America’s 10 Coolest Hotel Conversions

America’s 10 coolest hotel conversions give you the chance to sleep in delightfully unexpected places: former jails, factories, elementary schools, and even 19th-century communes. Read on for where to find these repurposed landmarks.

Standard rooms are anything but standard in America’s 10 coolest hotel conversions. These properties give you the chance to sleep in delightfully unexpected places: former jails, factories, elementary schools, and even 19th-century communes. Thanks to some clever reinventions, you can doze off in a classroom or dine in the clink. Read on for where to find these repurposed landmarks, two of which are set to open in 2014.

By Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore was the seatbelt-less '70s kid whose wanderlust began while fighting with siblings in the back of a roadtripping van. Now, as a travel writer, she covers family fun, budget getaways, outdoor adventure, Vancouver Island, and more, usually with her own kids in tow.

She is the author of the Vancouver Island Exploration Guide iPhone app (2010) and various Vancouver Island tourism guides. Moore is also a regular SmarterTravel contributor.

Her articles have appeared in USA Today Travel, Yahoo! News, Rand McNally travel guides, WestJet's in-flight up! magazine, Women's Health & Fitness magazine, European Homes & Gardens magazine, iParenting's travelingtoday.com, Indianapolis Monthly magazine, Resort + Recreation magazine, RCI's Endless Vacation and Ventures magazines, Kiwanis Magazine, and others.

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