Hotel Interlaken Interlaken, Switzerland Opened: 1323 Originally a hospital, then a cloister, and eventually a tavern, the Hotel Interlaken was first chronicled as a guesthouse in 1323. It was renovated in 1491, at which point it received its own coat of arms (which can still be seen on the façade). Remnants of the original walls are also evident in the lobby, the bar, and the restaurant.
Hotel Stein Salzburg, Austria Opened: 1399 It may look like a fortress, but the Hotel Stein actually opened as a tavern and inn. In the 16th century, it briefly became famous for its home-brewed beer, and from 1945 to 1950, it was occupied by American troops. Reestablished as a hotel after the war, today it rocks a bit of a BDSM-vibe complete with zebra print, leather accents, and shiny silk sheets.
The Old Bell Hotel and Restaurant Malmesbury, UK Opened: 1220 Though it claims to be England’s oldest hotel, we know that the other Old Bell actually takes the crown. That said, this spot still dates back to the early 13th century, and was built as a hostel for guests and dignitaries visiting the Malmesbury Abbey. At the time, the abbey was home to the second largest library in Europe, and one of the most important seats of learning in the country.
Solothurn, a small town not far from Lucerne, is hiring a replacement hermit. The last hermit left in the spring, complaining about all the visitors that dropped by. (The job description includes giving tours of the chapel and gorge adjacent to the hermitage.) | Via Travel + Leisure.