September 29th, 2005:
Historic Hotels of America:
Having featured Unusual
Hotels of the World the other day, we'd like to bring your attention to another
interesting hotels website.
Owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic
Hotels of America (HHA) was established in
1989 to 'identify quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity,
architecture and ambience'.
Cynics among you will scoffer that American
history is not that old, after all: 'To be accepted into Historic Hotels of America,
hotels must be located in a building that is at least 50 years old and listed in, or
eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places
or recognized locally as having historic significance'.
At least 50 years old.
Let's forget that 50 years is not really that
long and concentrate on the fact that these hotels are unique in some way. That's reason
enough, in my book, to check them out.
To date, 'HHA has identified 218 quality
hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic architecture and ambience'.
These 218 properties are located in 41 states,
the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; range in size from the eight-room American Hotel in
Sag Harbor, New York, to the Waldorf-Astoria in
New York City with 1,425 rooms; and charge from $69 per night for a single room at three
properties (the Inn at Newport
Beach in Newport, Rhode Island; the Plains Hotel in
Cheyenne, Wyoming; and the Strater Hotel in
Durango, Colorado) to $15,000 per night for a suite at The Plaza (which wasn't listed) in
New York City.
$15,000 a night! Spend a week in the The Plaza
and you could almost buy yourself a smaller, historic hotel.
Find A Hotel
You can can find an historic hotel in America
by using the image map of The States (no historic hotels in Nebraska or South Dakota) if
you're interested in a particular destination.
There's also a full list of the historic hotels in
alphabetical order, or you could choose to select an historic hotel by its available amenities. The
drop-down list of choices for Meeting Space, Golf, Wedding Location or Spa have the hotel
selections ordered by state and town/city.
Hotels For The
If you don't really know where you want to
travel but would like to go somewhere special for an occasion, I suggest using one of the
main navigation selections: Business Travel; Food
& Fun; Golf & Activities; Meetings & Events; Spas & Retreats; Vacations & Leisure.
In each section there are sub-categories to
help you narrow down your choice. Food and Fun, my favourite, has some interesting
articles to whet your appetite before you make a reservation.
Random Choice of Hotel
Every time you click on one of the sub-menus,
seven new thumbnail images appear at the top of the page. Maybe a random image will catch
your eye and send you off looking for a special deal on flights, just to get there.
You could always head to the Press Room, for inspiring ideas of
where to go and where to stay - in an American hotel that's at least 50 years old.