New York City is a place filled with history and tradition. Some of the best historical sites are the hotels that are scattered throughout the city. These great hotels hold cultural significance to NYC and deserve to be explored.

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
This grand hotel was built between 1929 and 1931 and is the second establishment in NYC to bear the name of Waldorf-Astoria. The original building was razed to allow for the building of the Empire State Building. This reincarnation was designed in the style of Art Deco. The Waldorf-Astoria boasts of a storied past filled with presidents and kings that led to the New York Times naming it New York’s unofficial palace.

St. Regis Hotel
Located on swanky Fifth Avenue, the 19-story St. Regis Hotel holds its own among the grandest of old hotels in NYC. The hotel was commissioned by the infamous Astor family and designed in the Beaux-Arts style. It was once considered one of the most luxurious places to stay in NYC. In the modern day, it still operates as a luxurious establishment boasting 171 guest rooms and 67 suites. Rooms at the St. Regis Hotel even have silk wall coverings with antique accents and butler service.

The Plaza
Perhaps one of the most widely known hotels in NYC, The Plaza has been labeled as the most elegant hotel in NYC. The Plaza is situated quietly on the south side of Central Park. Construction was completed in 1905 and has played host to dignitaries and celebrities alike. The Plaza also has attained a landmark status that adds elegance to the ever-changing and growing skyline of NYC.

Hotel Chelsea
This grand hotel opened in 1884 and has fostered a multitude of artists, writers, and even rock stars through the decades. People like Jackson Pollock, Bob Dylan, Dennis Hopper, and Ethan Hawke are notable visitors to the hotel. It also can lay claim to being the place that 2001: A Space Odessey and On the Road were authored. The Hotel Chelsea has been through a renovation period to update rooms and style.

There is plenty of tradition in NYC and seeing it carried on through the elegance of grand hotels of the past into the modern era gives a whole new meaning to taking a trip down memory lane.