The Former Lives of Converted Luxury Hotels
Revisit the rich history behind hotels that were once a prison, a colonial headquarters, a music school and more.
Written by Johanna Li
Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Get in touch with your spiritual side with a little rest and reflection at the Mandarin Oriental Prague, built from a former 14th century Dominican monastery. The original architecture was built in 1330, and as homage to its part-Renaissance and part-Baroque past, the new location retains its vaulted ceilings and opulent staircases
Bonus: Follow an underground passage into the hotel’s 5,000-square-foot holistic spa, converted from a former Renaissance chapel. If that’s not enough history for one trip, the private passageway boasts a glass floor, revealing the remains of an underground Gothic church discovered during construction.