India is a magical place, preserving the past to remain an enchanting place to visit time and time again. There is a wealth of great places to stay from the grand and opulent to the small and unique. But it is the heritage hotels in India and Sri Lanka that we love best. These hotels showcase the beautiful furniture we adore and are true custodians of the past, offering insights and experiences evoking times past. Here are just some of our favourite finds.
Situated in the heart of the city the Glenburn Penthouse is an elegant and discreet hotel with amazing views over the Calcutta.
The sister hotel of the carefully converted Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling, the penthouse is exquisitely decorated. Think of four poster beds, ceiling fans, claw-foot tubs, gleaming chequer-board marble and parquet floors and of course, beautiful antique Bengal colonial furniture.
In the Drawing and dining rooms you will find bespoke ‘Hindoostan’ wallpaper designed in Paris depicting scenes of rural India from days gone by. It has to be one of the most beautiful colonial hotels in India.
Study in Rajput Suite.
Dining room Taj Mahal Palace.
Not only one of the best heritage hotels in India, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, is possibly one of the best, most iconic hotels in India. It was commissioned by Jamsehdji Tata and opened its doors to guests on 16 December 1903 as the Taj Mahal Hotel. Its ornate style is described as ‘saracenic revival architecture’ and the building is evocative of a Rajput Palace.
Enviably located overlooking the epochal Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea, the Palace wing of the hotel exudes old world glamour and charm. Full of beautiful British colonial furniture this stunning hotel has to be seen to be believed.
Four Poster Bed and Dutch Chest.
Amangalla lies within the ramparts of Sri Lanka’s 17th-century Galle Fort, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Once the New Oriental Hotel, where it welcomed P&O steamers and globe-trotters from all over the world, it is now a luxury retreat.
The Amangalla, like the very best heritage hotels, is a skilful mix of old world charm and modern flourishes. Oversized Dutch colonial chests sit at the foot of elegant rosewood four poster beds in the bedrooms, and in the reception area laid back easy chairs provide a restful place for weary travellers. Many of the features are original including the tiled veranda floors and the polished floors in the Zaal, or Great Hall.
Tucked away in a quiet part of Cuelim in Goa is The Postcard Cuelim, a 350 year old mansion previously owned by the Father of Goan Liberation, Dr T.B. Cunha.
Rich in history, the influence of the Portuguese is apparent throughout the hotel. Portuguese colonial furniture decorate the calm and artistic spaces. Portuguese colonial chairs invite the guests to take a seat in the cooling outdoor spaces. The house has many original features including a 350 year old chapel housed inside the premises, patterned tiles and views of the rice fields. mature gardens with a castellated gate and enchanting views across the rice fields.
Heritage hotels offer an authentic experience with cultural significance to the surrounding area. They are undoubtably beautiful hotels to stay in with perfectly curated interior design. From the napkins and towels though to the art and artefacts and of course our favourite, the antique furniture. Heritage hotels are true custodians of the past.
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