HI folks and a the best of holiday wishes to all.
Just wondering what old historic western hotel is everyones favorite. There are still many out there adding flavor to the historic theme that many old towns offer.
MIne is the Historic Delaware Hotel in Leadville Colorado. This old hotel in my mind is a classical old hotel. I enjoy looking at the lobby with its original style. The rooms are all authentically old flavor. The building as one member has said must have taken a long time to build back then and will stand the test of time.
Makes one wonder just how many folks have passed thru the doors in all its years of existance/
the hotel limpia in fort davis, texas
the elk mountain hotel in elk mountain, wyoming
the brown palace hotel in denver, colorado
the marathon hotel in marathon, texas
full of 'western' ambiences and provenance...great places, all...
Try the Menger in San Antonio. It's literally 'Across the alley from the Alamo.' It's also haunted. They've documented 42 separate hauntings there. Incidentally, Teddy Roosevelt rode his horse into the Menger bar in 1898 and recruited men for the Rough Riders there. The bar is an exact duplicate of the House of Lords bar in England's parliament building.
The hotel in Marathon is the Gage. I've stayed there a couple of times. In the old part of the hotel the bathroom is 'down the hall,' but they also have newer 'motel-type' rooms behind the older building. They also have a great patio & it's usually--at least in late spring, summer, & early fall--a great place to sit, talk, have a drink, & look at the stars, but you'll need a light jacket once the sun goes down. In the late fall, winter, & early spring you don't want to sit on the patio. I've seen ice on puddles in Alpine in early May.
Also in Fort Davis is the Veranda. Was 2011 TW Best B&B. Built 1883. Talked to owner, who now also owns the Hotel Limpia, and he says Quanah Parker stayed there while on a Peyote hunting trip to nearby Mitre Peak. Was there on Thanksgiving weekend and would really recommend it to anyone.
St. George Hotel in Barkerville. You can book a room there, but trying to do so after mid-May is a bit of a crap shoot. It's popular. It was built following the fire of 1868.
Suprisingly, the rooms in the Alaska Hotel in Dawson Creek are smaller but otherwise not much different than those in the St George, even though the Alaska only dates back to the building of the highway in '42.
Thanks for the comments folks, I find these interesting as "if these walls could talk" so much history passed thru these old marvels and hope they stand for a long time.
Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colorado
Strater Hotel in durango, Colorado
Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona
St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico
Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque (sadly gone now, but what a beautiful hotel it was!)
I love the "Julian Hotel" in the old mining town of Julian California. ( located in eastern San Diego county at an elevation of about 4,000 ft. ) I've stayed there many times. Was there for the 100 year aniversary of its opening. ( which went on for a year as no one knew the exact date of its opening just the year.)
Some pictures . . .
Occidental Hotel, Buffalo, WY (for a real adventure, tell them you want one of the rooms downstairs in the back that were used for entertaining by their resident ceiling experts well into the 20th Century).
Wolfang, enjoyed the pictures of the Julian , looks like a nice old comfortable hotel, someday will have to visit it.
The City Hotel in the historic old goldrush town of Columbia Diggins -- now a California State Historic Park. Hotel was beautifully restored by the State and since it is in a Park, there is tourist glitz. Stay all night in this old beauty and walk thru the deserted streets on a fall evening under a full moon and you can still hear the "Ghosts of the Gold Rush". I lived up there for many years, years ago, and the place still has a soft spot in my heart.