Beyond Raffles: seven of Asia’s lesser-known colonial hotels, some gone but not forgotten

Asia’s heritage hotels dot the map like lighthouses, beacons of hospitality and repositories of history. Many of them were founded by the Sarkies, a quartet of farsighted Armenian brothers and their assorted relatives from Isfahan, in Iran.They figured out there was money to be made by bridging the gap between the increasing interest in travel at the turn of the 20th century and the dearth of decent accommodation....