Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton  
Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates  
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Historic Hotel

Although not housed in a historic building, this heritage-style hotel has purposefully been styled and decorated in order to mirror the traditional Arabian Bayt, the houses of old times which were used as accommodation for traders in the area. The hotel is spread in 22 different houses, the exterior of which, along with each room, are an authentic replica that reflects the history and heritage of the time, while also providing all the modern comforts and amenities.
Year erected: 2017
What is the history of the property?
Located along the shores of Dubai’s iconic Creek the Al Seef development is an exciting new cultural tourism space that merges the city’s past with its present.

GAJ were responsible for the design of the overall master plan, along with the design and construction supervision of the eastern section (phases 2 and 3) which follows a more traditional heritage style.

For this unique project it was essential that we first appreciated the extent and requirement of preserving and showcasing traditional Emirati architecture and local trades. The challenge was to design the buildings as if they had always been there withstanding the test of time through aging techniques and carefully calculated degradation percentages. Water marks, caulking and bulges in the edges all contribute to achieve this, as well as specifically chosen materials and finishes unique to local conditions of the time.

The eastern section includes a number of heritage style cluster buildings with the intention of recreating the memory of old Dubai along the banks of the Dubai Creek and extending the existing historical district of Bastakiya.

This started with the masterplan which was to act as the guiding principle of the development to ensure a cohesive vernacular architecture based on local heritage building principles and construction materials, reflecting local traditions as well as the environmental, cultural and historical context.
Each house or building within the project has a story of its own. Some buildings are designed to look as if they were built in 1960s with darker walls, less lighting and simple decorative elements, while others have lighter walls with much more intricate details and embellishments on the façade which indicates that they were built at a later stage when trade was good and businesses were doing well. The colours used for the buildings were based on traditional Dubai sandstone.
Attention to detail was crucial for this project and the team spent many hours researching the era visiting museums and old souqs as well as trawling through old news stories and photographs for inspiration to ensure that the finished product was as authentic as possible. It was important to ensure that elements, such as cornices, ironmongery and wooden doors, were as close to the original as practicable. Chandals, pergolas and barasti, which have been used in Emirati architecture for many years, have been cleverly incorporated as shading or screening to hide modern equipment and many of the fixtures are reclaimed items.

The result is a beautifully transformed area that brings to life an important era in Dubai’s fascinating history providing an authentic heritage experience and a stunning leisure, retail and dining location.

What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
1. Information about some of the building materials used
a. All doors and windows are made from Dabema African Teak
b. Handmade wrought iron ironmongery was used where possible
c. Traditional palm tree materials were used for Barasti
d. Coloured rendered plaster was used for the walls with various tints and finishing techniques.
e. Light fittings where made from brass where possible and authentically aged

2. Did the interiors mimic the same appropriation of the past or were they designed in a more modern sense
a. All front of house areas and FF and E were designed with same heritage intent, from the hand wash basins to the four poster beds in the hotel rooms.
b. All buildings and public areas have also been decorated with heritage props to add to the authenticity of the space, from old photographs to enamel cookware and traditional Emirati fabrics and ornaments.
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Yes it is nearby the Al Fahidi district
Has restoration work taken place?
none
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
- The hotel design draws deeply on the UAE’s rich culture and heritage
- It has been built using traditional Middle Eastern building techniques, for example – the walls are designed to keep the heat out during the summer season, allowing air in at ground level to then flow through the wind towers right at the top.
- The hotel rooms have three colour schemes inspired from the light blue sea waters in the Creek, the soothing beige from the desert sands and soft green tones from the country’s flora interspersed with colourful flashes of reds, turquoises and yellows
- The room’s interiors reflect an age of pearl diving trading and Emirati crafts, with a colour palette borrowed from the UAE’s natural environment
- Middle Eastern woven fabrics (Sadu), wooden beams, lamps and rustic ceilings with fans, and rough plastered walls complete the authentic look of the rooms
- Large windows with traditional wooden panels offer views down onto the winding outdoor corridors of the ground floor souk and the waters of the creek, alongside the characteristic Barjeel wind towers

Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
Jessica Alba, Zac Efron, Yasmine Sabri, Stephane Rolland, Sharuh Khan and many more stayed at the hotel.
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
Many filming scenes were shoot in the area.
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
It is not historical, it is a representation of the past buildings.
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Villa
Collection of Arabian Bayts
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Hotel C Shimla  
Hotel in Shimla, India  
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Historic Hotel

Year erected: 2010
What is the history of the property?
This property is surrounded with heritagious location.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
British era
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
This is near by of all places
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
Not yet.
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
Yes
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
No
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
No
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Villa
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WelcomHeritage Judges Court  
Hotel in Kangra, India  
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Historic Hotel

Year erected: 1918
What is the history of the property?
The landmark Judge’s Court was created at the time when the Raj was at its apex by Jai Lal, leading advocate at Simla from where, for six months
the Empire ruled South-East Asia and the Middle East
and the ‘rupaiya’ was the currency. He was a Viceroyalty
invitee to the 1911 Durbar at Delhi. He went on to become a Judge of the High Court of Lahore with jurisdiction over a vast province stretching from
Peshawar to Delhi. He had as friends Rajas, Ranas,
Maharajas, Governors and Viceroys earning many citations and medals including the title of Rai Bahdur later culminating in a Knighthood. As Mr. Justice Sir Jai Lal he was recognized as the Uncrowned King of Simla

What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
The building is a perfect example of homogenius merger of Hindu and Islamic architecture sublimsted to Western utility and enbelishment reminiscent of London, Berlin and Rome
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Pragpur and it's sister village Gali are both notified Heritage Villages having exquisite built heritage resembling buildings at Simla from where they derived their inspiration
Has restoration work taken place?
Partly
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
Yes at Dada Siba where the Temple has exquisite wall and ceiling paintings.Also nearby historic temple complexes of Chintpuri, Dharamsala Mahanta, Jwalamukhi, Baglamukhi,Chinor etc the magnificent Kangra Fort, and the river fort of Kotla as well as ruins of Sola Singhi and Guler
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
Yes Mr and Mrs. Keshub Mahindra, Dr and Mrs. Kuldip Narang, various Modi Brothers Kamal Morarka, William Dalrymple, Chetan Bhagat, Kilachand, Ambassadors of Belgium,Ireland, Algeria and many others High Commissioners of UK, Australia, Sri Lanka and many others. President of India Mr Pranab Mukhrjee, Governors such as Ms. Rama Devi, Kokje and Chief Ministers such as Raja Bir Bhadra, Prem Kumar Dhumal, ministers such as Anurag Thakur
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
Receptions to Governors, Supreme and High Court Judge's
Chief Ministers
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
Listed by INTACH
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Country Manor
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
Heritage Village Pragpur is located at the cross road of history. In mythalogical Bharat the area was known as Trigart whose rulars trace their ancestory to 240 generations before the Makhbarat and arguably this makes the Katoche;s of Kangra as the oldest ruling dynasty of the world. Alexander the Great's army turned back from a place less than 25 km as a crow flies and Babur on his 5th and successful incursion marched less that 10 km as a crow flies.
Simla would not have been what it turned had it not been for the Sood Communiuty of Pragpur and surrounding areas who owned more than half of Simla.
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New Imperial Hotel  
Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel  
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Historic Hotel

Year erected: 1883
What is the history of the property?
The century old hotel is located just inside , the Jaffa Gate , which is the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
Unique architectural style inside the Old City .
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
The hotel is situated within minutes walk from all the Holy Shrines .
Has restoration work taken place?
Restoration took place in the year 2017
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
It is important to note that the ceilings are of 5 meters of height
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
The Emperor Gaiser Wilhem German Emperor held his meetings during his visit to the Old City of Jerusalem.
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
Pleaser be kind enough to visit our website for more info. and photos , www.newimperial.com
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Palace
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
Being located inside the Walls of Jerusalem , General Allenby , 1918 , and many other Prime ministers and VIP personalities visited the hotel , because of the panoramic view overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem .
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FOX JAFFNA by Fox Resorts  
Resort in Jaffna, Sri Lanka  
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Historic Hotel

Year erected: 1908
What is the history of the property?
Ravaged mercilessly during Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, the Jaffna peninsula fell under the control of terrorist leaders for several years. During this period, it is reported that the Fox Jaffna property was used as the rebel Intelligence Headquarters, with three bunkers installed on the grounds to safeguard them. Once the Government forces regained control of the Jaffna peninsula, the premises were used as the Headquarters for the Army Intelligence based in the North.

Soon after peace was established, the property was returned to the original owner, who sealed off the continuation of one bunker to the next property. With an eye to turning the horrors of war into a place for peace and an ode to beauty, the two remaining bunkers were restored and transformed to exhibit some of Sri Lanka’s greatest artwork and artifacts as a private museum.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
Jaffna/ Colonial
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Jaffna is considered one of the Ancient Cities of the world.
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
The Bunker, an Art Gallery by Fox Resorts contains the country’s largest repository of artworks by the renowned ’43 Group of Sri Lanka, as well as pieces by other prominent 20th century Sri Lankan masters. The original pieces of art remain with the owner, while what is displayed are exact replicas.

Collected over several decades, the original private collection includes valuable works of art by a vast range of local and international artists.

Fox Jaffna prominently features artists from the famed ’43 Group, including George Keyt, Ivan Peiries, George Claessen, Aubrey Collette, Geoffrey Beling, Richard Gabriel and Justin Deraniyagala, as well as other greats of the20th century, such as Stanley Kirinde, Mudaliyar Tudor Rajapakse, Mudaliyar AGCS Amarasekera, David Paynter and George Bevan. It is reputed to be the largest public display of works by ’43 Group artists, with 55 carefully curated pieces skillfully appointed in guest rooms, the restaurant, reception area, and in the Gallery itself.

The second bunker has been christened The Vault, a History Museum by Fox Resorts, displaying information on the rich history of Jaffna, from pre-historic times through the civil war era. Topics range from the architectural marvels of the temples and churches dating from 5thCentury BC to the Dutch era, the many forms of Buddhist relics in the peninsula, historical sites and the myths associated with them, the traditional jeweler worn by men and women of Jaffna during the course of history, and even the incredible multiple uses of the palmyrah palm.

The Vault is also home to numerous historic artifacts from the Peninsula, each telling the story of what came before.

Though several properties in Jaffna feature bunkers dating back to the civil war, many were destroyed. Fox Resorts decided to keep the two on their property on as a reminder of the glory that is Sri Lanka and the historical treasures of Jaffna
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
Nominated for Leading Heritage Hotel South Asian Travel Awards (SATA)
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