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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2001, dates back to 1912.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica was constructed at the dawn of the 20th century, in which the United States had started to emerge as a global superpower.

The historic DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica made its grand debut amid a massive celebration in 1912. Opening simply as the “Hotel Utica,” more than 1,500 guests ventured up into the Mohawk Valley for its ribbon-cutting. Designed by Buffalo-based firm Esenwein & Johnson, the building featured 200 fireproof rooms, as well as four dining rooms, a ballroom, and an assembly hall. Within a matter of years, the Hotel Utica became one the most popular destinations in central New York. International celebrities and dignitaries alike soon sojourned north to the hotel. Future President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would frequent the Hotel Utica on several occasions during the 1920s when he first ran to be Governor of New York. Amelia Earhart arrived at the hotel in 1928 to attend a packed luncheon that was held in her honor. Lionel Hampton and his famous orchestra regaled countless patrons with their musical talents in 1939. And in 1950, the great Judy Garland sang before hundreds of guests atop the mezzanine.

This prosperity was not to last forever, as the hotel closed its doors in 1972. The building then operated as the Hunter House Adult Facility over the next three decades. But when the Hunter House Adult Facility vacated the premises in the mid-1990s, two enterprising hoteliers named Joseph Carucci and Charles Gaetano began renovating the Hotel Utica back to its former glory. After investing $13 million into the building’s restoration, the Hotel Utica reopened to great acclaim in 2001. The Hotel Utica then joined Historic Hotels of America later that year to celebrate it amazingly rich heritage. Today, this spectacular historic hotel is operated by Hilton Hotels & Resorts as the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica.

  • Famous Historic Guests +
    Judy Garland, renowned actress and singer known for her roles in A Star is Born (1954), Meet Me in St. Louis, and Wizard of Oz. Rita Hayworth, renowned actress known for her roles in Gilda and Cover Girl. Mae West, celebrated actress known for her roles in My Little Chickadee and She Done Him Wrong. Mickey Mantle, Hall of Fame outfielder for the New York Yankees. Jackie Robinson, Hall of Fame second basemen for the Brooklyn Dodgers and first African American to play professional baseball. Bobby Darin, renowned musician known for such singles as “Splish Splash” and “Dream Lover.” Johnny Cash, celebrated country music icon known for such songs like “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire.” Dinah Shore, famous singer known for her vocals on such songs like “I Thought About You” and “The Breeze and I.” Victor Mature, renowned actor known for his roles in One Million B.C., Kiss of Death, and The Robe. Amelia Earhart, celebrated aviator known for completing the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight. Lionel Hampton, renowned bandleader known for working with the likes of Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich. Robert F. Kennedy, former United States Senator from New York (1965 – 1968) and renowned civil rights activist. William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States (1909 – 1913) and 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921 – 1930) Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933 – 1945) Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and renowned human rights activist.

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