Santa Monica’s The Georgian Relaunches Under BLVD Hospitality in Partnership With ESI Ventures
BLVD Hospitality | March 30, 2023
[Los Angeles, California - March 30th, 2023] - Hoteliers Jon Blanchard and Nicolo Rusconi of BLVD Hospitality, in partnership with ESI Ventures, are delighted to announce the re-launch of Santa Monica’s iconic hotel The Georgian. Perched above the Santa Monica waterfront on Ocean Avenue, The Georgian has been a fixture of the Southern California coastline since its debut in 1933 and will re-open to the public on Monday, April 3rd 2023. Steeped in the history of old Hollywood, the famed Art Deco property has seen several iterations over the years, with regular guests including Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and First Mother...
Iconic Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel Set to Reopen Following Historic Restoration
IHG Hotels & Resorts | March 10, 2023
A jewel of the Cote d’Azur revered by film stars and presidents for decades is on the verge of emerging from an historic metamorphosis, ready to write the next chapter in its history. The iconic Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury & lifestyle portfolio, will cast open its doors to the next generation of travellers when it reopens on 13 March 2023. The epitome of elegance and the ‘Grande Dame’ of Cannes’ hotel scene, the property’s majestic Belle Epoque façade - framed by twin domes - has been breathtakingly restored giving new life to this historic gem. With 332 rooms – 72 of which ...
Hotel Trouvail Miami Beach Inducted Into Historic Hotels of America
Historic Hotels of America® | January 26, 2023
MIAMI, January 26, 2023 – Hotel Trouvail Miami Beach in Miami, Florida, is pleased to announce it has been inducted into Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hotel Trouvail Miami Beach is one of more than 300 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America® for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance. “Historic Hotels of America® is delighted to induct Hotel Trouvail, a French-inspired hotel built in 1940,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Vice President of Historic Hotels of America®...
Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 259: Hotel History: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Stanley Turkel | January 3, 2022
by Stanley Turkel, CMHS Hotel History: The Greenbrier (682 rooms) The original hotel, the Grand Central Hotel, was built on this site in 1858. It was known as "The White" and later "The Old White". Beginning in 1778, people came to follow the local Native American tradition to "take the waters" to restore their health. In the 19th century, visitors drank and bathed in the sulphur water to cure everything from rheumatism to an upset stomach In 1910, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway purchased the historic resort property and embarked upon a major expansion. By 1913, the railroad had added The Greenbrier Hotel (the central section of t...
Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 246: Hotel History: Hotel McAlpin, New York, N.Y. (1912)
Stanley Turkel | March 30, 2021
by Stanley Turkel, CMHS Hotel History: Hotel McAlpin (1,500 rooms) The Hotel McAlpin was constructed in 1912 by General Edwin A. McAlpin, son of David Hunter McAlpin. As well as being the world’s largest hotel, it was also one of the most luxurious. The amenities were as breathtaking as they were opulent including a massive Turkish bath and plunge pool on the 24th floor. The hotel also had its own in-house orchestra, as well as its own fully-equipped hospital. When construction of the Hotel McAlpin neared completion by the end of 1912 as the largest hotel in the world, The New York Times commented that it was so tall at twenty-five...
Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 245: Boone Tavern Hotel, Berea, Kentucky (1855)
Stanley Turkel | March 9, 2021
by Stanley Turkel, CMHS Hotel History: Boone Tavern Hotel (63 rooms) Built on the old Dixie Highway and named after Kentucky explorer Daniel Boone, the historic Boone Tavern Hotel is located on College Square in Berea, Kentucky. The hotel is owned by Berea College and operated with student workers from the College Labor Program. Students earn money for books, room and board but pay no tuition (valued at $25,500 per year), thanks to the generosity of donors who support Berea College's mission of providing a free high quality education for students primarily from Appalachia who have high academic potential and limited financial resourc...
New Owners for Historic Maxwell Mansion Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Maxwell Mansion | October 21, 2020
LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (Oct. 21, 2020) – One of the most intriguing lodging properties in Lake Geneva, Wis., the Maxwell Mansion, is getting new owners. Luke and Monica Pfeifer, Wisconsin natives, will take over the reins from Andrew Fritz, who has owned the property since 2012 and is credited with its rejuvenation as one of the most glamorous inns in this storied lake resort community. For more on the Maxwell Mansion which dates back to 1856, its password-required Speakeasy , Apothecary cocktail bar, crystal-laden ballroom, and shaded gardens, visit www.MaxwellMansion1856.com. The address is 421 Baker Street, just two blocks east of Geneva Lake...
Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 237: Hotel History: Hotel Allegro, Chicago, Illinois
Stanley Turkel | September 22, 2020
By Stanley Turkel, CMHS Hotel History: Hotel Allegro, Chicago, IL, (483 rooms) The Hotel Allegro was created on the site of old Bismarck Hotel in 1998. The original Bismarck Hotel was built in 1894 by Emil and Karl Eitel, brothers from Stuttgart, Germany. The Eitels were pioneers who installed ice-boxes in the hotel's kitchen and air conditioning in the hotel's restaurants. During World War I, the Bismarck was renamed the Randolph Hotel because of anti-German sentiment. After the war, the Bismarck name was restored. When the Eitel brothers built a new 19-floor Bismarck Hotel, the 22-story Metropolitan Office Building and the 2500-seat P...
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