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Modern Hotels With A Nostalgic Vibe
There’s nothing better than incredible hotel accommodations. Luxury experiences, amazing food, and good vibes are exactly what’s in store when booking a stay at a high-rated hotel. But what if you could get luxury and nostalgia all at once?
More travelers are seeking out modern hotels with a nostalgic touch. The experiences there are magical, providing all of the essential amenities while also whisking guests away to lands far away. Instead of traditional, cookie-cutter hotels, travelers are looking for memorable places to make moments that last forever.
The next time you’re planning a vacation, consider staying at a hotel with a historic past that’s the perfect backdrop to your fairy tale getaway.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – London
Considered one of the best redesigns of historic architecture into a hotel, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London is a beautiful building with castle-like appeal. Guests can see the stone towers upon arrival and most are astounded by the majesty of the hotel. Originally known as the Midland Grand Hotel, the building was almost destroyed after the hotel closed in 1935. The hotel had fallen into disrepair when it began undergoing intense renovations to bring its magic back to life.
An official UK heritage structure, the Hotel Management Network says guests at St Pancras Renaissance “have memorable stays due to the unique setting” of the hotel. The balance of old and new at St Pancras is unmatched and travelers have noticed the nostalgic energy that takes them back to better days.
Liberty Hotel – Boston
Once an old jailhouse, Liberty Hotel is a sight to see. After a $150 million renovation in 1991, the hotel has become one of Boston’s most beloved hotel accommodations. Throughout the hotel, old cells and doors from the original jail design have been incorporated into modern architecture.
The hotel has 278 rooms with playful luxuries that teleport guests back in time to the hotel’s infamous past. The hotel is also right in the middle of the city giving travelers access to Boston’s greatness just steps from their room door.
Ace Hotel Downtown – Los Angeles
If Spanish Goth is your favorite aesthetic, then the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is the place you need to stay next time you’re in the City of Angels. The hotel used to be the United Artists Building and Theater which opened in 1972. The theater was a prime hotspot for entertainment. With 13 stories to spare, people from around the country would come to have a Broadway experience on the West Coast.
Today, the Ace Hotel Downtown is where grit meets glamour. Luxury accommodations paired with its old Hollywood charm and gothic architecture make this hotel a traveler’s favorite.
The Last Hotel – St. Louis
Back in the day, Washington Avenue in St. Louis, MO was one of the biggest garment districts in the world. It was also home to the International Shoe Company, the largest shoe company in the world during the early 1900s. According to the director of communications, Anthony Parino, some even dubbed Washington Avenue with a new name due to the notoriety of the booming company.
“Back in the day in the U.S., if you bought a garment it was probably produced right on this street,” Paraino told Meetings Today, formerly known as “Shoe Street, USA.”
Now, the building that housed the International Shoe Company has been converted into The Last Hotel. A true treat of hospitality and delight in the heart of the city, The Last Hotel opened in 2019. The hotel was properly named after a “last”, the wooden, foot-shaped form used to sculpt shoe designs. However, it hasn’t been the last on anyone’s list when it comes to hotel accommodations in St. Louis. Once a place where shoes were crafted, The Last Hotel now beckons guests from every corner; drawing them in with its contemporary-style rooms, rooftop pool, and incredible restaurant.
Hotel Warszawa – Poland
With 142 rooms and suites, Hotel Warszawa in Poland has been many things throughout history. According to Indonesia Design, the building was constructed between 1931 and 1933 by Marcin Weinfeld. The Polish architect aspired to build the tallest skyscraper in the world to house British insurance and finance company Prudential. Eighteen stories, over two million bricks, and 3,500 tons of concrete and steel later, Weinfeld had his gravity-defying tower.
In 1936 the building became home to a giant antenna that would be the catalyst for Europe’s first television broadcast. In 1944, the building was hit by a motor shell during WW2 leaving the structure with a permanent tilt. Yes, Hotel Warszawa has been through some things.
Despite an attempt to convert the building into a hotel that happened in 1954, the original Hotel Warszawa closed down in 2003. Today, hotel travelers love the 2018 redesign by Likus Hotels & Restaurants. Hotel Warszawa is a gem amongst gems. Its authentic design and modern elements mesh perfectly with its vibrant past. The marble hallways, natural wood and copper finishings, and an indoor marble pool allure guests, appearing like something right of a film.