by Hunter R. Slaton | November 01, 2008

hotel de rome
The platz to be.
Berlin's two-year old Hotel de Rome is housed in an 1889 structure on Bebelplatz that, until the end of the World War II, was the headquarters for Dresdner Bank. Today, the luxury property has 146 modern, glass- and steel-accented rooms (41 of them suites), and its spa is within the former bank vault.








Old Bank Hotel

High finance.
On High Street in Oxford, England, in a circa 1600 building that was home to the university town's first bank, is the 41-room Old Bank Hotel. The place now sports a clean, modern design, 20th-century art and a popular Mediterranean bistro called Quod.









Hotel Aleph

Al Dante.
Rome's 96-room Hotel Aleph, in a 1931 bank building near the Via Veneto, has a Dante-derived sin-and-redemption theme. After a decadent day in the Eternal City, unwind at the Paradise Spa, in the bank's old vaults.









The Mint

Fresh dining.
The Mint in Raleigh, N.C., is run by executive chef Jeremy Clayman, whose kurobuta pork chop with green apple tastes like distilled fall. Note the original vault door, as well as the glass etchings of Raleigh landmarks.