Diesel’s ex-Creative Director Wilbert Das joined with local artisans to restore these 500 year old casas in Brazil

We reveal the hotels have breathed new life into ancient buildings. 

The 500-Year-Old Casas

Uxua Casa Hotel, Brazil

Diesel’s ex-Creative Director Wilbert Das joined with local artisans to restore these 500-year-old casas in Brazil. The result was a resort that had US TV anchor Anderson Cooper buying a land nearby and asking Das if he could replicate the look for his own home. Talking about the hotel to Architectural Digest, Cooper said: “A friend mentioned this place and when I got here I instantly felt at home.”


The Ex-Royal Granary

La Sultana, Morocco

This former royal granary in Marrakesh was bestowed to a 19th-century palace courtier for his loyal service. His son then turned it into a hotel and it became synonymous with glamorous society balls and parties. It fell by the wayside until in 2001, when the owners joined with Historic Monuments Organisation and undertook a painstaking three year renovation to return it to its former glory.


The Former Jam Factory 

Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania

This ex-waterfront warehouse in Hobart was once the home of one of Tasmania’s most successful companies – H Jones & Co. However, by the late 1900s the property was abandoned and it stayed that way until a group of architects decided to turn it into a hotel in 2004. The result is a 56 suite art hotel with jawdropping views of the harbour.


The 19th-Century Brewery

Old Clare Hotel, Australia

Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng took a former pub and a set of offices for a brewery in Sydney and turned them into the Old Clare Hotel. This slick set of 62 rooms clad in steel and concrete is also home to three restaurants, including one by award-winning chef Jason Atherton from Pollen Street Social.

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