And the more you travel, the more you want to find a unique place with atmosphere and history. We picked up 10 hotels with an interesting past.
Ashford Castle, Mayo County, Ireland
The five-star Ashford Castle in Mayo looks like a classic Irish castle from a book about the Middle Ages. The interior is not inferior to the exterior: majestic and sophisticated at the same time. The building stands on the shore of a lake surrounded by lush green vegetation. In 1228, a small monastery was built on this site, by the 16th century, the building was overgrown with extensions and began to resemble a castle. Now, this historic site has become one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland. $ 150 million was invested in updating Ashford Castle, in 2015 it opened after renovation.
The territory of the castle-hotel is very large: there is also a golf course, a forest for walking, a lake, an old church. Entertainment is in the spirit of kings: falconry, horseback riding, fishing. The restaurant “George V” has a dress code: a jacket or tuxedo, without which they will not be allowed to dinner. The place is often visited by celebrities: Ronald Reagan, Brad Pete, members of the U2 group.
L’Hôtel, Paris France
The 4-star L’Hôtel is a 4-star hotel located in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés district and 5 minutes from the Notre-Dame de Paris and the Louvre. But this hotel is noteworthy. It was in this hotel that the English writer Oscar Wilde spent his last days. Anyone can stay in the room where the author went to the ancestors. Other famous personalities stayed here: Salvar Dali, Frank Sinatra, Princess of Monaco. The Michelin-starred Le Restaurant serves seasonal French cuisine.
Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy
In the Italian Alps at an altitude of 1250 meters above sea level is the small village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. The historical center was a fortress, so all architecture is defensive. Two and three-story houses are made in the same style and carried straight to the Middle Ages.
A few years ago, the population of the city was only 60 people – the city was almost not inhabited and neglected. But the Swede came to the village and was so impressed by her charm and mountain view that he decided to open a hotel. Part of the old settlement in Santo Stefano di Sessanio was transformed into a comfortable hotel Sextantio, consisting of several buildings. Each historic building has 5-7 rooms. Spacious rooms recreate the atmosphere of the medieval era, but thanks to their high-tech furnishings, they maintain the level of comfort at the highest level. The hotel is so unique that it was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nashville Union Station Hotel, Tennessee, USA
Nashville Union Station Hotel will appeal to lovers. The fact is that the four-star hotel in the center of Nashville occupies the restored building of the railway station built-in 1900. Trains do not go here, but the unusual interior decoration and 18-meter streams remain. The hotel is located quite close to the city center, the rooms are a bit old, but the staff is as polite and courteous as possible.
The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
The building of the five-star hotel The Fullerton Hotel is significantly different from the rest of the city’s modern glass buildings: a monumental facade, snow-white marble, five-meter columns, openwork bridges across the pond. The hotel has this type because it was opened in the building of the Supreme Post Office of Singapore, built-in 1928. Also in this building was a bank branch and a club.
Now the hotel consists of 400 modern rooms, a SPA center, restaurants, and bars. Fullerton Singapore is located in the central business district of Singapore. It is a 5-minute drive from the Clark and Boat Quays.
Liberty Hotel, Boston, United States
Guests can stay in any of the hotel rooms, but this was not always the case. In 1851, Charles Street Prison was located in this building, which was home to several well-known criminals at that time. The prison was officially closed in 1990, and already in 2007, it was opened as a fashionable Liberty Hotel. Only the 27-meter atrium recalls the past, and several prison cells located in the restaurant have also been preserved.
Hotel Sarotti-Höfe, Berlin, Germany
The 19th-century Sarotti-Höfe red-brick building served as a workshop for the Sarotti Chocolate Factory. It was here that millions of chocolate confectionery products were held. The hotel is located in the lively Berlin district of Kreuzberg, around the corner a bohemian street with many antique shops and cafes, at the end of the market street. The rooms are homely, albeit stylized as factory ones, with windows overlooking a quiet courtyard.
Blow Up Hall 5050, Poznan, Poland
Blow Up Hall 5050 is one of the most high-tech hotels in Poland. Guests are given an iPhone, which serves as a room key and a device for communicating with staff. Everything in the hotel is robotic. But upon closer inspection, it turns out that the hotel is located in a 19th-century brewery. Part of the walls was rebuilt, but in some places, the original ancient masonry was preserved.
Hotel Blow Up Hall 5050 is located in the center of Poznan, in the Stary Brovar complex – a center of commerce, business, and the arts.
Sala Silvergruva Hotel, Sala, Sweden
A rare occurrence when a hotel guest has to take the elevator down, not up. At the Sala Silvergruva Hotel, from the reception, you really need to go down a few meters underground. And all because the hotel is located in a former silver mine at a depth of 150 meters. The Swedish mine Sala Silvergruva, known since the 15th century, is considered one of the five largest silver deposits in the world: zinc and lead were also mined here, until the closure of mines in 1908.
The only and main drawback of the hotel is that it has only one double room. Most of the furniture in a comfortable suit is made of silver mined in the mine. Mobile communication is not available due to its great depth. To communicate with the hotel guests are provided with walkie-talkies. They cost about $ 478 a day “underground” (a tour of the mine is included in the price).
Jumbo Hostel, Stockholm, Sweden
The owner of a network of hostels in Stockholm gave a second life to the plane. In 2007, he bought the Boeing 747-200, produced in 1976, and made it a hostel.
The rooms are mostly standard: 4 and 3 local, bath and toilet are shared. There is a superior room with a cold on the terrace. The best room or Suite is located in the cockpit: the owner left the controls and the dashboard. The standard rooms are small, only 5 square meters in size and the beds are located in a compartment carriage of a train.
The hostel is located between the terminals of Arlanda Airport, you can walk to it, but it is best to get on the free bus number 14