We love a hotel with a story. For this list, we asked five travel and lifestyle bloggers to recommend accommodation in old, repurposed buildings – the kind that make you feel connected to the fabric and history of a destination, even as you relax in a state-of-the-art spa and chow down on contemporary cuisine. Read on to discover a fascinating range of former warehouses, prisons, hospitals and more…

Our panel


Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, The Netherlands 

Chosen by: Becky from Global Grasshopper

“I’m a huge fan of the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. Housed in a wonderful revamped 1920’s building, before it became one of the coolest hotels in the Dutch capital it was once a migrant’s boarding house, a detention centre, a young offender’s prison and even an artist’s squat. Now a hub of off-the-wall creativity and innovation, expect to see crazy delights such as a fold-out bathroom, a fibreglass stairway and even a bed which sleeps up to eight people!”

If you want to see more hotels in Amsterdam, visit our Amsterdam hotel guide page.


Malmaison, Oxford, UK

Chosen by: Mellissa from Fly, Drive, Explore

“If you are looking to stay in an unusual building consider the Malmaison in Oxford. Originally a prison, however, the experience is more luxurious than the typical prisoners. Cells have features such as original doors and windows but your bed is now a super comfy double bed, there is free Wi-Fi, a mini bar, en-suite showers, and some even come with roll top baths. Prison never felt so good. ”

If you want to see more hotels in Oxfordshire, visit our Oxfordshire hotel guide page.


Le Monastere des Augustines, Quebec, Canada

Chosen by: Amanda from Adventures All Around

“Quebec’s Le Monastere des Augustines is a special hotel with a focus on healing and holistic health, which ties in very well with its history. Built on the site of the continent’s first hospital north of Mexico the hotel has retained some of its original features and added some sleek design touches. You can sleep in one of the old rooms that the sisters lived in, completely restored and renovated of course, or stay in the more modern side of the hotel. No matter which side you’re staying in it has a beautiful energy to it, and is filled with precious artefacts and artworks that the nuns collected over hundreds of years. A stay I’ll remember for many years to come.”

If you want to see more hotels in Quebec, visit our Quebec hotel guide page.


Good Hotel, London

Chosen by: Aimee from The Happiness Bootcamp

“The Good Hotel London is an incredible structure formed from a renovated prison. The beautiful hotel overlooking the Royal Victoria docks has a mission to allow people and small businesses to thrive, socially its incredible. This hotel provides breathtaking views from both its rooftop bar and bedrooms, giving you relaxation while throwing you into a London experience.”

If you want to see more hotels in London, visit our London hotel guide page.


Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, UK

Chosen by: Victoria from Bridges and Balloons

“The Titanic Hotel has the biggest hotel rooms I’ve ever seen! Housed in a converted 19th-century warehouse, and part of a UNESCO world heritage site on Liverpool’s docks, it’s an impressive place with supersize dimensions, and designed with impeccable style. Don’t miss the rum bar, featuring over 60 world renowned rums.”

If you want to see more hotels in Liverpool, visit our Liverpool hotel guide page.

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