South Africa's Upside Down House is what Instagram was made for.
Airbnb Will Give 10 People $100,000 to Build the Unique Home of Their Dreams — With Billy Porter's Help
The Unique Airbnb Fund is calling for people to use their wildest imagination to build amazing new places to stay.
“To say we were surprised is an understatement - we really thought it had been walled-up forever after the war."
Some locations across the world are renowned for their stunning natural beauty, cultural contributions, and examples of ancient days they still present to travelers. Many of these locations have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites over the years, with travelers from around the world heading to the famed locations to catch a glimpse of the glory. While staying near such locations can give you quicker access to the sites, there’s nothing quite like waking up in the heart of them to find yourself immersed in immaculate history and nature everywhere you turn. At these properties, you’ll often find exclusive entrances and extended hours for guests, while exceptional attention is paid to each detail to ensure your stay is as luxurious and mesmerizing as the setting you’re surrounded by. For that reason, you’ll find that many of the properties included are members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which recognizes boutique hotels with one-of-a kind experiences that guests won’t find anywhere else, and will never forget. Below, you’ll find a selection of 18 properties that will put you in the midst of magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In the saguaro-studded desert east of Phoenix, this buzzy city is blooming as an arts and design destination.
Before They Were Luxury Hotels, These Buildings Were Chocolate Factories, Prisons, and Train Stations
Enjoying “solitary confinement” in a former prison cell may not sound like your idea of an exclusive staycation, but in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, it’s considered the lap of luxury. Formerly Charles Street Jail, The Liberty Hotel is just one property that has completely reinvented itself into modern day, luxury lodging. You’ve probably seen your fair share of houses made from upcycled shipping containers and garden sheds, but hotels and resorts reign supreme when it comes to transforming existing properties — like prisons and printing presses — into unique accommodations. Along with the rise of Airbnb and more local and experiential-based travel, many hoteliers are moving away from traditional suites and properties, in favor of focusing on what makes a neighborhood unique — and that includes its existing community buildings and heritage houses. Not only do these rehabbed properties exude charisma by way of their past lives, they’re also a sustainable alternative to new developments, which often lack the charm travelers are yearning for. Here, we’ve pulled together a handful of hotels that are housed in refurbished buildings. From a former chocolate factory in California to a bath house in Berlin, this is where to stay if you want to peek into a city’s past life without sacrificing luxury.