The other week, I saw an ad in the New Yorker for a hotel in Switzerland that indicated it was part of the Swiss Historic Hotels. Being interested in that kind of thing, I investigated more and found all sorts of fabulous places to stay. Their motto, “Patina, not dust”, made me smile. Many of the Swiss hotels of course are high end and a tad on the expensive side, but there are plenty of other ways to sleep steeped in history.
Youth hostels, a particular favorite, come in all forms, from historic vessels in Sweden to castles in Scotland. The paradors of Spain and Portugal are usually old inns oozing with charm and character.
In the United Sates, you can get your blast from the past with a stay in places built in the glory days of roadside architecture. More kitschy than stately, nonetheless, they still transport you back in time.