If you are a luxury traveler looking to have a new adventure in an old place, check out some of these repurposed buildings that are now absolutely fascinating hotels and pieces of history. Repurposed luxury hotels offer guests a way to become a part of living history.
Liberty Hotel, Boston Massachusetts
This luxury hotel had an unlikely start as the Charles Street Jail. Full of history, the now luxe Liberty Hotel is a perfect place for any Boston visitor to stay. In downtown Boston, close to many attractions, the Liberty Hotel has been a major draw for tourists and even Boston locals. The five amazing drinking and dining establishments are not to be missed either.
Tubo Hotel, Mexico City
If you’re into luxury and sustainability, this Mexico City retreat is for you. The re-purposed concrete cylinders now create a pod-like dwelling for guests to reside in. Tubo Hotel is a beautiful and innovative experience, and located close to Mexico City’s attractions it is the perfect spot for those looking to enjoy something ultra-modern.
Cork Factory Hotel at Urban Place, Lancaster Pennsylvania
Previously Lancaster Cork Works built in 1865; this repurposed cork factory is now a true ode to recycled spaces. The entire factory makes up Urban Place, a multi-use center that includes a kids’ science museum, a spa and salon, an artisanal bakery, and a sports bar, among others. The hotel itself uses wood, stone and brick from the original factory building, while the restaurant Cork & Cap used salvaged wood from the site to build their tables and chairs. The rooms are modern in the sense that they preserved the ‘factory’ feel, leaving exposed pipes and wood planks. Urban Place is definitely an interesting and unexpected jewel in Lancaster.
The Kendall Hotel at the Engine 7 Fire House, Cambridge Massachusetts
Built in 1895, this 77-room hotel was originally a fire house. In 1993, the fire house had fallen into extreme disrepair and was destined to be demolished. However, two antique collectors did not want to see the beautiful building (located next to the MIT campus) go. Now, the iconic hotel serves everyone from firefighters and their families to Google employees who have an office nearby. To have a truly authentic experience, ask for a room in the previous firefighter’s dorm, which is where they once slept.
Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth England
Hundreds of soldiers used to take up quarters at this old fortress guarding the entrance to Portsmouth which has since been converted to an ultra-exclusive private island and hotel. With nine luxurious bedrooms, three bars, three restaurants and a spa, the Spitbank Fort has truly been transformed.
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