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Historical hotels, people and things in hospitality

Which 'Oldest Hotel' Is Really England's Oldest?

The historic Royal Clarence Hotel created much buzz when it burned to the ground last week, chiefly because it touted itself as the oldest hotel in England. But what about the other hotels who say they are the oldest hotel in the land?

Hotel Monaco in Chicago

The Hotel Monaco which opened in 1999 was originally built as a hat factory for the D.B. Fisk & Company in 1912. Daniel Brainard Fisk was born in Upton, Massachusetts in 1817.

Casa Monica Hotel at St. Augustine

The Casa Monica, one of the oldest hotels in the United States, was built by Franklin W. Smith, an idealistic reformer who made his fortune as a Boston hardware merchant. He was an early abolitionist, author and architectural enthusiast who proposed transforming Washington, D.C. into a "capital of beauty and cultural knowledge." He was a major founder of the YMCA and a supporter of the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln.

Hotel El Convento, Puerto Rico

Located in the walled city of Old San Juan, the Hotel El Convento is a former Carmelite convent dating back to 1651. The Monasterio del Señor San Jose was founded by Doña Ana Lanzos, a wealthy widow who donated her money and her magnificent residence with a large double-sloped tile roof.

Hotel du Pont of Wilmington, Delaware

At its opening in 1913, the Hotel du Pont was designed to rival the finest hotels in Europe. The new hotel contained 150 guest rooms, a main dining room, rathskeller, men's café/bar, ballroom, club room, ladies' sitting room and more.

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa of Whitefield, New Hampshire

One of America's great resort hotels, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa had its origin in the post-Civil War period.

On a rainy night in 1865 a group of travelers en route to Montreal was stranded when their stagecoach overturned in Whitefield, New Hampshire.

The Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown, New York

This magnificent Federal-style structure with an imposing front portico supported by massive 30-foot columns occupies 700 feet of lakefront on the southern shore of Lake Otsego. The Otesaga Resort Hotel was named for the Iroquois word for "A Place of Meetings" when it was built in 1909.

New Orleans’ Hotel Monteleone

The oldest hotel in the French Quarter is the Hotel Monteleone, with its ornate baroque facade, which was built in 1886 in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. It remains one of the few longstanding family-owned hotels in the United States.

The Island House Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan

From its beginning over 150 years ago as a waterfront beach house to the family-restored hotel it is today, the Island House has opened its doors to over a million tourists from around the world. With its handsome Victorian structure and family-owned intimacy, Mackinac Island's oldest hotel is a tradition not be missed.

The Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, Massachusetts

The Harbor View Hotel opened in 1891 overlooking Martha's Vineyard's Edgartown Lighthouse, Edgartown Harbor and Chappaquiddick Island.