Saturday, July 19, 2014

Six Grand Hotels Make A Major Comeback

After painstaking restorations, these historic American properties are ready to welcome a new generation of travelers.


Architects conducted some 200 hours of research to ensure historical accuracy of the 1880s building while upgrading rooms, adding a spa, and creating a lobby bar that is the hottest après-ski scene in town (330 E. Main St., Aspen, Colo.).


Built in 1912, this former private estate on more than 600 acres now has an infinity pool with views of the Blue Ridge foothills and a new golf course designed by legendary Pete Dye that will open later this summer(701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va.).


The fireplaces and grand staircase are a nod to its storied past, but the sprawling world-class spa and luxurious rooms with views of the Cumberland Valley are decidedly modern (2198 Sweet Root Rd., Bedford, Pa.).


While the furniture and custom fixtures from John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s 1937 property have been lovingly restored, the canopy beds, marble bathrooms, and 24-hour room service are new (136 E. Francis St., Williamsburg, Va.).


Opulence has ruled since it opened in 1926. The Breakers continues today with a 1,700-square-foot suite designed by fashion duo Badgley Mischka and, of course, a Lilly Pulitzer boutique (1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, Fla.).


There have been upgrades aplenty, but it’s the artful reinterpretation, in 2007, of Dorothy Draper’s classic 1960s decor (floral carpet, pink-and-green wallpaper) that’s reason to stay (300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.).

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