There are plenty of ritzy resorts and high-end hotels around the world to choose from, but some spots have particularly interesting stories behind them. We went beyond the concierge and tracked down the most intriguing accommodations in every state, whether historic homes with strong ties to the past, filming locations for major movies, or just top-notch hotels with serious style.
This historic hotel in Mobile — first built in 1908 on the site of Andrew Jackson's former military headquarters during the War of 1812 — has been restored to its original grandeur, with highlights including a stunning domed skylight with stained glass windows.
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Originally a hot spot for eager prospectors drawn by the Klondike Gold Rush, this inn in Skagway got its start back in 1897. Guests can stay in its quaint rooms and dig into fresh, Alaskan fare at the connected restaurant, Olivia's Bistro.
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Frank Lloyd Wright was consulted in the construction of this Phoenix landmark before it opened in 1929. From its décor to the three onsite restaurants, named after the renowned architect, his influence remains.
: Biltmore Resort
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Eureka Springs is home to this Victorian-era hotel, known for its southern hospitality since 1886. Activities like tea dances and horseback riding on the grounds have since been replaced by live music and jumbo lawn games, but the charm hasn't dissipated.
: Crescent Hotel & Spa
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A-listers are a mainstay at this iconic Hollywood establishment, which boasts former guests including Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Its pink exterior and tropical-hued decor stands out amidst the glamour of Sunset Boulevard, with a private balcony attached to each room.
: The Beverly Hills Hotel
Thanks to Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King, this place might give off some creepy vibes at first glance, but the Stanley Hotel still stands as an Estes Park icon. Even if you hated The Shining, it's hard to deny the beauty of the stately structure against a gorgeous backdrop of Colorado mountains.
: Stanley Hotel
Classic movie star couple Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, chose this charming East Coast escape for their honeymoon. The gorgeous, Georgian structure overlooks like ocean and boasts a quality onsite seafood restaurant, The Harbour House.
: The Inn at Mystic
The intricate decor inside Wilmington's finest hotel might make you feel like you're away on a European vacation. The woodwork, terrazzo floors, and elegant chandeliers hearken back to the Gilded Age, making for a luxurious stay even today.
: Hotel du Pont
Though it may be your first stay at this Miami Beach resort, it won't be the first you've seen of it. The oceanfront architectural gem on Millionaire's Row is famed for its appearances in films like Goldfinger, Scarface and The Bodyguard.
: The Fontainebleau Miami Beach
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On Georgia's Atlantic coast, Jekyll Island offers a tranquil getaway that doesn't skimp on luxurious offerings. Formerly home to a hunting and recreational club comprised of wealthy members from the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt families, the resort is a prime vacation spot for golfers, boaters, and nature enthusiasts.
: Jekyll Island Club Resort
Known fondly as the "Pink Palace of the Pacific," this famed Honolulu hotel helped establish a thriving tourism industry in Waikiki back in the 20s. Guests can't get enough of its panoramic views, beachfront convenience, and surrounding culture.
: The Royal Hawaiian
At Idaho's beloved Sun Valley ski resort, the Sun Valley Lodge boasts suites named after celebrities including Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe and Ernest Hemingway. The writer finished his novel, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" in Room 206 back in 1940, and though the classic lodge remains in the same spot, it's since had a serious lift — a new, 20,000-square-foot spa, in-room fireplaces, and more.
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Though the first iteration of this landmark hotel burned down in the Great Chicago Fire just 13 days after opening, it has endured for over a century since. It was Chicago's first hotel with operating elevators, electric light bulbs and telephones in the guest rooms, and a $170 million renovation ensures its rich history of luxury is maintained.
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This massive hotel with its canary-yellow exterior and gilded decor was first established in French Lick in 1845. Its Donald Ross golf course has made it a destination for amateur players and professionals alike, even playing host for a few PGA Championships.
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Elegance is of the utmost importance when it comes to the accommodations at Dubuque's Hotel Julien. Located in the Old Main District, it's rumored to have hosted Abraham Lincoln on his travels to Illinois, and to have been owned by mob leader, Al Capone.
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Though it doesn't stand tall, this boutique hotel in Kansas' Flint Hills boasts a 19th-century limestone exterior that sets it apart. Its Victorian ballroom and guest rooms transport patrons to another era, as will local attractions like the Marion County Courthouse and Santa Fe Trail.
EXPLORE NOW: The Historic Elgin Hotel
This English Renaissance-style hotel is known for being the home of the famed Hot Brown sandwich and host to many distinguished guests throughout its long history. No time is better for people-watching at this Louisville hot spot than during the Kentucky Derby.
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A visit to New Orleans' French Quarter would be nothing without a stop at this iconic, Beaux-Arts hotel, beloved by Southern authors like Eudora Welty and Ernest Hemingway. Arrange to stay in one of its 600 guest rooms or just grab a drink at the famed Carousel Piano Bar — complete with a revolving, 25-seat bar.
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With this gorgeous, historic hotel as your home base, it's impossible not to immediately slip into vacation mode. The impressive white, wooden structure was built in 1914 and has been a family-run business since 1948, drawing summer visitors to Kennebunkport with its hospitality and massive wraparound ocean porch.
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Located right on Main Street in charming downtown Annapolis, this red-brick inn has been a central meeting place for national, state, and military visitors throughout its history. Its restaurant, the Treaty of Paris, honors the agreement that ended America's Revolutionary War in 1784.
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It's difficult to discuss the legacy of Boston without mention of the Parker House hotel. It's where Charles Dickens first recited "A Christmas Carol," where JFK held his bachelor party, and where culinary staples including Boston Cream pie and fluffy Parker House roll were born.
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Between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, tiny Mackinac Island is home to this sprawling resort, overlooking crystal-clear Lake Huron. Five U.S. presidents have stayed at this majestic establishment, which opened in 1887, and has dazzled visitors with its lavishly decorated rooms, sublime service, and superlative front porch — the longest in the world at nearly 660 feet.
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The thriving wheat market in Red Wing during the early 1870s created a need for a comfortable place for tourists and businesses passing through, resulting in this 62-room hotel. Though it may not feel as extravagant as it did back in those days, it's still a storied spot for lodging in town.
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One of the only remaining grand hotels on the Mississippi Gulf Coast — built to accommodate travelers along the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad — the White House Hotel has plenty of history in Biloxi. Though it sat in disrepair for decades, the beautiful boutique property was finally renovated and reopened in 2014, with high-end amenities and a fantastic outdoor pool.
EXPLORE NOW: The White House Hotel
In 1928, this Kansas City establishment was the headquarters for the Republican National Convention that would nominate Herbert Hoover for President. Entertainers like Frank Sinatra performed in the onsite Drum Room lounge, which is still going strong thanks to the hotel's $45.5 million restoration.
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The oldest operating hotel in Montana can be found in Fort Benton. Opened in 1882, the Grand Union Hotel overlooks the Missouri River, where Lewis and Clark once traveled. Today, it's been beautifully restored and boasts 26 elegant guest rooms.
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As its name suggests, this Omaha landmark demonstrates the unique Art Deco architecture found throughout the city. Inside, things have been significantly modernized with neoclassic decor, and the hotel's close proximity to the city's historic Old Market make it a highly desirable spot to stay.
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All the glitz and gimmicky fun of Las Vegas converges in this famed hotel and resort. Inspired by the architecture and scenery of Venice, Italy, the accommodations are accompanied by replicas of famed landmarks like the Lion of Venice column and the Rialto Bridge, which guests can float beneath during real gondola rides.
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You'd be hard-pressed to find more stunning scenery than that of the Mount Washington Hotel. The sprawling property, near Bretton Woods ski resort, was built in the early 1900s and became a National Historic Landmark in 1986. A 50,000-square-foot addition in 2009 added to its major footprint.
EXPLORE NOW: Omni Mount Washington Resort
Wildwood Crest in Cape May County, New Jersey is home to this quirky motel. The 50s, doo-wop style incorporated a crescent-shaped pool, canted glass walls, and near-neon colors which remain today, as well as wonderfully tacky palm trees decorations throughout.
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