Once upon a time, the world wasn’t about iThis and iThat. It was about ‘we’. You know, enjoying and discovering the world with family and friends – all in the same place at the same time. Strange concept, huh?
If you’re in the mood for a holiday way down nostalgia lane, here are five USA hotels bubbling over with grandeur and memories they just can’t make an app for.
Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California
The stunning San Diego beachside location of the Hotel Del Coronado (pictured) offers bragging rights of its own, but they pale in comparison to the 120 year old guest list.
The resort has entertained Marilyn Monroe (it also played backdrop in her classic comedy, Some Like It Hot), aviator Charles Lindbergh and eleven US presidents to name but a few.
There’s also a rumour that a ghost wanders around the premises – what a wonderful place to spend eternity!
Be sure to bask in a little star treatment of your own at The Del, rated one of the top 20 hotel spas in the world.
Hyatt At The Bellevue Philadelphia
These days it’s THE place for Philly entertainment industry parties and events.
Over the decades the hotel has been renovated to restore its original opulence – although we imagine the 93000 square feet of sporting club is a modern day addition.
Omni Majestic Hotel, St. Louis
Or, you could pay the difference and soak up the atmosphere today in this beautifully restored historic landmark property.
Imagine yourselves as the original A-list socialites lounging about on your 19th century poster bed, surrounded by rich mahogany furniture. “But what about the kids?”, you say. Don’t worry, they’ll be far too pre-occupied with the contents of their check-in backpack to give you a second’s thought.
Lenox Hotel Boston
Boston, home of the world’s most famous Tea Party, is a city filled with historic moments. In 1900, one of those was the opening of the Lenox Hotel Boston — still a family run hotel to this day that’s been a favourite with the Red Sox, Judy Garland and John Travolta to name just a few.
111 years ago, coal and petrol were the new flavours of the new century. Today, the Lenox is one of the ‘5 greenest luxury hotels in America’ – they even have their own hybrid SUV for hire.
Luxury is still very much the operative word. Guest rooms blend the pinnacle of old (crystal lamps, brass chandeliers, marble bathrooms and working fireplaces) with new (Bose sound systems, flat screen TVs, Premier in-room entertainment and wireless internet).
River Street Inn, Savannah
Tips-of-the-hat to history include a gas light flickering above the lobby entrance and rocking chairs on the canopied verandah, where you can sit and look out over the river and cobble-stoned streets.
One of the highlights is the gorgeous inner garden atrium. While there’s plenty of evening fun to be had, including live music at onsite restaurants Tubby’s Tankhouse and Wet Willies’!