Keeping traditional alive and well with magnificently restored architecture and excellent service.
This hotel is a local landmark, with a front door opening onto beautiful Rice Park. It was designed by the architects responsible for Manhattan's Grand Central terminal and was constructed in 1910 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. Presidents and celebrities have stayed here, and the overall ambiance is one of exclusivity. A clubby feeling is evident in the bar, where you can enjoy Scotch and cigars. Accommodations include standard rooms and Ordway, Executive, Park and Ambassador Suites. The bedrooms are traditional without being fussy; the public areas are swankier in a European way with lots of potted plants and richly colored fabrics. With its dark wood and Deco lamps, the Grill restaurant offers a classic style that would look right at home in old New York. Despite this hotel's fondness for the days of yore, it isn't lost in the past, as is evidenced by in-room Internet access, complimentary wireless Internet access in all the lobby areas, Aveda bath products and a rooftop fitness center.