Sleep Where History Was Made at These 24 Legendary Hotels
Legendary hotels attract legendary people, and some of the world’s best hotels have been the settings for the world’s most outrageous and historic events.
When battles are declared or wars are ended, the people making the decisions are likely staying at the best hotel in town. At these grand places, society’s most recognizable names penned books, staged protests and fired shots. From cinema to literature to war to smuggling, these hotels have been at the epicenter of events that changed the world.
For a history lesson to remember — or perhaps to make your own history — book a stay at one of these 24 storied institutions.
Hotel Alhambra Palace — Granada, Spain
Hotel Ritz — Paris, France
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi — Hanoi, Vietnam
Watergate Hotel — Washington, D.C.
Claridge’s — London, U.K.
Hotel Holiday — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jekyll Island Club Hotel — Jekyll Island, Georgia, U.S.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc — Cap d'Antibes, France
The Gritti Palace — Venice, Italy
Hotel Nacional de Cuba — Havana, Cuba
The Clay Hotel — Miami, Florida
The Drake — Chicago, Illinois
The Mayflower Hotel — Washington, D.C.
Located just north of the White House, the Mayflower Hotel has had its fair share of history and controversy since it opened in 1925. In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt stayed in room 776 on the night before his inauguration. It is said that he penned the line “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” while here. J. Edgar Hoover dined at the hotel’s restaurant practically every night for 20 years.