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The Best Historic Buildings Turned Hotels

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You used to be what? These luxury hotels and resorts didn't start out as rooms for travelers. Increasingly popular, adaptive reuse – renovation projects with minimal changes to the buildings - has turned these historic non-hotel properties into luxury hotels. Offering unique travel experiences and unbeatable locations, in former lives some of these buildings were prisons, monasteries, libraries, private homes, military barracks and more. Repurposing historic buildings and reinventing them as modern hotels provides travelers with one-of-a-kind accommodations and the chance to stay in a part of history.

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21c Museum Hotel Nashville | Nashville, TN, United States

Set in the reimagined Gray & Dudley Building on 2nd Avenue North, the 21c Museum Hotel Nashville mixes art and contemporary accommodations in the heart of the city. Opened in the spring of 2017, the unique property serves as both a public contemporary art museum and a luxury boutique hotel. The property's contemporary guest...


21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Occupying the reimagined car assembly plant in downtown’s Film Row, the 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City mixes art and contemporary accommodations. Opened in 2016, the iconic industrial building serves as both a public contemporary art museum and a luxury boutique hotel. Designed by the renowned Deborah Berke Partners, the...


Amanfayun | Hangzhou, China

Hidden in a picturesque valley, Amanfayun enjoys a serene setting surrounded by tea fields, natural forest, quaint villages and a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples. Established during the Tang Dynasty, the property is comprised of 47 dwellings that originally housed villagers who tended the nearby tea fields....


Ashford Castle | County Mayo, Ireland

Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. It is the former estate of the Guinness family. Ashford Castle dates back to 1228 and is set on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland's...


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All guests making reservations for the "Breakfast Inclusive" and "Signature" rates with Five Star Alliance will receive the full Irish breakfast for two daily, plus an additional 85 Euro food and beverage credit and complimentary green fees daily. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

Banke Hotel | Paris, France

The Hotel Banke is an elegant five-star hotel located in the Opera neighborhood, home to one of the city’s most exclusive shopping center, and just steps away from the Place Vendôme and twenty minutes from the Louvre. Occupying the premises of a former bank headquarters and refurbished as a hotel in 2009, the Hotel Banke...



Opened in June 2012 in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco's main square, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent that emerged from years of restoration to become one of the city's most exclusive hotels. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where...


Belmond Villa San Michele | Florence, Italy

A 15th-century Franciscan monastery has now been transformed into one of Europe's most charming and picturesque hotels. Only a few minutes from the centre of Florence, Belmond Villa San Michele is an oasis of peace and unsurpassed beauty, surrounded by its own gardens and woodland on the Fiesole hills. The present aspect of the building,...


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All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive one complimentary lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant (beverages excluded), fresh flowers and fruit in the room upon arrival, and complimentary broadband internet. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: a room upgrade to the next category.
Brunelleschi Hotel Florence | Florence, Italy

Situated in the heart of Florence's historic center and pedestrian area, the Hotel Brunelleschi is set within a reconstructed 6th century Byzantine tower and Medieval church dating from 1400, steps from the Cathedral and Signoria Square. Offering a luxurious retreat, the 96-room boutique hotel offers a range of guest rooms and suites,...


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All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, per stay; a bottle of Prosecco; welcome amenity; and subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.
Casa da Calcada | Amarante, Porto, Portugal

Situated midway between Porto and the Douro Valley, Casa da Calcada is a luxury hotel set within a 16th century palace with golden baroque interiors in the heart of Amarante. Close to the Tamega, Douro, and Mino rivers, the Relais & Chateaux hotel produces Vinho Verde wines, and offers on-site tours of the region's best wine quintas...


Castel Porrona Relais | Porrona, Grosseto, Italy

Surrounded by hills dotted with olive groves, cypress trees, and vineyards, the Castel Porrona Relais is a luxury hotel set within a historic medieval village. The castle offers a private residential experience with five suites and personal butler service. While the guest rooms are set throughout the historic structures. The...


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All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of wine and 15% discount on spa services
Chicago Athletic Association | Chicago, IL, United States

Set within a 1890's Venetian Gothic landmark building, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel offers a historically-influenced setting in the Chicago Loop. Designed by the award-winning Roman & Williams firm, the hotel combines old-world style infused with athletic accents, and modern amenities. Guest rooms and suites feature...


COMO The Treasury | Perth, Australia

COMO The Treasury is housed in Perth's 140 -year ­old State Buildings, which forms part of the Cathedral Square development. There are 48 elegant guest rooms and suites featuring original high ceilings, cornicing, and balconies. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar, lounge and library, which together provide a social hub for...


Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square | San Francisco, CA, United States

The cornerstone of Ghirardelli Square, Ghirardelli's illustrious chocolate factory, has been reinvented as Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square. Our residential-style, all-suite San Francisco luxury hotel allows you to experience one of the city's most precious jewels in a new and intimate way. Step into a timeless...


Ferme Saint Simeon | Honfleur, Normandy, France

Nestled on a hill within a charming 17th century Norman home, the Ferme Saint Simeon boasts panoramic views of the Seine Estuary. During the height of impressionism, the greatest artists of the time painted within the property's gardens. Today, the completely refurbished farm is a Relais & Chateaux hotel offering a gastronomic restaurant,...


Flemings Mayfair | London, United Kingdom

Located in the heart of central London, Flemings Mayfair Hotel and Apartments are ideally located for business and pleasure. The 10 apartments and 119 hotel bedrooms are located just a stone's throw from the Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Harrods, Buckingham Palace and London's Theatre District. Dating back to the 1730's...



Set within the historic headquarters of the Port of London Authority, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is a luxury hotel in a central city location. Originally built in 1922, the prestigious property was transformed into an upscale hotel in 2017 with private residences and the Ten Trinity Square Private Club. Historic...


Geneva On the Lake | Geneva, NY, United States

Geneva on the Lake is an elegant and historic Italianate villa resort in Geneva, New York, overlooking the lake in the midst of the scenic Finger Lakes Wine Country. Situated on 10 beautiful acres and open year-round, with formal gardens, classical sculptures, boathouse, and outdoor pool. Listed on the National Register of Historic...


Grand Hotel Karel V | Utrecht, Netherlands

Situated in the historic center of Utrecht amongst a peaceful garden, Grand Hotel Karel V is located within the former headquarters of the Teutonic Order, a block of buildings known as the Duties House, dating back to the fourteenth century. Converted into a luxury hotel and convention site in 1999, the property offers 121 guest...


Hotel De L'Europe | Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, Hotel De L'Europe is a luxury hotel overlooking the Amstel River. Originally built in 1896 as the Rondeel Building, the landmark property was transformed into a 21st century hotel in 2011. In the Promenade, guests can admire replicas from Dutch Masters such as Frans Hals and Rembrandt van Rijn,...


Hotel Gault | Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Set in a historic building in the heart of Old Montreal, Hotel Gault is a contemporary boutique hotel. Featuring a nineteenth century facade built in Montreal Greystone, the property offers the Gault Restaurant, bar, work spaces, and library. Featuring 30 lofts, suites, terraces, and apartments, accommodations are furnished...


Hotel Im Wasserturm | Cologne, Germany

Hotel im Wasserturm is housed in Europe's largest historic water tower, now meticulously restored and refurbished with exclusive designer furnishings and modern art paintings. Restaurant im Wasserturm is a glass-covered roof restaurant on the 11th floor with a garden terrace for cocktails. The hotel's fitness center is complete...


Hotel Monaco Seattle | Seattle, WA, United States

A boutique Seattle, Washington hotel, the luxury Hotel Monaco is located in the vibrant heart of downtown near Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the Washington State Trade & Convention Center. Set within a former office building, the Hotel Monaco Seattle offers a playful escape in downtown Seattle. An easy walk to Pike...


Hotel Pulitzer | Amsterdam, North-Holland, Netherlands

Set within an intricate maze of 25 Golden Age canal houses, the Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam completed an extensive restoration project in 2016. Offering quintessential Dutch elegance, there's a hidden multifunctional garden in the heart of the hotel, an elegant outdoor terrace, intimate guest rooms, garden cafe, hotel bar, and restaurant....


Hotel Quinta Real Zacatecas | Zacatecas, GT, Mexico

Carved into a mountainside, Hotel Quinta Real Zacatecas faces the city's ancient aqueduct and is constructed around a stunning 17th-century bullfighting ring. It is approximately five minutes from downtown and 25 minutes from the international airport. Suites are two levels, with private terraces and views of El Ruedo. On the first...


Hotel Vintage Portland | Portland, OR, United States

Occupying a restored 1894 building, Hotel Vintage is in Portland's shopping and financial district, two blocks from Pioneer Courthouse Square and Pioneer Place Shopping Center. It is 11 miles from Portland International Airport. Downtown Portland is easy to maneuver on foot. Guests can enjoy nightly evening receptions featuring Northwest...


La Casona Inkaterra | Cusco, Peru

Inkaterra presents Cusco’s first luxury boutique hotel, reflecting a privileged melange of culture and tradition. A colonial manor house —perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco— centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco’s present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants....


Liberty Hotel | Boston, MA, United States

Built in 1851, the Charles Street Jail was thought to be one of the best examples of the "Boston Granite Style" of the mid-19th century. Renovated in 2007, the interior design reflects a passionate commitment to authenticity while a more playful attitude defines its day-to-day style. Within the main building, there are 18 guest...


Neri Hotel | Barcelona, Spain

Tucked behind an impressive façade, Hotel Neri Relais & Châteaux is a luxury hotel on Sant Felip Neri Square, next to the church where Gaudi used to pray daily. Set within two historical and aristocratic houses—one a medieval palace, the other from the 12th century, the property is infused with original period charm that has...


NH Lingotto Tech | Turin, Italy

The NH Lingotto Tech seamlessly combines the best of Turin’s old and new. The hotel features a strikingly contemporary design incorporating the recently refurbished Lingotto Fiat plant. The hotel’s first floor features the massive 8 Gallery, which houses an extensive selection of stylish boutiques and charming cafes as well as...


Palazzo Manfredi | Rome, Italy

The recently renovated Palazzo Manfredi, a 14-room boutique hotel in the center of Rome, is located directly opposite the Coliseum. Originally a 17th century multi-story villa, the luxury hotel was built at the archaeological remains of the gladiator arena, Ludus Magnus. Just 10 minutes to Venezia Square and 20 minutes to the Spanish...


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Guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for 2 guests, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a one or two bedroom suite also receive a one way limousine transfer to or from the airport (not applicable to Junior Suite).

Schlosshotel Velden | Velden, Austria

Welcome to the legendary Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden, the premiere address on Carinthia’s Lake Woerthersee! The new Premium Collection Hotel, formerly the Schloss Velden, offers a noble retreat with unique architecture that has been a popular destination for centuries. Glamorous and light-hearted, surrounded by style, tradition...


Sofitel Legend Santa Clara | Cartagena, Bolivar, Columbia

Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evoke the splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and...


St Ermin's Hotel London | London, United Kingdom

The St. Ermin’s Hotel, nestled in the heart of London, is in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. Just a minute's walk from St James’s Park, this distinctive deluxe hotel is a relaxed and elegant haven from London's bustling streets. Respectful, genuine and attentive service is provided...


Stories Apart Kuloglu | Istanbul, Turkey

Stories Apart Kuloglu which is in 2 minutes walking distance to Taksim Square, parallel to Istiklal Street, very close to public transport (tram, subway, marine transportation, bus), right at the center of social life and featuring fascinating and ethnical characteristics of Istanbul was constructed at the end of 1880s and it is...


Taj 51 Buckingham Gate | London, United Kingdom

Housed in a Victorian building, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences combines all the expertise of a hotel with the space and privacy of a private home, offering luxury suites, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms. Welcomed by courteous and discreet personal butlers, you will enter a world-class five star hotel with...


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All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary full English breakfast for each guest daily in the Kona Restaurant, a 50 GBP food and beverage credit, and complimentary wifi. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. Guests staying a minimum of 4 nights also receive a guaranteed one way airport transfer.
Taj Cape Town | Cape Town, South Africa

The Taj Cape Town welcomes guests to the vibrant heart of the one of the world's most scenic and desirable cities, Cape Town, South Africa. The hotel is a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architectures. Originally home of the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers and later the Board of Executors (BOE),...


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All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary full breakfast for two guests daily,  a one and a half hour City Walking Tour with a professional tour guide (Tuesday to Saturday at 10:30), Wine Tasting for two in the Wine Gallery, once during stay, and complimentary internet. For stays of 4 nights or more, a ZAR500 food credit in either Mint Restaurant or the Twankey Champagne & Tapas Bar, once per stay and afternoon tea for two, once during stay is included. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade from some room categories.

Taj Lake Palace | Udaipur, India

Visitors will feel like honored guests of the Maharana at this exquisite white marble palace that seems to float majestically on the still waters of Lake Pichola. Originally built as a summer palace, Taj Lake Palace has recently been transformed to its former glory whose sole purpose is the pursuit of leisure. Set amid awe-inspiring...


The College Hotel | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The College Hotel is located in a historic former school building. A sense of history is mirrored in the tall ceilings, comforting fireplaces and stretching staircases. The College Hotel perfectly blends Amsterdam's aristocratic style of times gone with the energy and the design that marks this city as a youthful Mecca. It is 5 minutes...


The Cotton House | Mustique Island, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines

The Cotton House Resort, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, lays on renowned Mustique: a private island estate in the West Indies island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Originally an 18th century coral warehouse and sugar mill, the late British designer, Oliver Messel carefully...


The Ivy Hotel | Baltimore, MD, United States

Set in a 19th century mansion in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, The Ivy Hotel is a luxury, Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel with a private residential atmosphere. Honoring time-held traditions, guests are greeted by a valet to take bags, park the car, and offer a glass of champagne. The mansion offers charming public spaces...


The LINE DC | Washington, DC, United States

Offering panoramic views of the city, The LINE DC is a hotel collaboration with the Sydell Group, Chef Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka of Woodberry Kitchen, and Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto. Set in the historic First Church of Christ Scientist building, the luxury hotel is centrally located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Renovated...


The Ned | London, United Kingdom

Set within the former Midland Bank building, The Ned is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the city of London. Designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, The Grade I listing building offers a range of amenities and a private club. The property's guest rooms and suites channel 1920s and 1930s design with vintage pieces...


the Nines | Portland, OR, United States

Poised in the heart of the city center at the top of one of Portland, Oregon's most beloved landmarks, the stately Meier & Frank Building, the Nines Hotel honors the structure's storied past, both in its striking decor and impeccable service. Individualistic design traits celebrate the LEED Silver-certified hotel's surroundings,...


The PortsWood Hotel | Cape Town, South Africa

Originally built as part of the convict's station, today, The PortsWood is the type of place where you are more likely to want to extend your stay. This elegant hotel not only offers superior accommodation and a relaxed atmosphere, but a uniquely personal approach to service. This commitment to service excellence extends far beyond...


The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans | New Orleans, LA, United States

Situated on the edge of the French Quarter, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is set within two historic architectural buildings, the Beaux Arts Maison Blanche and Kress buildings. Offering the grace and charm of an antebellum mansion, the property has the Davenport Lounge with live music, M bistro with farm-to-table dining, and the...


The Spectator Hotel | Charleston, SC, United States

Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, The Spectator Hotel is a boutique property in the heart of downtown Charleston. Combining the charm of the Southern belle, flair of the flapper, and elegance of the socialite, the award-winning luxury hotel is close to the city's French Quarter and Market Districts. The 41-room boutique hotel's...


The Wellesley | London, United Kingdom

Set in the upscale Knightsbridge, The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel London is a grand boutique hotel located within a beautifully restored 1920s townhouse. Featuring a contemporary take on Art Deco style with modern conveniences and uncompromising service, the hotel's team is known for impeccable knowledge and unparalleled...


Trump International Hotel Washington DC | Washington, D.C., United States

Overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. is a luxury hotel set to open in September 2016. After undergoing a $200 million redevelopment, the grand hotel offers BLT Prime restaurant, Fitness Center and Spa by Ivanka Trump, car service, and private designer shopping experiences. Created...


Tschuggen Grand Hotel | Graubuenden, Arosa, Switzerland

The Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa is an exclusive hotel in an exclusive location. Tasteful surroundings, top quality – this hotel has always based its philosophy on these features. The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is numbered among the world’s top 430 luxury hotels. To stay here is to experience winter, summer and autumn at its...