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    In a marriage of convenience between cash-strapped governments and savvy hotel developers, European buildings that once served as palaces, government administrative offices or upper-crust homes are being repurposed as luxury hotels. Pictured here, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg.

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    Another view of the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg. The hotel formerly served as home to Russia's ministry of defense and later its architectural bureau.

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    A lion sculpture at the entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg.

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    One of the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg's 177 guestrooms.

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    The Sintoho restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, serving northern Asian cuisine.

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    The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht was rebuilt out of what had formerly been the Public Library of Amsterdam.

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    The lobby of the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.

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    One of the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht's 122 guestrooms.

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    Washington D.C.'s Old Post Office Pavilion, leased by Trump.

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    Istanbul's Pera Palace, managed by Jumeirah.

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    The Corinthia Hotel London, once home to Ministry of Defense offices.

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    The London Edition is at the site of the former Berners Hotel.

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    The lobby at the London Edition.

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    One of the London Edition's 173 guestrooms.

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    Amsterdam's Waldorf Astoria, shown in a rendering, will open in March.

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    The Ritz-Carlton Vienna was formerly four conjoined 19th century palaces.

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    Starwood's Gritti Palace, along Venice's Grand Canal, recently completed a 15-month, $55 million renovation.

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    A Gritti Palace guestroom.

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