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Haute Historical Hotels

The Fontevraud L'Hôtel Fuses the Past with the Present Perfectly

— July 9, 2014 — Art & Design
If you've ever had fantasies of staying in an old-fashioned manor with character and a colorful history, make sure to check out the new Fontevraud L'Hôtel. Located in the Loire Valley in France, the Fontevraud L'Hôtel takes refuge in a remodeled monastic site from the Middle Ages. The stunning outcome is the work of Abbey Director David Martin and designer Patrick Jouin from creative firm Jouin Manku.

Built in 1101, the monastery was later converted into a prison in the early 19th century by Napoleon -- the Abbey stayed as a prison and hospital up until 1963. Since then, restorations have been underway on this historical gem and it has finally transformed to what it is today: a luxurious hotel with a whimsical touch of the past.

“Between parchment and touch screens, we have written a new page, opened a new historical period, one where we can experience a vibrant living heritage,” says Martin.
Trend Themes
1. Historical Hospitality - Restoring and remodelling historical properties into luxury hotels presents opportunities for unique guest experiences and preservation of cultural heritage.
2. Whimsical Luxury - Combining historical charm with modern luxury amenities appeals to travelers seeking unique and memorable accommodations.
3. Cultural Conservation - Preserving and restoring historic sites provides opportunities for sustainable tourism that supports local economies and cultural heritage preservation.
Industry Implications
1. Hospitality - The hospitality industry can benefit from investing in the restoration and conversion of historical sites into high-end hotels with unique guest experiences.
2. Architecture - The architecture industry can contribute to historical preservation efforts by designing innovative ways to remodel or restore historical properties while incorporating modern design elements.
3. Tourism - The tourism industry can promote sustainable tourism and cultural heritage preservation by supporting the restoration and conservation of historical sites and promoting them as unique and authentic travel destinations.
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