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Mapping 13 of America's Grand Old-School Resort Hotels

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Flashy new boutique hotels are cool and all, but they can't hold a candle to the longevity and history that these classic American resort hotels have enjoyed. The Homestead traces its history all the way back to 1766 and has been visited by 22 U.S. presidents. West Virginia's famous Greenbrier resort (above) has seen 26 presidents and was selected as the evacuation location for Congress during the Cold War (and had a giant bunker installed to protect against nuclear fallout). See these and 11 more historic American hotels, mapped, below. For more on old school hotels, check out the Curbed city sites' historic profiles that dropped this afternoon.


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The Greenbrier

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Dubbed "America's Resort," the Greenbrier is one of America's ultimate old school hotels, with interiors by Dorothy Draper, a nuclear bunker (intended for Congress in the event of a Cold War attack), and a laundry list of guest activities, from golf to skeet shooting.

The Homestead

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Though more than a decade older than the Greenbriar, Virginia's Homestead is a bit lesser known, despite having hosted 22 presidents during its illustrious existence. The 2,400-room resort boasts 30 restaurants, three water parks, a ski resort, and five spas.

The Breakers

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A Palm Beach landmark since 1904, The Breakers Hotel was built by oil tycoon Henry Flagler in a bid to draw well-heeled northerners to Florida's as-yet-undeveloped coastline. Today the towered structure presides over a half-mile of private beach and includes luxuries like nine restaurants, ten tennis courts, and 25 beach bungalows.

The Biltmore Hotel

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Another famous product of pioneering Florida development, The Biltmore was the tallest building in the state upon its completion in 1928. After serving as a hospital during World War II, the hotel was abandoned for nearly two decades before being restored to its former glory.

Ahwanhee

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Built in the 1920s to lure America's vacation set into the newly established Yosemite National Park, the sprawling lodge known as Ahwanhee was constructed from "5,000 tons of stone, 1,000 tons of steel, and 30,000 feet of timber." The hotel enjoys picturesque views of famous park landmarks, like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point.

The Broadmoor

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Like the Greenbriar, Colorado's Broadmoor had a brush with nuclear technology—it sits in the shadow of the NORAD base at Cheyenne Mountain—but is far older and far less frightening. Renowned for its decadent sunday brunch, the hotel also boasts top-rated tennis and golf facilities.

The Point

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Built as a summer getaway by the Rockefeller family in the late 19th century, The Point is now home to 11 exclusive rooms carved out of the original Great Camp. Rates start at $1,500 per night, but include all meals and activities.

Grand Hotel

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Claiming to have the world's longest porch, the Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island has hosted five U.S. Presidents and was the one-time summer getaway of inventor Thomas Edison and author Mark Twain. Each of the 385 rooms, designed by Dorothy Draper protege Carleton Varney, is unique.

Hotel del Coronado

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When it opened in 1888, the now-iconic Hotel del Coronado was the largest resort in the world. The 680-room hotel was particularly popular with the Hollywood set during the 1920s, when Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Mae West all spent time at the hotel.

Mount Washington Hotel

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Built by 250 Italian artisans over two years, the Mount Washington Hotel is the greatest of the classic New England mountain getaways. Nestled behind Mount Washington itself, the hotel enjoys picturesque views of the East's tallest peak. Fun fact: In 1944, the resort hosted the Bretton Woods Conference, which established the International Monetary Fund.

The Stanley

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Built by the co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer, this red-roofed hotel was the inspiration for the Stephen King classic The Shining. Needless-to-say, it is believed to be haunted, a possibility that the hotel's current operators are quick to cash in on. Still, the 1909 classic is still a beauty and boasts a guest book with names like John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

Timberline Lodge

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The Shining may have been inspired by The Stanley, but director Stanley Kubrick chose the even more isolated Timberline Lodge to shoot exteriors for his film adaptation. The Timberline, built as a WPA project, was dedicated by FDR in 1937.

El Tovar Hotel

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Perched on the rim of the Grand Canyon, the El Tovar was built along the Santa Fe railway line in 1905. Originally constructed with 103 guest rooms and 21 communal baths, the hotel has since been refitted to 78 rooms with en-suite baths.

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The Greenbrier

Dubbed "America's Resort," the Greenbrier is one of America's ultimate old school hotels, with interiors by Dorothy Draper, a nuclear bunker (intended for Congress in the event of a Cold War attack), and a laundry list of guest activities, from golf to skeet shooting.

The Homestead

Though more than a decade older than the Greenbriar, Virginia's Homestead is a bit lesser known, despite having hosted 22 presidents during its illustrious existence. The 2,400-room resort boasts 30 restaurants, three water parks, a ski resort, and five spas.

The Breakers

A Palm Beach landmark since 1904, The Breakers Hotel was built by oil tycoon Henry Flagler in a bid to draw well-heeled northerners to Florida's as-yet-undeveloped coastline. Today the towered structure presides over a half-mile of private beach and includes luxuries like nine restaurants, ten tennis courts, and 25 beach bungalows.

The Biltmore Hotel

Another famous product of pioneering Florida development, The Biltmore was the tallest building in the state upon its completion in 1928. After serving as a hospital during World War II, the hotel was abandoned for nearly two decades before being restored to its former glory.

Ahwanhee

Built in the 1920s to lure America's vacation set into the newly established Yosemite National Park, the sprawling lodge known as Ahwanhee was constructed from "5,000 tons of stone, 1,000 tons of steel, and 30,000 feet of timber." The hotel enjoys picturesque views of famous park landmarks, like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point.

The Broadmoor

Like the Greenbriar, Colorado's Broadmoor had a brush with nuclear technology—it sits in the shadow of the NORAD base at Cheyenne Mountain—but is far older and far less frightening. Renowned for its decadent sunday brunch, the hotel also boasts top-rated tennis and golf facilities.

The Point

Built as a summer getaway by the Rockefeller family in the late 19th century, The Point is now home to 11 exclusive rooms carved out of the original Great Camp. Rates start at $1,500 per night, but include all meals and activities.

Grand Hotel

Claiming to have the world's longest porch, the Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island has hosted five U.S. Presidents and was the one-time summer getaway of inventor Thomas Edison and author Mark Twain. Each of the 385 rooms, designed by Dorothy Draper protege Carleton Varney, is unique.

Hotel del Coronado

When it opened in 1888, the now-iconic Hotel del Coronado was the largest resort in the world. The 680-room hotel was particularly popular with the Hollywood set during the 1920s, when Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Mae West all spent time at the hotel.

Mount Washington Hotel

Built by 250 Italian artisans over two years, the Mount Washington Hotel is the greatest of the classic New England mountain getaways. Nestled behind Mount Washington itself, the hotel enjoys picturesque views of the East's tallest peak. Fun fact: In 1944, the resort hosted the Bretton Woods Conference, which established the International Monetary Fund.

The Stanley

Built by the co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer, this red-roofed hotel was the inspiration for the Stephen King classic The Shining. Needless-to-say, it is believed to be haunted, a possibility that the hotel's current operators are quick to cash in on. Still, the 1909 classic is still a beauty and boasts a guest book with names like John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

Timberline Lodge

The Shining may have been inspired by The Stanley, but director Stanley Kubrick chose the even more isolated Timberline Lodge to shoot exteriors for his film adaptation. The Timberline, built as a WPA project, was dedicated by FDR in 1937.

El Tovar Hotel

Perched on the rim of the Grand Canyon, the El Tovar was built along the Santa Fe railway line in 1905. Originally constructed with 103 guest rooms and 21 communal baths, the hotel has since been refitted to 78 rooms with en-suite baths.