Sometimes staying at a hotel can get repetitive. What if you were able to stay in an unconventional accommodation? There are train stations, cinemas and even prisons you can spend the night in, which is surely straying from the conventional hotel room. Here are 13 awesome hotels that had a previous life – and you can book them with points and miles.
The Publishing House – Chicago, Illinois
This B&B used to crank out some serious publications, but now The Publishing House takes pride in its ability to seamlessly weave together the personal touches of a B&B while providing the amenities and style of a boutique hotel. With just 11 rooms, this property is perfect for a quiet, intimate getaway.
Hotel Rival – Stockholm, Sweden
This former cinema and entertainment center is now appropriately owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, it’s definitely a must-stay while in Stockholm. After all, why even visit the Swedish capital if ABBA-themed activities aren’t on your agenda? Use Hotel Rival as a home base, then hop on the tram down Djurgårdsvägen to ABBA The Museum. Once you’re down there, you can check out the Vasamuseet, Nordiska museet, the Aquarium, and Skansen because they’re all around that same area.
(Image Source: Hotel Rival)
Chicago Athletic Association – Chicago, Illinois
From the looks of this hotel, you’d never believe that it used to be an athletic association. But, the appropriately named Chicago Athletic Association has held true to its old-timer roots in decoration and style.
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Detroit Foundation Hotel – Detroit, Michigan
The big red doors of the Detroit Foundation Hotel aren’t just for aesthetic; this property used to be an active firehouse in Michigan’s former capital city. Today, this stylish hotel perfectly works with its former architecture while providing modern details to create a completely revamped experience. With a dedication to locally sourced products and music, this property is 100% Detroit.
Union Station Hotel – Nashville, Tenessee
Take it from me, this hotel in downtown Nashville is the place to be. Not only is Union Station Hotel centrally located and close to all of your Nashville faves, but it’s also located inside what used to be Nashville’s main train station. It’s impossible to miss; they’ve kept the old facade and renovated the inside to become one of the most romantic accommodations in Music City.
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Old Bank Hotel – Oxford, United Kingdom
You’ve probably guessed it: the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford used to be a bank. To this day, this property is an Oxford staple and is ranked 4th in Condé Nast Traveller’s Top Hotels in the UK. Even if you don’t book a room, it’s worth making a reservation at the onsite Quod Restaurant to see for yourself how an old banking hall has been transformed into a vibrant dining experience.
The Liberty – Boston, Massachusetts
Perhaps crafted with a bit of Boston sarcasm, this former jail holds a bit of irony in its name. The Liberty has an open-concept, red brick and barred window vibe because it used to be a jail. However, booking a stay at The Liberty allows you to be as free as you wish to be; go out and explore bustling Boston, or stay and appreciate the satirical decor and clever nods to the building’s former purpose.
Ace Hotel LA – Los Angeles, California
Who doesn’t love a night at the theatre while staying in LA? At the Ace Hotel, you can book several nights at this former theatre. The property still features the old, preserved theatre inside; you can even rent the theatre for yourself!
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Courthouse London Shoreditch – London, United Kingdom
Playing off of its former days as a courthouse and jail, Courthouse London Shoreditch is a quirky, 5-star solution to your London accommodation needs. Visit the Jailhouse Bar, set in the former police station, or dine at Judge & Jury. Make sure to post your own #mugshot on social media during your stay.
Hotel Oderberger – Berlin, Germany
Public swimming pools are important to many European cultures, and Berlin is no different. Hotel Oderberger used to be a public swimming hall and since it is listed as a protected historical monument, its swimming pool is still accessible to everyone.
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Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Sydney, Australia
The Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf was built on the site of Sydney’s first fish market (1872-1910) and mainly handled the export of wool, but also acted as a staging point for troop deployment to the World Wars as well as a disembarking point for new migrants arriving in Australia. Today it has been redeveloped as a fashionable hotel and restaurant complex.
Pestana Amsterdam Riverside – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Housed in the former Town Hall and Archive of the Amstel Community, Pestana Amsterdam Riverside towers high above De Pijp. Make this property your Amsterdam home base and make sure to visit the Albert Cuypmarkt street market during your stay.
Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus The Hague Scheveningen – The Hague, Netherlands
Throughout the years the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus was owned by several associations. As a result, several functions have been removed (library, conversation room, spa rooms) and rebuilt (conference rooms, bathrooms and entrance hall), but the spectacular Kurzaal remained intact. You can’t miss this commanding building during your visit to The Hague; it truly is a storied Dutch monument.
(Image Source: Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus The Hague Scheveningen)
How to Book These Hotels With Points
Unfortunately, none of these hotels are part of major hotel programs and are therefore not bookable with hotel points. But, you’re not out of luck! You can still book any of these hotels with your Barclaycard Arrival Plus card and use your Arrival miles to reimburse the charge for the hotel. Additionally, you can use Chase, Citi, or American Express Travel Portals and redeem your Ultimate Rewards, ThankYou Points, and Membership Rewards points for these hotel stays!
I’ve personally stayed in a hostel that used to be a prison, but these are all a step up from that!
Have you ever stayed at a hotel that served a different purpose prior to becoming a hotel?
[Featured Image: Hotel Oderberger Berlin]