You Used to Be What?
Not all hotels were built as hotels. Many are adaptive reuse -renovation projects taking a historic non-hotel property and doing minimal changes to the look and…
The Graycliff Hotel has begun the revitalization of West Hill Street – including an old convent, its chapel and the former Mountbatten home -- into a pedestrians-only ‘old town experience’ with cobble stone streets; a fun, immersive chocolate factory and visitor-oriented coffee roasting company; a barista café and bistro, space for local artisans, a new 75-room hotel and much more.
"Travel Back Thursday" to these 5, contiguous, 18th century brick and cast iron tobacco and bourbon warehouses that have been adapted into the 100,000 square foot 21c Museum Hotel with 90 rooms, 6000 square feet of gallery space, and an award winning restaurant on Louisville’s Museum Row. #tbt #travelbackthursday
Today’s #travelbackthursday featured property, @brunelleschifi, is housed in Florence's tower of Pagliazza - a reconstructed 6th Century Byzantine tower that was originally part of the city walls. In the 12th Century it was also used as a women's prison, hence the name "Pagliazza" which stems from the beds of straw for the prisoners. These days, all @fivestaralliance guests receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco, $50 food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status. #tbt
The residential-style, waterfront Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square opened in 2008 in San Francisco and is set within a cluster of circa-1890s buildings from the old Ghirardelli chocolate factory - one of the country’s first adaptive reuse projects in the 1960s.
The Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam delivers a true five-pearl experience in Amsterdam's residential Museum Quarter. It's housed in a 100-year-old former bank building, and the hotel's warm, modern design melds seamlessly with the structure; the stunning atrium lobby, for example, is industrial-chic, featuring wood, brick and glass.