Hotels with Longevity

The oldest hotel in the world is the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan near Mount Fuji. Fifty-two generations of the same family have owned it since it went into service in 705 AD. Its 37 rooms are decorated in traditional Japanese style, and it offers hot springs among its desirable attractions.

There are many, many very old hotels still in operation in the United States and the world. Below are some of the more exotic oldies in the USA.

The Florida House Inn has been opened in the town of Fernandina Beach since 1857 or thereabouts. This hotel is on Amelia Island north of Jacksonville near the oldest community in our country, St. Augustine.

The venerable Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN that is famous for its ducks is trying to survive by becoming a chain. It will open the Roanoke Hotel in the Fort, Worth, TX vicinity this year and has plans to open hotels in Nevada and California in the near future. It has already sold several of the hotels that it has owned in the past. The Memphis Peabody has been visitable since 1925.

The Cliff House in Colorado at Pike’s Peak has been around since 1873. Today at 306 Canon Avenue in Manitou Springs, it will set you back from $260 to $475 per night, but most figure it’s worth the expense.

The Palmer House has been in operation in Chicago, IL since 1873. Now a Hilton Hotel in this city’s theater district 2 blocks from its world-class Art Institute, Palmer House burned up in the great Chicago fire just 13 days after opening and was rebuilt. Hilton has owned it since 1945. The artist Claude Monet and the writer Charles Dickens have been guests.

The Palace Hotel in San Francisco has been around since 1906. It’s now at 2 New Montgomery Street. The Palace was this city’s first luxury hotel and was the largest of its kind in the world for a time. It will cost you at least $339 per night to stay there. It now has 775 guest rooms and chandeliers from Austria.

Ruth and I have stayed at none of the above, but we are familiar with 2 of the hotels that I will report on tomorrow in San Antonio, TX and Galena, Il.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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