Sleep Where Our Presidents Slept

on June 27, 2013
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Capital Hotel: Little Rock, Ark.

Since 1876, the year President Ulysses S. Grant stayed at the Capital Hotel, the landmark (est. 1873) has been nicknamed Little Rock’s “front porch.” Rumor has it that the extraordinarily large elevator was built to fit both the president and his horse.

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The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco: San Francisco

Nicknamed the “The White House of the West,” every president since William Taft has stayed at the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, est. 1907.

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Cliff House at Pikes Peak: Manitou Springs, Colo.

President Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t the only famous guest to stay at the Cliff House at Pikes Peak, est. 1874. The hotel also hosted Charles Dickens, P.T. Barnum, Thomas Edison and Clark Gable.

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Hotel du Pont: Wilmington, Del.

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt are among the many special guests to stay at the Hotel du Pont, est. 1913. Prince Rainier of Monaco, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Prince Bertil of Sweden and Henry Kissinger also stayed at the hotel.

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The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel has hosted the inaugural balls of the U.S. presidents since Calvin Coolidge’s inauguration in 1925. Located four blocks from the White House, the walls of this hotel have seen everything from FDR writing his inaugural address to J. Edgar Hoover eating lunch.

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Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C.

To accommodate the needs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Omni Shoreham (est. 1930) built a custom ramp and elevator in 1933.

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Omni Parker House, Boston

As the longest continuously operating hotel in the nation, the Parker House (est. 1855) has hosted every president since Ulysses S. Grant. It was here JFK made his first public speech at the age 7, announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier and held his bachelor party.

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Grand Hotel: Mackinac Island, Mich.

Named for the first ladies who consulted in the designs, six suites in the Grand Hotel (est. 1887) are named for Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush.

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The Omni Grove Park Inn: Asheville, N.C.

Established in 1913, 10 U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama, have visited this southern resort nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa: Whitefield, N.H.

The Eisenhower Library was named after President Dwight Eisenhower, a frequent guest of Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (est. 1865).

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The Waldorf-Astoria: New York

After his tenure in office, President Herbert Hoover became a permanent resident of The Waldorf Astoria. The hotel has opened its doors to every president since.

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Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn: Rhinebeck, N.Y.

The Beekman Arms, est. 1766, once hosted George Washington and Alexander Hamilton and is the spot where Hamilton and Aaron Burr got into the heated argument that lead to the historic duel. The Beekman Arms was also the first stop of every FDR political campaign.

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Omni William Penn Hotel: Pittsburg, Penn.

The Omni William Penn Hotel (est. 1916) boasts of visits from every president since Theodore Roosevelt, including Barack Obama.

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The Hotel Alex Johnson: Rapid City, S.D.

Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan have stayed at this South Dakota landmark established in 1928.

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Union Station Hotel: Nashville, Tenn.

U.S. presidents haven’t been the only famous visitors at this converted railroad station. During World War II, approximately 3 million soldiers passed through the station as well as Al Capone in 1934.