America offers plenty of road trip options. Whether you are a nature lover, a history buff, an architecture enthusiast or a culinary expert, there’s bound to be a destination that will spur your interest.
What if your interest is historic hotels with a unique design? America has that too. We’ve scoured through the many regions and came up with a list of five historic hotels to visit. Take a look:
1. Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford Springs
The original hotel, built in 1806 was called The Stone Inn. It accommodated guests from afar and was the site for hosting celebrities, wealthy families, and dignitaries from around the world.
In 2007, the historic hotel had undergone a major renovation and was restored to its old grandeur and named Omni Bedford Springs Resort.
Guests can enjoy a luxurious stay at this 216-room hotel. Amenities include five restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, an aquatic center with an outdoor pool and a heated mineral springs-fed indoor pool, a 30,000-square-foot Springs Eternal Spa, and 25 scenic miles of hiking trails.
2. The Chase Park Plaza, St Louis
Ideally located in the Central West End neighborhood of St Louis, The Chase Park Plaza’s rich history is both inspiring and fascinating. Construction started in 1928 and completed in 1931, despite The Great Depression. This iconic hotel was the subject of the book “Meet Me in the Lobby” and a home for well-known celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr, Dean Martin The Rolling Stones and Johnny Mathis.
The Chase Park Plaza is “A city within a city” with a salon & spa facility, a large fitness center, a pool and four dining facilities. It is a short distance from St. Louis’ major tourist attractions, like St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis Zoo and the Fabulous Fox Theater.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) serves over 10 airlines including American Airlines, Southwest, and Delta.
3. Mayflower Park Hotel, Seattle
Built in 1927, Mayflower Park Hotel is the longest continuously operating hotel in Seattle. Known in the beginning as Bergonian Hotel, it was Seattle’s prominent landmark and luxurious hotel decorated with oriental rugs, crystal chandeliers, brass and period antiques, and ornate terra cotta facade.
In the late 40s after undergoing several ownership changes, the hotel went through a phase of deterioration until 1974 when Birney Dempcy purchased it. He and his wife Marie renamed and renovated it to become “Quite simply, One of a Kind” in Seattle.
Mayflower Park Hotel is close to Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle, and a monorail ride away from Seattle Space Needle.
4. Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza is a 300-year-old hacienda that offers modern amenities and Southwest feel. The original building was built in 1625 and was restored and expanded to become one of the top and most luxurious hotel in Santa Fe. For a piece of the rich history, get a room at the historic Casita guesthouses.
The property is in the heart of Santa Fe, close to restaurants, shops and Santa Fe’s top tourist attractions like Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, New Mexico History Museum, the Canyon Road gallery neighborhood and the Loretto Chapel.
Santa Fe is 64 miles from Albuquerque, 480 miles from Phoenix and 639 miles from Dallas.
5. Tarrytown House Estate On the Hudson, Hudson Valley
Situated 25 miles from New York City and overlooking Hudson River Valley, Tarrytown House Estate On the Hudson has 165 years of stories to tell. It takes about an hour (light traffic) to drive from New York City.
Surrounded by historic mansions and sites, guests can tour the Rockefeller Estate, Philipsburg Manor, Kykuit, Old Dutch Church, Hudson River Museum, Grand Prix New York Racing, Peekskill Museum and more.
Tarrytown House Estate On the Hudson features 19th-century mansions and gardens, a carriage house and a cottage. If you prefer the new, choose the contemporary rooms in the atrium-style building.