Throughout history there have always been those people who led nations with disproportionate harshness and were characterized by abusing their authority using force. Names like Pinochet, Franco, Mussolini… dictators of countless countries that were characterized by all kinds of eccentricities.

Almost all of them flaunted a similar lifestyle: good food, expensive cars, designer clothes and luxurious mansions in which to take refuge. The best of the best. Fortunately, some of the most sumptuous residences in which they lived have been converted into hotels where, although at high prices, everyone can stay and see, in part, their history.

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel (Bucharest, Romania)According to Guinness, “Ceauşescu’s Palace” is the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon. Today it is the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel (Google Maps).

A short distance from the famous old town of the Romanian capital, next to the Palace of Parliament, this hotel owned by JW Marriott was the house of the most important guests of Nicolae Ceauşescu . The dictator never got a chance to stay here, but the rest of the world can appreciate the elegant decor and its storied past. Ceauşescu lived in the Spring Palace until he was shot in 1989; now it is a museum that can be visited.

The hotel is a large complex with 402 rooms, six restaurants, a casino, a spa, a shopping center, a gym, chauffeur and limousine services, a 24-hour butler… it is one of the largest in the world. In fact, Guinness records it as the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. A city within a city.

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli (Gargnano Brescia, Italy)Villa Feltrinelli is a stately home on the western shore of Lake Garda, in the vicinity of Verona, Milan and Venice. Built by the Feltrinelli family in 1842, in 1943 it received Benito Mussolini as a guest , who fell in love with the garden of lemon, magnolia and cypress trees facing the lake. For two years he lived with his family on the property.

Following the end of World War II, the Villa Feltrinelli was returned to its original owners, and in 1997 it was restored to open its doors as a 21-room luxury lodge with frescoed ceilings, Venetian mirrors and Art Nouveau lamps.

Intercontinental Resort Berchtesgaden (Berchtesgaden, Germany)Adolf Hitler used to come to this beautiful area of ​​the Bavarian Alps with his inner circle. Today it is the Intercontinental Resort Berchtesgaden (Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgade).

The city of Berchtesgaden is located in the Bavarian Alps, an absolutely beautiful place that Adolf Hitler fell in love with the first time he was there, in 1925. In 1933 he bought the house he had rented and renovated it, the Berghof, in the area Obersalzberg Mountain.

The place became an exclusive refuge for him and his inner circle. In fact, in 1936 the area was closed to the public and most of the properties went to high Nazi officials. An airstrip, an underground bunker complex and air-raid shelters were also built in the area.

Almost all the buildings were destroyed during the Allied bombing in 1945, with the exception of Hitler’s house, the ‘Eagle’s Nest’. Now, the area is home to a luxury hotel with 180 rooms and suites, whose main attraction is wellness . On the ground floor there is a luxury spa with an indoor and outdoor pool, beauty treatment rooms, and a variety of saunas.

Hotel Vila Bled (Bled, Eslovenia)In this summer residence, the famous Marshal Tito met with foreign leaders and dignitaries (JGZ Brdo).

Josip Broz Tito, known by his military title of Marshal Tito , began spending time at this summer residence after World War II. For years, Tito used the Bled villa, located in a quiet part of Slovenia and next to the lake, to meet with foreign leaders and dignitaries. Upon his death, the place became a charming 31-room luxury hotel and spa. It also houses a modern café and restaurant. Staying guests can see the various rooms where Tito worked and enjoyed his stay.

Arbanassi Palace (Arbanassi, Bulgaria)Today it is the Arbanassi Palace hotel, but the place was designed and built as a vacation residence, in 1975, for the head of state Tódor Khrístov Zhívkov (Arbanassi Palace).

The five-star Arbanassi Palace is located in the town of the same name, a small mountain village, and overlooks the historic city of Veliko Turnov. The hotel was designed and built as a vacation residence, in 1975, for the head of state Tódor Khrístov Zhívkov , who did not hesitate to expel any opposition (internal and external) to stay in front.

In 1991 it became the Arbanassi Palace hotel, with 14 rooms and 5 luxury apartments, a sauna, a solarium, a gym, a Roman bath, a heliport and a panoramic restaurant offering Bulgarian cuisine and international dishes.

Fort Ilocandia Resort, PhilippinesFerdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda had this residence built in 1983 for the wedding of their daughter Irene (Fort Ilocandia Resort).

It was not his house, but the mansion that Ferdinand Marcos ordered to be built in 1983 in the north of the Philippines, for the wedding of his daughter Irene, was converted into a hotel. The architect in charge of creating the luxurious complex to accommodate more than 500 guests designed large halls and immense gardens, showing the wealth and power of the totalitarian president.

Located in the center of the city of Laoag, this 5-star complex preserves photographs in which the then first lady Imelda Marcos received prominent personalities. It has its own private beach area, an outdoor pool and a casino.

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