United States President Franklin Roosevelt wrote one of his most famous lines ever, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” at the The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, on the eve of his 1933 inaugural address.
The Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco is located at historic Pershing Hall, which was built by the US Army in 1903 to house unmarried officers.
The corner where La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe now stands goes back even further. It’s where the town’s first inn, established when Spaniards created the town in 1607, was located.
These hotels have historic significance.
Award-winning historic significance, it turns out, as these three were among the winners of the 2016 Historic Hotel Awards of Excellence announced Thursday evening in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Historic hotels allow travelers to discover, explore, and connect with the past,” Lawrence P. Horwitz, executive director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide, told CNN.
“The 2016 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence winners represent the finest historic hotels and hoteliers. We congratulate them and thank them for their continued dedication to preserving these iconic historic hotels and their legendary histories for future generations.”
A program of the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America will only accept hotels that have been designated by the US Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or that are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.