Unusual Hotels: Converting old to new

Traveling Chic

Banks, churches, prisons, hospitals: the new trend is to transform these old buildings into designer or boutique hotels. Revisit the story of contemporary way and offer unique experiences to travelers who love novelties.

Have you stayed in hotels of this type ? Well I have decided to make a selection of hotels completely nonstandard for travelers wanting something out of the ordinary…

Travel along with us!

Hotel Banke – Paris

The former headquarters of a bank, built during the ‘belle époque’ this historical building was totally renovated and has kept the majestic dome and the magic of the vestiges of the old banking establishment.

Its located in the heart of the Opera district of Paris and is only 2 steps away from one of the most luxurious shopping area of Paris.

The hotel also houses an important collection of works of art, jewels of great historical value from cultures around the world: Egyptian, African, Pre-Columbian, Roman and Buddhists, among others.


  • Hotel Banke 4*
  • 20 rue Lafayette – 75009 Paris
  • T: + 33 1 55 33 22 25

Hotel Het Arresthuis, Roermond – Holland

Want to spend the night behind bars? Well, the group Van der Valk, decided to drastically transform the oppressive prison of Roermond into one of the most welcoming and modern places in town.

The former prison (1863) is fully adapted to the needs of a modern luxury hotel. The 105 cells were converted into 36 rooms and 12 luxury suites. And even though in some places you can still see the austere inscriptions “judges”, “lawyers” or “Directors” the oppressive feeling ends in a few seconds, with guards now replaced with attentive staff to ensure the well-being of their clients.

  • Het Arresthuis
  • 24u bereikbaar · lokaal tarief
  • T: +31 475 870 870

Martin’s Patershof, Malines – Belgium

 And what do you think about sleeping in a 13th century church inhabited by Franciscan friars for more than 600 years? This is the proposal of Martin’s Patershof in the city of Malines. Its definitely more than a room – its a unique cultural experience.

Transforming a place of worship into a hotel is an art, the art of preserving the heritage of the past and meeting the expectations of the most demanding customers. An ambitious project unique in Belgium, which today brings great pleasure and happiness to travelers from around the world.

  • Martin’s Patershof
  • Karmelietenstraat 4 – 2800 Mechelen -Belgique
  • T: +32 15 46 46 46

Conservatorium Hotel – Amsterdam

The designer Piero Lissoni, transformed the old Music Conservatory of Amsterdam into a chic and modern hotel. Following clear and simple lines, the architect uses natural light to create space and volume by keeping the old red brick walls of a most important institutional city building.

The result: a neo gothic building of the late 19th century transformed into a five star luxury and contemporary hotel. A definite stopover to make in the city!

  • Conservatorium
  • Van Baerlestraat 27?Amsterdam 1071 AN?The Netherlands
  • T: +31 20 570 0000

Radisson Blu Hotel, Nantes – France

This sublime hotel in the beautiful French city of Nantes invites its guests to stay in the old Court of Justice of the city.

The decor combines original architectural elements with contemporary design and evokes the extraordinary French style and charm.

Its also an exceptional place to appreciate good food that will make your stay unforgettable moment.

  • Radisson Blu Hotel
  • 6 place Aristide Briand 44000 Nantes France
  • T: +33 2 72 00 10 00

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