Presidential Hotel Haunts, Where the U.S. Presidents Stay

Whether these historic political figures are on the campaign road or simply taking a family vacation, they often frequent the same U.S. hotels.  With the presidential election upcoming and the campaign blazing trails through America, take a look at these hotels that have hosted U.S. Presidents.

Historic Brown Palace Hotel Denver proudly displaying banners

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Just this week, President Barack Obama unpacked his bags at the luxurious Kingsmill Resort
in Williamsburg, Virginia, choosing digs in one of the resort’s three freestanding homes.

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Suite in Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA

Just 4 years ago in 2008, then Presidential hopeful Obama prepared for his final debate with Senator John McCain with three nights at northwestern Ohio’s Maumee Bay State Park Lodge.

Hometown Connections

President Obama frequently returns to Chicago with his family, which is why it’s no surprise Obama has been spotted at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. From the 37th floor, the Presidential Suite offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Grant and Millennium Parks, and the luxurious suite is the ideal setting for presidents to wind down before or after a debate.  Many other distinguished political figures, including former President Bill Clinton and Secretary Clinton, have also stayed at the Fairmont Chicago.

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Dining room of the Penthouse Suite at the Fairmont San Francisco

Presidential Retreats

World leaders and U.S. Presidents choose the Penthouse Suite at the Fairmont San Francisco, as a home-away-from-home, so often that this California hotel is also known as “The White House of the West,” hosting every U.S. president since the 27th President, William Howard Taft (1909-1913).

Legend has it that John F. Kennedy, while staying at The Penthouse Suite, welcomed a “special” famous starlet via the library’s secret doorway.

Designed in the 1920s, The Penthouse Suite boasts 6,000 square feet including a living room with grand piano, formal dining room seating up to 60, a kitchen, 2-story circular library, a billiard room covered in Persian tile, and a spacious terrace with view of San Francisco.

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Presidential Designations

Grand lobby of Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza

Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza has also been visited by every U.S. President since Taft, but perhaps its most well-known ties is to the Kennedy Clan.

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum Suite celebrate the hotel’s bond with the Kennedys, including a photograph of JFK with his grandfather John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald. As former mayor of Boston, Honey Fitz cut the ribbon celebrating its opening in 1912. Again, check prices with or Priceline.

In the heart of downtown Denver, the Brown Palace Hotel celebrates its 120th anniversary this year, welcoming its first president Teddy Roosevelt in 1905 and every president but two since then. Suites at the Brown honor past presidents with their names: Roosevelt, Reagan and Eisenhower Suites, the latter complete with dented mantel from Ike’s errant golf practice. Book directly through Marriott Int’l or check and Priceline.

In 1934, at Austin’s landmark property,the Driskill Hotel, the future 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson hosted his  first date with  the future First lady, Lady Bird, in their  fine dining restaurant.

The Driskill continued as one of their most cherished hotels, including when LBJ awaited the results of his successful Vice Presidential bid with JFK in 1960.  LBJ returned to the Driskill again in 1964 to receive news of his Presidential re-election. The Driskill honors this president with the one-bedroom LBJ Suite on the second floor.  Book direct or check Priceline.

Austin's landmark Driskill Hotel welcomes many political figures to its Governor's Suite

The Nation’s Capitol

Washington D.C. is home to the Madison Hotel, currently undergoing $22 million redesign.  President JFK attended its 1963 opening, and the Madison continues to be the hotel of choice for presidents, diplomats, world leaders and international delegates.

Through the 2012 Presidential Inauguration in January, the PostScript, the Madison Hotel’s lobby bar, invites guests to raise their glasses by ordering two  politically-themed cocktails: Massachusetts Mule or The Great Debate. Fans of the Madison’s Facebook page are invited to create and submit a third cocktail, and the winner of The Madison’s Political Cocktail Party will receive a weekend stay at The Madison. The winning recipe will also be served during the week of inauguration (January 18 through the 22).

Photos courtesy of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Destination Hotels & Resorts, and the Brown Palace Hotel.

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