crafted mirrors grace the spacious guestrooms here at Hub Porteno, while the renowned restaurant promises delicious Argentine cuisine.

The beautiful art deco style entrance hall at Hub Porteno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

7) The River Club, Livingstone, Zambia

Sitting on the banks of the Zambezi River, this graceful hotel is a restored 1940s farmhouse giving it an authentic colonial feel. While The River Club nods to the Edwardian era with touches such as croquet on the lawn, the luxury chalets and communal area provide complete modern-day comfort.

Interior, The River Club, Zambia

8) Jack's Camp, the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

Located in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Jack’s Camp is decked out with original antiquities, offering plenty of colonial themed indulgences. The sumptuous tents here are home to four poster beds and Persian carpets, while the activities range from quad biking to time with the local Bushmen.

Interior, Jack's Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

9) The Mount Nelson, Cape Town, South Africa

This large heritage property is regarded as one of Cape Town’s premier hotels. Set in pretty, landscaped grounds, the Mount Nelson boasts elegant colonial interiors. A visit here would not be complete however without enjoying the extravagant afternoon tea which takes place in the sophisticated, imperial sitting room and observatory.

Interior at the Mount Nelson, Cape Town, South Africa

10) Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam

Sofitel Metropole oozes old world sophistication with its deluxe heritage rooms and suites which combine colonial grandeur with modern-day comforts. What’s more, its prestigious location in the French Quarter just steps from the Opera House ensures plenty of opportunity to explore the city of Hanoi.

Terrace of the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

11) La Residence, Hue, Vietnam

Echoing the Imperial city in which it is located, La Residence is the original home of the former French colonial governor and still retains its stately splendour. Art deco design and 1930s architecture adorns the hotel which is based on the banks of the Perfume River.

Exterior and pool, La Residence, Hue, Vietnam

12) Cameron Highlands Resort, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Surrounded by flourishing tea plantations, Cameron Highlands Resort is styled as a sumptuous colonial country club. The traditionally designed guestrooms here enjoy furnishings such as four poster beds and bespoke furniture, while the Jim Thompson Tea Room offers a nostalgic spot for the classic English afternoon tea.

Fireside reading, Cameron Highlands Resort, Malaysia

13) Amantaka, Luang Prabang, Laos

This boutique property is made up of fifteen converted French colonial buildings, all of which exude utter elegance and luxury. Old world charm and grace is prevalent throughout Amantaka, which is a mere stroll from the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang.

Pool and exterior of Amantaka, Luang Prabang, Laos

14) Raffles Singapore, Singapore

The iconic Raffles hotel in Singapore is steeped in history, most commonly known for its invention of gin-based cocktail, the Singapore Sling. This flagship hotel opened in 1887 on the site of a privately owned 10-bedroom beach house attracting wealthy clientele. Now, after various expansions, it hosts 103 beautifully decorated suites featuring art deco style, historic memorabilia and even rooms dedicated to famous figures associated with the hotel’s illustrious past.

15) Otahuna, Christchurch, New Zealand

Nestled amongst the Christchurch hills, this 1895 Victorian house has now been beautifully restored in the style of an English country estate with dark wood, elegant antique furniture, ornate fireplaces and a whitewashed veranda that boasts sweeping views across the plains.

Veranda at Otahuna, Christchurch, New Zealand

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