seven grand hotels with deep railroad roots

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:59 PM

The relationship worked: Travelers needed somewhere to sleep, so railroad companies built hotels. Though the earliest railroad lodgings in the United States were primarily for railway workers, later hotels catered to the lavish lifestyles of Gilded Age travelers.

seven grand hotels with deep railroad roots

Hotels and railroads go way back.

The relationship worked: Travelers needed somewhere to sleep, so railroad companies built hotels.

Though the earliest railroad lodgings in the United States were primarily for railway workers, later hotels catered to the lavish lifestyles of Gilded Age travelers.

"The people who are taking long-distance railroad excursions in the one thousand eight hundred eighty, one thousand eight hundred ninety, are generally quite well-to-do people," said Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, a Prof at the Univ of NM and author of "Hotel: An American History."

Many of the country'south grand railroad hotels were constructed from the one thousand eight hundred eighty through the first decade of the twentieth century.

Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

After the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in one thousand eight hundred eighty-fifth, common manager William Cornelius Van Horne wanted to boost ridership and realize the tourism potential of the Canadian West.

The luxurious Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, presently a Fairmont property, was among the first hotels built by the railway to realize Van Horne'south vision.

Designed by NY architect Bruce Price to resemble the castles of Scotland, the hotel opened in 1888.

The hotel standing today was built in the late one thousand nine hundred twenty after fire destroyed the original building in one thousand nine hundred twenty-sixth.

It'south within Banff National Park, and railway enthusiasts can still come by train through excursions organized by tour company Rocky Mountaineer.

Starting Banff Springs room rates range from about U. S. $three hundred to $450 this spring, depending on room type and occupancy.

Fairmont Banff Springs, four hundred five Spray Ave., Banff, Alberta

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Québec City

Architect Bruce Price also designed Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, another grand Canadian Pacific Railway project.

The hotel, which sits imposingly over the St. Lawrence River, opened in one thousand eight hundred ninety-third.

A National Historic Site of Canada, it was the first in a series of elegant château-style hotels built by the railroad.

Today, the Fairmont property boasts an indoor pool and spa, ski shuttles to slopes exterior the city, afternoon tea and several restaurant options.

Québec City'south train Sta is about five minutes away.

Spring two thousand sixteen rates start around U. S. $150 a night.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, one rue des Carrières, Québec City

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

In the one thousand eight hundred ninety, magnate Henry Morrison Flagler extended the FL E Coast Railroad to what's presently W Palm Beach.

"There'south a perfect example for you of a railway that'south leading the settlement of a region," Sandoval-Strausz said. "S FL is very lightly inhabited before Henry Flagler runs a railway down there."

After establishing the grand Royal Poinciana hotel in one thousand eight hundred ninety-fourth on Lake Worth, Flagler opened the oceanfront Palm Shore Inn in 1896.

Renamed The Breakers in one thousand nine hundred-first because of its proximity to the breaking waves, the hotel is in its third incarnation after fire destroyed the original wood-frame building in one thousand nine hundred-third and another fire blazed through the hotel in one thousand nine hundred twenty-fifth.

Today'south hotel, which opened in one thousand nine hundred twenty-sixth, is a lavish Italian Renaissance-style resort.

The rail Sta and the trestle that serviced it were destroyed in the one thousand nine hundred thirty, so cars are the norm for arriving guests.

May room rates start at $449, with summer promotional rates starting at $369.

The Breakers, One S Country Road, Palm Beach, Florida

El Tovar, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Railroads were involved in the construction of a no of hotels in the American West'south national parks.

The Grand Northern Railway and its hotel subsidiary built numerous hotels and chalets in Montana'south Glacier National Park.

At the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Swiss-chalet and Norwegian-villa-inspired El Tovar opened its doors in one thousand nine hundred-fifth.

The lodge, perched on the Grand Canyon'south rim, was designed by Chicago architect Charles Whittlesey, the chief architect for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

The influential Fred Harvey Co. operated the hotel in conjunction with the railway. Harvey, who died in one thousand nine hundred-first, started out in one thousand eight hundred seventy-sixth with restaurants catering to rail travelers on tight schedules and soon expanded into hotels and gift shops.

Trains still running to El Tovar on the same line as the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, every day except Christmas.

Rates this year start at $207.

El Tovar, one El Tovar Road, Grand Canyon Village, Arizona

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W Virginia

Guests were "taking the waters" in White Sulphur Springs, W Virginia, more than a cent before the railroad bought the resort and revived it for 20th-century visitors.

In one thousand eight hundred sixty-ninth, the first passengers stepped off the train practically on the resort'south doorstep, but it wasn't until one thousand nine hundred ten that the Chesapeake and OH Railway purchased the property with huge plans for expansion.

The railroad-built Greenbrier Hotel opened in one thousand nine hundred-thirteenth, complete with a new spa and golf course.

Though rail traffic has long since declined in favor of cars and airplanes, the Greenbrier is still accessible by train.

"I'm always encouraging people by telling them that the historically exact way to arrive to the Greenbrier is to get the train," said Bob Conte, the resort'south historian of nearly four decades.

Spring rates vary depending on dates and hotel events. There'south a three-night promotion for the price of two available for much of April and May.

The Greenbrier, 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W Virginia

InterContinental NY Barclay, New York

With the construction of the Grand Central Terminal in NY between one thousand nine hundred three and one thousand nine hundred thirteen, the NY Central Railroad electrified its tracks and keep them underground, creating valuable genuine estate over the rails.

The Barclay Hotel, which opened in one thousand nine hundred twenty-sixth, was built on "air rights" leased from the NY Central Realty and Terminal Corporation, a div of the Vanderbilt-owned railroad.

It was the latest of four railroad hotels built around the terminal. Tracks to Grand Central are still located below the hotel, although underground passageways to the Sta are number longer in use.

Today, the NY Barclay is on the verge of reopening after an $180 million renovation of the original hotel designed by Cross & Cross, the architectural firm behind Fifth Avenue'south Tiffany & Co. building.

Slated to open at the finish of April, rates start at $379 for rooms and $1.100 for suites.

InterContinental NY Barclay, one hundred eleven E. forty-eighth St., New York

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