USA TODAY the best historic hotel

In today’s travel landscape with sparkling new resorts and ultra-modern skyscraper hotels, a bit of history is often welcome. Each of these classic accommodations, nominated by a group of hotel experts for the title of best historic hotel, has a lot of history behind it and has remained true to its historical roots and its unique feeling of place.

The Peabody Memphis was named “Best Historic Hotel” TODAY at the US 10Best 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the third year in a row that the South’s Grand Hotel has taken first place in the competition.

The Peabody is a Forbes 4-star, AAA 4-diamond hotel, and has been named Best Historic Hotel by Historic Hotels of America and Best Historic Hotel # 1 by Southern Living. The Peabody opened in 1869 and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977.

Today, The Peabody is best known for its five North American mallards marching through the grand lobby in a quirky tradition from the 1930s. The Peabody Duck March takes place daily at 11am and 5pm, while the Duckmaster leads the ducks on a red carpet to the lobby fountain to see John Philip Sousa’s “King Cotton March”.

The top 10 winners in the Best Historic Hotel category are as follows:

  1. The Peabody Memphis – Memphis
  2. Historic Bethlehem Hotel – Bethlehem, Penn.
  3. Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa – no doubt, Ala.
  4. Mission Inn Hotel & Spa – Riverside, California
  5. The Francis House – Calistoga, California.
  6. Deer Path Inn – Lake Forest, Ill.
  7. Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island, Mich.
  8. The Hermitage Hotel – Nashville
  9. Convention Hall – Cape May, NJ
  10. The Langham, Huntington – Pasadena, California.

A panel of experts teamed up with 10Best editors to select the first nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

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