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Favorite hotel

Postby jthomas1264 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:04 pm

All: I used to travel quite a bit for work and became very accustomed to business travel accommodations. But now I am enjoying weekends in . . . getaway hotels, for lack of a better term. I recently spent a three-day weekend at the Broadmoore in Colorado Spgs. First rate accommodations and service. How about y'all? Not places like a Ritz-Carlton (which are great places for travel) but rather hotels that you would . . . escape to.

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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Squire » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:56 pm

I seek out the old places in historic districts, buildings with character and heritage. I stayed at a place in Strasburg, PA where George Washington slept when he was traveling through the area.

Another spot we liked was the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, where "The Shining" was filmed. Sat on the porch drinking coffee while the early morning Sun was just hitting snow capped peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, this in the first week of August which was interesting for a guy from a region where we get a few inches of snow once every three years or so.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby brothers » Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:40 pm

I guess the term hotel would cover my favorite, a lodge in Teton National Park, just east of the Tetons. Overlooking a breathtakingly beautiful view. Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby ShadowsDad » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:48 pm

I no longer travel very often, but in decades past....

I was an impoverished GI newly to West Germany. A fellow trooper from TN and I wanted to get off base so we went to Mainz, just a short train ride from where we were stationed in Dexheim. We got there with no civvies, just our fatigues. After leaving the train station we saw an information kiosk and asked the lady within about accommodations. She proceeded to tell us about conventions and such and then suggested that we go here, then there and find the hotel/winehaus Lorenz. She told us to look for a tiny sign designating it. We found it and went inside. The proprietor seemed agitated/excited and filled our dinner orders after seating us in the wine cellar/restaurant. After eating our meals and the place filled up with college students, remember we were still wearing our military fatigues, the piano player began playing US military tunes, Battle Hymn of the Republic and such. But by that time we were feeling absolutely no pain from the fantastic Rhine wine. The proprietor, the instigator of all of this, came over and explained how his dad had been a member of the Resistance in France during WW2 and we were the first GIs that he recognized that he could thank for what our country had done. He came over with a bottle of cognac and we toasted to the USA and to us, and GOD knows what else. He left the bottle with us and told us to finish it, which we did. It was a wonderful night that I will absolutely never forget. Once in a lifetime.

I have no idea if it's still there, but it's near the cathedral in Mainz, and it's in the old Roman section not far from the cathedral. I could, to this day, probably walk to it from the Bahnhof. If it still exists, and I know the building and wine cellars do, it might be worth seeking out. Unfortunately, my experience and yours won't be the same. Ours was once in a lifetime and never to be repeated. When we came to the next morning we went across the cobblestone street and bought civvies so that we could blend in. But for that one night it was fantastic. I'd love to know if the hotel/winehouse Lorenz still exists for the college students of Mainz.

After that I had 2 years to partake but mostly from "GI accommodations" in liberated towns. Garmisch/Partinchirchen, and Berchesgaden (sp?). But I stayed in the SS barracks. Marble stairs and such and fantastic meals. Also a B&B outside of Innsbruck, in Igles, and above the olympic ski jump, nice B&B, but there were many in that town. I'm talking '70-'73. Wow, what a jolt back to the past! But it's something that I'll never forget. I quite liked Igles, Austria and the B&B. Do that in winter.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Sam » Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:41 am

Great stories. Unfortunately, I have none of that ilk.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby jww » Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:28 am

We like to not stay in hotels any more than we need to preferring to stay in self-catering lodgings. The rooms/suites are always far more delightful, better equipped, nicer and more comfortable furniture and definitely more accessible. I find they are far less expensive as well.

On our recent week and a half in Cape Cod, we found an excellent suite backing onto the Sandwich salt marsh for a fraction of a hotel room, on VRBO.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Kyle76 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:30 pm

Greenbrier, WV
Pinehurst Hotel, NC
The Homestead, WV
The Breakers, Palm Beach
The Cloisters, Sea Island, Ga.
Keswick Hall, Charlottesville, Va.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Chaps » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:53 am

The Peabody in Memphis.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Squire » Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:25 pm

I'll let Sam tell us about the Peabody.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Sam » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:27 am

Peabody is a great place to people watch. Happy hour, watching businessmen and tourist intermingle. In fact, one time, they had Priscilla Presley cutting a birthday cake for Elvis and people he hung around with all milling around the lobby talking to anyone and everyone. Oh, google the Peabody ducks, maybe there is a video. Thursday nights in the summer, rooftop parties and the smell of BBQ from the Rendezvous wafting through the air.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby brothers » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:00 am

Next time we're in Memphis, I want to go to the Peabody and experience the Sunday brunch at Chez Philippe.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Kyle76 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:20 pm

The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

Asheville has become a big food and music mecca in the NC mountains. The Biltmore Inn on Biltmore Estate is also great if you want a more pastoral setting.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Antique Hoosier » Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:33 pm

Many great hotels mentioned and I have stayed in a few of them as well. For the last 6 years or so I have taken to renting via VRBO and find an upscale house, condo, or townhouse in the city or cabin in the mountains versus hotels. No room service, but at the nicer ones I have enjoyed, previous guests do a form of PIF and leave interesting condiments, dried pasta, wine, etc and you are encouraged to do the same. Wonderful to visit a local market, stock the fridge and live like a local whilst there. One of my favorites ever was a beautiful home in the Queen Anne area of Seattle with a perfect view of Puget Sound and surrounding mountains. Less than 15 min to downtown or just enjoying the Upper Queen Anne neighborhood that is chock full of quality places to delve into.

If hard pressed for strictly hotel....I prefer Ritz Carlton. If you are a frequent and loyal guest they treat you like a King.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby Rufus » Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:44 am

Hotel 1898 on la Rambla, Barcelona. At home it would be the Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta.
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Re: Favorite hotel

Postby jthomas1264 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:33 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions. My must-stay list just tripled in length! Maybe one or two more before summer is over.

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