The Peabody Memphis named Best Historic Hotel

Winning hotel is best known for its parade of ducks

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, nominated for the title of Best Historic Hotel by a panel of hotel experts and voted best in the U.S. by 10Best readers, has witnessed a great deal of history, and each has held true to its historic roots and unique sense of place. 

  • 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
    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 Mackinac Island

  • 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 Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Marriott Syracuse Downtown
    Syracuse, N.Y.

    Marriott Syracuse Downtown is housed within a landmark 1924 building that was once among the city’s first “modern” hotels. During its nearly a century of welcoming guests, famous visitors have included Charles Lindbergh, Elvis Presley, John Lennon and three U.S. presidents. Guests will note that while there are 261 rooms in the hotel, there are 600 guest room doors; these were left to keep the historic integrity of the property when it was restored in 2014.
    Photo courtesy of Marriott Syracuse Downtown / Facebook

  • 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 Emma
    San Antonio

    Hotel Emma in San Antonio occupies a historic brewery. It’s named after Emma Koehler, former brewery CEO who kept operations going through Prohibition by operating a dry cleaning and auto repair service (while still brewing beer). The historic property offers loads of luxury amenities, including a Culinary Concierge, custom-made robes, Merit Roasting Co. coffee, a 3,700-volume library, fitness center and a rooftop pool.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • West Baden Springs Hotel
    French Lick, Ind.

    After a devastating fire in 1901, Lee W. Sinclair decided to transform his recently purchased West Baden Springs Hotel into a resort modeled after the grand spas of Europe. With a budget of less than half a million, Sinclair accomplished his goal, complete with the world’s largest free-span dome. The turn-of-the-century hotel features 243 rooms less than a mile from the French Lick Springs Hotel.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Zero George Street
    Charleston

    Five resorted residential buildings surrounding a landscaped courtyard comprise Zero Geore Street, a 18-room contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of Charleston. Each of the circa 1804 rooms features original architectural elements, including high ceilings, heart pine floors, period millwork and access to outdoor piazzas.
    Photo courtesy of Zero George Street

  • 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 Royal Hawaiian
    Honolulu

    An icon of Waikiki, the 528-room Royal Hawaiian sits amid coconut groves and tranquil pools along Honolulu's trendiest beachfront. Built in 1927 in the Spanish-Moorish style popular at the time, the "Pink Palace of the Pacific" was leased to the U.S. Navy during World War II for use as a rest and recreation facility before reopening to guests in 1947. It's been helping visitors fall in love with Hawaii ever since.
    Photo courtesy of The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki

The top 10 winners in the category Best Historic Hotel are as follows:

  1. The Peabody Memphis - Memphis
  2. Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Mich.
  3. The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs
  4. Marriott Syracuse Downtown - Syracuse, N.Y.
  5. Deer Path Inn - Lake Forest, Ill.
  6. Hotel Emma - San Antonio
  7. West Baden Springs Hotel - French Lick, Ind.
  8. Zero George Street - Charleston
  9. Wentworth Mansion - Charleston
  10. The Royal Hawaiian - Honolulu

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric GrossmanLawrence Horwitz (Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide), Gerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge of the American hotel scene.

Congratulations to all these winning historic hotels!

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