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Lakeside Inn at Mount Dora, Florida

The Lakeside Inn is a 132-year old property in the historic town of Mount Dora, Florida. It was first built as a ten-room two-story wooden structure called the Alexander House by John Alexander, Annie Donnelly and her husband John P. Donnelly and Colonel John A. McDonald.

The Grand Hotel (1847)

The site on which The Grand Hotel sits today in Point Clear, Alabama has seen two earlier hotels so named. The area surrounding the hotel and grounds has had a long and exciting history.

Palmer House (1871)

The original Palmer House of Chicago was built in 1871 by Potter Palmer who began his career as a bank clerk in upstate New York.

The Equinox (1769)

Known in various times as the Marsh Tavern, Thaddeus Munson's New Inn, Widow Black's Inn, Vanderlip's Hotel, The Taconic, The Orvis Hotel, and Equinox House, Equinox today stands as a symbol of the history and lifestyle of New England over the past two centuries.

Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, Pennsylvania

Few properties can boast the historic significance of Bedford Springs Resort, located in the Allegheny Mountains of south-central Pennsylvania. For more than 200 years, the eight mineral springs located on the resort's property served as an important gathering place.

Mohonk Mountain House (1869)

A spectacular natural setting in the heart of a 26,000-acre area in the Shawangunk Mountains makes the Mohonk Mountain House one of the most popular resorts in the United States.

Hotel Albert, "The Downtown Algonquin"

The original twelve-story Hotel Albert, a red-brick and cast-iron balcony structure, still stands on the southwest corner of University Place and 11th Street in Greenwich Village. It is now a residential cooperative. But the history of the Albert is much more complicated than the simple recitation above.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

In April 2000, my wife, Professor Rima Sokoloff, and I visited Cuba with an educational study group. Our weeklong trip included visits to beaches, farms, cigar factory, schools, reforestation project, hospitals, historic sites and a Passover seder at a Havana synagogue.

Hotel History: The Knickerbocker Hotel

Did you read that the old Knickerbocker Hotel (1906-1921) is about to open again as a hotel on February 12, 2015?

This historic building opened as the Knickerbocker Hotel in 1906 with 556 rooms.

Lucius M. Boomer, George C. Boldt and Oscar of the Waldorf

Lucius Boomer, one of the most famous hoteliers of his time, was Chairman of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Corporation.