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Travelling can be more than just highlighting a spot on your map, it can also be about taking in the culture and history of a region. A perfect way to get a feel for the culture of a new place is to plunge yourself in its history. Touring the area's museums or landmarks is a great kick-off, but a stay in a Banff historic hotel can send you back to another time period. Pack your duffel (no need for a time machine) as your Banff landmark hotel awaits.
A visit to one of these Banff historic accommodations can give you a feel for a historic era as soon as you pass through the lobby. With unique architectures and locations in the heart of Banff, it will become clear what makes Banff a must for travellers. Luckily, you won't have to live totally in the past. While these accommodations are historic, they have most up-to-date conveniences to help you take it easy during your trip. You'll notice rooms outfitted with a cozy bed and just about anything else you'll need for a wonderful visit.
After you have explored your hotel, you can continue to take in this culturally-rich region by checking out the museums and well-known landmarks. Of course, all this exploring can work up an appetite. Be sure to read the reviews and see the recommendations other visitors to Banff believe is merit visiting. You can also ask your hotel's front desk so you can find out where some of the local areas to grab a pint or tea in Banff are.
Banff has 545 vintage hotels that exude the feel and look of another era. Some of these hotel rooms are where important politicians stayed. You are sure to find an accommodation possessing all the in-room amenities as well as the characteristics you wish for. Be sure to reserve your Banff vintage hotel soon, or you could miss out on a one-of-a kind accommodation.
Historic hotels give guests the opportunity to stay in buildings that have been officially recognised with a national historic designation. Historic hotels can take the form of castles, stately homes, palaces or even pubs, lodges, old police stations or skyscrapers – any building that’s been identified as being of special interest.
Many historic hotels occupy buildings that were originally built for a different function, and later re-established as a hotel. The previous function or architecture of the buildings themselves represent something important in the country’s historical timeline. Such hotels typically retain original characteristics such as period features or traditional architecture, in their communal spaces and/or bedrooms.
Yes. Banff historic hotels provide a balance between an authentic experience in traditional surroundings, with a very comfortable stay. Hotel interiors are fitted with modern conveniences and updated safety features, while every effort is made to preserve historic facades and treasured traditions. Historic does not mean its run-down or uncomfortable for guests. In fact, many historic hotels are luxurious.
Guests can expect the usual amenities you’d get from a hotel such as WiFi, heating and air conditioning, good bathroom facilities and so on. The facilities depend on the design and layout of the building – historic hotels are often protected and any changes are subject to many rules and restrictions. Things like windows and pillars are more likely to be old-fashioned.
The Guinness Book of World Records lists Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan, as the oldest hotel in the world. Fujiwara Mahito opened the hot-spring hotel to guests in 705 CE – over 1,300 years and 52 generations later it is still run by the same family. The hotel, which has 37 rooms, is at the foot of the Akaishi Mountains in central Japan.