70 Heritage Hotels in Asia Still in Operation

(Article by Giovanni Angelini, HOTELINTEL.co Intelligence for Hoteliers, February 2020)

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR – 26 FEBRUARY 2020 – NEWS Article by Giovanni Angelini

The past few months haven’t treated the hotel industry kindly in Asia. With a combination of political protests, chronic air quality issues and now the Coronavirus pandemic grinding international travel to and from Asian destinations to a halt, many in the industry are hurting badly and wondering how and ‘if’ they will weather the storm. Hopefully the following list compiled by Hotelintel.co’s own advisory board member veteran hotelier Giovanni Angelini, will provide some encouragement for hoteliers in the region – a list of 70 Heritage Hotels in Asia that despite disease outbreaks, political unrest, wars, economic collapses and natural disasters, are still going strong, the oldest of which – the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Hayakawa, Japan, has been operating since the year 705. Asia’s Heritage Hotels still in Operation

“Sequence of the listing; from opening to the Second World War”

Date: Feb, 2020

Opening YearHotelLocation
705Nishiyama Onsen KeiunkanHayakawa Japan (oldest operating in the world?)
718Hoshi RyokanKomatsu Ishikawa Japan
1191Arima OnsenKita-ku Kobe Japan
1684Amangalla HotelGalle Sri-Lanka
1729Sujan Rajmahal PalaceJaipur India
1746Lake Palace HotelUdaipur India (now Taj)
1756Jing’s ResidencePingyao China
1806Mount Lavinia HoelColombo Sri Lanka
1832Royale Chulan HotelPenang Malaysia
1835Rambach Palace HotelJaipur India
1841LaLiT Great Eastern HotelKolkata India
1856Bellevue-Dibbets/Salak Heritage HotelBogor Indonesia
1863Adelphi HotelSingapore (now Adelphi complex) (Sarkies Brothers) *[1]
1864Galle Face HotelColombo Sri-Lanka
1875Grand Oriental HotelColombo Sri Lanka
1876Oriental HotelBangkok Thailand (now Mandarin Oriental Bangkok)
1880Hotel ContinentalSaigon Vietnam
1880Falletti HotelLahore Pakistan
1880Capella HotelSingapore
1885Lal Durbar Palace/Yak & Yeti HotelKathmandu Nepal
1885Eastern & Oriental HotelPenang Malaysia (Sarkies Brothers) *
1887Raffles HotelSingapore (Sarkies Brothers) *
1888Grand Kolkata HotelKolkata India (now the Oberoi Grand)
1888Okura HotelKyoto Japan
1890Imperial HotelTokyo Japan
1891Kartika Wijaya HotelBatu East Java Indonesia (Sarkies Brothers)*
1892West End HotelBangalore India
1894Grand HotelSri Lanka
1895137 Pillars HouseChiang Mai Thailand
1900Miyako HotelKyoto Japan (now Westin)
1900Goodwood Park HotelSingapore
1901Strand HotelYangon Burma (Sarkies Brothers) *
1901Metropole HotelHanoi Vietnam (now Sofitel)
1902Tai O Heritage HotelLantau Island Hong Kong
1902Maidens HotelDelhi India
1903Taj Mahal PalaceMumbai India
1904Satri House HotelLuang Prabang Laos
1908Chakrabongse VillaBangkok Thailand
1909Nara HotelNara Japan
1909Shanghai Club/HotelShanghai China (now Waldorf Astoria)
1910Majapahit HotelSurabaya Indonesia (Sarkies Brothers) *
1910Phoenix HotelYogyakarta Indonesia
1912Manila HotelManila Philippines
1914Chosun HotelSeoul Korea (now Westin)
1914Shanghai Ruijin/Morris Garden HotelShanghai China (now InterContinental)
1915Tokyo Station HotelTokyo Japan
1915Grand Hotel de PekinBeijing China
1920Belmond Governor’s ResidenceYangon Myanmar (Burma)
1920Rex HotelSaigon Vietnam
1920Majestic HotelMalacca Malaysia
1923Cafe Batavia & Hermitage HotelJakarta Indonesia
1923Railway HotelHua Hin Thailand (now Centara Grand)
1926Rachamankha HotelChiang Mai Thailand
1926French Club/HotelShanghai China (now Okura)
1928Peninsula HotelHong Kong
1928Tjampuhan HotelUbud-Bali Indonesia
1928Fullerton HotelSingapore (hotel since 2001)
1929Umaid Bhawan PalaceJodhpur India (now Taj)
1929Peace HotelShanghai China (now Fairmont)
1929Hotel Le RoyalPhnom Penh Cambodia (now Raffles)
1929Goodwood Park HotelSingapore
1930La Residence Hue Hotel & SpaHue Vietnam
1930Central HotelNanjing China
1932Majestic HotelKuala Lumpur Malaysia
1932Settha Palace HotelVientiane Laos
1932Grand Hotel d’AngkorSiem Reap Cambodia (now Raffles)
1936Imperial HotelKyoto Japan
1936Imperial HotelNew Delhi India
1937Metropolo Classiq HotelShanghai China
1938Yabshi Phunkhang HeritageLhasa China

[1] The first hotel group in Asia (a portfolio of 9 Hotels) was founded and managed by the Sarkies Brothers & Family; Hotels included: 1863 – The Adelphi Hotel, Singapore. 1884 – The Eastern Hotel Penang and in 1885 – The Oriental Hotel Penang that in 1889 were combined into the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. 1887 – The Raffles Hotel, Singapore. 1891 – The Kartika Wijaya, Batu-East Java, Indonesia. 1901 – The Strand Hotel in Rangoon. 1905 – The Crag Hotel in Penang. 1910 – The Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya. 1923 – The Seaview Hotel, Singapore.