Guest cycling along the Rhône river bank with the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva hotel in the background

Five hotels steeped in history


From Joseph Conrad’s former residence to the iconic eateries of Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong’s flagship, these five hotels bristle with historic splendour.

Inside, the original 19th-century Authors’ Lounge is a dazzling setting for tea, having retained colonial features such as the rattan fans and French windows that former hotel residents Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad would have also enjoyed.

Few things are more spine-tingling than waking up in a hotel – or a city – where history has been made. Whether frequented by a slew of world-renowned authors or within touching distance of time-worn landmarks, these five captivating hotels offer up epic tomes of history in locations that will inspire awe and admiration.