Plenty of the world’s best hotels didn’t quite start out with concierges manning the front desk or chocolates being left on your pillow – heck, some didn’t even come with pillows! Perfect for the building history buff, the architecture enthusiast, or those looking for something a little different; here’s how designers and hoteliers have successfully turned buildings of yesteryear into luxury hotels of today.

1. Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Be part of a long-standing historical Dutch landmark by stepping foot inside the Lloyd Hotel. The hotel started life as a safe haven for immigrants back in 1920 and was turned into a centre for refugees in 1935. Later the building hosted more permanent residents as a correctional centre for adults and juveniles, before allowing artists to work in its studios. For guests looking to immerse themselves in this hotel’s colourful past, they need only climb one of the many staircases to view historical films, pictures and letters in the world-acclaimed hotel’s permanent exhibition. And don’t worry, guests in the 117 designer rooms are treated much better these days.