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How to stay at historic hotels for less

March 13th, 2013


By Aimee Heckel

Looking for an intimate encounter with history — without having to call Bill and Ted?

Many buildings with historical significance have been converted and turned into hotels: castles, mills, school houses — even jail cells. Whether you revolve your vacation around a historical destination or opt to stay somewhere other than the traditional hotel, booking a night or two at a historical hotel can make for an unforgettable trip.

Here are some of our favorite, inexpensive historic hotels.

A private room in the Old Salem Jail, only $60 a night through Sure, it’s a little out there to sleep in a 200-year-old former jail with such a dark past, but it’s also exciting. This facility is located within a short walking distance to all kinds of other historical sites and museums. You won’t believe how they’ve redone this place; it even has wifi, a 52-inch plasma TV with a Blu-ray player, air conditioning and laundry access to a washer and dryer.

The catch? (Or maybe it’s a perfect match.) Two old, “inquisitive” cats live here, too. They’re part of the package deal.

Note: The facility has more than 45 reviews on AirBNB, with a total five-star rating.

2241284-Hollywood-Historic-Hotel-Lobby-72. The Hollywood Historic Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., averaging $79 a night. touts this find as a “1920s-era hotel with free parking and wifi in Hollywood.” For a place with this much character — imagine walking through an arched entry into a narrow hallway lined with black and white photos — this hotel has great rates. It’s also ideally located just a block from Paramount Pictures.

Tip: Book a room with an original old window that faces the Hollywood sign.

Deal alert: Check ShopAtHome’s Orbitz deals and discounts to save more money, such as save 15 percent off select hotels.

Looking for more inspiration? Here are some webpages to browse.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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