Known locally as "the castle", the Fairmont Banff Springs was built in 1888 around the resort's hot springs.
The grandest of Canada's railway hotels, it was designed to provide luxury lodgings for rich tourists crossing Canada aboard the Canadian Pacific Railway at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
There are few hotels where you are welcomed by porters clad in Victorian Highlands hunting gear while coming face to face with the stuffed heads of deer and bears. You could be excused for thinking you've been transported to 19th-century baronial Scotland.
And in a sense, at the five-star Cameron House, you have.
From my deluxe room on the 35th floor of the Peninsula Bangkok, I am mesmerised by the glittering Chao Phraya River. From the floor to ceiling picture window in my hotel room, I get an amazing view of the "river of kings".
While other international hotels are on the east bank of the river, the Peninsula Bangkok nestles on the west bank in an enclave of its own.
Luxury hotels do not usually pride themselves on a lack of modern conveniences. But the absence of satellite television, a fabulous bathroom and a speedy wi-fi connection are some of the things that make a visit to the Walig Hut such a memorable experience.
Located at a height of some 1,700 metres, the hut genuinely is a barn built in the 1780s that has been split into two.
They told me it was cold, but how cold could it possible be? Looking out of the aeroplane's window as we approached Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost airport, the frozen wasteland below appeared to be a degree or two cooler than the freezer aisles in Tesco. So this, I thought, couldn't be much worse.