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Washington, DC, United States, 2007/04/11 - Selection includes a New York City Art Deco gem, two newly-restored Oklahoma City hotels, a Colorado mountain retreat, an Arizona golf resort once owned by Bing Crosby and an oasis of serenity in San Diego.
National Trust Historic Hotels of America announces the addition of six new members. This selection brings the program’s total membership to 213 hotels, representing 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new member hotels offer travelers a diversity of locales from major metropolitan cities to the deserts of the Southwest and represent a variety of architectural styles, including an Art Deco skyscraper, an Italianate resort in the Colorado Rockies and classic adobe casitas.
“We continually seek historic hotels to add to our collection that offer travelers authentic experiences,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. “These six new members of Historic Hotels of America showcase the evolution and growth of America from a southwestern ranch dating back 200 years and luxury hotels built by executives reaping the rewards of the silver rush and the oil boom to a hotel with roots in the early days of the automobile industry.”
Here is a sampling of interesting facts highlighting the history of the hotels as well as personalities who have walked through the doors.
The Tubac Golf Resort in Tubac, Ariz., was the setting for the golf-themed movie “Tin Cup” starring Kevin Costner.
President Theodore Roosevelt established a temporary White House at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colo., while on a three-week hunting expedition. After an unsuccessful day of hunting, a disheartened Teddy Roosevelt returned to the hotel where several maids pieced together a stuffed bear to cheer him, and according to legend, the “teddy bear” was born.
The Jumeirah Essex House in New York was one of the first hotels in New York to offer “Sunday brunch” for walkers in Central Park back in the 1930s.
To view the complete release and a description of each property visit the Historic Hotels of America website.
• Tubac Golf Resort in Tubac, Ariz.
• The Sofia Hotel in San Diego, Calif.
• Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
• Jumeirah Essex House in New York
• Colcord Hotel in Oklahoma City, Okla.
• The Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City, Okla.
A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America is a membership-based marketing association. To qualify for membership, hotels must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance. Established in 1989 with 32 original hotel members, Historic Hotels of America (historichotels.org) recognizes and promotes these hotels for their historic integrity, architectural quality and outstanding preservation efforts made by owners and managers.
Photography of member hotels is available upon request.