The best U.S. Historic Hotels for 2015 have been announced recently. The Historic Hotels of America’s 2015 Awards of Excellence was presented at a glittering ceremony at West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Indiana, on October 8.
The Historic Hotels of America is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The member hotels are accepted only when they are designated by the U.S. secretary of the interior as a National Historic Landmark or that have been listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The selected hotels should also be at least 50 years old and recognized as being of historical significance.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation came into being in 1989 with 32 charter members during its inception. The membership has grown phenomenally over the years and presently there are more than 260 historic hotel members spread across 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Most of the member hotels are independently owned properties.
The award winners include Green Park Inn (1891), Blowing Rock, North Carolina; The Jefferson, Washington (1923); Loews Don CeSar Hotel (1928), St. Pete Beach, Florida; Hawthorne Hotel (1925), Salem, Massachusetts; The Peabody Memphis (1869), Memphis, Tennessee; and Grand Hotel (1887), Mackinac Island, Michigan.
The Green Park Inn (North Carolina) was presented the “Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (under 75 guest rooms)” award. The Jefferson (Washington) emerged as the winner of “Best Historic Hotel (75-200 guest rooms)”, while Loews Don CeSar Hotel (Florida) was announced winner of “Best Historic Hotel (201-400 guest rooms)” award. The Hawthorne Hotel (Massachusetts) was presented the “Best City Center Historic Hotel” award. The Peabody Memphis (Tennessee) was declared winner of “Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 guest rooms)” award, while Grand Hotel (Michigan) was presented the “Best Historic Resort” award.