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37 Legendary Historic Hotels Inducted into Historic Hotels of America

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 10, 2017 - Historic Hotels of America® has inducted 37 historic hotels into membership in 2016. The oldest historic hotel inducted dates to 1789. Hotels nominated and accepted into the prestigious National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America program in 2016 range in age from 227 years to 51 years old. These newly inducted historic hotels represent 19 states and include Hotel Captain Cook, the first member hotel in the state of Alaska. Nine of the 37 historic hotels are listed in the National Register of Historic Places (see NRHP below).

Historic Hotels of America welcomed these new members in 2016:
•The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia (AR)
•Woodstock Inn & Resort (1793) Woodstock, Vermont
•The Bedford Village Inn (1810) Bedford, New Hampshire (AR)
•Historic Hotels of Lake Geneva (1856) Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (AR)
•Plaza Hotel 1882 (1882) Las Vegas, New Mexico
•Montvale Hotel (1899) Spokane, Washington (NRHP)
•The DeSoto (1890; 1968) Savannah, Georgia
•AKA Times Square (1893) New York, New York (NRHP)
•Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (1893)
•Boston, Massachusetts (AR,NRHP)
•White Stallion Ranch (1900) Tucson, Arizona
•Pioneer Inn (1901) Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
•The Redbury New York (1903) New York, New York
•XV Beacon (1903) Boston, Massachusetts (NRHP)
•AKA Wall Street (1907) New York, New York (AR)
•AKA Rittenhouse Square (1912) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (AR)
•Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel (1915) Berkeley, California
•Hotel Congress (1918) Tucson, Arizona (NRHP)
•Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1924) Syracuse, New York (NRHP)
•The Scarlet Huntington (1924) San Francisco, California
•La Valencia Hotel (1926) La Jolla, California
•dusitD2 Hotel Constance Pasadena (1926) Pasadena, California
•The Hollywood Roosevelt (1927) Los Angeles, California
•NOPSI Hotel New Orleans, a Salamander Hotel (1927) New Orleans, Louisiana (AR)
•Hotel Durant- Berkeley (1928) Berkeley, California
•The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton (1928) New York, New York(AR)
•AKA Sutton Place (1929) New York, New York
•Silver Birches Resort (1929) Hawley, Pennsylvania
•Hotel Warner (1930) West Chester, Pennsylvania (AR, NRHP)
•Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton (1931) Kansas City, Missouri (NRHP)
•The Lodge at Wakulla Springs (1937) Crawfordville, Florida (NRHP)
•The Raleigh Miami Beach (1940) Miami Beach, Florida
•The Campbell House Lexington, Curio Collection by Hilton (1949) Lexington, Kentucky
•Morris Inn (1952) Notre Dame, Indiana
•Hotel Valley Ho (1956) Scottsdale, Arizona
•The Dewberry (1964) Charleston, South Carolina (AR)
•Hotel Captain Cook (1964) Anchorage, Alaska
•Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection (1965) Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Ten of the historic hotels are adaptive reuse (AR) projects that have involved converting some or all of a historic building to a hotel. Originally, these buildings were built for another purpose in their history. Examples include buildings originally built as a historic theatre, a military barracks, U.S. post office, office buildings, private homes, farmhouse, and residential buildings.

Several of these historic hotels have ties to famous guests, and have been featured in television and film. The Pioneer Inn has been the background for a number of films and television shows, such as The Devil at 4 O’Clock, a movie starring Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra, as well as the TV series Hawaii 5-0, Hawaiian Eye, Adventures in Paradise, and Baywatch. The White Stallion Ranch can be seen in over 25 films and television shows dating back to 1939 when William Holden shot Arizona on the site of the ranch. Famed Hollywood star Veronica Lake lived and worked as a barmaid at The Redbury New York during a slower point in her career. Several films have either been inspired by or filmed at The Bedford Village Inn, including In Your Eyes starring Jennifer Grey.

“Each of these historic hotels has contributed to our nation’s history,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “One was built as the first hotel in New York City to provide both short term and long term lodging for professional women. Another was the site of the first Academy Awards ceremony held in Hollywood on May 16, 1929. Another was once the NYC residence to John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and other celebrated writers and artists. One was built and is still home to the world’s longest known marble bar, at 70 feet 3 inches. Each is unique and has a history worth exploring and experiencing. We are delighted to recognize these wonderful historic hotels.”

About Historic Hotels of America®

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America has more than 295 historic hotels that have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit Click here to see a video on how to leverage your historic hotel. Click here to see the About Historic Hotels of America video. To view the Historic Hotels of America 2016 Annual Directory visit

Heather Taylor
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Coming Up In The February Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Social Media: Interacting with the Hotel Customer
Consider these astonishing numbers: 1.49 billion active monthly Facebook users. 1.1 billion active monthly YouTube users. 320 million active monthly Twitter users and nearly 400 million registered users on LinkedIn. 400 million active monthly Instagram users and 200 million active Google+ users. The power and reach of social media is an awesome force and it has transformed how hotels interact with their customers. In the past year, social media advertising spending increased 33.5% to nearly $24 billion dollars. Social networks are being utilized by hotels to reach more visitors, expand brand awareness, enhance brand reputation and to establish more direct and personal communication with their customers. Savvy hotel operators are adopting a comprehensive social media strategy, and there are several emerging trends to note. Video continues to be a powerful and influential element in social media marketing, with 70% of companies saying that it is their most effective marketing tool. Video generates a 62% higher engagement rate than photographs alone, and with new social sites like Meerkat and Periscope which offer live video streaming, those numbers will only increase. Sponsored content is another growing trend. Though advertorials have been around for decades, hotels are finding new ways to maximize the visibility of their content. Some are placing sponsored content on Facebook, or on influencer blogs. Another trend is the integration of a “Buy Now” button into social media websites. Customers will be able to make purchases without ever having to leave their favorite social sites. This development is a major convenience for customers and should also be an additional revenue source for hotels. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.