Historic Hotels

old house journal

A look at some of the country's most well-known historic hotels--and their unique architecture and decor.

Hotel Boulderado, stained-glass atrium

Historic Hotel Boulderado

Learn more about the historic Hotel Boulderado in one of Colorado's most beloved towns.

antique tavern table

A Visit to Pigeon Inn

Owners steeped in Colonial-period history finish the restoration of a 1760 house that served as an inn during the Revolutionary War.

white clapboard façade of the Clifton Inn

Historic Retreats: Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia

Just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Clifton Inn captures the true spirit of Federal-era hospitality.

Owners Hall Cannon and Miles Refo revived Sir Heaton Rhodes’ “Daffodil Day” tradition of inviting the public to view the lodge and grounds during peak blooming season.

Historic Retreats: New Zealand's Otahuna Lodge

Architecturally speaking, there’s not much that can compete with the majestic natural beauty of New Zealand’s South Island. But Otahuna Lodge, a seven-room luxury hotel set amidst the rocky hills south of Christchurch, is a prime contender.

The Palmer House’s lobby

Historic Retreats: The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

To understand why the Palmer House is so special, you need only enter the lobby.

The Story Inn, historic hotel

10 Haunted Historic Hotels

Catch a few winks with the spirit world by checking into one of these historic hotels where reports of paranormal activity abound.

forest oaks

Historic House: The Inn at Forest Oaks

Resident owners share the wealth to afford their dream house, The Inn at Forest Oaks.

man on ladder

The Right Ladder

One of the oldest tools ever invented, a ladder is an old-house essential. To be safe, choose one that suits the job and is sturdy enough.

The hotel's façade was gutted and covered with a brick wall during one remodel; restoring it meant replicating original window trim.

Historic Retreats: The Heidelberg Hotel in Baton Rouge

Hidden architectural gems and custom designs restore the character of an iconic 1920s political hangout.

The new kitchen is in a big old room that was, improbably, long used as a garage. It’s 21' square and includes a fireplace, now restored. “We made the fireplace part of the kitchen, creating a sitting area with a couple of wing chairs,” Larry Stanley says. The old floorboards had been irreparably stained and damaged, so the floors are new. Salvaged sections of old flooring have new life as the built-in cabinet in a corner next to the fireplace. The room is  simply furnished with mid-19th-century cabinets inspired by Shaker design. “We chose cherry for the cabinets because it would age to the same color as the beautiful old beams, which are chestnut treated with tung oil,” Larry explains. Natural granite countertops with a soft, honed finish complete the look.

A Cherished 1774 Colonial Restored

The large center-hall Georgian was built as an inn. After removing 1940s accretions and reconfiguring rooms for residential use, the current owners decorated it in fine Colonial Revival tradition.

The private, shady courtyard provides a quiet respite from the French Quarter.

Historic Retreats: Audubon Cottages in New Orleans

A collection of charming cottages echoes the French Quarter’s blend of history and culture.

A vision in blooms awaits visitors, many of whom arrive by carriage.

Historic Retreats: The Grand Hotel

A visit to this gracious beauty, The Grand Hotel, located on an island between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, is a rite of passage for Midwesterners.

The inn's houses traverse the block, a lasting testament to the status of their original owners.

Historic Retreats: The Inn on Ferry Street

To stay at the Inn on Ferry Street is to experience old Detroit. Not the Detroit of the Model T, but the city of the 1880s, when railroad and lumber barons reigned supreme.

Despite many changes of hands over the years, the façade of the Driskill Hotel still looks remarkably like it did in 1885.

Historic Retreats: Austin's Driskill Hotel

The legendary Romanesque landmark brings a Lone Star brand of grandeur to Texas’ state capital.

A vintage postcard depicts one of the Grove Park Inn's massive stone fireplaces.

7 Arts & Crafts Fireplaces to Visit

We've curated 7 of our favorite Arts & Crafts fireplaces across the country.

The elegant Georgian Room at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

5 Historic Hotels in Seattle

A local preservation expert highlights the best historic hotels in Seattle.

Grand columns on the porte-cochere were but a memory before restoration brought back the Moana’s original glory.

Historic Retreats: Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii

The Moana Surfrider Hotel in Hawaii is a historic hotel.

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