1. Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, Japan
Established in 705
Actually, the above year is not a mistake and there is no ‘one’ for one thousand missing, in fact the hotel is included in the Guinness World Records as the oldest hotel in the world. Moreover, its success story has earned it the title of the hotel with the longest successful continuous business operation. The hotel is a unique example of traditional Japanese accommodation, which has so far been run by 52 generations of the same family.
2. Zum Roten Bären, Germany
Established in 1120
Zum Roten Bären, the oldest hotel in Europe, is actually older than the city of Freiburg, where it is located. For a very short time in its history, the hotel, which has lived through several revolutions, a peasant revolt, the Thirty Years' War and the Second World War, was even part of France. Fifty-one owners and countless renovations later, the hotel still carries its original name and some architectural features, most of which are visible in the basement.
3. The Old Bell, United Kingdom
Established in 1135
Throughout its history, the hotel has hosted many important guests, including the royal family, and during the Second World War it provided the venue for meetings between Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Even today, a mysterious tunnel runs between the hotel and a nearby monastery, which is one of the most important elements of the past, even more so considering the hotel has been renovated and thoroughly modernised several times.
4. Orso Grigio, Italy
Established in 1300
When the hotel was founded in 1300 in the Italian Dolomites, it was located in one of the most picturesque areas of Austria. Since the Second World War, the Orso Grigio hotel is geographically part of Italy, however, its name was Italian even before that. At the time when it was established, the hotel served as a stopover for numerous travellers, while during the Second World War it housed a military hospital.
5. Grand Hotel Union
Established in 1905
Ever since it was established, Grand Hotel Union has been famed for its exclusive location, as it has always provided visitors to Slovenia’s capital will the best starting point for a number of sightseeing tours and exclusive accommodation. From here you can enjoy a wonderful view of Ljubljana’s main square, the Prešeren Square, with the Triple Bridge, as well as the Ljubljana Castle. When it was opened in 1905 with a big celebration, it became the first modern hotel in Ljubljana and the largest building in the city.