New Hotels Inside Historic Buildings

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-05-07T15:50:42Z

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Alex Temple Court Hotel


A 184-room conversion, previously barristers' chambers, in Serjeants' Inn, a postwar building across from the Royal Courts of Justice on Fleet Street—well situated for exploring Dr. Johnson's and Dickens's London. The houses of both are nearby, as is Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, one of London's oldest pubs.

The look: Cheerfully eclectic, with such eye-catching embellishments as a black-and-gold marble bar, gleaming red walls in the elevator cabs, and arresting, if mystifying, life-size green-felt statues of an elephant and a cow in the entrance courtyard. Guest rooms are more restful, their high-quality furnishings chosen with tasteful elan. Read more.