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Travel Tip: These Hotels Have a Surprising Past

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The GrandHallnumber of new hotels in the pipeline is pretty staggering, but what really gets my attention isn’t the newest constructions. It’s hotels in buildings with a lot of history.

In Albuquerque, Hotel Parq Central is located in what used to be hospital. It dates back to the 1920s (when the majority of patients were railway workers), and it later became a psychiatric facility. Today, it’s a boutique hotel, with a bar called the Apothecary that serves Prohibition-era drinks.

In Duluth, Minnesota, you’ll find Fitger’s, a whole complex that was once a 19th century brewery. During Prohibition, they stopped making beer and it became a candy shop. Today, it’s got a hotel, shops and, you guessed it, a new brewery.

In the center of St. Louis, there is an old train station that is now home to the Union Station Hotel. At one point, this was the largest and busiest train station in the world, but it eventually shut down when rail service declined. Today, the hotel still has some pretty impressive touches that pay homage to its history, like 65-foot ceilings and stained glass windows.

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