PHOTO: The Drake Hotel Chicago. (photo via Flickr/Mike Steele)
There’s little to match the excitement of staying in a historic hotel.
One of my favorite reasons for doing so is because there’s so much left to the imagination—thinking of the decades of guests who have occupied the space before, wondering exactly what sort of long-buried secrets the walls would divulge if they could talk.
Many historic hotels around the country have been painstakingly refurbished with modern amenities (such as en-suite bathrooms, which weren’t common until the mid 20th-Century), but many also do a great job of maintaining reminders of the past.
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Toast the opening of a historic St. Augustine inn:
St. Augustine is the oldest continuously populated European settlement in the United States, so it’s the perfect place to explore a historic hotel. The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens' thirty rooms and suites span nine historic buildings—some dating back to the late 18th-Century—with historic features such as refurbished heritage wood floors and colonial fireplaces.
The oldest building in the group is also one of the oldest surviving colonial buildings in the city and was once occupied by a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Newly opened on March 1, the hotel invites guests staying two or more nights through December 31 to toast the grand opening with a complimentary bottle of Prosecco and free valet parking when booking the special package rate.
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Enjoy the History Tour & Pour in Chicago:
Opened on New Year’s Eve, 1920, Chicago's near-century-old Drake Hotel is synonymous with Windy City style and hospitality. The hotel was a favorite among the city’s fast set during the Roaring Twenties; Several decades later, newlyweds Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved their initials into the wooden bar.
Guests booking the History Tour & Pour package will receive a welcome gift bag with an amenity paying homage to the legendary tea in the hotel’s Palm Court, two drink vouchers, The Drake Daily Newspaper (featuring decades worth of stories about the hotel) and a self-guided tour pamphlet.
Package rates were found for upcoming April weekend dates from $185 per night.
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Toast A Getaway at the Arctic Club Seattle:
The Arctic Club Seattle - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel occupies a Beaux Arts building near historic Pioneer Square that was constructed during the first decade of the 20th-Century as a gentleman’s club for patrons with commercial ties to Alaska and the Yukon.
In its modern incarnation, the club’s original bar has been restored. Homages to the gentleman’s club past are found throughout the public spaces and guest rooms, which are refurbished with period touches and motifs that suggest an explorer's adventure.
The Cheers to Vacation package is still available for select weekends in April from $265 per night plus tax and includes sparkling wine upon arrival and daily breakfast. Other rates may still be available, but it’s a good idea to visit before the summer tourist rush to secure the best values.