In celebration of our decadent Nostalgia theme this month, we're finding the prettiest places frozen in time. Even if you can't foot the bill for a night at one of these hotels, you can swing by for a cocktail and an Instagram-worthy snapshot.
Old Made New
The Restoration: Charleston, SC
This beach vibe old south landmark has gotten a major upgrade. The hotel is 5 separate historic buildings situated along King Street in the heart of the action. The Restoration has a relaxed feel, but they are serious about service. The hotel has a spa and a farm to table restaurant and you can even rent vintage cars like 66 Ford Mustang Convertible, a 1967 Chevy Camaro or a 1970 Mercedes 280SL from them.
Hotel San Jose: Austin, TX
“Built in 1936 as an “ultramodern” motor court, the property has been transformed into a 40 room urban bungalow-style hotel tucked behind stucco walls and set amidst lush garden courtyards.” Located in the super-hip SoCo neighborhood, this spot is walkable to many of Austin’s best bars, restaurants and music venues. It has modern vibes and amenities, and charm in spades.
Union Station Hotel: Nashville, TN
Housed in the original Nashville Union Train station, this hotel has been meticulously restored. The castle-style train station was opened in 1900 and restored in 2015 to become one of Marriott’s Autograph collection hotels. This place has old-world luxury down pat including the lobby with 65-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling with Tiffany-style stained glass.
Straight Up Old
The Smokehouse: Burbank, CA
From it’s location next to the Warner Brother lot, this spot has fed some of Hollywood’s old-school royalty. Opened in 1946, everyone from Bing Crosby and Bob hope to a dining room full of costumed western movie extras have broken garlic bread under the roof of the Smokehouse. And nothing much has changed: the decor is frozen in time. That Christmas music, “stick to the setlist” scene in LaLaLand was filmed here!
El Cortez Hotel & Casino: Las Vegas, NV
This is the longest continually running casino in Vegas. You won’t find this gem on the strip, rather it is located in the historic downtown district. Founded in 1941, this hotel has passed through all the big casino + hotelier names his is old world Vegas-- think Rat Pack.
The Raleigh: Miami, FL
Since 1940 this Art Deco stunner has played host to the hottest pool parties and sweetest cocktails. Designed by L. Murray Dixon, this hotel has been called the “grand dame” of South Beach by Conde Nast Traveler. Every Saturday they host the “Saturday Soire” and the fight for a beach chair is intense. Worth visiting just for the damn pool.
The Grey: Savannah, GA
You can't stay there, but this is a must see in Savannah. This restaurant has a thoroughly modern menu-- including daily fresh oyster bar-- but everything else is old school. Set in a renovated 1938, art deco style Greyhound station, “the Grey continues the building’s long tradition of transporting people to a destination, but that destination is now one of elevated hospitality and intrinsic satisfaction.”
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