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Hotel History: YMCA of Greater New York

Hotel History: YMCA of Greater New York

Do you know that there is a 167-year old organization located in New York City which owns and operates ... Read More

Hotel History: Hotel Florence – elegance and beautiful design

Hotel History: Hotel Florence – elegance and beautiful design

The Hotel Florence is a former operating hotel located in the Pullman Historic District on the far south side ... Read More

Hotel History: The Heathman Hotel

Hotel History: The Heathman Hotel

The original Heathman Hotel was built in 1926 one block from the current structure by George Heathman for $1 ... Read More

Hotel History: Josh Billings on hotels 148 years ago

Hotel History: Josh Billings on hotels 148 years ago

Josh Billings was the pen name of the 19th century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885). He was a ... Read More

Hotel History: Hotelier Raymond Orteig meets Mail Pilot Charles Lindbergh

Hotel History: Hotelier Raymond Orteig meets Mail Pilot Charles Lindbergh

Raymond Orteig (1870-1934) was the New York City hotel owner who offered the $25,000 Orteig Prize to the first ... Read More

Hotel History: Catskill Mountain Resort Hotels – phenomenon unlike any other

Hotel History: Catskill Mountain Resort Hotels – phenomenon unlike any other

This is the story of an area of 250 square miles, approximately an hour-and-a-half drive northwest of New York ... Read More

Hotel History: Hotel Man of the Half Century awarded 22 years after death

Hotel History: Hotel Man of the Half Century awarded 22 years after death

In 1950, the hotel industry named Ellsworth Milton Statler “Hotel Man of the Half Century,” even though he had ... Read More

TWA back at JFK Airport: Sleep quietly

TWA back at JFK Airport: Sleep quietly

On May 15, 2019, New York’s spectacular new TWA Hotel opened at John F. Kennedy International Airport. At a ... Read More

Hotel History: Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo known for opulence, famous guests, and the military

Hotel History: Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo known for opulence, famous guests, and the military

Shepheard’s Hotel history goes back 178 years when it was originally built by Englishman Samuel Shepheard in Cairo. It ... Read More

Hotel del Coronado: One of the most popular beach resorts in the US

Hotel del Coronado: One of the most popular beach resorts in the US

The renowned Hotel del Coronado is a grand example of elegant Victorian architecture providing one of the most beautiful ... Read More

Hotel History: Asian American Hotel Owners Association 

Hotel History: Asian American Hotel Owners Association 

The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) is a trade association that represents hotel owners. As of 2018, AAHOA ... Read More

John Q. Hammons: Master hotel developer and builder

John Q. Hammons: Master hotel developer and builder

One of the great hoteliers/developers of our time, John Q. Hammons developed 200 hotel properties in 40 states. But ... Read More

Hotel History: The Americana of New York

Hotel History: The Americana of New York

The Americana of New York opened on September 25, 1962 as a 2,000-room convention hotel. It was constructed by ... Read More

Hotel history: The Grand on Mackinac Island still thriving after 132 years

Hotel history: The Grand on Mackinac Island still thriving after 132 years

The "Grand" as it is called on the island, is a historic coastal resort with a spectacular 660-foot long, ... Read More

Hotel history: Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter

Hotel history: Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was a pioneering American woman architect and interior designer whose distinct architectural knowledge was steeped ... Read More

From pot walloper to hotel maven: Frederick Henry Harvey

From pot walloper to hotel maven: Frederick Henry Harvey

With foresight and entrepreneurship, Fred Harvey, an immigrant from England, built up business ventures that included hotels and restaurants. Read More

The Skirvin Hotel: Oldest hotel in Oklahoma

The Skirvin Hotel: Oldest hotel in Oklahoma

On September 26, 1911, the ornate Skirvin Hotel was opened for public inspection in Oklahoma in the United States. Read More

The Grande Dame of Washington: Hotel of Presidents

The Grande Dame of Washington: Hotel of Presidents

The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC opened on February 18, 1925 with 440 guestrooms. It is known as the “Grande ... Read More

Hotel history: Swiss hotelier and chef de cuisine run revolutionary Savoy

Hotel history: Swiss hotelier and chef de cuisine run revolutionary Savoy

Cesar Ritz, Swiss hotelier, and chef de cuisine, Auguste Escoffier, were invited to run the revolutionary new Savoy Hotel ... Read More

Hotel history: The art of hospitality

Hotel history: The art of hospitality

Fanciful prediction; “turnpike;” pineapple as hospitality; Hokusai, the Japanese printmaker – examples of ways hospitality plays into hotels. Read More

Hotel History: Jefferson Hotel, U.S. Grant Hotel, The Montauk Manor, and The Jung Hotel

Hotel History: Jefferson Hotel, U.S. Grant Hotel, The Montauk Manor, and The Jung Hotel

Some years ago, I served as the hotel consultant to the Sybedon Corporation, a New York-based real estate firm ... Read More

Hotel history: Ralph Hitz – Contact the hell out of ‘em

Hotel history: Ralph Hitz – Contact the hell out of ‘em

The hotel business has seen many fine promoters and salesmen but perhaps none as creative as Ralph Hitz. His ... Read More

Hotel history: The Broadmoor hotel, Colorado Springs

Hotel history: The Broadmoor hotel, Colorado Springs

For over a century, dreamers, farmers, investors, and even a Prussian Count have held a vision of the magnificence ... Read More

Hotel history: The Elephantine Colossus Hotel

Hotel history: The Elephantine Colossus Hotel

When Coney Island went from a sandbar resort in Brooklyn to the city’s biggest beachfront playground in the 1880s, ... Read More

Hotel history: John McEntee Bowman – builder of the Biltmore chain

Hotel history: John McEntee Bowman – builder of the Biltmore chain

During his lifetime career as a hotel developer and operator, John Bowman was a horse lover and a thoroughbred ... Read More

Hotel history: President of the Bowman-Biltmore Hotel Corporation (1875-1931)

Hotel history: President of the Bowman-Biltmore Hotel Corporation (1875-1931)

John McEntee Bowman, president of the Bowman-Biltmore Hotel Corporation, had no easy boyhood. Born in 1875 in Toronto to ... Read More

Hotel history: The Negro motorist Green Book

Hotel history: The Negro motorist Green Book

This series of AAA-like guides for black travelers was published by Victor H. Green from 1936 through 1966. It ... Read More

Hotel history: The First Lady of Waikiki

Hotel history: The First Lady of Waikiki

Hotel history: The First Lady of Waikiki Read More

The Boar’s Head Inn resort in Charlottesville: Accolades despite President Trump

The Boar’s Head Inn resort in Charlottesville: Accolades despite President Trump

The Boar’s Head Inn resort in Charlottesville: Accolades despite President Trump Read More

Pierre Hotel: Highest list price for NY hotel residence at $125 million

Pierre Hotel: Highest list price for NY hotel residence at $125 million

Pierre Hotel: Highest list price for NY hotel residence at $125 million Read More

Queen of the Gulf: Hotel Galvez & Spa in Texas

Queen of the Gulf: Hotel Galvez & Spa in Texas

The Hotel Galvez opened on June 10, 1911, a little more than a decade after Galveston was decimated by ... Read More

Harvard Club of New York: An exercise in historic respect

Harvard Club of New York: An exercise in historic respect

Harvard Club of New York: An exercise in historic respect Read More

The Beverly Hills Hotel: Fascinating history – famous bed, Kleenex box shoes, 2 vodka bottle breakfasts

The Beverly Hills Hotel: Fascinating history – famous bed, Kleenex box shoes, 2 vodka bottle breakfasts

The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It was developed in 1912 ... Read More

Hotel history: Stanley Hotel capitalizes on cult film classic

Hotel history: Stanley Hotel capitalizes on cult film classic

A newspaper story from a couple of years back entitled, “Hotel That Inspired ‘The Shining’ Builds On Its Eerie Appeal” ... Read More

The Eldridge Hotel: Fire, massacre and restoration

The Eldridge Hotel: Fire, massacre and restoration

The following historical marker was erected on April 4, 1940 by the Lawrence Rotary Club: “This marks the site ... Read More