Here we reveal the most recognisable landmark hotels across Asia, offering as much style and luxury as there is history. By Roderick Eime
It’s hard not to tip your hat to Singapore’s Raffles Hotel as the top heritage hotel in South East Asia.
Dating back to 1887, with the main building and rooms completed in 1899, it is entirely authentic and dripping with history.
More significant for its history than heritage values, The Caravelle Hotel tells the story of modern Saigon.
At one point, resident journalists claimed they could cover the unfolding war without leaving their bar stools.
The renovated hotel retains the signature frontage.
“I’d feel rich here even if I hadn’t a dime in my pocket,” an American woman is reputed to have said at the opening in 1928.
The 300-room Peninsula Hong Kong is one of Rolls-Royce’s largest customers, having bought 70 cars since opening.
For 135 years, authors and writers have walked through the doors of the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.
The ghosts of Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and James Michener still wander the authors’ suites, and the hotel still bathes in literary glory.
In 1902, the magnificent French colonial Grand Hôtel Métropole Palace first appeared, and having survived both WWII and the B-52s of the 1970s, its 364 rooms now carry the prestigious Sofitel Legend brand atop the newly-restored palace.
Viva la France!