Hotels with History (Part I)

By NH | 17:20

At NH Hotel Group, we like hotels with history. Through them you can have incredible and extraordinary experiences. Do you want to take a look?

NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi

Without any doubt, this is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world;, because of its location, facilities and history. 

To discover its origins, we have to travel back in time to the 13th century, when the Kingdom of Sicily, founded a few years before by Norman mercenaries that drove out the local Saracens, was governed by the Ghibellines. An abbey and a monastery originally belonging to the Cistercian Order was built on the Amalfi coast. In the 15th century it was used by Amalfi University as a lecture hall, and after that,  it was nhabited by Capuchin monks until the 17th century. Towards the end of the 18th century, the Napoleonic occupation resulted in its rich heritage being scattered and reduced. In the 19th century, the government of Amalfi proposed to use this site as a cemetery but, fortunately, in 1882 it started to be used as an inn. Important figures such as the playwright Henrik Ibsen or, the composer Richard Wagner, were frequent guests, among others.

After the renovation done in 2009 by Claudio Tenerelli, some old medieval features were restored such as the original cloister, the colonnade, the chapel, and the 18th century frescos. Air conditioning was also installed in order to meet the high standards of our Premium brand, NH Collection, thus being transformed into an authentic 21st century establishment with 18th century ambience.

As such, our guests can enjoy an infinity pool, a wellbeing center, a full workout area, rooms with views of the Mediterranean and the impressive Amalfi coast, as well as a panoramic restaurant on the fifth floor.

The surroundings are absolutely worthy of attention. The Amalfi coast, the Isle of Capri, the old towns of Amalfi, Positano, y Sorrentino, Naples and the Pompeii ruins, and Herculano…all in all, a wealth of diverse cultural, artistic, and leisure attractions that will delight our guests and provide them with an extraordinary and unforgettable experience.

NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina

Now we’re moving from the South to the North of Italy, to make a stop in Turin, the capital of Piemont before the Duchy of Savoy, and the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy at the end of the 19th century. 

We’ll take a rest in this wonderful city at the foot of the Alps to talk about our NH Collection Piazzas Carlina hotel. The building has been standing since the end of the 17th century, when Turin was the most important city in the Duchy of Savoy. During the several centuries since it was built until 1890, it was known as the city’s “Albergo di Virtú”, a charity dedicated to providing medical care to the needy and offering classes so they could learn a trade.

Later, part of the building was used as rental apartments, and between 1921 and 1922 the Italian politician Antonio Gramsci, founder of the Italian Communist Party, lived in an attic rented by the mother of one of his university classmates. His room was located on the third floor on the side of the building facing Vía San Massimo.

Finally, after being closed for several years, it reopened in November 2014 as the NH Collection Piazza Carlina after being completely renovated. Among other features, our guests can enoy its comfortable hard-wood floors, its two terraces with spectacular views over the city, and its fully equipped gym.

All of this is in the heart of the city, close to the Mole Antonelliana (which houses the National Cinema Museum), the Royal Palace, the well-known Egyptian Museum, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist which is famous for holding the Holy Shroud.

NH Collection Jousten

Inaugurated in 1928 during the city´s “belle epoque”, the NH Collection Jousten hotel is without any doubt one of the most emblematic hotels in Buenos Aires.

In the 19th century, there was already a hotel on the same lot where our building stands today. It was known as the “Immigrant Hotel” because many travelers that came to Argentina from the old world chose to live there due to its proximity to the city’s port. Later on the hotel changed locations, and the building stopped being used as a residence. It stayed this way until 1926 when María Lidia Lloveras, Princess of Faucigny Lucinge (an aristocratic family from old Europe) and owner of a residence on the lot, asked the architect Ramón Pérez Irigoyen to construct a building reminiscent of her château in France that she longed for. Two years later, in 1928, the Argentine president Marcelo T. Alvear inaugurated the luxury hotel.

During many years, it was a symbol of splendor in the city of Buenos Aires. “El Faisán”, the restaurant located on the hotel´s bottom floor, was particularly well-known. In the style of Rick´s in Casablanca, it hosted spies from both sides in World War II. But the golden years went by, and in 1980 the hotel was closed and its luxurious furniture was put up for auction.

 However, this would not be the end of the mythical Jousten. NH Hotel Group took over the building and extensively renovated it for its reopening in the year 2000. The renovation respected most of the original elements built by Peréz Irigoyen in 1928. His neo-plateresque style is still clearly recognized on the exterior façade. On the inside, the original columns and staircases were maintained, and some of the furniture auctioned off in 1980 was even recovered. For this effort, the Museum of the City awarded the building the title of “Testimonio de la Memoria Ciudadana” in 2003. 

Later on, the hotel became a part of our Premium brand, NH Collection. Its classic decoration, its large and well-lit rooms, and all the comforts of a 4-star hotel combined with its privileged location on Avenida de Corrientes has made the Jousten continue to be a point of reference in the Argentine capital well into the 21st century.

NH Collection Palacio de Tepa

NH Collection Palacio de Tepa hotel is located in Madrid in the Barrio de las Letras. Although the building itself dates back to the beginning of the 19th century, its story begins a few centuries earlier.

Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras neighborhood originated during the cities expansion in the 16th century. Starting from the original city center around the Royal Palace, the city began to grow towards the south and east arriving at the present-day Paseo del Prado. The neighborhood is known for its literary activity and the writers that lived there, such as Cervantes, Góngora, Quevedo, and Lope de Vega.

Before the current palace was built which our hotel now occupies, the well-known Fonda de San Sebastián was located on the same site, one of the many points in the city where artists and intellectuals would famously gather during the second half of the 18th century during the reign of Carlos III. Men of letters such as Espronceda, Larra or Zorrilla used to frecuent this place. There were some rules in these literary gatherings: “Theater, bullfighting, love and poetry were the only topics allowed”. The current building was constructed by order of the Count of Tepa at the beginning of the 19th century. Designed by architect Pedro Durán, it was completed in 1808. Later on it converted to a residential building with storefronts on the bottom floor. Then the building partially burnt, and was confiscated during Spanish Civil War. It also hosted offices and even a hairdress academy.

The present-day hotel was opened in 2004, after a renovation process overseen by architects Javier Feduchi Benlliure and Werner Durrer. During the renovation, the so-called “Viajes de Agua de la Castellana” were uncovered, a system of pools and tunnels built at the beginning of the 17th century which provided water to the areas surrounding what is today the Paseo de la Castellana and its extension, the Paseo del Prado. The pipelines’ remains can be viewed in the hotel itself through glass floors.

The NH Collection Palacio de Tepa hotel is therefore a good example of Madrid’s literary, artistic, and cultural side. The neoclassical exterior contrasts with a modern interior, with hard-wood floors and naturally lit large rooms. Also, in the “La Cuchara de Tepa” restaurant you will find the best examples of new Spanish cuisine.

Finally, we’d like to highlight its excellent location…It is very close to the Prado Museum and the Huertas area, with a multitude of options for dining and leisure. Just in front of the hotel we can find  San Sebastian’s Church, where the famous writer Lope de Vega was buried, and not far from the Convent of Trinitarias, where it’s said that Cervantes’s remains rests.  It is an ideal place for an extraordinary experience.

These are just a few of our historic hotels, but we have many more…

Keep an eye out!

 
 

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