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Check In: The Best Historic Hotels Of 2016

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1 of 12|Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel In America (under 75 guestrooms): Inn at the Presidio|1903, San Francisco, California
2 of 12|Best Historic Hotel In America (76-200 guestrooms): La Fonda on the Plaza|1922, Santa Fe, New Mexico
3 of 12|Best Historic Hotel In America (201-400 guestrooms): Mission Inn Hotel & Spa|1876, Riverside, California
4 of 12|Best Historic Hotel In America (over 400 guestrooms): Palace Hotel|1875, San Francisco, California
5 of 12|Best City Center Historic Hotel In America: The Mayflower Hotel|1925, Washington, DC
6 of 12|Best Historic Resort In America: The Omni Homestead Resort|1766, Hot Springs, Virginia
7 of 12|Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion: The Boar's Head|1834, Charlottesville, Virginia
8 of 12|Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year: White Stallion Ranch|1900, Tucson, Arizona
9 of 12|Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel: Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion|1886, Charleston, South Carolina
10 of 12|Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel (Europe): Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern|1845, Lucerne, Switzerland
11 of 12|Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel (Asia/Pacific): Hotel New Grand|1927, Yokohama, Japan
12 of 12|Best Historic Hotels Worldwide (Americas): Hacienda Xcanatún|1789, Merida, Mexico

The puzzle of hotel identity contains many pieces. There’s the location and the furnishings. There’s the amenities and the service. There’s the dining and recreation options. And then there’s the property’s history.

Historic hotels are hard to beat if you’re looking for a real sense of place. They’re deeply entwined with their environment, simultaneously offering the best of where it’s going and the best of where it has been. These properties blend traditional grandeur with modern comforts, providing charm that’s world’s away from a stay at a homogenised chain hotel.

Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide recently announced the winners of the 2016 Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented each year to hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent hotels and their histories.

In 2016, winners were selected from a pool of 200 nominees. Amongst them are The Mayflower Hotel, where United States President Franklin Roosevelt penned his famous line about fearing fear itself, and Switzerland’s Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern, which claims Mark Twain and Winston Churchill on its list of famous guests.

“We are proud to congratulate the 2016 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence winners,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “These historic hotels and hoteliers represent the pinnacle in historic hotels and their achievements. Their dedicated stewardship and innovative leadership helps ensure that these legendary historic hotels and their wonderful histories will continued to be enjoyed by future generations of travellers.”

Check out the big winners above – or, if you’re looking for something more modern, try these ultra-cool stays in London, San Francisco, Sydney, and New York.

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