Before They Were Hotels

Given the success of Airbnb’s ask to “live like a local,” experience seems to carry more value to the leisure traveler than commodity these days; cultural immersion is all the rage. But if dirty bathtubs, TVs that don’t work, busted furniture, and the occasional Kramer-with-a-spare-key-charging-in-at-inopportune-moments is a little too local for your tastes (and if you left the cramming into chicken buses with nothing but a knapsack and a moleskin back in your early 20s), hotels with history offer a predictable-yet-unexpected sense of place.

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