Everything old is new again. That’s especially true with hotels these days. Old motels, mills, and even lighthouses are being renovated and turned into chic places in which to stay. Here are six spots—in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe—that showed how this trend can succeed.
North Adams: Return to MASS MoCA, the Blackinton Historic District, an old mill, and a new hotel with an adult-summer-camp vibe in the Berkshires.
Salida: Try one of the smaller ski areas, a high mountain road with sweeping views of the Rockies, an adorable town, and a basic motel that recently underwent major renovations.
St. Jean: Set your sights on St. Jean Beach, French bistros, sandy bars, chic boutiques, and a boutique hotel that took over a heavily damaged spot after Hurricane Irma.
Pétion-Ville: Find a hillside village, a historic park, a beautiful church, the smell of cooking street food, laughing children, luxury shops, up-and-coming designers’ boutiques, and a renovated hotel in a Port-au-Prince suburb.
Punta Fenaio: Enjoy lunch with a view, a glass of amber-hued wine, a plate of pasta alle vongole, a red-and-white lighthouse, a view of the sapphire Tyrrhenian Sea, and a unique little resort on Isola Del Giglio.
Heringsdorf: Discover a 30-mile-long island, a popular summer destination, the longest sandy beach in Europe, the sunniest spot in Germany, and a picture-perfect seaside resort on Usedom.