Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Turkey
Once a Turkish prison, the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Istanbul, at first glance, appears to be consistent with the lavish style of other locations within the high-end chain. But Sultanahment is different, once housing criminals within its now bright yellow walls. Touches here and there, such as the watchtowers which now serve as elevator shafts, remind visitors of the history that lies within. Situated close to landmarks including the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the location is nothing short of perfection. Check out these 12 other cool hotels from around the world.
Langholmen in Sweden
Långholmen playfully incorporates the hotel’s history into its core design. For 250 years, the building and island housed prisoners—the lush, trademark greenery can be credited to inmates who planted thousands of trees while serving time. After the jail closed in 1975, it reopened as a luxury retreat in 1989. Contemporary cells are beautifully furnished and guests get to hold onto the key, unlike former prisoners. If you like sleeping in weird places, you’ll definitely want to find out what it’s really like to sleep in an ice hotel.