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Hotel Suites Good Enough For The President (PHOTOS)

Posted: 09/21/2012 7:00 am

The commander-in-chief checks in and out of rooms across the globe, but only a few stateside properties have made the White House staff repeat customers -- check out these 13 hotels fit for a president.

-- Jonathan Borge, Condé Nast Traveler

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    <strong>St. Petersburg, Florida</strong> The Vinoy Park Hotel—which opened in 1925 and was later used as an Army facility during World War II—has attracted the presidential set for some time. Elaine Normile, the Vinoy’s resident historian, says Calvin Coolidge paid the hotel multiple visits during the 1930s—and that he preferred simple dishes from the employee dining room to the rich, elaborate entrees served inside his guestroom. More celebrated guests: President Barack Obama stayed inside the presidential suite during his 2008 campaign tour and Mitt Romney has dropped by. <em>Photo: Courtesy Renaissance Vinoy</em> <strong>Read More: </strong><a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>25 Years of Rooms With Amazing Views</strong></a>


    <strong>Phoenix, Arizona</strong> Marilyn Monroe's favorite pool was reportedly here and Irving Berlin penned "White Christmas" poolside, but the property isn't all about show business. In March 1952, a newly married Ronald and Nancy Reagan celebrated their honeymoon here—not too far from Nancy's parents, who lived on the nearby Biltmore estate. Plus, Herbert Hoover and John and Jackie were said to be fans. <em>Photo: Courtesy Arizona Biltmore</em> <strong>Read More: <a href="" target="_hplink">Tour the Top Cruise Ships in the World</a></strong>


    <strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> This is where Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote his inspirational inaugural address (his "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" quote comes from that speech). But there's more presidential pedigree in these walls: The ballroom played host to each president’s inauguration ball (from Coolidge to Reagan), Harry Truman lived here during the first 90 days of his term in office, and the Snakebite Cocktail (a mix of stout and apple cider) is said to be a Bill Clinton favorite. <em>Photo: Courtesy Mayflower Renaissance</em> <strong>Read More:</strong><a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>The Best New Hotels Under $300</strong></a>


    <strong>Hot Springs, Virginia</strong> The Homestead dates back to the American Revolution (it opened in 1766) and has hosted 22 presidents since opening day. Appropriately, its five presidential suites are named after past commanders-in-chief—McKinley, Eisenhower, Madison, Taft, and Wilson—and overlook the Allegheny Mountains. Fun facts: George Washington and Thomas Jefferson visited the Homestead in its heyday, and Jackie Kennedy also vacationed here as a child, long before her first lady years. <em>Photo: Courtesy The Homestead</em> <strong>Read More: <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Airlines and Hotels For Business Travelers</a></strong>


    <strong>Richmond, Virginia</strong> When presidents stay at the Jefferson Hotel (opened in 1895), the Thomas Jefferson Suite is the obvious choice. It’s 1,900-square-feet, boasts five balconies, has stunning views of the Washington Monument and the White House, and is named after Jefferson himself. And though there’s also a statue in honor of Jefferson, he’s not the only president who’s visited: Obama, Taft, McKinley, and Harrison have all rested their heads here; in 1988, George H.W. Bush chose his cabinet members inside and stayed here during his inauguration. <em>Photo: Courtesy The Jefferson Hotel</em> <strong>Read More: </strong><a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>25 Years of Rooms With Amazing Views</strong></a>


    <strong>Santa Barbara, California</strong> Ronald Reagan's Hollywood ties should make it no surprise that he chose the Four Seasons Santa Barbara (formerly The Biltmore) when visiting southern California—the hotel is known mainly for its celebrity sightings. While in office, Reagan held several press conferences here, and the hotel was dubbed the "Western White House." <em>Photo: Courtesy The Four Seasons</em>


    <strong>Honolulu, Hawaii</strong> The Kahala has hosted every president since Lyndon B. Johnson, plus Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—she camped out here in 2010 when she held a meeting with Japanese ministers. It's not only politicos who like the place. The Dalai Lama, Liza Minelli, Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, and No Doubt have all visited. <em>Photo: Courtesy The Kahala Hotel & Resort</em> <strong>Read More:</strong><a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>The Best New Hotels Under $300</strong></a>


    <strong>San Francisco, California</strong> In 1945, the Big Four (Great Britain, U.S.S.R., China, and the U.S.A.) met in the Garden Room to draft the United Nations Charter, the most monumental event in the hotel’s history. Not so shabby. Plus, the Fairmont has hosted every president since Taft, including JFK. According to legend, he used a secret doorway in the penthouse library to welcome a "famous starlet guest." Our guess: Marilyn, of course. <em>Photo: Courtesy Fairmont San Francisco</em> <strong>Read More: <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Airlines and Hotels For Business Travelers</a></strong>


    <strong>Denver, Colorado</strong> Calvin Coolidge never made it to Denver, but every other president since Teddy Roosevelt has visited the Brown Palace Hotel and its three presidential suites: the Roosevelt (pictured here), Reagan, and Eisenhower. President Eisenhower wrote some of his memoirs in the Gold Room on the second floor, and Bill Clinton used the space as a temporary oval office. <em>Photo: Courtesy Brown Palace Hotel</em> <strong>Read More: <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Airlines and Hotels For Business Travelers</a></strong>


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