Hard to Believe: Repurposed Hotels

  • Fitger's Inn - Duluth, MN

    Duluth's historic Fitger's Inn wows guests from the moment they enter.  The former brewery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now a luxury inn with a variety of amenities and views of Lake Superior.  Duluth's Lakewalk is just steps away.   

    Photo courtesy of Fitger's Inn

  • Caboose Motel - Finger Lakes, NY

    Staying in the Caboose Motel in the Finger Lakes Region of New York gives you the chance to sleep in a train without the threat of motion sickness. Guests have their pick of five converted 1916, N5 cabooses sitting on tracks originally laid down in 1896.

    Photo courtesy of Caboose Motel

  • Hotel Skyler - Finger Lakes, NY

    Elsewhere in the Finger Lakes Region, you'll find Hotel Skyler, a property that was once a temple and later a theater. You'll find this repurposed property on the campus of the Syracuse University campus.

    Photo courtesy of Hotel Skyler

  • The Langham - Boston, MA

    Boston's own Langham Hotel occupies the former home of the Federal Reserve Bank inside a 1922 Renaissance Revival building. The bank became a hotel in 1981, making it a trendsetter in the world of repurposed buildings.

    Photo courtesy of Langham Boston

  • Geneva on the Lakes - Geneva, NY

    Geneva on the Lake was built in 1914 on a spot overlooking Lake Geneva and was originally a private home before being converted into a monastery soon after. The Italian villa-style property has been a resort since 1981.

    Photo courtesy of Geneva on the Lake

  • Belhurst Castle - Seneca Lake, NY

    You don't have to fly all the way to Europe to stay in a castle, thanks to Seneca Lake's very own Belhurst Castle. The Romanesque Revival structure was built in the 1800s as a private residence and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Photo courtesy of Belhurst Castle

  • The Langham - Chicago, IL

    One of the country's newest repurposed hotels is set to open in Chicago this July, The Langham with occupy the first 12 floors of the 52-story landmark known by locals as the IBM Building, designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe who died before construction even began.

    Photo courtesy of Langham Chicago

  • The Liberty Hotel - Boston, MA

    When you walk into the lobby of the Liberty Hotel in Boston, you'll notice a striking resemblance to a cell block. That's because this luxury property was once the Charles Street Jail.

    Photo courtesy of The Liberty Hotel - Michael Weschler

  • The Kennedy School - Portland, OR

    If you find your stay at the McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland a bit nostalgic, it's because the bed and breakfast used to be an elementary school that originally opened in 1915. Some of the 57 guestrooms still have the original chalkboards and cloak rooms.

    Photo courtesy of Werewombat

  • Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville - New Orleans, LA

    The Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville offers guests accommodation just one block from Bourbon Street in a building dating back to 1878. Look at the facade, and you can probably guess what it once was: the Maison Blanche department store.

    Photo courtesy of Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville