Presidential Haunts: Where the Leaders Hang Out
We’ve been doing a lot of daydreaming about what it would be like to travel like a president and where all that money goes on the campaign trail, but with tonight’s presidential town-hall debate approaching so close to Halloween, we can’t help but wonder: where would the ghosts of former presidents hang out, if they felt so inclined?
Check out these hotels that have hosted a number of US presidents, and who knows – maybe you’ll encounter a long-gone commander-in-chief.
Celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, the iconic Brown Palace Hotel & Spa has been visited by every president since Teddy Roosevelt’s visit in 1905, with the exception of Calvin Coolidge and Obama.
Located in the heart of downtown Denver, the hotel’s “namesake suites” honor past presidents – Roosevelt, Reagan and Eisenhower Suites (complete with a dented mantle piece from Ike’s hotel-room golf practice). The Gold Room on the second floor of the hotel was the site of President Clinton’s oval office for the Denver Summit of the Eight, as well as the room President Eisenhower used to pen some of his memoirs. In fact, The Brown Palace Club, also located on the second floor, served as campaign headquarters for Dwight D. Eisenhower prior to his election as president.
Washington, DC’s Madison Hotel, whose opening in 1963 was attended by President Kennedy, has long been the hotel of choice for diplomats, entertainers, world leaders and international delegations. The property recently completed a 22-million-dollar redesign that included all guest rooms and public spaces.
PostScript, the lobby bar at The Madison, will be offering 2 specialty cocktails now through the Inauguration and will be looking to fans of The Madison’s Facebook page to come up with a third cocktail that will be available during Inauguration. The winning cocktail will join the others — the “Massachusetts Mule” and “The Great Debate” – at the bar from January 18 through 22. In addition, the winner of The Madison’s Political Cocktail Party will receive a weekend stay at the hotel.
The Driskill Hotel is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Austin, TX. In 1934, The Driskill’s fine dining restaurant — The Driskill Grill — played host to a first date between the future 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson, and his future First Lady, Lady Bird. The Driskill remained one of their most cherished destinations — LBJ awaited the return of the results in his successful bid for the Vice Presidency in partnership with JFK in 1960, and returned again in 1964 to await the news of his successful re-election as president.
Live the presidential life when you stay in the LBJ Suite. Located on the hotel’s grand second floor, the suite is a permanent fixture, in honor of his legacy at the hotel. The one-bedroom suite offers over 800 square feet and 16-ft ceilings.