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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by rwoman, Mar 27, 2012.
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MSNBC Itineraries: Turning historic buildings into fine hotels
A neat way to preserve history.
I remember this competition for the Old Post Office pavilion building being turned into a hotel it was hard fought, Trump won, Hilton wanted this landmark turn into a celebrated Waldorf-Astoria hotel also. Good luck to Donald!
I'm glad that many historic grand buildings are getting turned into fantastic and even remarkable hotels these days, in London eg. the St. Pancras, A Renaissance Hotel is a great example too! Many office buildings are also on the block eg. in New York to become hotels, in an earlier time it was often the other way around, glad they use buildings now this way, this opens up innovative spaces for hotels.
Although it IS sometimes strange to see whatever modern hotel/business name lit up on the outside of some buildings.
location, location, location.
This makes me think of other ones such as:
Hilton Leningradskaya (spectacular building, one of seven Stain towers, but not great hotel)
And this one:
Hotel Vestibul Palace located in Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia, a ~2000 year old construction
A delightful hotel in every respect. The view is of the area used for a wonderful restaurant and bar once the toursits have left, but it is open when they're visiting too.
Or this one:
Le Saint-Paul, Saint-Paul de Vence, France located among shops, restaurants and hotels all of which are in buildings mostly constructed 800 years ago or so.
This is the best restaurant in Saint-Paul walled village, and the nicest hotel too.
The Peace Hotel in Shanghai is another beautiful one (Fairmont).
While I am extremely fond of these type of historic hotels it is often difficult for the developers to rennovate these buildings to modern standards of comfort and you often give up light and view.
A lttle closer to home, the old cidital building in Charleston, SC is now an Embassy Suites and well worth staying at if your in the area.
Indeed, a gorgeous hotel in the heart of Saint Paul de Vence, the restaurant, the rooms, the location, the history of the hotel, sheer magic!!! We have only the most beautiful memories of this Relais and Chateaux property!
The Parador hotels in Spain are an example of this. We stayed in this one in Leon.
Which will be reflected in the cost per night.
Many of the Parador properties are quite spectacular, IMO, although the hotels themselves are usually not .
Not always. Some of those we seem to be beginning to discuss are not really the most expensive options around.
Besides paradors and pousadas in Spain and Portugal, many R & C properties are in historic buildings. I once stayed in a former chicken coup in a small town in France. Churches, convents, prisons, warehouses, factories are all possible.
I have a stay at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, part of the SPG Luxury Collection, booked for Memorial Day weekend. It used to be the Charles Street Jail.
Beautiful building... Gargoyle how was the interior and the views?
Half of the interior is the restored old building (and to the right side, the restored church, set up as a museum). The other half is a new addition which looks quite nice and in character from inside (our room, in the new part, had a heavy wood door, wood floors, they had antique furniture and wrought iron light fixtures in the hallways). The outside of the new section is quite ugly, but we didn't have to look at that
We did have a balcony that gave a view of the ugly part, but the main view from the balcony was towards some nice old architecture, and I could even see gargoyles from the balcony, so I felt quite at home.
I assume you stayed there after it became SPG, and not while it was a jail?
Another one I previously posted elsewhere is the Hilton Buenavista near Toledo, Spain. This one was built in a 16 century palace and has a small museum with artifacts, mostly paintings, that were part fo the palace. A side benefit is that the restaurant is run by a disciple of Ferran Adria, so some very fine neo-molecular cuisine is to be found. Very nice rooms too.