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With the advent of new hotels and establishments around the world, it is hard to spot those fairly artistic colonial hotels that give you the feeling of being transported to the medieval ages as soon as you walk into them.

Such hotels have almost been demolished everywhere to give rise to more futuristic buildings. However, one cannot forget the classy touch and elegance that these old hotels offered customers and if you still want to get a taste of that cherishable old age charm, here are a list of some really popular colonial hotels in Asia.

The Westin Chosun Hotel: Formerly called The Chosun Hotel, the Westin Chosun Hotel officially opened in 1914 and has been in operation ever since. Situated in Seoul, South Korea, the hotel is one of the most renowned Western style hotels in the whole of Korea.

 

The Westin Chosun prides itself in the fact that it introduced several concepts to the country including ice creams, dance parties and elevators. The hotel has seen the likes of Gerald Ford, Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe and Bob Hope. All the 453 guest rooms of the hotel have been recently renovated,  extremely spacious and are scattered over 20 floors.

Raffles Hotel: Officially opened in 1887, the Raffles Hotel is located in Singapore and almost became a tourist hotspot within a few years of opening. The hotel has its share of glorious moments which include the invention of the Singapore Sling, the last waltz that was heard before Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942 and the killing of the last wild tiger on the island, all of which took place at the hotel.

The restored hotel today still atrracts thousands of visitors every day who walk in to get a peek at the hotel’s colonial grandeur. The hotel houses a museum, an open lobby and a theater playhouse in addition to several exclusive boutiques.

Peace Hotel: The Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China, is undergoing renovation and it touted to open at the end of the year as the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai. The original hotel opened in 1929 and consisted of two individual establishments.

The Cathay Hotel became to be known as one of the world’s most extravagant hotel while the Sassoon House acted as a residential/office complex. Today, the hotel is famous for its jazz bar and the old Shanghai cabaret show.

Imperial Hotel: Located in Tokyo, Japan, the Imperial Hotel was originally built in 1890 for the Imperial family to house foreign guests. Afterwards, the hotel and its design was handed over to Frank Lloyd Wright who opened the hotel to the public in 1922. Camas articuladas

The hotel is shaped like a pyramid and has several Maya inspired decors and furnishings, some of which reflect Wright’s unique style and perspective.

Mandarin Oriental: Situated in Bangkok, Thailand, the Mandarin Oriental opened in 1876 and is touted to be one of the oldest hotels in the entire world. The hotel was responsible for bringing to light several features and amenities that were unkwown to Siam before.

These included carpeted hallways, billiards rooms, ladies rooms, smoking rooms and even the concept of the second floor. The hotel has seen its share of biggies including Princess Diana, Neil Armstrong, Elizabeth Taylor and David Beckham over the years.

The hotel houses a total of 358 rooms and 35 suites. A highlight of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the two storey Author’s Wing which has been left untouched ever since the hotel opened in the 19th century.


Galle Face: Located in Sri Lanka, the former Galle Face House was built in 1864 as a private Dutch villa. The nightclub housed within the villa (called the Coconut Grove) became one of the most frequented hotspots in the country.

The hotel has been frequented by Mignonne Fernando, the Jetliners and Sir Arthur Charles Clarke along with several other celebrities. The hotel is touted to be one of the oldest establishments in Asia today and offers its guests the opton of choosing between the Classic Wing which has retained the original look and atmosphere of the hotel and the Regency which has been refurbished to add a few modern elements into the colonial design.

The Peninsula Hotel: Located in Hong Kong, the Peninsula Hotel opened in 1928 and has gained itself the name of being the finest hotel east of Suez. Magnificently built and lavishly decorated and furnished, the hotel has entertained generals, governors and even members of the royal family for decades.

A highlight of the Peninsula Hotel is the ornate lobby where one can sip afternoon tea, a tradition that is followed in the country to this day.

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