This traditional English inn has a rightful claim to using the 'olde worlde' spelling of its name - it is reputedly the oldest coaching inn in Britain, dating back as far as 1135, with a secret tunnel leading to what was the old priory.
Charm? It has in bucketloads – a snug bar, rustic-chic restaurant and 48 simply furnished rooms and suites (although just 11 are in the main house).
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.