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Best Historic Hotel (2021)

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In today's travel landscape dotted with sparkling new resorts and ultra-modern skyscraper hotels, a bit of history is often welcome. Each of these classic lodgings, voted the 10 Best Historic Hotels by a panel of hotel experts, has witnessed a great deal of history, and each has held true to its historic roots and unique sense of place. 

  • Historic Hotel Bethlehem

    Historic Hotel Bethlehem
    Bethlehem, Penn.

    Guests of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem can learn about the hotel’s storied history in the Lower Lobby. A hotel has occupied the site since 1741, though the structure was used as a convalescence home for World War I soldiers for a period. Today, guests enjoy modern amenities in this historic setting in the heart of Moravian Bethlehem.
    Photo courtesy of Historic Hotels of America

  • The Peabody Memphis

    The Peabody Memphis
    Memphis

    The grande dame of Southern hotels, the historic Peabody, is a treat for the senses; opulence abounds, a dynamite restaurant pleases the palate and the famed ducks entertain both adults and children at this hotel dating back to 1869 (it's been at its current location since 1925). The old time-y pool area is a throwback to the glamour days of indoor hotel pools.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

    Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa
    Point Clear, Ala.

    The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa on the Alabama coast first opened its doors in 1847 with 40 rooms. Since then, the hotel served as a hospital during the Civil War and a host for training operations during both World War I and II. The Grand honors this military history daily by firing its cannon at the edge of Mobile Bay.
    Photo courtesy of Historic Hotels of America

  • Deer Path Inn

    Deer Path Inn
    Lake Forest, Ill.

    Staying at the Deer Path Inn on Chicago’s North Shore feels more like staying in a traditional English inn, including a pub, garden, afternoon tea and an English manor-inspired restaurant. The hotel dates back to the 1860s, when the original was built as a home for Colonel William Sage Johnston; the current inn opened for business in 1929, taking inspiration from a half-timbered manor in Kent.
    Photo courtesy of Deer Path Inn

  • Hotel Trundle

    Hotel Trundle
    Columbia, SC

    Three buildings in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, dating back as far as 1914, were brought back to life in 2018 by young husband-and-wife architects and combined to create the Hotel Trundle. With 41 eccentric guestrooms, this boutique gem hints at its past with exposed brick, trusses, and original windows mixed with luxurious amenities, locally sourced art, and attention to customer service. Every city deserves a treat like this one.
    Photo courtesy of Kruck20 // Getty Images

  • Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel
    Mackinac Island, Mich.

    Guests at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island might find themselves on rocking chairs on the world's longest porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. This historic hotel opened in 1887 to cater to summer vacationers from Chicago Montreal and Detroit. In 1895, Mark Twain gave lectures in the Grand Hotel Casino for $1 a ticket.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel

  • The Hermitage Hotel

    The Hermitage Hotel
    Nashville

    The historic Hermitage Hotel was constructed in 1908 as Nashville’s first million-dollar hotel. No expense was spared in adorning the Beaux-Arts building with a grand staircase, mahogany-paneled guest rooms, Italian marble columns, a painted glass skylight and Circassian walnut cabinetwork. Numerous presidents and dignitaries number among the guests of this Nashville icon.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • The Francis House

    The Francis House
    Calistoga, Calif.

    Napa Valley’s newest luxury inn occupies a National Register of Historic Places-designated building in Calistoga. The former family home for merchant James H. Francis features authentic French Second Empire architecture, restored to its original splendor after spending 52 years uninhabited.
    Photo courtesy of The Francis House

  • Wentworth Mansion

    Wentworth Mansion
    Charleston

    Located in charming Downtown Charleston, Wentworth Mansion offers 21 luxe rooms in one of the city's grandest estates. The hotel, built in 1886, had its start as the private mansion of a wealthy cotton merchant. Touches include Italian crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, gas fireplaces, day beds, over-sized whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers.
    Photo courtesy of Wentworth Mansion

  • The Broadmoor

    The Broadmoor
    Colorado Springs

    The history of The Broadmoor – an iconic hotel in Colorado Springs – dates back to 1918 when it welcomed its first guests. John D. Rockefeller was the hotel's first celebrity guest, staying the night of June 1, 1918. Today, the 5,000-acre resort offers a full-service spa, three golf courses and a stellar hotel restaurant, The Penrose Room.
    Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor

The top 10 winners in the category Best Historic Hotel are as follows:
  1. Historic Hotel Bethlehem - Bethlehem, Penn.
  2. The Peabody Memphis - Memphis
  3. Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa - Point Clear, Ala.
  4. Deer Path Inn - Lake Forest, Ill.
  5. Hotel Trundle - Columbia, SC
  6. Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Mich.
  7. The Hermitage Hotel - Nashville
  8. The Francis House - Calistoga, Calif.
  9. Wentworth Mansion - Charleston
  10. The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels!

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