4 Beautiful Hotels in Repurposed Buildings

1. Soho House, Istanbul

The luxurious Soho House in Istanbul is a hotel set in a former Italian mansion. The facade boasts grand Corinthian columns and neoclassical marble work that lead into stunning archways. Inside this exquisite building lies 87 guestrooms, a rooftop pool, bar, nightclub, 3 restaurants, a spa and gym. The decor is a perfect mix of traditional Turkish grandeur and modern style. The rooms ooze old world charm, delicately accented by classic Turkish rugs and cushions.

The Soho House Group prides itself on providing amazing homes away from home for creative professionals. Their membership program helps to bring communities of like-minded people together in these incredible hotels all around the world.

Soho House Istanbul

2. The High Line Hotel, New York City

The High Line is a boutique Chelsea hotel that is bathed deep in history. The building was originally an apple orchard and then later became the headquarters of the General Theological Seminary. The space exudes a rustic charm that is gracefully balanced with contemporary styling. Each of the rooms transports guests into a bygone era of old Manhattan.

Coffee lovers will enjoy the Intelligentsia Cafe, which is nestled inside the lobby of the hotel. A quirky touch is the secondary coffee shop which rests out the front of the building, in the form of a refurbished 1963 Citroen coffee truck. Grab your coffee to go as you leave the hotel and prepare to roam the New York streets for the day.

The Highline Hotel

3. Les Bains, Paris

This Parisian hotel has also had several past lives. Originally built during the Belle Epoque, the building was a Hausmann-era private bathhouse that used to welcome the likes of Marcel Proust. In the Seventies, Les Bains was transformed into a debaucherous nightclub where David Bowie and Mick Jagger would boogie on down.

Situated in the historic third arrondissement of Paris, Les Bains is currently a boutique hotel that still pays tribute to its colourful past. The nightclub exists to this day and hosts various DJ nights all throughout the week. The hotel is what makes this building quite spectacular, however. The 39 elegant rooms demonstrate French minimalist style perfectly – lots of neutral colours keep the aesthetic clean and simple. The decor in the rest of the hotel, however, is a little bit more gothic in style. The common areas embody a powerful mix of rawness and glamour – very rock-and-roll yet sophisticated at the same time.


4. The Ale House Inn, Portsmouth

If you love all things beer related then the Ale House Inn is right up your alley. Built way back in the 1880s, this boutique beer hotel has been a brewery warehouse for the better part of its life. The building was the headquarters of historic Portsmouth Brewing Co. which unfortunately ceased operations in 1917 with the onset of prohibition in the United States.

The hotel that eventually moved into the space embraced the building’s heritage, keeping the decor brewery inspired. The Ale House Inn is a wonderful place to sit back and enjoy a Portsmouth Ale. It’s a quaint and cosy space that radiates rustic simplicity. The exposed brick walls and beautiful timber floorboards give the building a comfy log cabin vibe.

Article by: Rushfaster
Photo Credits: Soho House Istanbul; Epicure and Culture; Design Hotels; The Highline Hotel