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Exciting, intriguing and fascinating, our collection of unique places to stay encompasses castles, chateaus, palaces, villas, monasteries, convents and more..
At Historic Hotels of Europe, our primary aim is to give our guests the very best experience during their stay. We operate to exacting standards of hospitality and service, offering fine dining and the very best in modern luxury.
But we also see ourselves as custodians of each of our 400 properties, spanning 11 countries. Each has been handpicked for their historical architecture - and the incomparable stories they encompass.
Run meticulously by those passionate about Europe´s historical heritage, our growing collection of hotels continues to provide unforgettable, authentic experiences.

Our Members

Our unique structure - we represent 11 member groups - means our properties remain independent, while operating to our shared vision of being guardians of the stories and places of the past, as well as hosts of the present.

Abitare la Storia

Abitare la Storia

Founded in 1995, Abitare la Storia is an association of independent accommodation facilities in historical dwellings, both in towns and countryside settings, covering the whole of the Italian territory. It promotes the style and traditions of Italian hospitality, while guaranteeing reliability and professionalism, and welcoming in a unique way those who are able to recognize the traces of history and art that past centuries have left imprinted on these places.

The houses belonging to Abitare la Storia, either they are hotels, restaurants, historical residences or congress centres, are located exclusively in buildings of striking architectural and scenic beauty. Each house offers a unique experience and the warmest welcome. In addition, guests cannot fail to appreciate the enthusiasm of the owner-managers whose devotion to their work is an integral part of their professionalism and attention in welcoming tourists.

Abitare la Storia also proposes a series of itineraries which link the various associate properties. It aims at promoting the many marvellous artistic, scenic, gastronomic and oenological treasures that Italy has to offer. Chose Abitare la Storia and you will experience the present by discovering the fascinating phases of history!

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has been elected for the period 2015 - 2017:
  Mrs. Barbara Avdis - Contact by email
  Founder of Yades Greek Historic Hotels, Greece
  Mr. Claes Livijn
  Chairman of Countryside Hotels, Sweden
  Mr. Kenneth Healy
  Hotel Owner and Board Member of Ireland´s Blue Book, Ireland  
  Mr. Mike Morgan
  Hotel Owner and Chairman of Welsh Rarebits, Wales

400 Independent Historic Hotels in 12 European Countries