RESORTING – list of hotels, resorts in the united states
The 2001 membership directory for National Trust Historic Hotels of America offers a selection of 167 historically significant hotels, resorts, and inns. The directory includes brief descriptions and histories of the member hotels as well as photos, rates, maps, and listings of hotel amenities. National Trust Historic Hotels of America is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic Hotels must be at least 50 years old, listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, or recognized locally as having historic significance. To receive the 224-page directory, send a $3.50 check or money order to National Trust Historic Hotels of America (TravelAmerica Magazine), P.O. Box 320, Washington, DC 20055; (800) 678-8946; www.historichotels.org.
The Benjamin, a Manhattan East Suite Hotels property, guarantees a good night’s rest in New York, “the city that never sleeps.” For any guest dissatisfied with his or her sleep, the hotel will refund the cost of the night’s stay.
The Benjamin’s staff includes a sleep concierge who offers a selection of 11 different types of pillows, including down, satin, water-filled, and anti-snore. The custom-designed Benjamin Bed features Frette sheets, a down-filled duvet, and a specially engineered Serta mattress with a luxurious surface feel. To keep rooms quiet, windows are double-glazed with argon gas between the panes. The sleep concierge can arrange a relaxing massage at the hotel’s Woodstock Spa & Wellness Center, a bedtime snack of milk and cookies, and the loan of a bedside white noise machine that electronically drowns out any stray background noise.
Contact: The Benjamin (TravelAmerica Magazine), 125 E. 50th St., New York, NY 10022; (888) 4-BENJAMIN; www.thebenjamin.com.
The Hyatt Regency Baltimore is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the heart of the city’s tourist scene–the Inner Harbor. The downtown waterfront, once a blighted area, is ringed with family-friendly attractions like the Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium, historic ships, and such theme restaurants as Hard Rock Cafe, ESPN Zone, and Planet Hollywood. A skywalk links the mirror-sheathed hotel to the festive shops of Harborplace. Orioles Park at Camden Yards is an easy walk as well.
Many of the 486 guest rooms provide views of the harbor, as do the glass elevators that rise above the six-story atrium lobby. Pisces rooftop restaurant is renowned for its seafood, Sunday champagne jazz brunch, and panoramas. Other facilities include a health club and outdoor swimming pool.
Contact: Hyatt Regency Baltimore (TravelAmerica Magazine), 300 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21202; (410) 528-1234.
Harveys Resort & Casino is the largest resort casino property in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with 740 guest rooms and suites and approximately 90,000 square feet of casino space. It has eight restaurants, a full-service health club, pool and spa, convention center, cabaret theater, wedding chapel, and arcade.
Contact: Harveys Resort & Casino (TravelAmerica Magazine), P.O. Box 128, Lake Tahoe, NV 89449; (800) 553-1022; www.harveys.com.
Blue Man Group
The hottest and hippest show in Las Vegas plays to sold-out houses at the 1,200-seat Luxor Theater. “Blue Man Group–Live at Luxor” is a hybrid of new material as well as signature pieces from Blue Man Group productions in New York, Boston, and Chicago. Defying categorization, the show features three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theater, percussive music, art, science, and vaudeville. Tickets are $69.50 and $59.50. Call (800) 557-7428 or visit www.blueman.com.
The Egyptian-themed Luxor Las Vegas, with its landmark pyramid and new twin towers, is the second largest hotel in the United States. It has 4,467 guest rooms, offers the only 24-hour spa in Las Vegas, and boasts the world’s largest atrium. Call (800) 288-1000 or visit www.luxor.com.
New England Estate
Massachusetts’ new Inn at Castle Hill on The Crane Estate features 10 uniquely appointed rooms in a restored Victorian guesthouse. Once the summer home of industrialist Richard Teller Crane Jr. (of plumbing fixture fame), the 165-acre estate on which the inn is located features landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, sweeping views of salt marshes and sand dunes, and a 59-room Great House (which is open seasonally for tours and private events). The estate is owned by The Trustees of the Reservation, a conservation organization, and profits from the Inn help support the preservation and maintenance of open space for public use across Massachusetts.
Contact: The Inn at Castle’ Hill on the Crane Estate (TravelAmerica Magazine), 280 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938; (978)412-2555; www.theinnatcastlehill.com.
Indulge in 18th century charm and 21st century amenities at Marriott’s Custom House in Boston. Each spacious one-bedroom suite accommodates four people and offers a wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, two televisions, and VCR. Marriott’s Custom House also features an on-site museum, 26th-floor observation deck, full-service concierge, lounge, and exercise room. Situated in the Custom House Tower, one of New England’s most prominent landmarks, the hotel is within walking distance of Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the New England Aquarium, the Freedom Trail, and Boston Harbor.
Contact: Marriott’s Custom House (TravelAmerica Magazine), 3 McKinley Square, Boston, MA 02109; (617) 310-6300 or (800) VILLAS-9; www.vacationclub.com.
Fresh New Look
Boston’s Omni Parker House is the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States. Opened in 1856, the hotel quickly earned a reputation for its architectural elegance and such “modern” conveniences as an elevator and hot and cold running water in each guest room. Now–after a three-year, $70-million restoration–amenities include in-room movies and high-speed internet access.
Packages at Omni Parker House include the “Literary Trail,” which offers a tour of Boston’s literary past and present. Beginning at the Omni Parker House (a gathering place of the literati of the 1800s), the tour covers the home of Louisa May Alcott (and the setting of Little Women) and the Concord Museum, which houses Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study and the Henry David Thoreau Gallery.
Contact: Omni Parker House (TravelAmerica Magazine), 60 School St., Boston, MA 02108; (617) 227-8600.
Top of Montana
St. Mary Lodge, The Resort at Glacier, Glacier National Park’s most complete resort, has added a new lodge. The Great Bear Lodge offers majestic views from its second- and third-floor guest rooms. Also available are cabins and six luxurious Pinnacle Cottages.
The Snowgoose Grille is one of Montana’s finest restaurants. St. Mary Lodge also has a service station, supermarket, cafe, creamery, pizza parlor, espresso bar, and satellite TV.
Contact: St. Mary Lodge, The Resort at Glacier (TravelAmerica Magazine), St. Mary, MT 59417; (800) 368-3689; www.glcpark.com.
New Orleans’ historic Pontchartrain Hotel recently restored the Cafe Pontchartrain to its opulent 1927 design. What began as a simple sprucing-up became a labor of love when workers discovered the cafe’s original ceiling, floor, and windows, which had been hidden for years. The hotel hired architects, artists, and designers specializing in historic preservation to help uncover the cafe’s hidden treasures. The ceiling now displays its original hand-painted artwork; Venetian glass windows are uncovered; and the black terrazzo and bronze inlay floor is on view.
Contact: Pontchartrain Hotel (TravelAmerica Magazine), 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70140; (800) 777-6193; www.pontchartrainhotel.com.
The Chattanoogan, a new upscale hotel in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, is celebrating its debut with special grand opening packages. “The Ultimate Chattanoogan Experience Package” includes two nights of deluxe accommodations; continental breakfast at Stroud’s espresso cafe; one-hour spa service in the hotel’s on-site spa; dinner in the Broad Street Grille; cordials and live jazz at The Foundry bistro and lounge; and Sunday champagne brunch in the Broad Street Grille. The two-night package is priced at $259 per person (based on double occupancy).
Contact: The Chattanoogan (TravelAmerica Magazine), 1201 S. Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402; (877) 756-1684; www.chattanoogancc.com.
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