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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 See Hotel Details

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 See Hotel Details

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...


Ashford Castle | County Mayo, Ireland See Hotel Details

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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Guests making reservations for the "Breakfast Inclusive" and "Signature" rates with Five Star Alliance will receive a full Irish breakfast daily, plus an additional 85 Euro food and beverage credit , complimentary WiFi, 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.

At Six | Stockholm, Sweden See Hotel Details

Featuring panoramic views, At Six is a former bank transformed into a luxury hotel. Mixing elegance with a twist, the property offers Arts curated by Sune Nordgren, interiors imagined by Universal Design Studio, and the Social At Six ambient space created for congregating. Providing spacious settings, standard rooms are large...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include full breakfast for each guest daily in the Dining Room and a 400 SEK food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include $100 spa services credit per stay (not valid for spa products) and complimentary WiFi.
Belmond Villa San Michele | Florence, Italy See Hotel Details

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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Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive one complimentary lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant (beverages excluded) once per room per stay, full American breakfast daily, 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 See Hotel Details

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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Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily, a $70 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay valid for Restaurants and Bar (no cash value, not valid for minibar /room service), a welcome bottle of Prosecco, and complimentary WiFi.
Bulgari Hotel Shanghai | Shanghai, China See Hotel Details

Situated in a stunning riverside location just a few minutes from the iconic Bund and Shanghai City Centre, The Bulgari Hotel Shanghai is set to bring new standards of luxury accommodation to the city when it debuts in 2018. Part of the visionary Suhe Creek development, the hotel features sweeping views of the Bund and of Pudong...


Casa da Calcada | Amarante, Porto, Portugal See Hotel Details

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...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include $50 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, a welcome drink upon arrival, a welcome in-room gift, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability,
Chicago Athletic Association | Chicago, IL, United States See Hotel Details

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...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for each guest daily, a $50 hotel credit per room/per stay, a welcome amenity, and upgraded WiFi.
Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square | San Francisco, CA, United States See Hotel Details

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...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also includea $100 Ghirardelli Square Gift Card per stay and a customized welcome amenity.
Flemings Mayfair | London, United Kingdom See Hotel Details

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...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate include a continental breakfast for two daily, complimentary WiFi, and a 30 GBP bar credit per room/per stay.

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...


Hotel Bennett | Charleston, SC, United States See Hotel Details

Situated at Marion Square and King Street, the Hotel Bennett is a luxury hotel located at one of Charleston's most prominent addresses. Formerly the Charleston County Library and The Citadel, the historic property was completely transformed and opening in late 2018 by native Charlestonians to create an authentic and world-class retreat...


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All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Gabrielle (max $30 per person, max $60 per day), and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay.

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

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 de Paris Odessa | Odessa, Ukraine See Hotel Details

Situated in the city's historic center, the Hotel de Paris Odessa - MGallery by Sofitel, is a luxury hotel centrally located for business and leisure travelers. Originally built in 1849 by revered architect Morandi as a private residence for a well-know Odessa banker and epicurean baron Maas, the hotel's architecture is of historical...


Hotel Vintage Portland | Portland, OR, United States See Hotel Details

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...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for each guest daily at Il Solito, a $25 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and one night complimentary parking (a $43 value).

Featuring a gothic-style facade, high ceilings, and ornate windows, the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is a luxury hotel providing a unique juxtaposition to Melbourne's famous laneway graffiti. Blending old meets new with style, the hotel offers original brickwork and a 10-story glass-topped atrium. Close to some of...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay (excludes spa, merchant and room service), an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability, and a welcome fruit and water amenity.
Neri Hotel | Barcelona, Spain See Hotel Details

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...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily, private transfer from the airport, and a welcome bottle of Spanish olive oil.
Nobis Hotel Copenhagen | Copenhagen , Denmark See Hotel Details

Combining Danish classicism with contemporary luxury, Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is a five-star boutique hotel with a central location for business and leisure travelers. Occupying a landmark building completed in 1903 that housed the Royal Danish Music Conservatory for years, the stylish boutique property has guest rooms and suites...


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All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include full breakfast for each guest daily, VIP status, complimentary WiFi, and a 300 DKK food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

Palazzo Manfredi | Rome, Italy See Hotel Details

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).


Set in the heart of Milan's fashionable Brera District, Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa is a luxury hotel close to shopping and nightlife. Designed by Architect Paola Giambelli and Parisian interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon, the exclusive property was meticulously reconstructed on the former site of 17th century Palazzo Cramer....


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include full breakfast for two daily in Caffe Parigi or through room service and an $85 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (no cash value).
Pulitzer Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands See Hotel Details

Set within an intricate maze of 25 Golden Age canal houses, the Pulitzer Hotel 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....


Five Star Alliance Perk:

Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full American Breakfast for two daily, a $100 food and beverage credit once per room/per stay, a welcome drink for two in the Pulitzer Bar, and complimentary internet access.

Raffles Europejski Warsaw | Warsaw, Poland See Hotel Details

Sitting proudly on Warsaw's Royal Route, Raffles Europejski Warsaw reflects the true spirit of Poland. The Neo-Renaissance palace was built by Enrico Marconi in 1857 and quickly became the city's creative heart, filled with writers, poets and artists, reasonating with the glamour of the period. The lovingly restored and reinvented...


Sagamore Pendry Baltimore | Baltimore, MD, United States See Hotel Details

Part of a new luxury brand of Montage International, the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is a luxury hotel situated within one of the city's most iconic properties. The reimagined space is connected to the historic Fell's Point neighborhood via brick sidewalks, and there's a private boat dock with daily water taxi service. The property's...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily and a $50 food and beverage credit per room/per stay.
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara | Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia See Hotel Details

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...


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Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include buffet breakfast for two daily at El Claustro Restaurant, a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (no cash value), complimentary WiFi, and complimentary use of hammam.
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate | London, United Kingdom See Hotel Details

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 will also receive a full English Breakfast for each guest daily in Kona Restaurant, a $100 US equivalent food and beverage credit (not valid on room rate and no cash value), complimentary Wifi, and a 20% discount on treatments at the Wellness Center. Additionally, reservations for four (4) nights or more will also receive a one-way airport transfer.
Taj Cape Town | Cape Town, South Africa See Hotel Details

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, excluding those that are Superior Room Tower Wing King Beds, will also receive full breakfast for two daily, a 1 and 1/2 hour Historical Walking Tour with a professional tour guide available Tuesday to Saturday at 10:30, a wine tasting for two in the Wine Gallery once during stay, and complimentary internet. Addiitionally, reservations booked for 4 or more nights also receive 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.

Taj Falaknuma Palace | Hyderabad, India See Hotel Details

Retrace the steps of Nizams, European royalty, enchanting Begums, distinguished Heads of State and walk the walk of Kings through this Palace in the sky. 2000 feet above Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace’s 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored rooms allow you to journey into the clouds and into the glided ages, where grandeur...


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All guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily and one dinner at Adaa per person, per stay. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

Taj Lake Palace | Udaipur, India See Hotel Details

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...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include lunch or dinner for two once during stay, a Heritage Walk of the property followed by a glass of sparkling wine, a 15% discount on spa services, Butler Service, daily a la carte breakfast for two in Jharokha Restaurant, and a traditional welcome amenity.
The Ivy Hotel | Baltimore, MD, United States See Hotel Details

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 Nines | Portland, OR, United States See Hotel Details

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,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for each guest daily and a $100 food credit per room/per stay which excludes alcohol and gratuities.
The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel | Glasgow, United Kingdom See Hotel Details

Overlooking a private garden square, the hotel's Georgian townhouses were originally home to wealthy merchants and were later turned into the club headquarters for The Royal Scottish Automobile Club. Today, The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel has been spruced up for the 21st century, with a multi-million pound refurbishment that...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily in the Restaurant, a 50 GBP food and beverage credit, per room/ per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not used in full), and an automatic room category upgrade at booking, based on availability.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans | New Orleans, LA, United States See Hotel Details

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...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full American Breakfast for two daily in M-Bistro Restaurant, a $100 hotel credit per stay (not valid for room rate and no cash value), and complimentary high speed internet access.
The Wellesley | London, United Kingdom See Hotel Details

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...


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All guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne

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