Modeled after Rome’s 16th-century Villa de Medici, this brick-and-sandstone hotel opened in 1893 as a resort for socialites and politicians, including former Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. The lobby retains its original Victorian style, with oversized fireplaces, leather furniture, and decorative rugs over hardwood floors. Two grand staircases lead to the 130 guest rooms, which are decorated with imported Italian wallpaper and individual artwork. Most of the suites also contain period antiques, Jacuzzi tubs, and private balconies. Dining options include the casual Courtyard Café and the more upscale Baron’s, which serves seasonal Italian cuisine.