At these five properties with storied pasts, guests find more than just standard rooms.
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... Leather Factory
Old Montreal’s Le Petit Hotel has 24 rooms with tall warehouse ceilings and exposed brick and stone; the property extends into a former toy factory next door. Doubles from $186.
Architect Francisco Aires Mateus kept the building’s 1907 façade and sheet windows when creating Lisbon’s daring Fontana Park Hotel. Doubles from $120.
...Cold War Airplane
The Airplane Suite, in Teuge, the Netherlands, is a converted fuselage with a sauna and Jacuzzi, three flat-screen TV’s, and access to the cockpit. Doubles from $470.
At Paris’s Banke Hotel, executive offices are now austere bedrooms and the stately lobby has playful, bright gold furniture. Doubles from $255.
Next month, the Old Mac Daddy hotel will open a luxe trailer park an hour from Cape Town, surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards. Doubles from $120.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lisbon - Fontana Park
Portuguese architect Francisco Aires Mateus renovated a 1907 iron factory to create this affordable hotel. Keeping its exterior intact, he gutted the building to make way for Zen-like interiors. Open expanses, including the Bonsai restaurant and Fontana bar, are punctuated by sharply angled glass staircases and sheaths of hammered ironwork—homages to the building’s first life. The 139 simple black-and-white rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of the city.
Le Petit Hôtel
Housed in two buildings, including an old leather factory from the 19th century, the 24-room hotel appeals to young entrepreneurs with its tech-savvy touches like free Wi-Fi and plasma TV’s outfitted with Wii Fit stations.
A converted fuselage with a sauna and Jacuzzi, three flat-screen TV’s, and access to the cockpit.
As its name suggests, the four-star Banke Hotel was once a bank. Located in the Opera district of the ninth arrondissement and a short stroll from the Galeries Lafayette, the heart of this hotel is an extravagant lobby with an arched colonnade, colored in deep reds and gold. Original architectural touches from its time as a bank, such as ornate moulding and parquet flooring, remain, and art from various cultures, including Egyptian, African, and Pre-Colombian, fill each floors. Each of the hotel's 94 rooms include marble bathrooms, hardwood floors, and designer furniture.
Old Mac Daddy
The re-purposed Airstream hotel will open a luxe trailer park an hour from Cape Town, surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards.