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15 Hotels High on Nostalgia

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Words Vidula KotianDate 17 March 2023

Far from a mere lens on nostalgia and the romantic past, these hotels make a passionate case for resuscitating the cult of discovery as a driving force for travel today.

For some, travel nostalgia is about going to bygone times to experience living in another era, while for others, it is about reliving their own past, traveling to places where they once lived or vacationed as children. We, therefore, give you many options, from a midcentury modern aesthetic, a Gothic historical archival building, or a more contemporary take on Americana, among others.

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From 1952 Dr. Wilkinson's original signage

Romance of times past

An iconic spa resort from the 1950s, the reinvented Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs strikes a skillful balance between retro and modern with original mosaics and midcentury furnishings. True to the resort’s nostalgic spirit, a replica of the original wellness pioneer Dr. Wilkinson’s 1952 Buick is parked at the entrance.

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Troutbeck The L-shaped structure was constructed in 1919



Take a trip to an Old-World upcountry homestead from 1919 in the bucolic hamlet of Amenia, New York. Troutbeck is a reactivated country estate with neatly manicured garden paths sprawled throughout and interiors featuring oak paneling, wood-burning limestone fireplaces, and hand-hewn beams. From around the same time, Satoyama Jujo delivers an authentic old-fashioned Japanese experience within its 150-year-old walls where cedar wood and tatami grass flooring privide a glimpse into the Niigata region’s architectural heritage, while its restaurant offers unique tastes only found here.

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Satoyama Jujo Traditional Japanese elements mix with modern pieces by the likes of Arne Jacobsen, Isamu Noguchi, and Charles & Ray Eames

The best description of nostalgia was offered by Marcel Proust who explained how eating a Madeleine cake triggered a cascade of powerful sensory associations and warm memories of childhood.

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Tsingpu Tulou An interior courtyard where guests can dine on local Hakka food

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Steeped in history

Inspired by the traditional Chinese courtyard and pavilion waterscape, Tsingpu Tulou Retreat, in the Fujian province, comprises five classical tulou structures—centuries-old earthen buildings. Also ancient are the abandoned caves in Southern Italy that house Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita. Preserving the existing architecture and local aesthetic, the hotel’s 18 impeccable rooms integrate traditional design with a minimum of contemporary luxury amenities.

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The Qvest A veritable design museum with pieces such as Gubi Olsen's Grand Piano sofa

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Neo-gothicism meets modern Eames chair sit comfortably next to Gothic windows



Nostalgia is derived from the Greek words “nostos” and “algos”, which roughly translate to homecoming pain.

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Chateau de la Resle Where antiques and contemporary art are at home

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17th-century manor Château de la Resle sits amid two hectares of landscaped gardens

Over in Cologne, The Qvest is an ode to neo-Gothicism and midcentury design. Think cross-vault ceilings, original stucco, and Gothic windows juxtaposed with iconic furniture by Eames, Panton, Jacobsen, and more. In France’s renowned Burgundy region, Château de la Resle is an ivy-wrapped 17th-century manor house whose original architectural features provide the perfect foil to a museum-worthy collection of contemporary art. The château sits on the edge of an 800-hectare hunting forest and is close to Roman-era wine villages. 

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The House Hotel Old Tbilisi Sports the city’s classic architectural look

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Town Hall Hotel A grand piece of Edwardian architecture



Delightfully retro

In the heart of the Georgian capital’s charming Old Town, The House Hotel Old Tbilisi is located in a historical building once on the verge of demolition. The hotel presents the city’s classic architectural look, defined by beautiful wooden balconies, old woodwork, and inviting terraces. In London’s East End, Town Hall Hotel is a beautifully restored period property that has been transformed into a hybrid of contemporary and Edwardian design. 

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G-Rough Showcases an unconventional “Made in Italy” concept of luxury

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Italian modern Classic 1950s furnishings abound

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Maison Couturier Bright and airy spaces feature charming antique details

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Torre de Palma Wine Hotel A mix of elegant furniture and quirky knickknacks

Fernweh is about feeling nostalgia about places you’ve never been: "When attached to somewhere unknown, travel nostalgia can be an insightful lens into how we perceive ourselves as well as who or what we want to be…"

Sarah Leigh Bannerman



Tucked away in a 17th-century palazzo, G-Rough blends Baroque grandeur and a rough-yet-refined vibe to create a poetic mix of contemporary nostalgic luxury. Moving on to the 19th-century in the tropics of Veracruz, Mexico, Maison Couturier offers you the best of Mexican and French traditions combined in an agricultural estate built by French immigrants. In Portugal, erected from the remains of a house dating from 1338, Torre de Palma Wine Hotel maintains architectural allegiance to the region, adding quirky details to the interiors to give it a distinctive look. For a quintessentially modern British vibe look no further than the Firmdale Hotels whose charming London and New York properties will wow you with their bold mix of colors and prints, and a delightful penchant for detail. Lastly, startle your senses in Provence amid sublime furniture and art at Les Andéols. Each of the hotel’s 19 villas has its own unique character, such as Maison Amoureux, where Eero Koivisto’s bright-red Avalon sofa comes alive against gray concrete walls.

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The Soho Hotel, Firmdale Hotels A experiment in mix and match

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Covent Garden Hotel, Firmdale Hotels English design mixed with contemporary accents

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Les Andeols Each of the villas has a distinct aesthetic

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Maison Amoureux Eero Koivisto’s Avalon sofa takes center stage

Featured Hotels


Satoyama Jujo

Minami-Uonuma City, Japan

The Qvest Hotel

Cologne, Germany

Château de la Resle

Montigny la Resle, Burgundy, France
Townhallhotel&Apartments London UK

Town Hall Hotel

London, United Kingdom


Rome, Italy

Maison Couturier

Veracruz, San Rafael, Mexico
T Torre De Palma Wine Hotel Monforte Portugal

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel

Alentejo, Monforte, Portugal

Les Andéols

Provence, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, France

Featured Hotels


Satoyama Jujo

Japan, Minami-Uonuma City

The Qvest Hotel

Germany, Cologne

Château de la Resle

France, Montigny la Resle, Burgundy
Townhallhotel&Apartments London UK

Town Hall Hotel

United Kingdom, London


Italy, Rome

Maison Couturier

Mexico, San Rafael, Veracruz
T Torre De Palma Wine Hotel Monforte Portugal

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel

Portugal, Monforte, Alentejo

Les Andéols

France, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, Provence
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