Blog Category: Historic Hotels

Michelle says: “I have a very special place in my heart for historic hotels. History is created with the passage of time- it´s intangible, and unlike luxury, it is something that money can´t buy.
When you walk into a historic or heritage hotel, it feels different, intriguing, set apart from the outside world; you can almost savour the history in the air. You know that fascinating, world-changing events have taken place in this very space, famous people have walked through these corridors, and it always feels like an occasion to stay here. Do you love historic hotels too? Are you, like me, so hooked that you can never have enough of them either? Then read on… “

Park Hotel Vitznau
Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Raffles Hotel, Beijing, China.
Raffles Hotel, Singapore.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong, China
The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland.
The Norfolk Fairmont Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
The Fairmont Hotel, Beijing, China.
Four Seasons Prague, Czech Republic
Hotel La Florida, Barcelona, Spain.
The Hotel Kamp, Helsinki
The Premier Place Hotel, Kiev
The Waldorf Hilton, London
The Sacher Hotel, Vienna, Austria
Napa River Inn


Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year from Hotel Essence Photography. This year we photographed the magnificent Christmas decorations and the iconic Mystery Lady timepiece at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.  This unique conical clock stands proud in the lobby of the historic hotel. It...

Festive holiday photography

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Spanish Parador Hotel Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Spanish Parador Hotel Love in the Time of Coronavirus

  by Michelle Chaplow Some of the most attractive and unique places to stay in Spain are the Parador hotels. Today, they are finding an important new purpose: as possible hospitals to treat coronavirus patients The Spanish Government has placed The Paradors at...
A feast of high tea photography from Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

A feast of high tea photography from Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

  It does not matter how far I travel, the superb cuisine and the almost intuitive service at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is my benchmark for the luxury hotel industry, worldwide. No better way than to spend an afternoon, listening to the classical guitar...