Members of Historic Hotels of America have a long partnership with a number of America's oldest colleges and universities. Downtown or small-town, many of our hotels, inns, and resorts are close by and closely linked to campuses across the country; and some are even located on the grounds of academic institutions.
For a building that has stood since 1905, one of six built in the University of Arkansas that year, the Inn Carnall Hall creates an inviting optical illusion: existing in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century era while not appearing the least bit outdated. Two pairs of dramatic, all-white columns flank either side of the entrance to this Colonial Revival inn.
Julia Morgan, renowned as the architect of the Hearst Castle at San Simeon, was also the architect of the Berkeley City Club, also known as her jewel, "the little castle". Built in eleven months, this six-story landmark opened in 1930 as the "Berkeley Women's City Club" with a membership of over 4,500.
Hotel Boulderado reached its name by merging Boulder and Colorado, a memorable mutation of its host city and state that captures the inviting qualities of both locations. The mountain hotel sits within the downtown historic district, enveloped in Boulder's surprisingly hip small-town chic, while the imposing conical peaks of the Rocky Mountains surround the town.
The Eldridge Hotel is Lawrence's most luxurious hotel. Located in the heart of exciting downtown Lawrence, the hotel is surrounded by many shops, galleries, dining and entertainment venues. Built in 1926, The Eldridge is one of four hotels to occupy the current site dating back to 1856 when it originally opened as the Free State Hotel.
Stay the night in one of Boone Tavern's spacious heritage accommodations, where the understated elegance of handmade furniture, made by Berea College woodcraft is enhanced with modern amenities. Become part of the unique Berea lifestyle where quality and tradition blend with Southern hospitality and the youthful vigor of the college campus.
Ornate detail, exceptional service and long-standing tradition of hospitality have made The Brown beloved by visitors and locals alike. The 16-story classically rendered exterior is complemented by stunning English Renaissance architectural detail on the interior, including spectacular hand-painted plaster relief ceilings.
The Historic Inns of Annapolis were once personal residences of lords and governors and frequent stopovers for signers of the Declaration of Independence. Today they have been transformed into three charming historic inns that will take you back in time, with 124 guestrooms all handsomely restored and tastefully furnished in original and reproduction antiques.
In the heart of New England, where the flourishing luscious maple trees of Amherst Common meets the campus of Amherst College, the historic Lord Jeffery Inn has been a cherished landmark in the Five Colleges community since 1926. Recently restored, “The Jeff” welcomes its guests to a classic New England setting without sacrificing contemporary comforts.
The 1895 firehouse is the oldest building in the Kendall Square area, the center of the technology industry in the Boston vicinity and home to the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, this city landmark has been restored in a manner befitting its heroic past. The original Victorian firehouse is home to the hotel's restaurant and is full of firehouse memorabilia.
In the late 1990s the forgotten mill town of North Adams became a haven for technology companies and was infused with new life. Sparked by the visionary efforts of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), which has renovated parts of a sprawling mill complex, the Porches Inn represents a new twist on hospitality.
Relax in the gracious elegance of this grand hotel's glass-enclosed conservatory, unwind at the lobby fireplace or retreat to the sitting area in your own room. All the charm, comfort and elegance of a traditional New England inn can be found within the Colonial Revival-style Hotel Northampton.
Located in the East Ferry Street Historic District of Midtown Detroit, The Inn on Ferry Street sets the standard for elegant Victorian guest quarters and dedicated service. Just steps from the state's finest museums, acclaimed Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University, the Inn is a relaxing change of pace from the standard business hotel.
General Ebenezer Brewster, whose home occupied the present site of the Inn, founded the Dartmouth Hotel in 1780 but later burned to the ground and was replaced two years later on the same site by the Wheelock Hotel. From 1901 - 1903, Dartmouth College carried out extensive renovations to the facility, which was then renamed the Hanover Inn.
A classic example of 1920s hotel construction, the Jefferson Clinton, a historic hotel in Syracuse, has a contemporary sensibility. This 68-room, 11-story hotel was built in 1927, but offers modern upgrades and a much-lauded environmentally friendly philosophy. A convenient downtown location is within easy access of the downtown business district, Syracuse University, the Carrier Dome and area hospitals.
The Carolina Inn has sat on the doorsteps of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's campus, serving as the central meeting place for students, academics, faculty, local townspeople and visitors, since it opened in 1924. Though the property itself has evolved since John Sprunt Hill first built the inn, its luxury has remained constant.
The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is a true French Art Deco hotel masterpiece. Opened in 1931, the hotel was an integral part of the first multi-use complex in the United States. Described as a "city within a city," the complex featured an office tower, hotel, fully automated garage, shopping complex, and restaurants.
Since its grand opening in 1882, the original Palace Hotel became an instant landmark on the downtown cityscape. Always at the forefront of modern guest amenities, the urban poasis provides guests with luxury accommodations, exemplary service, and the grandeur of an original 8-story French Second Empire masterpiece.
The Atherton Hotel at Oklahoma State University is a Georgian-style gem that originally opened in 1950 as the Union Club. Boasting the latest in comfort and convenience, it even offered ice water on tap in every room.
Originally built as a temporary upscale residence for wealthy oil barons and their families, the ten-story Ambassador Hotel had to fit the needs of its discerning clientele. Today, thanks to a multi-million-dollar restoration program, the Mediterranean-influenced historic Ambassador Hotel is one of Tulsa’s towering architectural and cultural achievements, mirroring the glories of old—save when it comes to service and convenience.
The Gettysburg Hotel has a tradition of hospitality that dates to 1797, when James Scott first opened his tavern. In the summer of 1863, the hotel played witness to one of the seminal events in American history as Union and Confederate troops swarmed over the small town of Gettysburg during a pivotal and bloody three-day battle. President Lincoln honed the immortal words of his Gettysburg Address at the Wills House, just steps away from the hotel.
Located on the grounds of Pennsylvania State University, the Nittany Lion Inn offers comfort, conveniences and style to guests and visitors alike. Decorated in warm antiques with a Colonial country atmosphere, rich cherry-wood furniture and bright floral fabrics, the Inn has hosted the likes of Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Hayes and Louis Armstrong.
Named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion (the "Swamp Fox"), the Francis Marion Hotel became an instant landmark in Charleston the moment it opened in 1924. Rising 12 stories above the Historic District, the landmark hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston's church steeples, antebellum mansions and famous harbor, providing easy access to the wealth of Charleston's historic attractions.
The claim that everything’s bigger in Texas shouldn’t merely be taken literally. Witness the Driskill, Texas’ premier luxury hotel positioned in the heart of the state capital. The 189-guest room structure may seem modest by some standards, but its historic grandeur and perfectly restored facade and interiors make it one of Austin’s largest, most rewarding experiences. Cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill built the hotel in 1886 to rival the palaces of New York, Chicago, St. Louis and San Francisco and to serve as a showpiece for his adopted frontier town.
The Middlebury Inn has been in continuous operation as a hotel for over 180 years. The Inn began as the Vermont Hotel, a brick "public house" opened by Nathan Wood in 1827. The inn changed hands and became the Addison House in 1852, and then saw improvements in 1865 at the hands of owner Darwin Rider, who ran a free carriage to all trains and operated a large livery for his guests.
In a city as steeped in history as Charlottesville, Virginia—home to U.S. presidents, witness of the ravages of the Civil War and the burgeoning Virginia wine industry—it’s a significant achievement for an inn to rise in prominence. The Blue Ridge Mountain locale of the Boar’s Head Inn would be enough to qualify such distinction, but this remarkable 573-acre property compliments the fresh mountain air and stunning scenery with gracious hospitality, gourmet cuisine and a sense of the past that doesn’t sacrifice a single modern amenity.
When Charles Dana Gibson and Irene Langhorne--better known as the Gibson Girl--hosted their engagement party on Halloween 1895, little did they know that their nuptial celebration would be the first in a long legacy of events at Richmond’s most revered hotel, The Jefferson. It opened that All Hollow’s Eve over 100 years ago, and from that moment it was a sight to behold.
Nestled in Historic Downtown Staunton in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, this 124-room hotel captures the spirit, history and charm of the old South. Originally built in 1924, the property underwent a complete top to bottom renovation in 2005 and has was lovingly restored to it's original grandeur.
Regarded among the world’s greatest inns, the Williamsburg is the crown jewel of the Colonial Williamsburg hotels, offering luxurious accommodations adjacent to the country’s most celebrated live interactive history museum.
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