Historic Hotels of America Author:National Trust for Historic Preservation "Historic Hotels of America showcases some of this country's greatest travel destinations -- full of the hospitality and amenities modern travelers require, while offering a sense of place, authenticity and diversity in — experiences," says Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. — The guide allows travelers to quickly dete... more »rmine if the hotel was originally built as a hotel or converted into a hotel. Identifiers describe the type of hotel (inn, hotel or resort) as well as the style of service (charming,
classic or luxurious).Icons added in 2008 include one to identify the hotel's decor (traditional, contemporary or blended) and one indicating food and beverage services available.
The 2008 directory also highlights an interesting fact about each hotel. Here is a sampling:
-- Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Ga., was the site of the first transcontinental telephone call placed by AT&T president Theodore Vail on January 25, 1915.
-- Tennessee Williams finished writing a "Streetcar Named Desire" and John James Audubon produced a portion of his "Birds of America" series while in residence at the Hotel Maison de Ville and the Audubon Cottages in New
-- Charles Pfister's art collection at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee remains the world's largest hotel collection of Victorian art.« less