1 U.S. President Liked This Hotel So Much, He Stayed There for 30 Years
U.S. presidents log many hours traveling and can’t always get back to the White House by bedtime. That’s where a secure location with accommodations befitting a president comes in. Certain hotels across the country are known to host presidents. See page 4 for more on the president who stayed in a hotel for 30 years. And keep reading to learn more about hotels presidents frequent.
George W. Bush: The Sea Island Lodge
The Sea Island Lodge in Georgia is a favorite among the Bush family. George H.W. Bush honeymooned there with his wife, Barbara, according to Travel + Leisure. And George W. Bush selected the lodge as the site of the G8 summit in 2004. He even planted an oak tree on the property like his father before him. George W. Bush liked to stay in the Sea Island Suite, a 1,700 square-foot suite featuring a fireplace, walk-in shower, and exposed beam ceilings.
Hint: A president played the piano at this hotel.
Numerous presidents: The Blackstone, a Renaissance Hotel
Located in downtown Chicago is the Blackstone, known as the “hotel of presidents,” according to USA Today. Staying at this hotel means excellent views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park. The Blackstone has hosted a dozen presidents. A legend of the hotel says President Harry Truman would play the piano in the lobby while drinking a glass of bourbon.
Hint: One president hosted Barbra Streisand at this hotel.
Barack Obama: The Beverly Wilshire
While on the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama stayed at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, according to Travel + Leisure. While there, Obama and his staff hosted a $2,500-per-person fundraiser. Big names came out, including Barbra Streisand, who performed.
The Wilshire Presidential Suite is 4,000 square feet of luxury — including a canopy bed, formal dining room, and library. The hotel boasts a second presidential suite, slightly smaller, coming in at 3,200 square feet.
Hint: A really long hotel stay
Herbert Hoover: The Waldorf-Astoria
America’s 31st president Herbert Hoover enjoyed the Waldorf-Astoria hotel so much he delivered “a congratulatory message live on radio from the White House” in 1931 when the hotel changed locations, according to The New York Times. After his presidency, Hoover kept an apartment at the hotel on the 34th floor until his death in 1964.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower also lived at the Waldorf Astoria with his wife from 1967 to 1969. They stayed on the seventh floor because she was afraid of heights.
Hint: A very famous presidential line was coined in this hotel.
Numerous presidents: The Mayflower
A historic hotel in Washington, D.C., the Mayflower’s time in the nation’s capital spans nearly a century. In 1933, while staying in room 776, President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the line, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” according to the hotel’s website. And in 1972, Truman gave the hotel its famous tagline, “Washington’s second best address,” while dining at the Carvery Restaurant and Coffee Shop inside the Mayflower.
Hint: Obama broke a long-standing presidential tradition.
Numerous presidents: Arizona Biltmore
Reagan honeymooned at the Arizona Biltmore with his wife, Nancy. “Every president from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush has been a guest,” according to the hotel. But Obama broke the streak, an NBC report says. The hotel’s presidential suites offer guests sweeping views of the pool, Phoenix skyline, and Camelback Mountain.
Hint: Trump favors this Los Angeles-based hotel.
Donald Trump: Beverly Hills Hotel
Aside from his own properties, President Donald Trump likes to stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel when he’s in Los Angeles, according to a 2010 Travel + Leisure interview. “The hotel has everything I could possibly need and the staff really knows how to take care of a guest,” Trump told the magazine. “They always make sure to have a room available for me, even if I’m arriving on the night of the Academy Awards,” he said.
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