Article by Giovanni Angelini

The past few months haven't treated the hotel industry kindly in Asia.  With a combination of political protests, chronic air quality issues and now the Coronavirus pandemic grinding international travel to and from Asian destinations to a halt, many in the industry are hurting badly and wondering how and 'if' they will weather the storm. Hopefully the following list compiled by Hotelintel.co's own advisory board member veteran hotelier Giovanni Angelini, will provide some encouragement for hoteliers in the region - a list of 70 Heritage Hotels in Asia that despite disease outbreaks, political unrest, wars, economic collapses and natural disasters, are still going strong, the oldest of which - the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Hayakawa, Japan, has been operating since the year 705.  

Asia's Heritage Hotels still in Operation

"Sequence of the listing; from opening to the Second World War"
Date: Feb, 2020

Opening Year Hotel Location
705 Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan Hayakawa Japan (oldest operating in the world?)
718 Hōshi Ryokan Komatsu Ishikawa Japan
1191 Arima Onsen Kita-ku Kobe Japan
1684 Amangalla Hotel Galle Sri-Lanka
1729 Sujan Rajmahal Palace Jaipur India
1746 Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur India (now Taj)
1756 Jing’s Residence Pingyao China
1806 Mount Lavinia Hoel Colombo Sri Lanka
1832 Royale Chulan Hotel Penang Malaysia
1835 Rambach Palace Hotel Jaipur India
1841 LaLiT Great Eastern Hotel Kolkata India
1856 Bellevue-Dibbets/Salak Heritage Hotel Bogor Indonesia
1863 Adelphi Hotel Singapore (now Adelphi complex) (Sarkies Brothers) *[1]
1864 Galle Face Hotel Colombo Sri-Lanka
1875 Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo Sri Lanka
1876 Oriental Hotel Bangkok Thailand (now Mandarin Oriental Bangkok)
1880 Hotel Continental Saigon Vietnam
1880 Falletti Hotel Lahore Pakistan
1880 Capella Hotel Singapore
1885 Lal Durbar Palace/Yak & Yeti Hotel Kathmandu Nepal
1885 Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang Malaysia (Sarkies Brothers) *
1887 Raffles Hotel Singapore (Sarkies Brothers) *
1888 Grand Kolkata Hotel Kolkata India (now the Oberoi Grand)
1888 Okura Hotel Kyoto Japan
1890 Imperial Hotel Tokyo Japan
1891 Kartika Wijaya Hotel Batu East Java Indonesia (Sarkies Brothers) *
1892 West End Hotel Bangalore India
1894 Grand Hotel Sri Lanka
1895 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai Thailand
1900 Miyako Hotel Kyoto Japan (now Westin)
1900 Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore
1901 Strand Hotel Yangon Burma (Sarkies Brothers) *
1901 Metropole Hotel Hanoi Vietnam (now Sofitel)
1902 Tai O Heritage Hotel Lantau Island Hong Kong
1902 Maidens Hotel Delhi India
1903 Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai India
1904 Satri House Hotel Luang Prabang Laos
1908 Chakrabongse Villa Bangkok Thailand
1909 Nara Hotel Nara Japan
1909 Shanghai Club/Hotel Shanghai China (now Waldorf Astoria)
1910 Majapahit Hotel Surabaya Indonesia (Sarkies Brothers) *
1910 Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta Indonesia
1912 Manila Hotel Manila Philippines
1914 Chosun Hotel Seoul Korea (now Westin)
1914 Shanghai Ruijin/Morris Garden Hotel Shanghai China (now InterContinental)
1915 Tokyo Station Hotel Tokyo Japan
1915 Grand Hotel de Pekin Beijing China
1920 Belmond Governor's Residence Yangon Myanmar (Burma)
1920 Rex Hotel Saigon Vietnam
1920 Majestic Hotel Malacca Malaysia
1923 Cafe Batavia & Hermitage Hotel Jakarta Indonesia
1923 Railway Hotel Hua Hin Thailand (now Centara Grand)
1926 Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai Thailand
1926 French Club/Hotel Shanghai China (now Okura)
1928 Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong
1928 Tjampuhan Hotel Ubud-Bali Indonesia
1928 Fullerton Hotel Singapore (hotel since 2001)
1929 Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur India (now Taj)
1929 Peace Hotel Shanghai China (now Fairmont)
1929 Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh Cambodia (now Raffles)
1929 Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore
1930 La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa Hue Vietnam
1930 Central Hotel Nanjing China
1932 Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
1932 Settha Palace Hotel Vientiane Laos
1932 Grand Hotel d'Angkor Siem Reap Cambodia (now Raffles)
1936 Imperial Hotel Kyoto Japan
1936 Imperial Hotel New Delhi India
1937 Metropolo Classiq Hotel Shanghai China
1938 Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Lhasa China

[1]The first hotel group in Asia (a portfolio of 9 Hotels) was founded and managed by the Sarkies Brothers & Family; Hotels included: 1863 - The Adelphi Hotel, Singapore. 1884 - The Eastern Hotel Penang and in 1885 - The Oriental Hotel Penang that in 1889 were combined into the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. 1887 - The Raffles Hotel, Singapore. 1891 - The Kartika Wijaya, Batu-East Java, Indonesia. 1901 - The Strand Hotel in Rangoon. 1905 - The Crag Hotel in Penang. 1910 - The Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya. 1923 - The Seaview Hotel, Singapore.