Or, rather, post offices going luxury hotel.
1898 The Post New York City
Opened last year at the heart of Ghent, this luxe boutique hotel fills the upper floors of the city’s late 19th-century neo-Gothic post office. Offering 38 guest rooms — ranging from a 200-square-footer appropriately named “The Stamp,” to a romantic tower suite — The Post envelopes guests in elegant style, with rich, antique furniture and cozy, dark green walls. And with popular cocktail bar The Cobbler granting unrivaled views of historic Ghent, it’s easy to see why this hotel merits far more than just a short stop.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
From the outside in, it’s clear that The Fullerton Hotel remains one of Singapore’s most prestigious addresses. Located at the heart of the city’s central business district, the stately, columned building with a sleek and contemporary interior boasts 400 guest rooms, five restaurants, a spa, and more. The building’s basement and first two floors served as the General Post Office in its early days of the 20th century, making use of its strategic position at the mouth of the Singapore River to transport mail onto waiting ships. And though much of the interior has been thoroughly modernized since then, the hotel’s popular Post Bar — featuring the postal quarters’ original coffered ceiling and pillars — momentarily transports patrons away into the transaction hall of yesteryear.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington, D.C.
From General Post Office to Civil War munitions depot, Bureau of Education to Tarriff Commission headquarters, the landmark 19th-century building designed by Robert Mills and Thomas Ustick Walter (of Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol dome fame, respectively) has clearly served many purposes in its almost two centuries of life. In its most-recent iteration, the building plays home to the capital’s Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Each of the hotel’s 184 rooms, opened in 2002 and renovated again in 2016, features original soaring ceilings, carefully restored woodwork and classical European furnishings — inviting guests to experience a glimpse of Washington, D.C., in its early prime.