Name That Tune

What Do These Hotels Have In Common?

These hotels all share one thing in common. Can you figure out what it is?

Below you’ll find what seems to be a random collection of hotels — but actually, they all have one uncommon thing in common. We could tell you what it is, but we thought it’d be more fun if you tried to guess down in the comments. Whoever is first to guess correctly will win a $300 credit to use on Tablet.

Hint: the answer is not something obvious that all hotels share, like having beds or a roof, but it is something specific you can figure out without having to leave Tablet.

Taj Falaknuma Palace

Hyderabad, India

Taj Falaknuma Palace - boutique hotel in Hyderabad

The Taj hotel group has impeccable taste in palaces; this one, with its English architecture, French tapestries and Venetian chandeliers, still belongs to what remains of Hyderabad’s royal family, and is among India’s most opulent residences.

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Chateau Mcely

Mcely, Czech Republic

Chateau Mcely - boutique hotel in Mcely

The Central Bohemian countryside may not evoke the same absinthe-soaked visions as Prague’s storied streets, but places like the St. George Forest — home to Chateau Mcely, the modern five-star incarnation of a 17th-century hunting lodge — have a magic all their own.

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Il Salviatino

Florence, Italy

Il Salviatino - boutique hotel in Florence

It’s not all Renaissance splendor, though that’s a part of it — Il Salviatino’s influences are drawn from every era of its existence, including frescoes from the nineteenth century and furnishings from the early twentieth, as well as some well-chosen contemporary design pieces.

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The Iron Horse Hotel

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Iron Horse Hotel - boutique hotel in Milwaukee

Get on your bikes and ride: this handsome hotel explicitly engages the motorcycling demographic, which makes sense since it’s just across the street from Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson museum — but this post-industrial beauty is full of details that go beyond theme-hotel kitsch.

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Old Parsonage Hotel

Oxford, England

Old Parsonage Hotel - boutique hotel in Oxford

The Old Parsonage is unique in billing itself as a 17th-century boutique hotel, and they’ve got a point. This is a town whose university is so old as to resist any attempt at pinning down a precise date for its founding — in comparison it was practically just yesterday that Oscar Wilde signed the hotel’s guest book.

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As Janelas Verdes

Lisbon, Portugal

As Janelas Verdes - boutique hotel in Lisbon

Janelas Verdes is an eighteenth-century mansion; once the home of the Portuguese novelist Eça de Queirós, today it’s a small and elegant boutique hotel, with many of the trappings of an old-fashioned literary residence — wood-paneled walls, ornate armchairs, musty old books, maps and antique objets d’art at every turn.

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The White Elephant

Nantucket, Massachusetts

The White Elephant - boutique hotel in Nantucket

The White Elephant is more or less everything you’d want from a Nantucket hotel — classic style, sunny nautical interiors, close-up sea views — and a few things you might not have counted on, including a full-service spa looking out over the Nantucket Harbor.

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Hudson Hotel

New York City, New York

Hudson Hotel - boutique hotel in New York City

The Hudson is legendary for the coziness of its ship’s-cabin rooms, but like all the famous Schraeger-Starck collaborations, the real action is in its Alice-style wonderland of social spaces, including a 15th-floor terrace, a bar styled after an old English drawing room, and, of course, an indoor park.

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Rooms Hotel

Tbilisi, Georgia

Rooms Hotel - boutique hotel in Tbilisi

This sleek eight-story hotel, located inside an old publishing house, embodies many of the qualities that make Tbilisi so appealing — elegant architecture, rich traditions in literature and the fine arts, a bohemian spirit, an emphasis on social life.

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So, what do you think?

The first person in the comments below to correctly guess what these hotels have in common will win a $300 credit to use on Tablet (runners-up will also win a prize). Feel free to provide as many answers as you want — there may be multiple responses that are technically true, but we’re looking for one unique quality in particular.

Update: And the winner is….

  1. Each hotel is the essence of its location, gracious, elegant and superbly at home.

  2. They were all historical castles , palaces lodges or other living quarters before being transformed into hotels.

  3. All of the hotels’ designs take inspiration from either an artist, designer, culture or historical figure.

  4. They are all mixed between vintage and classic style, they were build in the 17th century and they all have historical story and they have libraries in each hotel

  5. Each has a strong design aesthetic that reflects the history and essence of the place

  6. They are all repurposed buildings, and the hotels take inspiration from their former incarnations.

  7. The literary idea is nice, but I struggled to find that connection at places like the Iron Horse Hotel. However, I do believe all properties are conversions, and conversions from a past century.

    Some, like the Old Parsonage date back to the 17th century or As Janelas Verdes to the 18th and Il Salviatino to the 15th. Others like the Iron Horse, White Elephant or Hudson Hotel date back closer to the first half of the 1900s.

  8. They are all hotels that maintain the original feel while representing a particular century in its time and place.

  9. All the hotels are steeped in/draw heavily from history (or even repurposed the building they inhabit) but are nevertheless ready for the new year and the modern traveler. Don’t forget the past, let it make the future even better, richer, and more beautiful.

  10. They are all historical buildings with an association to art, literature or culture and are all on or close to water (sea, river, lake…)

  11. Historic building renovated into hotel and located in a picturesque, crossroads location of that region.

  12. They all have large windows that give an outdoor/indoor living space and they all are old world classic style hotels with an element of modern amenities and style.

  13. I think the first person who said ‘all have a library’ (Zaina was it?) is probably correct. At least ‘technically’!

  14. Seeing your heading is “Name that tune”, then it is something to do with music. They all have performance venues? I know in India they have a music performance one a week. Either that, or they have been used as scenes in musical movies.or famous music performers have owned them or stayed there.

  15. They are all winter destination hotels, with either snow or cold weather – nothing summer like, plus they all seem to have a fireplace :)

  16. All the hotels are located above the equator, and experiences cold (snowy for most) Christmas

  17. They all refurbished to new boutique hotel with classical materials which used to be historical bulidings.

  18. The guessing period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. The winner will be revealed on Saturday, January 13. Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest news and updates.

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