30 mind-bogglingly old hotels where you can actually stay

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An often-cited myth regarding the past is that most people never journeyed more than 20 miles from home. This is plain foolishness. As long as human beings have existed, they have traveled. And when people wander, they need a place to stay.

In Japan, the traditional inn culture (called “ryokan”) sprang up 1300 years ago. In the Middle East, the Turks developed “caravanserai” for merchant caravans. In medieval Europe, most would prefer to stay at a monastery, but inns were an important option for merchant towns. Some of these historical way-stops still exist to this day.

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30. Bush Inn (Australia)

  • Year founded: 1815
  • Address: 49 – 51 Montagu St, New Norfolk, Tasmania 7140, Australia

Image Credit: Bush Inn.

29. Manuc’s Inn (Romania)

  • Year founded: 1808
  • Address: Str. Franceza 62-64, Bucharest, Romania

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28. Hotel d’Europe (France)

  • Year founded: 1799
  • Address: 12 Place Crillon, 84000 Avignon, France

Image Credit: Hotel d’Europe.

27. George (Ukraine)

  • Year founded: 1793
  • Address: Miskevycha Square, 1, Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, 79000

Image Credit: George.

26. Houw Hoek Hotel (South Africa)

  • Year founded: 1779
  • Address: N2, Houw Hoek, Grabouw, 7160, South Africa

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25. Grandhotel Pupp (Czech Republic)

  • Year founded: 1767
  • Address: Mírové nám. 2, 360 01 Karlovy Vary, Czechia

Image Credit: Grandhotel Pupp.

24. Hotel Lawrence (Portugal)

  • Year founded: 1764
  • Address: R. Consiglieri Pedroso 38, 2710-550 Sintra, Portugal

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23. Abbasi Hotel Isfahan (Iran)

  • Year founded: 1700
  • Address: Isfahan, Amadegah St, Iran

Image Credit: Abbasi Hotel Isfahan.

22. Pest-Buda Design Hotel (Hungary)

  • Year founded: 1696
  • Address: Budapest, Fortuna u. 3, 1014 Hungary

Image Credit: Pest-Buda Design Hotel.

21. The Seaside Inn (U.S.)

  • Year founded: 1660
  • Address: 80 Beach Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, USA

Image Credit: The Seaside Inn.

20. Pod Roza Hotel (Poland)

  • Year founded: 1650
  • Address: Floriańska 14, 31-021 Kraków, Poland

Image Credit: Pod Roza Hotel.

19. Walaker Hotell (Norway)

  • Year founded: 1640
  • Address: Solvornvegen 324, Fv338 5, 6879 Solvorn, Norway

Image Credit: Walaker Hotell.

18. The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn (Northern Ireland)

  • Year founded: 1614
  • Address: 15-25 Main St, Crawfordsburn, Bangor BT19 1JH, United Kingdom

Image Credit: The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn.

17. Gripsholms Värdshus (Sweden)

  • Year founded: 1609
  • Address: Kyrkogatan 1, 647 30 Mariefred, Sweden

Image Credit: Gripsholms Värdshus.

16. Woodenbridge Hotel and Lodge (Ireland)

  • Year founded: 1608
  • Address: Vale of Avoca, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Image Credit: Woodenbridge Hotel and Lodge.

15. The Narutis Hotel (Lithuania)

  • Year founded: 1581
  • Address: Pilies g. 24, Vilnius 01123, Lithuania

Image Credit: The Narutis Hotel.

14. Hotel Dagmar (Denmark)

  • Year founded: 1581
  • Address: Torvet 1, 6760 Ribe, Denmark

Image Credit: Hotel Dagmar.

13. The Kenmore Hotel (Scotland)

  • Year founded: 1572
  • Address: Kenmore, Aberfeldy PH15 2NU, United Kingdom

Image Credit: The Kenmore Hotel (Scotland).

12. Hôtel Cour du Corbeau Strasbourg – MGallery (France)

  • Year founded: 1528
  • Address: 6-8 Rue des Couples, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Image Credit: Hôtel Cour du Corbeau Strasbourg.

11. Hostal dos Reis Católicos (Spain)

  • Year founded: 1499
  • Address: Praza do Obradoiro, 1, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain

Image Credit: Hostal dos Reis Católicos.

10. Bear Hotel (Wales)

  • Year founded: 1432
  • Address: High Street, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1BW

Image Credit: Bear Hotel.

9. Hotel Damier (Belgium)

  • Year founded: 1398
  • Address: Grote Markt 41, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium

Image Credit: Hotel Damier.

8. Hotel de Draak (Netherlands)

  • Year founded: 1397
  • Address: Grote Markt 36, 4611 NT Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands

Image Credit: Hotel de Draak.

7. Hotel-Gasthof Löwen (Liechtenstein)

  • Year founded: 1380
  • Address: Herrengasse 35, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Image Credit: Hotel-Gasthof Löwen.

6. Gastagwirt (Austria)

  • Year founded: 1380
  • Address: Alte Wr. Str. 37, 5301 Eugendorf, Austria

Image Credit: Gastagwirt.

5. Hotel Interlaken (Switzerland)

  • Year founded: 1323
  • Address: Höheweg 74, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland

Image Credit: Hotel Interlaken.

4. Hotel Alte Goste (Itlay)

  • Year founded: 1142
  • Address: Goste, 2, 39030 Oberolang, Südtirol, Italy

Image Credit: Hotel Alte Goste.

3. The Olde Bell Hotel (U.K.)

  • Year founded: 1135
  • Address: Abbey Row, Malmesbury SN16 0BW, United Kingdom

Image Credit: The Olde Bell Hotel.

2. Zum Roten Baeren (Germany)

  • Year founded: 1120
  • Address: Oberlinden 12, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Image Credit: Zum Roten Baeren.

1. Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan (Japan)

  • Year founded: 705
  • Address: Nishiyama Hot Spring, Hayakawa-cho, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture 409-2702

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