Historic hotels are filled with—you guessed it—history. The architecture and ambiance of hotels that have lasted the ages create a unique experience. When you step inside their doors, you can often tell that time has filled the walls with stories.
You’ll find a chance to step back in time at these six hotels steeped in history and all available to book directly through Roomkey.
For more than 100 years, the Hermitage Hotel has preserved the Nashville region’s heritage and traditions. Opened in 1910, the building was originally funded by a civic campaign. The hotel was the national headquarters for both pro- and anti-suffrage causes and has seen famous guests including several presidents, Babe Ruth, and even bank robber John Dillinger. The Hermitage Hotel is Tennessee’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel.
A deep history abounds at The Broadmoor, originally a dairy farm that was developed into the Broadmoor Casino and opened in 1891 by a Prussian count. In 1916, Spencer Penrose purchased the property with a vision of creating a destination where European elegance met Western hospitality. In 2011, ownership of The Broadmoor once again changed hands when it was purchased by the Anschutz Corporation in an attempt to “ensure the lasting splendor of the Grand Dame of the Rockies.”
Since opening, The Broadmoor has hosted presidents, foreign dignitaries, and celebrities. Today, it is the longest consecutively running Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in the U.S.
The Villa Serena Apartments, housed in a 1927 Spanish Renaissance Revival building, was transformed into the Raphael Hotel after it was purchased and remodeled by the J.C. Nichols Company in 1974. The nine-story hotel’s architecture was patterned after small European hotels and designed to complement Kansas City’s iconic Spanish-style Country Club Plaza, just steps away from the hotel.
The upscale boutique hotel completed a multi-million-dollar revamp in 2009 while maintaining its 1920s authenticity. The Raphael has been included on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009 and has received the Forbes Four Star award as well as a AAA Four Diamond rating.
Once a private residence built in 1861, the Elliott House Inn exudes history with its cobblestone courtyard and original hardwood floors. Built in the aftermath of a citywide fire, the property has continued to weather its share of natural disasters. The inn has earthquake bolts still visible after an 1886 earthquake, and it also endured 1989’s Hurricane Hugo. In 2011, the inn reopened after two years of renovations and redecoration, boasting the contemporary services of a boutique hotel with the intimacy of a bed and breakfast.
The Palmer House, possibly one of the most extravagant wedding gifts of all time, was a gift from Potter Palmer, a Chicago business magnate, to his new bride. Only 13 days after opening, tragedy struck when the Palmer House was taken by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Potter secured a $1.7 million loan, determined to rebuild. The new Palmer house opened in 1873 and has hosted presidents and celebrities like Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. The Palmer House was Chicago’s first hotel with elevators and the nation’s first hotel with electric light bulbs and telephones in guest rooms. It is also considered the longest continuously operating hotel in North America.
And here’s a little something for your next trivia night: Brownies were invented at Palmer House when Bertha Palmer requested a dessert specifically for ladies attending the Chicago 1983 World’s Fair.
Housed in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood of cobblestone and gas-lit streets, XV Beacon’s building was designed by architect William Gibbons Preston and built in 1903. In 1999, the site became the XV Beacon hotel and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The interior hosts a grand marble staircase, mahogany paneling, an original caged-glass elevator, and a distinguished art collection that includes a canvas of President George Washington that was created by America’s foremost portraitist, Gilbert Stuart.
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