Embrace the past at these 5 refurbished luxury hotels

Everything old is new again


 

Old becomes new and traditional turns modern as historical buildings across North America are being saved from demolition and reborn again as luxury hotels. Embrace the past and splurge a little with a stay at one of these refurbished landmarks.

The Refinery Hotel

New York

Located in New York City’s Fashion District, this neo-Gothic, turn-of-the-century hat factory has transformed into an industrial-chic boutique hotel. The 197 loft-like guest rooms boast four-metre-high concrete ceilings and custom furniture that gives them a feel of raw elegance. Topping it all off is the 325-square-metre indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge with spectacular views of the Empire State Building. Rates start at US$399.

The Langham

Chicago

The 316-room, five-star hotel opens this month inside the 52-storey IBM building. As the last office building to be designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, the modern tower was declared a Chicago landmark in 2008 and was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. The mod guest rooms are among the largest in the city, and some rooms offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Rates start at US$535.

Inn at the Presidio

San Francisco

Live like a lieutenant at the first hotel to open in San Francisco’s Presidio, one of the oldest military posts in the United States. The hotel itself is in the former post’s bachelor officers’ quarters and provides an authentic experience of privilege once reserved for the “top brass.” The Inn offers the best of both worlds: a hidden getaway in a national park with the rich urban life of San Francisco just outside its gates. Rates start at US$195.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Victoria

This waterfront gem recently reopened in its original 1930 location after being dismantled piece by piece and then meticulously reconstructed. Located across the street from the prestigious Victoria Golf Club, and built to five-star standards, the hotel includes seaside outdoor mineral pools, the Boathouse Spa & Baths, The Snug Pub, a fine-dining restaurant and a 1,600-bottle tasting room. Rates start at $179.

The Ritz-Carlton

Montreal

After a $200-million restoration, the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Montreal reopened last year. The Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street is back as a showcase of modern opulence while many decorative details from 1912 remain, reflecting a masterful blend of old and new. The building’s façade was preserved and restored, public spaces were renovated and the guest rooms were redesigned to feature the very best in comfort. Summer rates start at $435.

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