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With hotel conversions in historic sites often ending up being rather soulless, the balance struck between modern-day tastes and needs, as well as history, is just right at the Fontevraud Abbey’s new hotel. Designed by architect duo Jouin Manku, aka Patrick Jouin & Sanjit Manku, the soothing and sleek design leaves room for the historically charged interiors of one of the vastest monastic sites from the Middle Ages, to continue be the focal point of every space.
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Ideally nested in the heart of the historical Marais district in Paris, Hôtel Emile is a stylish boutique hotel designed by Alfred Klopper.
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“Fancy staying in a tin shed for our next holiday, dear?” Imagine the frost that would descend over that little scene, but call off the solicitors long enough to experience this unusual bed and breakfast in Sydney’s suburb of Redfern.
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In Mexico it was nominated as one of the 54 “Magic Cities”. Only 31 miles from the chaotic capital, Tepoztlan has been the destination of poets, artists and musicians for years. In the peaceful mounts and forests that surround it, the myth states that 1200 years ago was born Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent god worshipped in pre-Columbian Mexico.
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Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Diogo Aguiar, Eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas, Portugal
Luis Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar create low key architectural gem in spa town of Pedras Salgadas
It’s easy to feel cynical when the terms ‘eco’ and ‘resort’ are paired up. Is there a rural tourist attraction which doesn’t claim to be such a thing, these days? But sometimes, it’s worth putting one’s cynicism aside to bask in some low-key architectural jewels.
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The Wythe Hotel’s location is nothing short of outstanding in the heart of Brooklyn, standing proud on the Williamsburg waterfront. Built in 1901, this former textile factory has been meticulously converted into a 72-room, 8 storey hotel offering service and amenities at a level yet to be seen in this trendy New York borough. A few decades ago Manhattenites, pushed out by increasing property prices, started migrating over to Brooklyn, eventually followed by hipsters, eventually settling in Williamsburg. This area’s seen quite an evolution which inevitably meant a level of gentrification. Gentrification provokes mixed opinions but in one the world’s most recognisable and fashionable cities it’s inevitable and Brooklyn still holds onto a lot of its gritty history, tightly in its rough palm.
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The Stunning Repurposed Architecture and Lunar Landscapes of Gotland’s Refined Resort
London-based photographer Peter Guenzel explores the sparse and calming atmosphere of former limestone refinery turned eco hotel, Fabriken Furillen. Stretching across 600 acres of an old quarry site on the island of Gotland off the southeastern coast of Sweden, the minimalist retreat is set amid the area’s untrammeled natural beauty featuring rocky coastline, wind-swept pines and glistening sea. After discovering the deserted factory in the 90s, founder Johan Hellström preserved its original infrastructure and recycled local materials such as concrete, limestone and hardwood to build the hotel’s 17 rooms.
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