How can I get my hotel listed?
It is important to stress that in the case of hotels and inns (our main focus), featured establishments really need to have some connection to a historic figure or event - even if that simply means having been where a recognisable figure from the past has stayed. We also often include alternative “period” accommodation options in the respective areas on pages, but to actually feature we really need there to be a good reason which will appeal to those with an interest in history. If your property meets these simple criteria - and, of course, dispenses excellent hospitality - then please get in touch with us via email in the first instance.
It is important to stress that we do not charge for inclusion, and hotels and inns featured on the site do so on the basis of historic and/or special architectural interest alone. Instead, we partner with reputable and trusted companies such as LateRooms, Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, TripAdvisor and others. Our only source of income to maintain Nights in the Past (which has taken over 12,000 hours to research and compile) is derived from when we are the last referring site that results in a completed reservation. Without this we would not be able to continue.
Who’s behind Nights in the Past and how do I contact them?
Nights in the Past is a labour-of-love venture and is maintained from private premises which is also home to young children. As such, we prefer not to display our phone number or address to prevent unwanted “spam” phone calls or mail for that reason only. However, we are more than willing to provide such information on an individual basis following email communication.
Can I trust the historic information provided?
We certainly hope so. All factual information has been previously documented and is in the public domain (i.e. no facts have been fabricated). Nights in the Past can therefore not be held responsible should any information be refuted or disputed at any time henceforth. However, if you believe there might be an inaccuracy, we urge you to get in touch and let us know.
How do you reserve a room or book online?
As mentioned above, we are an approved partner of a number of reputable and trusted companies such as LateRooms, Booking.com, Lastminute.com, Expedia, Tripadvisor and others. All featured hotels, inns or other accommodation will have a link to one or more where further information such as availability and rates are available.
We play no part in the actual booking process.
Isn’t this just another travel site?
The internet is full of lowest-common-denominator hospitality websites. We aren’t one of those. Our primary focus is on accommodation linked to historic figures or events - and period accommodation following that. Moreover, this means that we can leave the facility, tariff and booking aspect to those who know how to do it best - we don’t bite off more than we can chew.
Moreover, history sells. Our research of those hotels and inns with individual websites shows that around 60% provide a brief history of the property on the website home page, with 30% even devoting a specific page to the subject. Further, a Tourism Network survey of 2002 found that by far the most popular activity on UK holiday trips was visiting heritage sites. Nights in the Past is based upon that same interest in heritage.
A Final Word...
It might sound obvious, but we really do hope visitors enjoy the site. Creating it has been a truly enjoyable exercise, and every new ‘discovery’ has made it all the more worthwhile. Of course, there’s still much to do, and we very much welcome all feedback and suggestions that might help us to improve it in years to come. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you for visiting. We really hope you bookmark us and check back from time-to-time.