Architectural Recycling

These Gorgeous Historic Buildings Are Now Luxury Hotels

Around the world, old buildings are being turned into premier hotels. See a 16th-century palazzo, a monastery from the 1800s, a Belle Époque mansion, and more rebuilt as modern spaces.

American Trade Hotel, Panama City, Panama

Harking back to the golden era when Panama was the gateway between Central and South America, as well as a meeting place for creatives and influencers from around the world, Atelier Ace's first independent addition to its family is the Colonial-style American Trade Hotel. Making itself at home in the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City, the hotel occupies a 1917 neoclassical building that was originally Panama's first skyscraper but stood abandoned for many years.

American Trade Hotel, Panama City, Panama

Pack your espadrilles and fedora and you'll fit right in with the hotel's tropical ambience, complete with sweeping views of the surrounding neighborhood and its very own in-house jazz club.  


Rooms from $249 to $799

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Rosewood London

Even if you don't want to cop to your Downton Abbey obsession, you can indulge in it discreetly at Rosewood Hotels' latest opening in London. The 1914 Edwardian building, once the distinguished headquarters of the Pearl Assurance Company, has been transformed into a glamorous fusion of classic and modern.

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Rosewood London

Among its eight signature suites is the Grand Manor House Wing, which—in addition to its private elevator, six bedrooms, dressing room, and library—is the only hotel suite in the world to have its own ZIP code.


Rooms from $625 to $31,000

Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy

Arriving at your hotel by boat might not be a big deal in Venice, but when your pied-à-terre is housed in the lavish 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli, your travel companion will definitely be impressed.

Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy

Outlandish luxury at its best (think 18th-century Murano chandeliers), the new Aman Canal Grande features soaring ceilings, historic frescoes, and private gardens for enjoying the views of the Grand Canal, minus the hordes of tourists. If it rains, the library, dedicated card and jigsaw tables, and elegant chess and backgammon sets will keep you busy.


Rooms from $1,550 to $5,000

Vault Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey

Standing tall in the swiftly gentrifying Istanbul neighborhood of Karaköy, in a building dating back to 1863 that was once a bank (its vaults now act as the hotel's expansive wine cellar), Vault Karaköy even staffs its own in-house art curator.

Vault Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey

For stellar views of Istanbul's Bosphorus bridge, Old City, and the Golden Horn inlet—all from the comfort of your bathtub—book a Terrace Penthouse Suite. Or, if you're in need of a good scrubdown, the hotel's impressive spa offers Turkish-bath services.

 

Rooms from $260 to $340

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Miss Clara, Stockholm, Sweden

As a lovesick teenager you may have mastered the art of sneaking into an all-girls school, but this time there's no need to climb through the window. One of Stockholm's most storied Art Nouveau buildings—formerly a girls school—is now the elegant boutique hotel Miss Clara.

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Miss Clara, Stockholm, Sweden

Lofty ceilings, marble bathrooms, and expansive arched windows combine with svelte, modern Scandinavian design (including woven woodwork and leather work by Tärnsjö Garveri) in these luxe digs, named for the school's first headmistress.


Rooms from $230 to $830

The Dean, Providence, Rhode Island

The history of Providence's newest boutique lodging is both pious and sordid. Built in 1912 by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island to serve as a rescue mission, the building was later a strip club and transient hotel before it became a longstanding adult-entertainment venue.

The Dean, Providence, Rhode Island

It's since shrugged off its seedy past and been reborn as a sleek, 52-room hotel adorned with stylish trappings that include vintage furniture, The Elder Statesman blankets, and custom-designed beds, desks, valets, and lighting by ASH NYC. You can also grab a cold-press coffee from Bolt Coffee Company in the lobby café or take a leisurely spin around downtown Providence on one of the hotel's restored vintage bicycles.


Rooms from $79 to $139

D.O.M. Hotel Roma, Rome, Italy

Designed and owned by architect Antonio Girardi, this 24-room hotel was once a 17th-century Claretian monastery in the heart of the aristocratic (and very cool) Via Giulia neighborhood in the city's historic center.

D.O.M. Hotel Roma, Rome, Italy

Velvet headboards, cashmere and silk carpeting, and mirrored televisions make the experience anything but monastic, but if you're after a few quiet moments of contemplation, head up to the private terrace for expansive views of the city's picturesque tile rooftops and bell towers.


Rooms starting from $325 (suite prices upon request)

Hotel B, Lima, Peru

Thanks in part to the opening of Mario Testino's new Lima art gallery, the historic bohemian neighborhood of Barranco has become one of the city's hippest haunts. The latest luxury dwelling to open its doors in the barrio is Hotel B, a revived Belle Époque mansion built in 1914 by renowned French architect Claude Sahut that served as a seaside retreat during the presidency of Augusto Leguia in the 1920s.

Hotel B, Lima, Peru

Claw-foot bathtubs, antique chandeliers, and 1920s-era furnishings will imbue your stay with old-world glamour, and you can indulge your penchant for art with the hotel's own unique collection or explore Lima's thriving gallery scene.

 

Rooms from $315 to $700

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Russians might have missed the mark with their accommodations at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but we're heartened to know that they still know how to do over-the-top luxury like pros. An 1820s palace designed for Princess Lobanova-Rostovskaya (which later became home to the Ministry of War) is now enjoying a modern incarnation as the latest addition to the Four Seasons family.

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

To really revel in palatial splendor, book the 1,636-square-foot Lobanov Presidential Suite, perched atop the hotel's heritage grand marble staircase. You'll have your own private terrace, a marble bathroom, and a dining area with a 10-seat mahogany dining table, in case you're expecting a guest—or nine.


Rooms from $450 to $14,500


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