Instead of taking any old vacation, why not book a room in a hotel with a bit of presidential history? These properties across the continent have hosted US Presidents throughout their histories. Who knows ... you might be laying your head on the same pillow as Barack Obama.
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside, Calif.
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has a presidential history dating back to its early days, when Theodore Roosevelt stayed on the property in 1903. Richard and Pat Nixon were wed next to the fireplace in what is now the Presidential Lounge, and Ronald and Nancy Reagan honeymooned at the Mission Inn. A total of eight US Presidents have stayed in the hotel, in addition to countless celebrities and notable politicians.The Sky Garden at the Mission Inn — Photo courtesy of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Since the Beverly Hilton opened in 1955, every U.S. President has stayed there. During John F. Kennedy's run for office, the presidential nominee hosted a fundraiser gala at the hotel, with celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland in attendance. Guests of the hotel, located on prime real estate at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, are in for a treat, with access to Beverly Hills' largest hotel pool, a world-class spa and 569 luxuriously-appointed rooms and suites.Exterior of the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. — Photo courtesy of The Beverly Hilton
The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY
Every US president since Herbert Hoover has stayed at the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria in the Big Apple, and it's easy to see why. Each room and historic suite comes individually decorated with antique furniture and homey touches, and guests enjoy all the excellent dining options and facilities of the next-door Waldorf Astoria as well.Room at the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York — Photo courtesy of Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York
The Sebastian, Vail, Colo.
The Sebastian doesn't have a long history, but it already has a presidential connection. In 2011, the boutique resort in Vail Valley hosted First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia who came to ski. After a day on the slopes (the hotel features ski-in/ski-out access), guests can take a relaxing soak in the mountain view pool or hot tubs, or warm up with a cocktail by the outdoor fire pits.Pool at The Sebastian — Photo courtesy of The Sebastian
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii
The beach-side Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort enjoys a more recent presidential history, with guests including Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton (& Hillary), George Bush, Sr., Ronald Regan and Gerald Ford. With 90 shops and 16 restaurants and bars, guests will never have a reason to leave this destination resort.
Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
During the 2012 G-20 summit in Mexico, Esperanza served as the official host of President Barack Obama, Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton and other members of the US delegation. The 57-room resort sits perched on a bluff overlooking two private coves near Cabo San Lucas.View of the beach from Esperanza — Photo courtesy of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort
The US GRANT, San Diego, Calif.
Among the 14 presidents who stayed at The US GRANT in San Diego was President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who conducted one of his iconic fireside chats from the hotel's 11th floor radio station. The hotel was built in 1910 by Ulysses S Grant Jr. in honor of his late father, and embodies a sense of classic elegance, with crystal chandeliers, silk carpets and custom Yves Clement drip-painting headboards in the 270 guest rooms. Suite at the US GRANT — Photo courtesy of THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel
The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, W. Va.
The Greenbrier, a National Historic Landmark in White Sulfur Springs, has been hosting presidential guests since well before the Civil War. The resort opened for business in 1778 and has since welcomed more than two dozen presidents, and interestingly, it features a massive underground bunker, built during the Eisenhower administration, used to protect important guests in case of nuclear attack during the Cold War.
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