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America’s Top Historic Hotels

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The storied Beverly Hills Hotel has long been an icon in Tinseltown—but now it’s an official landmark, too. The famed pink hotel was named the first historic landmark in the city of Beverly Hills in mid-2012. But it’s not the only hotel with this honor—a slew of hotels across the country have been officially designated landmarks from preservation groups because of their notable architecture and celebrated histories. Startle.com has highlighted some of the top historic hotels across the United States below—click on the slideshow for the full list. New York is known for its world-class hotels, so it’s no surprise that the Big Apple has had 25 hotel buildings designated as historic by the New York

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City Landmarks Preservation Commission since 1965. “The hotels that are landmarked tend to be more elaborate, more exuberant buildings,” says Mary Beth Betts, research director for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. “Then there are buildings that have fame for events that have happened there—The Algonquin for its famous Round Table [of writers and actors] and The Plaza for some of the events that have been held there.” Speaking of The Plaza Hotel, it’s been a city landmark since 1969—and a National Historic Landmark since 1986. But the hotel famous for hosting glamorous parties—and as the home of Eloise—opened its doors more than a century ago in 1907. The 20-story hotel was a skyscraper when it was built, and served as a residence and hot spot for wealthy Manhattanites. Today, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s ornate Beaux-Arts design has been restored, and still attracts visitors to its ornate Palm Court dining room for afternoon tea under the fully restored 1,800-square-foot stained glass lay light. Down Fifth Avenue, The Peninsula New York is housed in a 1905 New York landmark building. Originally opened as The Gotham Hotel, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel features gilded ceilings and massive crystal chandeliers in the lobby—contrasting with the contemporary, neutral guest rooms and the sleek, modern spa. While The Plaza and Peninsula are famous brands, lesser-known hotels are landmarks, too. On Michigan’s Mackinac Island, the Grand Hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2012. The white-columned hotel’s design features a 660-foot-long front porch the hotel claims is the world’s largest. Inside, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time, thanks to the distinctive design created by famed interior designer Carleton Varney. He’s also helped maintain the look of another National Historic Landmark hotel—the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, which was originally designed by Dorothy Draper. Alicia Barney Click on the slideshow to see the rest of the historic hotels that made our list. Source @ http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestravelguide/2012/10/01/americas-top-historic-hotels/

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