While few might argue that traveling is more about experiencing a city than enjoying the hotel, some would disagree. After all, a hotel – be it an architectural boutique relic with no more than 20 guest rooms or a sprawling space with more than one on-site restaurant – has much more to offer than just a place to stay. And as much as jet-setters and locals appreciate an elegant new building with all the luxury of an ultra-modern resort, it is refreshing and even earthy to live within centuries-old walls. Fortunately, there is no shortage of historic hotels around the world.