Historic Hotels Annual Awards

Historic Hotels of America honors its own

HistoricHotels-logoEarly next month, I will be spending a night in the wonderful Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. I’ve toured the hotel, I’ve dined there, I’ve had drinks there but I’ve never yet stayed overnight. Not that I’m afraid of the paranormal  activities reports of the hotel that suspense-meister Stephen King used as a model for “The Shining,” but it’s an hour from my house, and I don’t customarily pay for an overnight so close to home. The Stanley is hosting a holiday party for the Society of American Travel Writers’ local members, and so I will finally get to stay there at a discounted rate.

The Stanley has just won another honor, this one for social media, one of Historic Hotels of America’s 2013 Annual Awards, which were just announced at Milwaukee”s grand Pfister Hotel,  honor, encourage and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hotelier, and leaders.

The Historic Hotels of America Hotel of the Year Award is the highest honor awarded. The Best Historic Hotel awards are given to historic hotels demonstrating the highest contributions to furthering the celebration of history and demonstrating leadership and innovation. I have always owned old house (an 1870s brownstone in Hoboken and now an 189os prairie Victorian in Boulder. Knowing what it takes to maintain an old home, I can not even imagine how the task of restoring and renovating is magnified when it comes to even a modest hotel — and even with a big budget and a staff. Therefore, to me, the “encourage” component is major.

2013 Honorees

  • New Member of the Year. The Jefferson (1923), Washington, D.C.
  • Historic Hotelier of the Year. Dennis Costello, Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922),  Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guest Rooms). The Wort Hotel (1941),  Jackson, Wyoming
  • Best Historic Hotel (75 to 200 Guest Rooms). Gettysburg Hotel (Est. 1797),  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Note: This is particularly appropriate since the awards were announced the same time as the 150th celebration of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The hotel is one of the stops in a town tour that follows the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln during his November 1863 visit. Guests may also stand in the room where Lincoln crafted the resounding Gettysburg Address at the David Wills House Museum.
  • Best Historic Hotel (200 to400 Guest Rooms). Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (1923), Ojai, California
  • Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guest Rooms). Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847),  Point Clear, Alabama
  • Best City Center Historic Hotel. The Willard InterContinental (1850), Washington, D.C.
  •  Best Historic Resort. French Lick Resort (1845), French Lick, Indiana
  •  Hotel Historian of the Year. Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel (1887), Mackinac Island, Michigan
  •  Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year. The Morrissey Family, The Saint Paul Hotel (1910),  St. Paul, Minnesota
  •  Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel.Plume at The Jefferson, (1923), Washington, D.C.
  •  Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel. The Stanley (1909), Estes Park, Colorado
  • Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion. Timberline Lodge (1938),  Timberline, Oregon
  • Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service) . George Moore, The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa (1852), Mobile, Alabama
  •  Historic Hotels of America Heritage Award. The Marcus Family, The Pfister Hotel (1893), Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  •  Historic Hotels of America Community Leadership Award. The Lenox (1900). Boston, Massachusetts
  •  Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award. Thierry Roch, Former Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America