Certain hotels around Southeast Asia have done more than just host international tourists and business travelers; they’ve played host to diplomats. At times of peace and war these hotels have housed diplomatic missions where the deliberations have shaped the course of history.
Some hotels come online fully fledged as hotels. Their restaurants are purpose-built and gleaming with stainless steel from the get go. Their pools are spacious enough to accommodate x-percent of the guest base when the hotel is running at y-percent occupancy. And the fitness centers, well, they're often marvels of technology, whirring with spinning wheels, and flush with televisions screens angled just so for optimum viewing.
One of the great passages in American author Norman McLean's acclaimed 1976 novel A River Runs Through It is this: "In the slanting sun of late afternoon, the shadows of great branches reached from across the river, and the trees took the river in their arms. The shadows continued up the bank, until they included us."