working as a busboy, was discovered in 1925. In 1954, Thurgood
Marshall and colleagues overnighted here ahead of trying Brown vs.
Board of Education in the Supreme Court.
Few hotels are as storied as Boston’s 551-room Omni Parker Hotel. Opened in 1855, America’s longest continuously operating hotel once employed Ho Chi Minh (busboy) and Malcolm X (waiter);
hosted legendary guests including John Wilkes Booth (the week
before he shot Lincoln) and Charles Dickens; and introduced food
firsts, including Boston cream pie, the official dessert of Massachusetts, and Parker House rolls.
In 1956, dignitaries descended on Dallas for The Statler Hilton
Dallas’ four-day opening celebration. Recognized as “the first modern American hotel,” The Statler, then offering the largest convention
facility in the South, was among the first with lower-floor ballrooms
and conference rooms. The hotel also introduced elevator music,
the heliport and custom Westinghouse TVs in every room.
After commanding the Dallas scene for decades, The Statler, shuttered in 2001, faced the wrecking ball. Salvation was at hand, however, and in October 2017, following a three-year, $230 million update,
it reopened as the Hilton-flagged 159-room Statler Dallas. Blending
hip Midcentury Modern homages with advanced technology, this
triumphant revival, notably becoming Historic Hotels of America’s
300th member, offers 33,000 square feet of group space. Highlights
include the Grand Ballroom, scenically overlooking Dallas, where
Liberace, Frank Sinatra and other stars once performed.
Few properties can match the footsteps followed by the 118-
room Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque, N.M. With event spaces for
150 and access to 62,000 square feet of space at adjacent Hotel
Albuquerque, this luxurious new-build Heritage Hotels property
was inspired by Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, three
hours away. The center of Anasazi civilization 1,000 years ago, this
UNESCO World Heritage Site today is a spellbinding archeological
and geological treasure. Groups can take day trips or camp overnight at the site. Under the stars at this ancient pueblo, inspiration
From Miami’s storied Fontainebleau Hotel, appearing in the opening of the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger, to The Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., featured in Peter Sellers’ 1979 swan song Being
There, movie appearances can be branding gold for properties. Hotels
with multiple screen credits, such as New York’s Plaza Hotel and
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, assume an especially cinematic aura by
L. Frank Baum, author of The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz, loved
sojourning at San Diego’s fabled
Hotel del Coronado, where he
wrote several other Oz books.
Possibly Baum’s inspiration for
Oz’s Emerald City, the red-roofed
“Del” has enchanted travelers
since 1888. With 130th anniversary celebrations in full swing, this
timeless 757-room National Historic Landmark was prominent in
the 1959 Marilyn Monroe classic
Some Like It Hot.
“From Presidential, royalty and celebrity visits and events, to the
filming of Some Like It Hot, the Del is a celebrity in its own right,” said
Harold Rapoza, the hotel’s general
manager. “Backed by this rich lega-
cy, the hotel continues to evolve as
one of the world’s leading choices
for creating memories.”
Among the California filming
locations for 1967’s The Graduate
was Berkeley, where scenes include
a brief appearance of the historic
Hotel Durant. Named for University
of California founder Henry Durant,
this 1928 local treasure reopened
in June 2017 as Graduate Berkeley.
Not named for the film, but part
of Chicago-based Graduate Hotels’
expanding portfolio of properties in
university-anchored towns across
the U.S., this artful 144-room
property, with event space for up to
70 people, has The Graduate movie
posters in the guest rooms and plays the film’s Simon & Garfunkel
soundtrack on “vino and vinyl nights.”
“As with all Graduate Hotels, Graduate Berkeley’s individual design is
tailored to offer subtle references to local history, including a nod to The
Graduate,” said Dell Dellinger, the hotel’s general manager.
Other homages include keycards depicting college IDs of famous Cal
Berkeley alumni, such as late screen legend Gregory Peck.
HOTEL DEL CORONADO
SOME LIKE IT HOT, 1958,
HOTEL DEL CORONADO
THE STATLER THE S TATLER