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Historical hotels, people and things in hospitality

Bibles in Hotel Rooms

For the past one hundred years, if you opened the nightstand drawer in almost any hotel room in the U.S., you would find a bible placed there by an evangelical organization known as Gideons International.

World's Oldest Hotel Is near Mt. Fuji

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan

The world's oldest hotel, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, established over 1300 years ago, is located in a rustic mountain area 110 miles outside the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Since 705 AD, when it was founded by Mahito Fujiwara, 51 generations of his descendants have run it.

Hotel Theresa, 'The Waldorf of Harlem'

Fidel Castro's recent death brings to mind his visit to New York City. On September 18, 1960, four months before the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, Fidel Castro arrived in New York City for the 15th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Washington Square Hotel, NYC

A haven for writers and artists for more than a century, the Washington Square Hotel, located at Waverly and MacDougal Streets, just off the northwest corner of Washington Square Park, occupies a unique place in Greenwich Village's history.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

On September 17, 2016, I was invited to the Collection Donor Preview & Reception at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The invitation came as a result of my donation of 670 artifacts* to the museum, which I collected over a fifty-eight-year period.

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.