DoubleTree by Hilton reports that five of its most celebrated and distinguished hotels have joined the prestigious Historic Hotels of America organization.
To qualify for the program, hotels must have historic significance, be at least 50 years old, be designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The properties recognized by Historic Hotels of America include:
- Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center – a DoubleTree by Hilton: Originally erected in 1882 as the headquarters hotel for the Norfolk Western Railroad, the Hotel Roanoke was built as part of a comprehensive community development plan and grand vision of railroad entrepreneur and magnate Frederick Kimball. The hotel, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, flourished even during the Great Depression, and has since grown from 36 rooms to 331 rooms.
- St. Louis Union Station – a DoubleTree by Hilton (pictured): The hotel initially functioned as a passenger train terminal dating back to 1894. The famous photograph of Harry S. Truman holding the Chicago Tribune with the headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman,” was taken at the station as Truman traveled to Washington, D.C. after the 1948 presidential election. The St. Louis Union Station was once the largest train station in the United States with the most daily passengers of any train station in the world.
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown: This hotel opened its doors in 1917 as The Fort Shelby Hotel, named for its iconic setting on the site of the famous Fort Shelby, colonial-era fort that stood nearby until 1829 and played a role in the War of 1812.
- The Emily Morgan San Antonio – a DoubleTree by Hilton: Known as the “Official Hotel of the Alamo,” the hotel opened in 1924 and is named after the servant girl who was rumored to have wooed the Mexican General Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto.
- The Tudor Arms Cleveland – a DoubleTree by Hilton: The Tudor Arms was originally built in 1933 and opened as the swanky, exclusive Cleveland Club featuring ballrooms, a swimming pool, a bowling alley and beautiful views of downtown Cleveland. Near the end of the Great Depression it evolved into a hotel known as the Tudor Arms and soon became a noted entertainment venue.