Rich with history, European countries are a beautiful mix of past and present. If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, England, France, Poland or anywhere else on this stunning continent, get the full experience by staying in historic hotels.
Choosing unusual places to stay will make your European vacation extra special. It also offers you the chance to immerse yourself in a piece of local history. These 10 unusual holiday cottages and hotels are interesting and reasonably priced — so add them to your itinerary and make your European vacation affordable.
Poland is one of the destinations you should visit before prices go up. So if it's on your bucket list, consider visiting Lodz and stay at Hotel Tobaco. Housed in a former wool factory, Hotel Tobaco is a historic inn situated in the center of Lodz. Now a modern, 115-room boutique hotel, the space was converted into the headquarters of Wytwórnia Papierosów — Tobacco Factory — after World War II.
Once one of the biggest tobacco factories in Poland, the plant closed at the end of the 20th century and was converted into this fun place to stay in 2013. Located approximately 140 kilometers from Warsaw, rooms at this budget-friendly, industrial-chic hotel average from $35 to $69 per night.
If you’re wondering where to stay in France, head to Hostellerie Provençale in Uzès, located roughly 80 kilometers from Montpellier. Make yourself at home in this 300-year-old building that has nine charming hotel rooms.
Despite the building’s age, this is one of the more modern historic hotels — it’s equipped with air conditioning, an elevator, LCD television and internet access. Nightly rates vary by season, but average from $111 to $184.
One of the most unique places to stay in Belgium, Martin’s Patershof is an elegant hotel housed in a former church in the town of Mechelen. Constructed around the end of the 18th century, the church was built in neo-Gothic style for the Friars Minor.
The Germans temporarily seized the church during World War II. Afterward, the Friars Minor regained control, until they sold the buildings at the end of the 1990s. In 2009, the Martin’s Hotels Group opened this historic inn.
This gorgeous, historic hotel is conveniently located roughly 30 kilometers from both Brussels and Antwerp, and its nightly rates average from $102 to $202.
Clink 78 Hostel
Want to hostel your way around Europe? Check out Clink 78 Hostel, located in London’s Kings Cross neighborhood. Situated in an old courthouse where the punk rock group The Clash stood trial in 1978, guest accommodations include a mix of private rooms, dormitories and even prison cells.
All 100 rooms in this hostel come with shared facilities, but it’s a great way to get a history lesson and stay on the cheap in Europe. Room rates average from $22 to $117 per night.
Take a step back in time at the Hotel Saint-Merry, located in the historical Marais quarter in Paris. Hotel Saint-Merry is a former presbytery that adjoined Saint-Merry church, which was constructed in the 17th century. The Gothic-style rooms have beautifully restored, 17th-century interiors, making the hotel one of the most historic places to stay.
Despite the building’s age, all 11 rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, television, internet and air conditioning. Nightly rates average from $145 to $293.
The Granary — La Suite Hotel
If you’re looking for lavish, pet-friendly hotels, put this on your list. It’s now a luxury inn, but The Granary — La Suite in Wroclaw, Poland, has a storied past that dates back to the 16th century. Built in 1565, after the municipality took ownership of parts of Count Rozdrazewski’s estate, the Herren-Malzchoff granary became part of Słodownicza Street Brewery in 1796.
Business continued until 1904, when the brewery ceased malt production activities. The building sustained serious damage during World War II and was later completely destroyed by fire in 1970. Plan to spend approximately $108 to $210 per night.
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
If you want to find historic hotels in Amsterdam, Lloyd Hotel is your place. Built by the now-defunct shipping company Royal Dutch Lloyd, the hotel opened its doors in 1920, and immigrants frequently stayed there for a few days before departing to America.
After Royal Dutch Lloyd went bankrupt in 1935, the hotel was used for various purposes, including a refugee and detention center and artist studios. The building reopened as a hotel with a cultural embassy in 2004.
This historic inn offers a range of one- to five-star guest rooms. Nightly rates average from $74 to $309.
Hotel Bishop’s House
The current Bishop’s House has been standing tall since 1843, but its history dates back to the Roman period. Located in the historical center of Prague, this newly renovated hotel offers all the modern conveniences you’re used to — free internet, air conditioning, elevators, laundry — in a historic setting.
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Despite the modern upgrades, the interior reflects the building’s past, and the exterior has an empire façade from 1843. Guests can also choose to stay in a tower of the former seat of the Bishop. If you’re searching for unusual places to stay in the Czech Republic, a room here can be yours for roughly $117 to $252 per night.
Serving as the Horsens State Penitentiary until 2006, the FÆNGSLET Sleepin is likely one of the most unique places to stay in Denmark. Housed in the sick ward of the former prison, the area has been renovated into a 22-room, 55-bed hotel.
Graffiti from former inmates still covers the cell walls and old radios in each cell remain in working condition to make the experience as authentic as possible. Bathroom facilities are shared and located in the hallways. Spend the night at this interesting Horsens hotel for approximately $90 to $104 and save money on your Europe trip.
The Ice House Hotel & Spa
If you’re searching for quirky places to stay, The Ice House is a great option. Located in Ballina, Ireland, The Ice House has a history dating back to the 19th century. Part of the building was used to chill wild salmon before they were shipped to Dublin and Liverpool, and the rest served as the home of the Moy Fishery Company manager.
It’s now a 32-room, luxury boutique hotel, but an original ice shoot used to shovel ice to the basement remains in the reception area. Located on the River Moy, the hotel’s wall-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views. Nightly rates start at approximately $147.
All average hotel prices are according to TripAdvisor, unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change.