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Enchanting Historic Hotels in Every State

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Hotels of Yesterday

American history is carried forward in many forms — from official monuments and museums to entire communities. But there is a surprising amount of history in our nation's hotels, too. From inns in Maryland that existed before they had a country to call their own to midcentury modern grooviness on the Jersey shore, here are some of the U.S.' most historic hotels.

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Malaga Inn, Mobile, Alabama
Ma Johnson's Historical Hotel
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
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Crescent Hotel & Spa
Crescent Hotel & Spa by Alan Islas (CC BY-SA)
The Willows
The Strater Hotel

Colorado: The Strater Hotel

Founded: 1887
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Author Louis L'Amour used the Strater's Room 222 — directly above the Diamond Belle Saloon — to work on many of his books because the small-town saloon's "honky-tonk music helped set the mood for his novels of the Old West." Today it rents out 88 rooms and has a restaurant, the saloon, and a "spiritorium," a bar serving apps and cocktails. 


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The Goodwin

Connecticut: The Goodwin

Founded: 1881
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The Goodwin was originally an upscale apartment building — J.P. Morgan lived here during visits to his birthplace. Eventually converted to a boutique hotel, hotel, the Goodwin retains its original and striking English Queen Anne terra-cotta facade.


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Hotel Du Pont

Delaware: Hotel Du Pont

Founded: 1913
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The Italian Renaissance-inspired Hotel Du Pont opened after more than two years of work by French and Italian craftsmen who "carved, gilded and painted this exceptional landmark to life." Taking up an entire city block, the property was also home to the chemical company DuPont's offices, and a playhouse. 

Casa Monica Resort & Spa

Florida: Casa Monica Resort & Spa

St. Augustine
Founded: 1888
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The Casa Monica is in the oldest continuously inhabited European-established town in the contiguous United States, and an example of Moorish Revival and Spanish Baroque Revival architecture. Other than a period when it served as the local courthouse, it has always operated as a hotel.


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The Marshall House

Georgia: The Marshall House

Founded: 1851
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The Marshall House is distinctive for its green shutters and ornate balconies. Built in 1851 and operated as a hospital for both the yellow fever epidemic of the mid-1800s and for Civil War soldiers for a time. It's now rumored that the hotel is haunted.

The Moana Surfrider

Hawaii: Moana Surfrider

Founded: 1901
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The Moana, on Oahu's Waikiki Beach, was the first hotel in Waikiki and has reportedly hosted the likes of Agatha Christie, Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Joe DiMaggio. A defining feature of the hotel is a 75-foot courtyard banyan tree planted in 1904.


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The Blackwell

Idaho: The Blackwell

Coeur D'Alene
Founded: 1904
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The stately Blackwell hotel started life as a 1904 mansion and remain a private house until 1984. In addition to 10 guest suites, it offers guests a pool table, gazebo, and wrap-around porch. 

The Palmer House Hotel

Illinois: The Palmer House Hotel

Founded: 1871
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The Hilton-owned Palmer House was originally built in 1871, but burned down just 13 days after opening during the Great Chicago Fire. Prominent Chicago businessman Potter Palmer persevered and rebuilt the hotel in a new location in 1873, and counted the likes of Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain among its notable guests. A third and final incarnation of the Palmer House Hotel was then built between 1923 and 1925 and has operated as a hotel ever since. Its most notable characteristic may be its grand lobby's recently restored ceiling fresco.

West Baden Springs Hotel
West Baden Springs Hotel by Scutter (CC BY-NC-ND)
Hotel Manning
Hotel Manning by Sector001 (CC BY-SA)

Iowa: Hotel Manning

Founded: 1899
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Bordering the Des Moines River, this hotel's architectural style, Steamboat Gothic, mimics 19th-century riverboats. It opened in the late 1890s with an orchestra and more than 300 guests in attendance.

Historic Elgin Hotel

Kansas: Historic Elgin Hotel

Founded: 1886
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After a rocky history, the Elgin Hotel was nearly demolished in 1974 but was saved by a lack of funding for a follow-up project. Remodels around 2006 and again in 2016 have restored the property to its former glory, and it now includes a second-floor bed and breakfast, fitness center, library, and game room.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel by Parkerdr (CC BY-SA)

Kentucky: Historic Boone Tavern Hotel

Founded: 1909
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Named after Daniel Boone at the suggestion of the then-Berea College president's wife, the Boone Tavern Hotel has hosted the likes of the Dalai Lama, Henry Ford, President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Robert Frost.

Hotel Monteleone

Louisiana: Hotel Monteleone

New Orleans
Founded: 1886
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This French Quarter-located hotel has been operated by the same family for five generations, since its inception. The Monteleone was a favorite hangout for authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner, and it served as a location for films including 1999's "Double Jeopardy" and the more recent "Girls Trip."


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The Seaside Inn

Maine: The Seaside Inn

Founded: c. 1660
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Owner Trish Mason, who runs the hotel with her husband, Ken, is a ninth-generation innkeeper — the Seaside has been in her family since 1756. But the inn's origins are reported to go back to at least 1660, making it one of the oldest family-run businesses in the country still in operation.


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The Historic Inns of Annapolis
Harbor View Hotel

Massachusetts: Harbor View Hotel

Martha's Vineyard
Founded: 1891
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This island retreat is in the Martha's Vineyard community of Edgartown, one of the 1975 filming locations for the iconic movie "Jaws." Today, in addition to guest rooms, the property offers cottages, a 2,270-square-foot penthouse, and the Historic Building, which claims to have a "legendary" guest book featuring the names of A-listers, athletes, and politicians.


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Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, View From The Lake
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, View From The Lake by Dehk (CC BY)
St. James Hotel
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White House Hotel
Hotel Frederick

Missouri: Hotel Frederick

Founded: 1905
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Built by a local miller and banker who named after his son, the Hotel Frederick is now on the National Register of Historic Places and considered one of the best examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in the area. It functioned as a bus depot and retirement home for some time but was reopened in 2007 as a boutique hotel after a $4 million restoration.


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 Grand Union Hotel
The Cottonwood Hotel
The Cottonwood Hotel by JonClee86 (CC BY-SA)
Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, NV
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Nevada: Mizpah Hotel

Founded: 1907
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This self-dubbed "jewel of the desert" opened in 1907 as one of the first luxury hotels in Nevada and a social destination in the booming mining town. The Mizpah was renovated in 2011 after being closed for 12 years and today offers 52 rooms, a full bar, dining in The Jack Dempsey Room, and gaming in the lobby.

Hanover Inn
Caribbean Motel
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New Mexico: The Plaza Hotel

New Mexico: The Plaza Hotel

Las Vegas
Founded: 1882
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About an hour's drive east of Santa Fe, this 1882 hotel was built when the town of Las Vegas was bigger than Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Today, the Plaza is known for its Victorian facade and 14-foot ceilings, and it's hosted names from Doc Holiday to Tommy Lee Jones.

Gramercy Park Hotel | New York

New York: Gramercy Park Hotel

New York City
Founded: 1924
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There's no shortage of historic hotels to choose from in New York, but the Gramercy wins points for its jaw-dropping guest list, having played host to Humphrey Bogart, John F. Kennedy, Babe Ruth, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Bob Marley, U2, and Blondie's Debbie Harry.


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Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
Carroll House Hotel
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North Dakota: Carroll House Hotel

Founded: 1889
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In its more-than-130-year history, the Carroll House has always served as a hotel — but has also seen uses such as beauty parlors, restaurants, cream stations, and lumber business come and go. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 and serves as one of Fullerton's greatest pieces of living history.

The Lafayette Hotel

Ohio: The Lafayette

Founded: 1918
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Southeast of Columbus near the West Virginia border, this riverboat-era accommodation is the second incarnation of a hotel on this site. The Bellevue Hotel burned to the ground in 1916; the Lafayette took its place in 1918.

The Skirvin Hilton
Ashland Springs Hotel
Ashland Springs Hotel by Joe Mabel (CC BY-SA)

Oregon: Ashland Springs Hotel

Founded: 1925
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Opened in 1925 as the nine-story Lithia Springs Hotel near the Rogue River Valley, the Ashland Springs is known for its light-filled two-story lobby, terrazzo flooring, and combination of Gothic, Beaux-Arts, and Arts and Crafts styles of architecture.

Skytop Lodge

Pennsylvania: Skytop Lodge

Founded: 1928
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The Skytop opened in the Poconos in the summer of 1928 as a resort hotel. The massive property includes a 75-acre lake, miles of hiking trails, a golf course, adventure center, and multiple restaurants.

Hotel Viking

Rhode Island: Hotel Viking

Founded: 1926
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The Colonial-style Hotel Viking still sports its original brass letterbox in the lobby, but many other parts have been modernized — it underwent renovations in 2007 and 2018.

Zero George Street

South Carolina: Zero George Street

Founded: c. 1804 (original building)
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Named for its physical address, the five 19th century buildings that make up Zero George Street have undergone a "meticulous preservation and restoration" by its current owners. In addition to guest rooms, it has the Zero Restaurant and Bar and furnished outdoor piazzas and courtyards from which to enjoy daily wine-and-cheese pairings.


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Bullock Hotel
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South Dakota: Bullock Hotel

Founded: 1895
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This self-proclaimed "jewel of downtown Deadwood" was built in 1895 and named after the county's first sheriff, Seth Bullock. The Bullock's 28 rooms were restored in 1990 and, like many historic hotels, there are rumors this one is haunted — by Sheriff Seth himself.


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Union Station, Nashville

Tennessee: Union Station Hotel

Founded: 1894
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One in a line of historic train stations transformed into a jaw-dropping hotel (see also: Denver and St. Louis), the turret- and tower-heavy Gothic facade of Nashville's Union Station is worth the visit alone, but inside visitors will find plenty more to gawk at, including a 65-foot barrel-vaulted lobby ceiling, stained glass windows, three limestone fireplaces, and more.


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Hotel Paisano

Texas: Hotel Paisano

Founded: 1930
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Film history fans will delight in this West Texas town's Paisano, which was the headquarters for the classic 1956 movie "Giant," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Built in 1930 and renovated after the turn of the century, the hotel now includes 41 rooms, a ballroom, an outdoor courtyard, and a restaurant and lounge, as well as a "Giant" memorabilia room.


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The Peery Hotel
The Grafton Inn

Vermont: The Grafton Inn

Founded: 1801
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The Grafton Inn has seen a lot of history. It served as the area's courthouse in its early years and hosted literary figures such as Rudyard Kipling and Ralph Waldo Emerson, but by 1964 was in a state of disrepair and failing. Enter the state's Windham Foundation, which "strives to preserve Vermont's rural way of life." The foundation breathed new life into the Grafton so visitors can enjoy it today.

The Cavalier Hotel
The Cavalier Hotel by Serge Melki (CC BY)

Virginia: The Cavalier

Virginia Beach
Founded: 1927
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The seven-story Cavalier has seen many notable names on its guest book, including F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Doris Day, Muhammad Ali, and presidents Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter. Now part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, it underwent an $81 million renovation to reopen in 2018.


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Salish Lodge & Spa

Washington: Salish Lodge & Spa

Founded: 1916
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Opened in 1916 with eight guest rooms, the Salish served as the setting for David Lynch's mystery TV series, "Twin Peaks." It now has 86 rooms for travelers and those wanting to experience the Pacific Northwest and is owned by Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

Blennerhassett Hotel
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West Virginia: The Blennerhassett Hotel

Founded: 1889
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The Blennerhassett is a combination of Victorian, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival architectural styles and has seen three renovations over the course of its history: in the mid-1940s, early 1980s, and, most recently, a $10 million restoration from 2002-2006. The hotel is now registered as a Parkersburg historical landmark and with Historic Hotels of America.

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Maxwell Mansion

Wisconsin: Maxwell Mansion

Lake Geneva
Founded: 1856
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The Maxwell began life as a mansion for a local surgeon and his family in 1856 and many notables after that. It was reportedly also the site of Nancy and President Ronald Reagan's early courtship. After a period of disrepair, it wasn't until this century that the mansion became a hotel with 30 rooms, 3 acres of gardens, lounges, outdoor fireplaces, a heated pool, and a croquet and bocce ball area.

Old Faithful Inn main facade from vicinity of Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park, USA
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Wyoming: The Old Faithful Inn

Yellowstone National Park
Founded: 1904
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Built in 1903-1904, the Old Faithful Inn is considered the largest log structure in the world. Its jaw-dropping, multistory lobby features a huge stone fireplace and rough-hewn log columns. While most of its guest rooms aren't as historic in appearance as the hotel's origin date would suggest, there are "old house" rooms that offer a rustic simplicity with a few modern amenities.