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10 Strange Buildings Where You Can Spend the Night


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The Dean
The Dean Hotel has lived many lives — first as a home for clergy members, then a strip club and now a boutique hotel. The Dean Hotel
The Dean Hotel has lived many lives — first as a home for clergy members, then a strip club and now a boutique hotel. The Dean Hotel

The Dean is sort of like the "Pretty Woman" of the hotel industry. Before the self-described "boutique hotel" underwent a dramatic makeover, it was indeed a combination flophouse, strip club and um, hourly liaison destination. In other words, "seedy" doesn't even begin to describe it.

Located in a historic, and therefore protected, district of Providence, Rhode Island, the building's structure and floor plan couldn't be altered once the club closed up shop. These limitations led design experts to return the building to its architectural source, circa 1912. As such, lovely early 20th-century details and even beautiful mosaic tile flooring were revealed amongst the plethora of stripper poles and filthy carpeting [source: Doyle].

Although many of the original design features have been retained, the style is decidedly contemporary and artistic. This juxtaposition is fitting, seeing as how the 52-room hotel has risen from the ashes of an establishment that literally could not be more different. From single dollar bills to single malt scotch, it's a transformation that's worth checking out the next time you're in the area. The king room (depicted on the first page) features a king-size bed, as well as a writing desk and original artwork, starting at a rate of $139 per night [source: The Dean Hotel].


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